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Art Trails around Lewes

Much has been written about the exciting experiment Charleston has initiated in setting up a new creative space in Lewes, which it’s hoped will bring visitors to the town as well as provide an opportunity to engage with local artists and young people in local state schools, further education and higher education groups.

Art lovers looking to visit this new creative space to see the latest exhibition focusing on the Bloomsbury Set ‘Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion’ and ‘Jonathan Baldock: through the joy of the senses’, can now also get a shuttle bus which takes a wonderfully scenic route to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne which is currently showing The Turner Prize — Towner Eastbourne.

But Lewes itself has a buzzing creative scene so why not spend more time in Lewes before venturing further. You will find here a brief guide to many of the local galleries (check websites for opening times).

For those wanting to explore more galleries further along the South Coast, why not take the coastal train from Lewes station and stop off at Eastbourne for the Towner Gallery, on to Bexhill for the De La Warr Gallery, Hastings for Hastings Contemporary and on to Rye for many more small independent galleries. The train line goes through the South Downs, along by the sea and into Romney Marsh so you will see landscapes that have inspired artists over the ages – perhaps the most famous being Eric Ravilious.

If you are a local artist or run a creative organisation, we are happy to list you on Lewes Hubbub or promote your events on our “What’s On” page. This is a free service to promote the creative network in Lewes. Email us on

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