Newhaven Festival celebrates coast, culture, and community. Events take place all year round with a particular emphasis on September.

The festival’s mission is to gather together all the creative talent and community spirit in Newhaven and ongoing, celebrate with events that showcase our industrial heritage, established and emerging talent and growing townscape. Helping individuals and groups express their creativity, gain knowledge of their practise and build the confidence to move forward with their ideas that add to our creative cluster, promote enterprise in the arts and celebrate our industrial town.

To find out more visit the Festival website

Artwave 2022: The ‘Haven Trail’

Artwave runs from 3rd- 18th September.
Not directly supported by Creative Newhaven, just really loved, Newhaven boasts a dozen venues in this year’s Artwave festival. You can choose from houses, studios, and workshops. Many venues are concentrated in the South Heighton area and others are centrally located.

Discover more about each Haven venue (in the artist’s own words), their opening times, and facilities. The trail is sponsored by Sussex Community Development Association.

Artwave gives art lovers the chance to discover new work, meet artists and makers, and buy directly from them. Follow the trails around Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven & Peacehaven and the surrounding villages this September.

You can browse and search all the exhibitions online, download a PDF or pick up your free copy of the printed guide from Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres. When you have chosen which exhibitions you want to see, don’t forget to check when they are open and what facilities they offer. All exhibitions are free to visit!

Artwave is a great opportunity to shop local and support the creative community.


© Gallit Shaltiel (exhibiting at the Hillcrest) and Lizzie Lower (exhibiting at the Chapel Street Venue)

The Grassroots Awards

Congratulations to the six winners of the inaugural Newhaven Grassroots Awards, who shared £15,500 to produce events and projects this Summer. These six Newhaven based projects formed part of the BN9 Cultural Programme, the work they produced was wide-ranging and impressive.

The Living Coast Undersea Experience (@kpprojectsCIC)
LCUE was an immersive experience delivered via a virtual reality (VR) headset transporting the user to the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone. Lasting for around 5 minutes the participant is guided by a commentary to notice the creatures that live and pass through the watery world.

KPP raised £10,647 from Arts Council England to help fund the project which included training six people in event management and VR technology, and two event days at Newhaven’s Hillcrest. These events days, when people experienced the immersive activity attracted 123 attendees. 99% of the people completing feedback forms gave positive feedback.

Photo Fringe (@photofringe)
Newtopias was part of the tenth Photo Fringe biennale, a photography festival with national reach, based in Brighton. The organisers were successful, at the second time of asking, in achieving funding from Arts Council England. The project was part of the Real Utopias season which explored ‘how photography can help us imagine a brighter, greener, fairer world.’

Local residents were invited to share their visions for their personal and community hopes and dreams through the medium of collage and share that publicly in a street-facing exhibition in the heart of Newhaven.

Newhaven Youth Club (SCDA) (@newhaven_youth_centre) Newhaven Youth Centre youth club members produced Identity, a sharing developed from participating in a 6-week programme of workshops. The project participants all attended the SCDA youth club and the aim was to create a project in which the young people could express themselves and build their self-confidence.

The project concept was developed in consultation with the young people, who decided to concentrate on music, drama, and fashion. Workshops focused on costume design, music recording and set design, were led by three artists, to explore a theme of identity, particularly in relation to ‘youth’ and ‘LGBTQ’. 12 young people participated over the life of the project. 

KDE Dance (@katiedaleeverettdance)
Seaford based choreographer, film-maker and director of the Sussex Dance Network Katie Dale-Everett’s (KDED) project combined dance and motion capture technology to explore how play and movement can enable young people to connect in the virtual world, leading to positive outcomes in the real world. Two new works were developed, ‘Playscape: How to Build a Galaxy’, the interactive participatory experience and the short performance.

The project is on-going and part of a wider KDED research project, supported by Goldsmiths University and Arts Council England, using cutting-edge technology to enable real-time dance between dancers in different parts of the world.

Hospitable Environment (@hositable_environment)
The grassroots funding will enable Hospitable Environment (HE) to refurbish the community bread oven in spring 2023. Once refurbished, Hospitable Environment will host a series of bread making workshops and events subject to funding. So far the Grassroots funding has enabled HE to move the community oven safely to Hillcrest centre, ready for refurbishment. The oven is made out of cob, a natural building material which needs to dry in warm conditions therefore refurbishment will begin in April 2023.

Creative Force (@creativeforceuk) and Inroads Productions.
This project that matches ‘Baby Boomers’ with ‘Generation X’ participants, to explore memories and perceptions of Newhaven,  will be getting started in the new year. Additional funding has now been raised to enable workshops planned for the Lewes Road Hut, involving dramaturgist Sara Clifford, and a local historian.

Newhaven Art Space

On Thursday 1 September 2022 a new contemporary art gallery opened at 24 High Street Newhaven. Run by Helen Turner and Nick Marsh from Newhaven Art Projects, the gallery and workspace will feature a rolling programme of contemporary art exhibitions from local, regional, national and international artists.

The programme starts with LIFTOFF! an exhibition of Nick and Helen’s own work and continues into the autumn with ‘From the Studio’ and ‘The Wastemakers on Cornucopia Street’.

The gallery is supported by the Newhaven Enterprise Zone with thanks to Boutique Modern and Towner Eastbourne and is part of the BN9 programme.

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