18 August – 2 September

We’re celebrating Artwave – the annual festival of artists and makers from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages. 

It’s the 25th anniversary of the festival and a number of colour-themed events are taking place at Depot. We’re taking our inspiration from the Krzysztof Kieslowski film Three Colours: Blue, starring Juliette Binoche, screening at Depot on the first day of the festival. 

Opening Artwave’s art and film strand, on Saturday 18 August Alexandra Loske gives a free illustrated talk on the history of colour: how humans have been creating pigments and paints since pre-historic times, the impact of Isaac Newton unravelling the rainbow, and how new ideas about our emotional responses to colour emerged in the Romantic Age. Alexandra will also talk about our special relationship with the colour blue.

A free drop-in workshop for children with Deborah Manson takes place on Sunday 19; all ages are welcome to create paper cut-out collage inspired by the colour blue, using hand painted and patterned papers prepared especially for this workshop.

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September, artist Peter Bushell will be hosting life drawing sessions with the theme of blue.

During the festival, a pop-up art installation, The Blue House, will be situated in Depot’s wild garden.

Throughout Artwave, spanning two weeks and three weekends, an open exhibition in Depot’s Studio showcases the work of local artists of all ages and levels of experience, taking  ‘blue’ as their inspiration. Join the Lewes Artwave trail and discover a wealth of artists and makers around the town.