Artwave Festival is launched in Lewes district

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THE ever-popular Artwave Festival, a stunning showcase of visual delights by artists and makers from across the Lewes district, has been launched.

Taking place in homes and studios from Saturday, August 25, to Sunday, September 9, Artwave showcases creative works by local artists and makers.

The Artwave Festival media launch was officially opened by the Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Tony Nicholson, in the gardens of Pelham House and attracted more than 100 guests.

This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better than the 2011 event with more than 120 different venues and 380 artists participating.

Visitors to Artwave 2012 will also enjoy a rise in the number of coastal venues, as well as some completely new exhibitors.

The festival venues cover the length and breadth of the Lewes district, including Ditchling, Newick and Firle as well as larger towns of Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes. From established town centre galleries to private homes snuggled in beautiful, rural locations, Artwave open houses offer visitors the chance to escape frantic or uninspiring schedules and to discover stimulating art in extraordinary and often tranquil settings right on their doorstep.

Cllr Nicholson said: “Now in its 19th year, the festival continues to thrive and I am astonished and impressed at the breadth of creative activity across the Lewes district.”

Brochures are available from Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres now. For further information on the festival, go to

Meanwhile, St Laurence Church and Falmer Village Hall will be opening their doors to showcase an exhibition featuring some of the finest artists and craftsmen in Sussex as part of Artwave.

Eighteen artists will be showing their work at the Falmer venues, including renowned Lewes printmaker Carolyn Trant and painters Natalie Martin and Ann Johnson. The show will also feature sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and basketware.

“The show is now in its fifth year and each year it seems to get better,” says organiser Sue Barnes. “We always have new and exciting artists to exhibit as well as firm favourites.”