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New “art shuttle” bus launches connecting Towner Eastbourne, Seven Sisters and Lewes

New “art shuttle” bus launches connecting Towner Eastbourne, Seven Sisters and Lewes

September 8, 2023

A new hop-on-hop-off minibus will link Towner Eastbourne, Charleston, Seven Sisters Country Park and a new arts venue in Lewes.

The Sussex Art Shuttle is the first of its kind in the region, allowing visitors to Turner Prize 2023 at Towner Eastbourne to easily get out and explore some of the area’s other major attractions.

Turner Prize 2023 opens at Towner Eastbourne on 28 September, featuring the works of the four shortlisted artists – Jesse Darling, Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim and Barbara Walker.

 At the same time, nearby Charleston –  the former country home of Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell – presents  ‘David Hockney: Love Life’, featuring rarely-seen early drawings by one of the most popular and recognisable artists of our time.

September will also see Charleston launch a brand-new location in central Lewes, with a major exhibition exploring the fashion of the Bloomsbury group.

The new bus route, operated by Cuckmere Buses, will link up all three arts venues via a spectacular route that takes in the iconic Seven Sisters cliffs, Cuckmere Valley and the picturesque villages of Alfriston and Litlington, where guests can hop off to enjoy a range of food, drink and independent shops, as well as enjoying the amazing visitor centre, shop and coastal walks at Seven Sisters Country Park.

The service launches on 15 September and will set off four times a day (Friday to Sunday) from Towner Eastbourne, reaching Charleston and Lewes in under an hour.

Visitor Services Officer Helen Weeks at the Seven Sisters shop

Joe Hill, Director and CEO, Towner Eastbourne, said “It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the wider region and see some of the best culture Sussex has to offer this season”

Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the National Park Authority, said: “A day-out in the countryside by bus can be a real family adventure, helping the environment and removing the stress of trying to find a parking space.  This new bus service is a great way to explore the National Park this autumn and discover its incredible landscape, natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.”

Read more about the Sussex Art Shuttle at www.sussexmodern.org.uk/artshuttle