New Sussex Arts Shuttle launches

  • Turner Prize 2023 launches at Towner Eastbourne on 28 September 2023.
  • The new minibus, named the Sussex Art Shuttle, will link up the Towner Eastbourne with nearby Charleston, Lewes and other iconic South Downs locations;
  • This ‘Route 39’ launches on 15 September 2023, with four services a day running from Friday – Sunday until 17 December 2023, when the initial pilot period ends;
  • In line with the launch, Cuckmere Buses is welcoming new volunteer drivers to be part of this exciting new venture.
  • To apply, please email or call 01323 870920/ 07834 558376. All applicants will need a D1 category on their driving license. Full training will be provided.

Supported by Visit 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 explore some of the area’s other major attractions and exhibitions during the Sussex cultural season. Business-led tourism consortium, Sussex Modern, is promoting the initiative.

The service will set off four times a day (Fri – Sun) from Towner Eastbourne, reaching Charleston and Lewes in under an hour. The Star at Alfriston, the Long Man Brewery, Cadence Cycle Club, Rathfinny Wine Estate and spectacular South Downs beauty spots are all accessible along the way, bringing the full Sussex experience to life and allowing visitors to Eastbourne to easily explore the wider region in a day or two.

Read more about the Sussex Art Shuttle, including route and timetable information at

Nathaniel Hepburn, Director, Charleston, commented: “The Sussex Art Shuttle opens up new possibilities for visitors to experience the rich cultural landscape of our region and we are delighted to launch it in time for visitors to experience three of the biggest exhibitions in Sussex; Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion in Lewes, David Hockney at Charleston in Firle and of course the Turner Prize in Eastbourne. Visitors will now have a seamless way to experience these exhibitions and see the beautiful landscape in between.”

Notes to Editors

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Felicity Avenell,

About Charleston

Charleston is a place that brings people together to engage with art and ideas. The modernist home and studio of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Charleston was a gathering point for some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers known collectively as the Bloomsbury group. It is where they came together to imagine society differently and has always been a place where art and experimental thinking are at the centre of everyday life. Today, Charleston presents a dynamic year-round programme of exhibitions, events and festivals. Charleston believes in the power of art, in all its forms, to provoke new ways of thinking and living. In autumn 2023, Charleston took its first steps towards a permanent cultural centre in the heart of Lewes that will complement its rural home at Firle.