A new contemporary art gallery and project space has opened in the centre of Newhaven, providing a permanent home for contemporary art and putting the town on the map of cultural destinations along the Sussex Coast. Newhaven Art Space is the brainchild of Helen Turner and Nick Marsh, the experienced artists and educators behind Newhaven Art Projects (NAP) and the long-running Newhaven Open Call, which has seen dozens of artists exhibit their work at various pop up locations around the town.

The gallery opens on Thursday 1st September with an exhibition of work by the founding artists, and will be open Thursday – Saturday each week. Visit to stay updated on the gallery news and full programme of events.

Image: Bunny © Helen Turner 2020

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The 5th Newhaven Festival, 3-25 September, is set to be a celebration of coming out from a year of change. It runs alongside Artwave with events hosted in a range of town venues, from the Hillcrest Centre to Meeching Hall and the RNLI to St Michael’s Church.

There’s something for everyone

At the Hillcrest Centre, leading art critic and tv presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon will give a timely and topical talk reflecting on the ways in which art has been shaped by social crisis and upheaval, arriving at a refreshingly different and more vivid sense of the history of art and its connection with the actual lives of real people.

More mid-life crisis than social crisis, the inimitable Miss Hope Springs brings her award-winning and hilarious West End show to the festival. Join the piano-playing comedy, cabaret, and chanteuse as she opens her somewhat battered suitcase of dreams to share musical mementos from her Ritz to the pits life.

Budding marine biologists get the chance to explore the underwater world just beyond the harbour – without getting wet! The Living Coast Undersea Experience invites you to discover the Marine Conservation Zone that runs from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head through a 360-degree interactive VR experience.

Drop into St Michaels Church and join a collaborative and fun drawing session with artists Johnsey, who has hosted mass community drawing events all around the country, or join eco-poet Kin’d & Kin’d for a poetry workshop upstairs at the RNLI building.

Bring your memories of Newhaven and Sussex dialect words and become part of Re-wilding the Word-hoard. Sculptor Jo Sweeting, writer Louisa Thomsen Brits, and filmmaker Jane Mote have collaborated on this project to celebrate the distinct vocabulary of the places we inhabit.

Check out the Newhaven Festival website for more details, tickets and to register for free events.

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