Summer of arts events is planned for Newhaven

A SUMMER of arts events is underway in Newhaven, with Shakespeare at the Fort and a major retrospective exhibition by “one of our greatest living painters” Harold Mockford.

Well known Lewes brewer Harveys is even producing a special ale, which will feature one of Harold’s iconic paintings to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Artwave exhibitions and a community play writte for the town are planned too.

Many of the summer events have been organised by the revived Newhaven Arts, which aims to put the town’s cultural heritage on the map.

Carole Buchan, from Newhaven Arts, said: “We set up Newhaven Arts in order to showcase the huge range of artistic talent there is in the town.

“We are particularly pleased that the Arts Council and a number of local firms have agreed to sponsor the Harold Mockford exhibition and feel this says a lot for their belief in Newhaven.

“Mockford is one of our greatest living painters. We’re proud to be staging this exhibition celebrating Newhaven and his eightieth birthday.”

At Newhaven Fort, Oddsocks Theatre Company presents Julius Caesar on Tuesday August 21.

It is being billed as Monty Python meets Shakespeare. Tickets from the Fort on 01273 517622.

Lewes District Council’s Artwave Festival comes to Newhaven with open houses and an exhibition of paintings, ceramics, textiles and furniture by artists and makers at the Hillcrest Centre from August 25-27 from 12 noon-5pm.

The Harold Mockford exhibition at the Hillcrest Centre runs from August 31-September 2.

It is the first event to be organised by Newhaven Arts.

Harold Mockford is even donating a painting which will be auctioned on the Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Hillcrest Centre.

There will be free art workshops for young people, and an additional workshop for adults.

Other attractions in September include the community play The Port, the Beast and the Traveller and the Newhaven Film Club will be launched at the Hillcrest Centre too.