Biggest ever Artwave makes a splash with reopening of artists’ homes

The Wooden Truth Printing Press

Lewes district’s annual festival of creativity returns next month with a record number of artists and for the first time since Covid struck in 2019, the much-loved opportunity to visit their private homes is back. 

Artwave, which runs over three weekends from September 3 to 18, will showcase impressive artwork from almost 900 creatives at 159 free exhibitions across diverse locations spanning artists’ homes and studios to churches and glorious countryside settings. 

Guides for the festival, organised by Lewes District Council, are now available and include details of all the exhibitions, when they are open and the facilities on offer. All this information is also online at: 

Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe, Cabinet member for Tourism and Devolution, said: “Like so many residents across the district, I am delighted to welcome back Artwave in its 29th year and the huge amount of artistic talent it showcases. 

“Anyone interested in finding out more can pick up a free Artwave guide which aptly has front cover art by The Wooden Truth Printing Press displaying the words ‘It’s all going to be fine’, marking the festival’s return to its ‘normal business’ of inviting visitors into private homes - an impossibility during the pandemic. 

“This year also boasts the biggest ever number of artists and makers, whose work encompasses painting, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, photography and more, offering something for all artistic tastes to thoroughly enjoy.” 

As with previous years, visitors can follow trails around Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes or trace a route through rural district villages.   

Pick up your Artwave guide at Lewes or Seaford Tourist Information Centres (TICs). To request a copy to be posted to you, contact either Lewes TIC on 01273 483448 or Seaford TIC on 01323 897426. 

Artwave is brought to you by Visit Lewes; headline sponsor is Crane Garden Buildings; media partner is ROSA. Other sponsors and supporters are Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Gemini Print Group, The Makers Directory, Chair of Lewes District Council, Winkworth, Le Bureau, Cass Art.