District enjoys its most successful summer visual arts festival to date


Celebrations were in order for Lewes District Council and local event organisers after this summer’s visual arts festival proved to be the most successful yet.

Artwave 2015 saw 58 events take place across East Sussex, with more than 300 artists taking part and more than 100 open houses, studios and venues opening their doors to thousands of visitors.

This year’s Artwave saw organisers group venues into six different trails of Lewes, Seaford and Ditchling - together with a North, South and East Trail, making it easier for visitors to enjoy. The free workshops and exhibitions on offer also drew in large crowds, with many being over-subscribed.

This resulted in an increase in sales of work for the participating artists, who along with visitors, used social media to express their delight.

An exciting addition this year has been the Artwave Favourite Awards, sponsored by the Chair of Lewes District Council, Viva Lewes and Lewes District Business Awards, with winners receiving their awards at a special event held at Lewes House on Friday, September, 18.

The winner of the Favourite Rural Venue was “Artist and an Orchard”, at Upper Lodge near Ringmer, run by Corina Buckwell and Gemma Cheney.

In the Favourite Town Venue category, ‘Driftwood’ - by Mark Glassman and Geoff Stonebanks - took first prize.

Keith Pettit took home the prestigious title of Favourite Artist.

A spokesperson for Lewes District Council said: “Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the hundreds of people who took the time to vote for their favourites.

“Artwave has provided a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy all that the district has to offer. It has also provided the perfect reason for visitors to come and stay in the area, providing a welcome boost for local tourism.”

Visit www.artwavefestival.org for information.

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