Sussex Art Shuttle returns after 2023 success

Towner Eastbourne, Sussex Art Shuttle 2024 (Thomas Broadhead)

The bus allows visitors to visit multiple arts venues and see the wider region via a special minibus route

A service linking local art spaces by bus has returned to Sussex after a successful trial in 2023.

The Sussex Art Shuttle returns this spring and will link the Towner Eastbourne gallery, Charleston in Firle, Seven Sisters Country Park and Charleston’s arts space in central Lewes.

‘Route 39’, will run with four services a day Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the venues, and via landmarks like the Seven Sisters cliffs and Cuckmere Valley, until late October.

The project is part-funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and South East Museums Development (SEMD). The Charleston reports that the route has connected over 1,000 visitors per month since its introduction last year.


Joe Hill, Director and CEO, Towner Eastbourne, said: “Visiting the area by bus is a fantastic opportunity to explore the wider region and see some of the best culture Sussex has to offer this season. Catch the final days of the critically acclaimed Turner Prize or mark your diary to see a brand-new range of exhibitions from May here in Eastbourne.”

Nathaniel Hepburn, Director, Charleston, commented: “The return of The Sussex Art Shuttle opens up new opportunities for visitors to engage with the vibrant cultural scene of the region. We’re delighted to be connecting new audiences with our new season of spring exhibitions, not to mention the breathtaking landscapes surrounding them.”

Tim Slaney, Chief Executive (Interim) of the South Downs National Park Authority, added: “We’re proud to be supporting this innovative and sustainable shuttle service that links world-class arts and heritage destinations that are all on the doorstep of Seven Sisters Country Park.

“A day-out by bus can be a real family adventure and offers a different way of experiencing the National Park, removing the stress of trying to find a parking space, and offering a bit more freedom to really enjoy these amazing places.”