Festival feast in Lewes Artwave

On show: 'Yellow Bicycle', by Llana Richardson.
On show: 'Yellow Bicycle', by Llana Richardson.

More than 400 creative people are taking part in Artwave 2014 from August 22 until September 7.

The visual arts festival, supported by Lewes District Council, will see some 100 artists’ houses, studios and galleries opening their doors to welcome visitors.

It’s a chance to view art at close quarters, meet artists and visit places not usually open to the public.

Now celebrating its 21st birthday, Artwave is an intriguing and vibrant open house festival.

Councillor Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “Artwave encompasses the historic county town of Lewes, the coastal towns of Seaford and Newhaven and a selection of our most beautiful villages.

“The council is proud to support Artwave and thank you to everyone who makes it such a successful and enjoyable cultural event in our district’s calendar. Have a wonderful Artwave.”

Highlights this year include ‘The Photographer’s Eye’, a photographic exhibition held in four locations across Newhaven, ‘Fresh Paint at The Foundry’, the largest ever exhibition by The Sussex Watercolour Society, and ‘Toys and Games’ an exhibition of interactive craft works created by makers at Blind Veterans UK in Ovingdean.

There is a programme of events that covers The Sussex Guild’s Open Weekend, Art Flicks, an artists’ film night, an arts and craft fair in Isfield and The Phoenix Festival in Lewes. Many venues offer demonstrations and classes, too.

On Saturday, August 23, you can join a free outdoor life drawing session in Lewes’ beautiful Southover Grange Gardens with all the materials provided. On the last Friday, September 5, there is a talk by the three photographers of ‘The Photographer’s Eye’ exhibition at the RNLI in Newhaven.

Artwave is held over two weeks and three weekends every year throughout Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages.

It opens on August 22 with First Friday, a night of private views and music. Brochures with maps and trails are available throughout the area and can be picked up at Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres and at the Artwave Festival office.

Visit www.artwavefestival.org.uk

Meanwhile, ‘Wings of Enchantment’ is the title of a forthcoming exhibition at the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare at Ringmer.

It features paintings and drawings by artist Ann Johnson of the exotic rescue birds cared for at the centre and will run from August 9-17 (10am-4pm daily).

The exhibition is the result of 18 months’ work and a percentage of sales will be donated to Raystede.

Ann said: “I hope this exhibition will help raise awareness of the plight of many exotic birds caught up in the pet trade.”

It has been inspired by a beguiling cockatoo called Ice Cream. Ann added: “I was totally enchanted by this wonderful little bird and knew immediately I had to work creatively with him and his companions.”