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.


Help shape the future of Artwave

Thank you to everyone who has been out visiting venues and enjoying this years' festival. Please help shape the future of Artwave by completing our short visitor survey and be in with the chance of winning four free tickets for the Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival on 30 September 2017. 


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.





Visit Brighton & Hove Buses' magnificent flower bus which will be in the Lewes precinct for one day only on Friday 1 September (from 10am - 5pm). Following on from Brighton & Hove Buses' music bus and beach bus, with the help of Katie from Flower Show Presents, they are creating a large scale model of a bus completely covered in flowers. The bus will contain many hidden surprises so be sure to visit!



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 over the bank holiday weekend in the Depot Cinema . Visit him 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, the Depot is putting on a special screening of 'Paterson', Jim Jarmusch's gentle film about a week in the life of a bus driver and unpublished poet . See the cinema website for times and prices.



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