September 5th, 2021.

Around 800 local artists will be exhibiting their creative best at 147 venues across Lewes district at this year’s Artwave which runs from next Saturday, September the 11th, to Sunday, September the 26th.

The festival, organised by Lewes District Council, provides the opportunity for art lovers to discover new work, meet artists and makers and buy directly from them.

Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe, Cabinet member for Tourism and Devolution, explained: “Lewes district is a hugely creative place and Artwave is a platform for the talented artists and makers who live here and deserve our support.

"Now in its 28th year, the festival is as popular as ever, and gives people the chance to meet the artists who are exhibiting in an array of  venues, from churches to barns, as well as outside in countryside settings.”

A huge breadth of work will be on show, including jewellery, painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and photography.

One of the most striking exhibits is a large-scale sculpture by renowned artist Julian Wild, whose work has previously featured in venues such as The Saatchi Gallery and Chatsworth House, in collaboration with Sussex Past. Made from more than 30 metres of stainless steel and polished bronze, Salvia Corrupted, (pictured), will be installed in Lewes Castle’s Gun Garden from Thursday, September the 9th. The sculpture is bright pink and set to create a startling contrast against the backdrop of the historic castle.

In keeping with last year’s Artwave, no private homes will be open this year, with artists displaying their work in a variety of indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Visitors can follow trails around Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes or trace a route through rural district villages.

For full details including a list of all venues and opening times visit

All exhibitions are free.

Printed maps are also available from Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres.
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