ArtWaves festival is back, taking over Bridlington Spa and beyond for the fifth year with some new dates, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2019. The popular ArtWaves Fringe will begin on Monday 17 June.

This year is set to exceed all that has come before with vibrant showcase of traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art in a programme ready to burst with creativity and excitement for both ex-perienced artists and those wanting to try something different.

The programming is currently underway to create an energised line up with favourite artists from years past alongside a mix of new artists. The full programme is set for release early 2019 with the first wave of bookable workshops set for release later this year.

ArtWaves Festival Director, Lauren Frost said, ‘We’re coming back with some very exciting additions to this years programme, ones that will see the festival expand from Bridlington Spa into the local area with a range of opportunities and experiences that aim to excite and inspire people of all ages.’

Alongside the release of the new dates the ArtWaves team are excited to announce that the highly anticipated ArtWaves Open Exhibition is returning.

The exhibition is open to all, allowing artists far and wide to submit their best works on a multitude of themes or subjects that will be judged on artistic quality and appeal before being displayed in what is set to be a highly popular diverse exhibition.

2018 self taught artist winner of both the audience and judges choice award, Diana Boanas said, “ I was delighted and humbled to win with my portrait of Flossie. The generous prize money has given me the opportunity to buy more materials and continue to develop my passion of watercolour painting. I would encourage artists of all medium to submit work to the Open Exhibition and be a participant in a community of local people sharing a love of creative artwork. The festival has grown impressively, it is a pleasure to see so much enjoyment and interaction over the festival weekend.”

The festival is offering cash prizes totalling over £1000 to the winners alongside sponsored prizes from art companies who are showing their support for the exhibition.

Councillor Richard Burton, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Tourism and Culture said, “The Open Exhibition is a fantastic and growing part of the festival, giving artists from the region and beyond the opportunity to submit their artworks and showcase their artistic talents. It’s a fantastic opportunity and one I encourage all to enter into and to see the pieces as part of the festival”

Selected entries will for the public exhibition housed in The Spa Gallery for the duration of the ArtWaves Fringe and festival weekend.

All entry information will be released alongside the new website launch in December. Closing date for entries is 17th May 2019.

Any questions should be directed to

Mark Lonsdale
Marketing Manager
Bridlington Spa