Popular summer arts festival returns


A summer visual arts festival in East Sussex, supported by Lewes District Council, gets underway this weekend.

Artwave is one of the biggest and most vibrant artist’s open house festivals in the East Sussex calendar with more than 300 different artists and makers due to take part.

For two weeks from August 22, more than 100 artists’ homes, gardens, galleries, studios and other great venues open their doors to the public.

Entry is free and visitors are able to enjoy an eclectic mix of mediums including paintings, jewellery, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, ceramics. Visitors can view art, meet artists, watch demonstrations or take part in events, discover intriguing and unusual venues, and treat themselves to tea and cake while they’re there.

Event during the festival include Jemima Schlee sharing her knowledge on Dorset button making at 11am on August 22 at 2 Fisher Street in Lewes closely followed at 2pm by Charlie Brandon-King’s Printing Workshop. Both of these are free and proving popular, so be sure to pre-book.

For fans of Alfresco life-drawing, there is a free drop-in session at Southover Grange Gardens at 4pm on Saturday 22 and again on August 29.

A walking and sketching workshop with artist Keith Pettit inspired by nature is happening on Saturday, September 5 from 10am until noon. Guests are asked to bring their sketchbooks and pencils and meet at the wood totems in Centenary Park, Peacehaven. Pre-booking is essential as there are limited places on this free event.

Councillor Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “Artwave continues to go from strength to strength with six new art trails including four rural and two town trails, aimed to help you discover different parts of our great district.

“Now, in our 22nd year, we are proud to have attracted more than 300 different artists and makers to be part of Artwave, with 2015 being our busiest year to date.

An exciting addition this year is our Artwave Favourite Awards sponsored by Viva Lewes, the Chair of Lewes District Council and Lewes District Business Awards. Please be sure to vote for your favourite artist, rural venues and town venues by visiting www.artwavefestival.org.”

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