COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Statement

It is with a very heavy heart, we publicly announce the cancellation of ArtWaves 2020.

We are sure you're all aware of the difficult decisions facing event organisers following the outbreak, and subsequent pandemic, of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whilst the government are yet to officially ban events such as ours from continuing, the responsibility lies with us and the recommendations put to us.

ArtWaves is a East Riding of Yorkshire Council run event and so we have taken guidance from our reporting officers as well as the guidance from our host; Bridlington Spa who have cancelled all scheduled events.

Although we have been working hard behind the scenes since our announcement on Friday, to find solutions to safely allow the festival to take place this year, it's clear that things have progressed to such an extent that we have no other choice than to postpone the event.

That said, we will continue working with our artists and supporters to see if we can bring ArtWaves to the public in some shape or form once we have clearer directives from the government about the viability and safety of public events in the future.

For those of you who have purchased tickets via Bridlington Spa box office to any of our paid events, we are pleased to announce you will be issued a full refund. Please be patient with the staff at this extremely busy and unsettled period and rest assured it will happen.

The box office number is 01262 678258

We have spent today contacting artists and traders to update them on this situation. If you are one of those effected and believe you have not yet heard from us, please do feel free to contact us directly at to discuss further.

We cannot express how upsetting it has been to make this decision - behind the posts are real people who wanted to make this work for ourselves as well as you.

We thank you for your support and wish you a healthy and safe 2020

Lauren Frost (Director of ArtWaves) & Ellen Davies (assistant to the director).