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Visit Lewes Artwave 2017

Art wave 2017 local B&B accommodation for Lewes

Artwave is an annual festival of artists and makers across Lewes, Seaford and surrounding rural areas. Organised not town and rural trails, visitors can enjoy a mix of arts and crafts, including paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and more.

Why not book a short stay with us at White Lodge a luxury bed and breakfast and the number one place to stay for Lewes (source : Trip Advisor June 2017) Explore Lewes Artwave 2017 and then visit The towner art gallery were you can check out one of our local artists Victoria Albuquerque. She has been chosen again to exhibit this year it runs from the 22nd July to the 1st October 2017.

Towner's Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across the Sussex Region. Or you can see Victoria at the Open Summer House part of art wave on the 19th, 20th, 27th and 28th August or 2 and 3rd September between 11 to 5pm. Visit Victoria online at or in person at her 1938 modernist house.

Or visit Ditching museum just 15 minutes from White Lodge B&B it hosts the Eric Gill exhibition he was an artist of talent (1882 – 1940), craft and vision. His work is held in the permanent collections of museums across the world including Tate, V&A and British Museum in London. The typeface he designed is one of the most commonly used in the Western world and his sculptures grace the buildings of the BBC, Westminster Cathedral and the United Nations. Ditchling was Gill’s home from 1906 to 1924, a place of great innovation and creativity for the artist but also the village in which he sexually abused two of his teenage daughters.Co-curated by Cathie Pilkington, Royal Academician and Professor of Sculpture of the Royal Academy Schools, Eric Gill: The Body features over 80 works on loan from public and private collections including a major sculpture and drawings that have never been publicly exhibited. Within Gill’s work, the human body is of central importance; this major exhibition asks whether knowledge of Gill’s disturbing biography affects our enjoyment and appreciation of his depiction of the human figure.Eric Gill: The Body is accompanied by a major new commission by Cathie Pilkington for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Doll For Petra (2017) is a co-commission with Brighton Festival.

Visit Charleston situated in the heart of the South Downs a 20 minute drive from White Lodge B and B. Charleston was the home of Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Pioneers of early 20th century British art, Bell and Grant created a hub of artistic and intellectual activity at Charleston with visitors including Virginia and Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and many others.Charleston is a unique example of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s decorative style within a domestic context and represents the fruition of over sixty years of artistic creativity, from 1916 to 1978.Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. The walled garden was redesigned in a style reminiscent of southern Europe, with mosaics, box hedges, gravel pathways and ponds, but with a touch of Bloomsbury humour in the placing of the statuary.The rooms on show form a complete example of the decorative art of the Bloomsbury artists: murals, painted furniture, ceramics, objects from the Omega Workshops, paintings and textiles. The collection includes work by Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew Smith, Sickert, Tomlin and Delacroix.

Or see the magical woodland sculptural portals by Keith Pettit at nearby Sheffield Park.

To book call Ann on 01273 400151 or email us at or you can check live availability at

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