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A peek at Artwave homes

A trio of Artwave exhibitors to visit (and a couple of star retro homes)

Artwave – the trail of artists’ open houses around Lewes and beyond – continues this weekend and for some venues it’s the last few days of exhibiting (others are on till the beginning of Sept) so do pick up the brochure or browse it online and decide a few to visit.

Many are in Lewes but don’t forget to stray outside. Uckfield, Seaford, Newhaven and more rural areas also have art on display and for sale. Below are some of unique venues I visited at Halland and Ringmer to tempt you.

A warning though, it may not just be the art works you end up drooling over – I got some serious house envy!

This studio with long countryside views was once a snooker room.

This is the rather special workspace of Victoria Alberquerque at Modern in The Country – Venue 18 on the Artwave trail. She and her architect husband are restoring their home Bentley Wood at Knowle Lane in Halland, a timber-clad Modernist house which once belonged to Serge Chermayeff who partnered with Erich Mendelsohn one of the architects of the De La Warr pavilion. (The Henry Moore sculpture he originally had in the garden now sits outside Tate Britain).

She told me she often blocks out this fabulous view to the South Downs so as not to distract her from her work!

The one bottom middle is Lewes Castle!

Among her varied pieces are these embroidered contour pictures above. You can order one for a location that has special meaning for you – a neat idea for an anniversary or special birthday.

She has quite a wide ranging style however, with abstract oils and pottery also on sale. And don’t miss the chance for a cuppa in the garden – there’s some great homemade cake on sale!

Victoria Alberquerque

At Victoria’s recommendation I moved on to Ringmer and visited Dion Salvador Lloyd‘s contemporary landscapes, displayed on the clean white walls of Venue 24 on the Lewes Road. He is a first time Artwave exhibitor and if you like semi-abstract, his slightly Turner-esque work is a well worth a look for something accessible enough (and the right size!) for your walls. Ooh and there’s complimentary bubbles as you browse.


Within walking distance I next visited venue 23 – Anna Hayman & Friends in Harrison Lane, Ringmer.

I particularly loved this special 1920’s style house with Charleston-style decoration. Anna has recently got a commission from Liberty and when you see her vintage inspired lampshades and wallpaper you’ll see why.

Just look at this gorgeous retro bedroom!

Retro print wallpaper….

Ooh yes and for further sensory indulgence, wine and cup cakes are available in the kitchen!

Anna Hayman and friend (human friends are displaying modern art at the house).

Several of Anna’s gorgeous lampshades are on sale so you can take a little of that retro style home.

If you haven’t yet got down to the new Depot cinema in Lewes, its artist in residence, Edi Jay Mandala, mosaic artist and Brighton and Hove Bus driver, is setting up his studio there for three days  from 26 – 28 August. Visit him between 10.00 and 4.00pm to see him at work, or meet him on board the 28 or 29 Regency Bus from Brighton!

Oh and if you are heading Ditchling way following the Artwave North Trail don’t forget to pop in to Muddy Awards winner for Best Jewellery Store – Pruden & Smith which is venue 33.

Happy browsing!

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