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Artwave Festival 2015

The Annual Visual Arts Festival For The Lewes District - 22nd August - 6th September

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Featured Venue: Zu Studios

A piece of art from Zu Studios 7 Phoenix Place

Description: Zu Studios opens its doors to a world of wonders and surprises for possibly the last year… not to be missed!

Welcome to Artwave 2015

Artwave is a visual arts festival held over three weekends every August and September in the Lewes District. The festival covers the historic town of Lewes, the coastal towns of Seaford and Newhaven and picturesque villages of the South Downs and beyond.

We are pleased to announce the date for Artwave 2015: 22 August- 6 September

Artwave 2015 will be open for applications from 1 April 2015

Now in its 22nd year, Artwave is one of the biggest and most vibrant open house festivals in the East Sussex calendar. Almost 100 venues open their doors to reveal works in all media by over 400 artists and makers.

The art of surprise

Artwave is an open, un-curated art festival and full of surprises and hidden treats. It shows works by the whole range of artists: From famous historic artists (e.g. Lee Miller and Roland Penrose) to contemporary artists who exhibit in The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy and craftsmakers whose work is sold in Liberty’s; to mid-career and emerging artists; to art students and traditional hobbyists.

Come on inside

Artwave is renowned for its easy-going atmosphere, quirky tea gardens and for having intriguing and unusual venues. This year is no exception with exhibition spaces including farm buildings; churches, a former Elizabethan stable block, an orchard, a state-of-the-art eco building with wild downland floral roof, an outdoor art gallery and the chapel of the imposing Art Deco Blind Veterans UK building (formerly St Dunstan’s) in Ovingdean. These, along with all the town and rural open houses and studios, make for a great day out - viewing art, meeting artists, watching craft in action, and looking around houses and buildings not usually open to the public.

Londoners are welcome

Artwave exhibitors particularly enjoy meeting visitors from all over the country. It is a perfect time to come and stay in Sussex. From farm campsites, to Bed and Breakfasts tucked away in the South Downs, to country hotels, there is great accommodation here. See and

Our printed brochures list all the Artwave open houses and venues and have easy to follow maps and trails. Pick one up in Lewes Tourist Information Centre, Seaford Tourist Information Centre or from The Artwave Festival Office.