Artwave, the annual visual arts festival for Lewes District, opens on August 23 with 100 houses and venues opening their doors to show work in all media by more than 400 artists and makers.
Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, there are major exhibitions at warehouses, galleries and makeshift venues throughout the district, but in essence the festival remains true to its original concept: open houses where you can meet artists, see work in action and buy art at studio prices.
This year sees a lively events programme with a pop up life drawing workshop in Southover Grange Gardens, The Sussex Guild’s Open Weekend, Art Flicks, an artists’ film night, Phoenix Festival, ICE Festival, Seaford Art Fair and a whole range of classes and demonstrations from stone carving, to felt-making to ‘re-imaging of old books’(at Upper Dicker Studios).
There are 60 venues open across Lewes.
Highlights this year include an exhibition at Westgate Chapel, organised by Farley Farm House, of surrealist photographs by Lee Miller and Roland Penrose alongside paintings by students at Chailey School.
The Sussex Watercolour Society is presenting, ‘Fresh Paint at The Foundry’, an exhibition of work in all media, the largest ever show by its members.
Holly House continues to be a festival favourite where the highly successful artist Jessica Zoob opens up her studio and house. In 2014 she launches a collection of fabric designs and she is holding a raffle for a piece of her work to First Friday preview visitors on August 22.
Among the open houses is Dunrobin, Bradford Road, with an installation of paintings, textiles, jewellery, prints, metalwork and ceramics by artists including award-winning Jo Gibbs and Alexis Dove.
From August 23 to September 7, with First Friday Preview Night on August 22, find the full details at www.artwavefestival.org