Lewes District Artwave Festival opens

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THE CHANCE to snoop around other people’s houses and buy art presents itself with the annual Lewes District Artwave Festival.

Dozens of homes, studios and galleries in Seaford and Newhaven have opened up their doors to the public so you don’t need to venture that far to experience it.

Of course towns and villages around the district are participating, including Lewes, Chailey and Newick, as well as many more, so there’s a good excuse to explore a little further afield too.

The festival runs from Saturday 27 August until Sunday 11 September, showcasing creative works by local artists and makers in their homes and studios. Artwave is now in its 18th year.

Chair of Lewes District Council Eileen Russell said: “The Artwave Festival gives a great opportunity to see such creative local talent on display including paintings, bronze and ceramic sculptures, jewellery and stained glass. “The Artwave Festival is a chance for artists to showcase and sell their work, and at the same time, artists themselves support the wider economy by drawing people to the region, who might not normally visit.

“I would like to thank all the artists taking part and all the volunteers, who are certainly indispensable.”

A record number of venues will be taking part in Artwave 2011 making this year’s festival one of the biggest. District council leader Tony Nicholson said: ““We are extremely fortunate to have so many talented artists located within the Lewes district.

“The Artwave Festival continues to support the local artistic community whilst increasing the economic prosperity of the district, attracting both local residents and visitors from outside the area into our towns and villages.” The not for profit Artwave Festival is coordinated by Lewes District Council.

The Artwave 2011 brochure is now available from the Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres as well as many regional key locations. Full listings at www.artwavefestival.org.