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Artwave marks 30th birthday with bonanza of creative exhibitions

Artwave is celebrating its 30th anniversary next month and this year's festival of creativity is set to be the biggest in its history.

Carolyn Trant and Peter Chasseaud

Carolyn Trant and Peter Chasseaud whose work is featured in Artwave
Running over three weekends from September 2 to 17, Artwave will feature artwork from more than 1,000 creatives at over 180 free exhibitions across Lewes district, including the opportunity to visit artists' private homes as well as more unusual venues such as a windmill, farm and train station.

When it began in 1993, the festival featured the work of 70 artists across 18 events and has steadily grown to become a popular fixture in the region's cultural calendar.

Councillor Johnny Denis, Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Tourism and Leisure, said: "I am delighted to welcome back Artwave in its special 30th year and the great breadth of artistic talent it showcases.

"The festival has gone from strength to strength over the last three decades and with the biggest ever number of exhibitions, art lovers are in for a real treat this September."

Printed Artwave guides, which include maps and information about every exhibition, are now available from Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres.

Carole Buchan, who organised the first ever Artwave, said her aim as Lewes District Council's first arts officer was "to make the arts accessible to all".

She added: "Artwave has picked up momentum year-on-year with artists, both established and new, showing work in a variety of venues, including shops, pubs and caf├ęs and in their own homes right across East Sussex.

"It is now a highlight of the cultural year with around a hundred venues open for three weekends in September, attracting visitors from all over the south."

This special anniversary Artwave features the work of artists, such as printer Carolyn Trant and artist Peter Chasseaud, who have taken part in Lewes since the inaugural festival, as well as first-timers like potter Daniel Martin, who will be opening his studio at the iconic Coastguard Cottages at Cuckmere Haven.

Artwave is supported by Lewes District Council, with artists and makers who live or work in Lewes district receiving a subsidised entry fee. 

For more details about Artwave visit www.artwavefestival.org

Published on August 16, 2023.

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