Welcome to our 24th Annual Festival of artists and makers taking place from 19 August to 3 September across Lewes, Seaford and the surrounding rural areas.



You can read our 2017 brochure online or download a PDF

This year we have even more on offer than previous years, with seven different
trails and over 500 artists taking part.  Visitors to the festival can enjoy a mixture of arts and craft, including paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics. For the first time, we have partnered with three local community cinemas in our Art on Film feature, with a different art-related screening on each Saturday of the festival. We have also partnered with Stay Lewes, Coast & Country, to showcase other places you might want to visit in our Stay Longer pages.

There are over 140 venues,  including private homes and workshops, gardens, studios, and galleries, opening to art-loving visitors over three weekends, including the bank holiday.   See where artists live and work, buy art direct, or take part in different workshops and events. 

Free for visitors and open to all, Artwave is one of the most popular visual arts events in East Sussex.



New for 2017: Art on Film

Why not visit  Depot Cinema in Lewes, Seaford Community Cinema in Seaford and the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven as part of your visit?  All three community screens are showing different art related films to coincide with Artwave.

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Artwave on the move

We are delighted to welcome new sponsors for 2017 - including Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel. We encourage you to take public transport where possible when travelling to Artwave venues. Click here to see the map of venues and bus routes.

Our Artist in Residence, Edi Jay Mandala, mosaic artist and Brighton & Hove Bus driver, is setting up his studio for three days in the Lewes Depot Cinema from 26 - 28 August. Visit him there between 10 - 4pm, see him at work, talk to him about his inspiration for his Artwave commission and see examples of his other work.  Meet Edi on board the 28 or 29 Regency Bus from Brighton to work on his piece.

To coincide with his residency, Lewes Depot is putting on a special screening of 'Paterson', Jim Jarmusch's gentle film about a bus driver and unpublished poet called Paterson. See Lewes Depot cinema website for times and prices.


Visit Cliffe Precinct in Lewes on Friday 1 September to see the magnificent FLORAL BUS which has more than just flowers on board.



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