You do not have to live in the Lewes District Council boundaries but your exhibition does need to be held near to these boundaries to take part in Artwave.  


No - we are an inclusive un-curated festival and there is no jury selection. We encourage artists and makers of all ages, at all stages of their career to take part and are proud to have supported work by school and college students, marginalised artists and outreach groups alongside established artists. 


Yes - many invite other artists and makers to show work alongside them in their house/ venue, which can increase visitors as well as share the costs involved in taking part. 

Do I need insurance?

Yes - all venues should take out public liability insurance. If someone has a serious accident in your house, you could be sued for a great deal of money. You may wish to check with your home insurer to see if you are already covered for public liability.  Please take every precaution to exhibit your artwork safely. We cannot recommend specific insurance companies, however excellent information and options can be found through Artists' Newsletter. Artwave does not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public in relation to Artwave Festival.

Where can I hold my exhibition? Can it be at a shop/business?

Yes - many local businesses host exhibitions by artists.  If you do not live in the area or can't show at your home why not approach a business in the Lewes District boundaries? You can hold an Artwave exhibition anywhere you like: studio, home, shed, barn, garden, conservatory, pub, hall, gallery, caravan, restaurant, cafe, shop etc. A quirky venue often attracts more publicity and visitors!

How does the Disability and Discrimination Act of 1995 affect my exhibition?

The Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA) came into force in 2004 and requires anyone inviting the public to an event or exhibition to make reasonable adjustments for access. The Artwave brochure and website will list whether your venue has full disabled access or not.

Are there any other costs involved?

Other costs are optional but can include:
● Additional posters, flyers or banners to identify your exhibition/trail
● A private view: including drinks, invitations etc.
● Publicity for your exhibition: including a website, flyers etc.
● Wrapping and sales materials
● Cash box and / or credit card facilities

If more than one artists is showing in an exhibition should costs be shared?

The contact who registers to take part in Artwave  is responsible for paying the invoice to Lewes District Council, however how/ if the costs are split, commission charged etc., is not determined by Artwave.

How much work is involved in taking part?

This is optional depending on the amount of days you will be open and the facilities you are providing. Remember to factor in your time for promoting your exhibition, setting up and taking down work and that your venue must be invigilated during opening hours.

Do I need to promote my own exhibition?

The Artwave team promotes the festival as a whole. We therefore strongly recommend that you produce your own publicity, flyers, posters, press releases etc. and circulate these to your mailing lists or contacts.  Start your publicity well in advance of the festival and remember to check deadlines of individual publications. You will be given information of marketing ideas when you have registered. 

Do I have to open on specific dates and times?

No - it is a purely personal choice. You can open at any point from 19 August - 3 September 2017 for just one day or every day! Feedback from previous years has shown that opening between 11am and 5pm over weekends and on bank holidays provides the optimum visitor and sales numbers. It is useful to communicate with nearby exhibitions so that you can coordinate timings. 

Can I serve refreshments?

Yes - but it is a purely personal choice. From a legal point of view, anything beyond tea and cakes – for example hot food – effectively makes you into a cafe and opens you up to the possibility of health and safety inspections. Many exhibitions allow a local charity to serve refreshments at their venue to raise money for good causes. Please note that you are not allowed to charge for alcohol without the appropriate licenses.

How may visitors will come?

This is an unknown - Artwave is not responsible for the number of visitors to your exhibition, as this is dependant on many factors including your location and other venues open near you. The Artwave team does promote the overall festival, but visitor numbers can be affected by promoting your own venue, social media in particular Twitter has proved an increasingly popular tool. 


Yes - it is a purely personal choice if you wish to raise money for a charity/charities.  In 2016 many exhibitions raised money for local and national charities.