Art Is Around Every Corner This Bank Holiday Weekend

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Pictured above: This year Keith Pettit is exhibiting at the most iconic of locations, the Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven. Photo by Jim Holden.

Following the stunning first weekend of Artwave, the inspiring journey continues into the bank holiday.

Taking place over three weekends from August 17 to September 1, thousands of people will follow the trail of 140 free exhibitions across Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and the surrounding villages.

Exhibitions are being held everywhere from artists’ homes and studios to churches, pubs and even the Cable Hut at Cuckmere Haven.

Artwave is a great opportunity to support creatives and shop local, while giving people the chance to meet the makers and learn about their skills – all for free. 

Visit exhibitions in a wide variety of mediums, by a mixture of emerging and established artists.

For what’s on this weekend visit for full details and follow Artwave on Instagram @artwavefestival.

Rural Trail:

  • Made in Barcombe  - work by six artists and makers working in the village will be shown at the hidden St Francis Church (venue 5).
  • Explore Ringmer exhibitions including fine art at IDA Contemporary (venue 13) and a new venue on The Broyle (venue 12).
  • Enjoy an exhibition in a yurt in Chiddingly (venue 24).
  • Egrets Way inspired artwork shown in a variety of beautiful Ouse valley art venues - all accessible by foot or bike! (venues 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 117 and 140).
  • Haven Trail: Following its success last year, Newhaven Open Call is back. Visit their 2019 exhibition showing work created about the town of Newhaven. This exhibition was open to all to submit work - artists and non artists alike (venue 51).
  • Explore more exhibitions than ever in South Heighton and Denton (venues 53, 54, 55 and 56).
  • Events from our partner Newhaven Festival

Seaford Trail:

  • Explore more exhibitions than ever in Seaford including work by Royal Academy selected artist Anthony Morgan-Jones, local potter Kathy Dawson (venue 70) and Seaford Art Club (venue 67).
  • Free family workshops with The Green Show at South Hill Barn, Seaford Head  - August 15-18 & 22-25. Join Seaford Contemporary Illustrators & Printmakers for a variety of free nature and environment themed workshops. Make your own recycled t-shirt bag and add to a community installation made entirely of waste plastic. Free but pre-book at
  • Last chance to see an exhibition by 30 of the UK’s best illustrators and printmakers, including Sir Quentin Blake, on the theme of nature, landscape and climate change at The Green Show

Lewes Trail:

  • Get out and explore the outskirts of Lewes with the Nevill Collective’s exhibition of local contemporary artists and makers (venue 72), fine art by Dolly Thompsett (venue 74) and recent work using plant dye by Kate Baker Brown (venue 73).
  • Lewes Camera Club’s annual exhibition (venue 76).
  • The Sussex Watercolour Society annual exhibition including work by Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition finalist Sarah Mitchener (venue 118).
  • Discover work by graphic designer and artists Theyre Lee-Elliott born in Lewes in 1903 (died 1988) famed for creating 1930’s logos such as the Speedbird and Air Mail (venue 136).
  • Get inspired at Lewes Depot with their exhibition on the theme of play. This exhibition was open to all local artists to submit work to and will showcase artists of all ages and levels of experience, who work in a variety of media - (venue 130).

Published on 23 August, 2019