Great events and workshops for Artwave’s final weekend

Artist cafe

It’s Artwave final weekend and it’s set to be a great end to this popular festival.  Over the past two weekends, thousands of visitors have been to see hundreds of venues; meeting artists, seeing how and where they work, and buying art directly from them.  Exhibiting Artists are reporting a significant increase in people, which is also reflected in sales.  Local businesses have also seen the benefits from Artwave, with many visitors choosing to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner from the excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes across the area between venues.

This weekend sees some great new additions to the festival, including two special one day events on Saturday 3 September at Lewes House, 32 High Street in Lewes.  The Lee Miller archive, are offering a rare opportunity to see new photographs of Farley Farm House, home of photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose.  Taken by photographer Tony Tree, these images are beautiful inclusions to the publication of The Home of the Surrealists. There will be book signings by Tony Penrose, as well as the chance to purchase a Lee Miller photograph to add to your own home. 

On the same day, the beautiful gardens behind Lewes House play host to a family pop-up Surrealist Arts Café, where affordable home-made art will be served to you on a plate by waitresses donned in aprons donated by Lewes designer, Mary Fellows.  You can decorate your own edible masterpiece; play Artists’ Top Trumps, play boules on the lawn or make collage masks in the afternoon.  All of the money raised will be donated to Cancer Research.  It’s not just cake however, as there will be an exhibition of prints by photographer Carlotta Luke on sale too.

In addition, the Sussex Guild Shop in Southover Grange will be running drop in craft demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday between 10 – 5pm.  Sarah Paget invites you to ‘Make your Mark’ at her bookable Saturday workshop. Also on Saturday, Liz Mackintosh invites you to drop in to her FREE kids scavenger hunt, and the Hare and Heron Press offer their final storytelling and colouring workshops too.
If you haven’t managed to see any venues yet, check out the different open houses, galleries, studios on the six different trails around the area.  If you haven’t got your Artwave brochure, you can download one at or visit Seaford or Lewes Tourist Information Centre’s to pick one up in person. 

If you have already visited Artwave, please do vote for your Favourite Venue and Artist and give the organisers your feedback on the festival.  It only takes a few moments.  You can do this on the website, or use the slip in the brochure, or at the venues.  Your vote is a way of supporting the artists and venues you have enjoyed the most.

Story published on 31 August 2016