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Collaborative Collisions III

Improvisations with Southdowns Herdwick sheep wool and other found and rescued materials.

21 – 23 September, 10.00 – 17.00, Lewes Depot, Pinwell Rd, BN7 2JS map

MLF’s popular Collaborative Collisions returns after a year off. This year’s improvisational workshop draws together a diverse group of makers, crafts people, and designers to meet a design challenge integrating local sheep wool and other materials.

Over 3 days a fantastical felt coat of changing seasons will be created from local sheep fleece (and a bit of local alpaca fleece too). Come and join Barbara Keal, Owena Lewis and others in any stage of the process from washing fleece through to making a felt leaf or animal motif to be added to the coat. Then on Sunday come and have this wild hooded garment lowered on to you.

This years Collaborative Colliders include:

Barbara Keal  – Felt Maker and artist

Owena Lewis – Farmer & wool producer

Fred Baier – Furniture Maker

Further Collaborative Colliders to be announced

Expect the unexpected

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Collaborative Collisions III is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018


Cover image: Kids participating in Collaborative Collisions II in 2016 – Photo: George Sinclair

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Building with Water Symposium

Building with Water: Water, Building, Architecture, Material Sources and the Future Symposium

Saturday September 29th, 13.30 – 18.00 Fitzroy House, Lewes, BN7 2AD map

Tickets – £8.50 Concessions – £6.50

Tickets avaialble here on Eventbrite

Featuring:

Ruhul Abdin, Paraa (Dhaka-London architectural studio) & Niklaus Graber curator of the international Bengal Stream  Bangladeshi architecture exhibition. Talking about how water defines building culture across sea level Bangladesh

Richard Coutts – principal BACA Architects – leading UK specialist floating buildings studio

Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still, co-founders of Pevensey Marshes Water Week Festival and Jane Trowell from PLATFORM

Andri Snaer Magnasson –Icelandic poet and environmentalist whose Dreamland book and film activism was instrumental in stopping the massive damming of central Highlands Iceland

Maggie Black – world water and sanitation authority and author of the Global Atlas of Water

Chamchamal Healing Garden for Victims of Torture and War Trauma, Northern (Kurdistani) Iraq with Leon Radeljic from ZRS Architects/Engineers and Leif Hinrichson from the Jiyan Foundation 

Building with Water is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018 in association with Fourth Door

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Image credit: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, “Bengal Stream³ 2017/18, photo: Iwan Baan

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FutureScoping Symposium

FutureScoping – On the future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure provision: What do we want? What does Lewes need?

Sunday September 30th, 13.30 – 17.30, Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, BN7 2JS map

Tickets – £6.50 Concessions – £4.50 Tickets available on the Depot website here

Lewes is changing. How does the town maintain its distinctive, individual identity, and how can cultural infrastructure, from the latest in live-work design to Maker Spaces, and alternative approaches to orthodox regeneration, be part of these changes?

Come and participate in an afternoon exploring the possible future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure.

Featuring:

John Burrell, director BurrellFoleyFischer Architects, the architects of Lewes Depot

Alison Grant, founder and director of Fitzroy House –  Lewes’s latest cultural hub

Frances Hollis – architect and director of the WorkHome  research project, a new ‘beyond Live-Work’ approach to affordable housing

Jess Steele, director of Hastings based Jericho Road,  – at the forefront of the ‘self-renovating neighbourhoods’ community approach to urban renewal

Jennie Lathbury from Eastbourne’s Devonshire Collective Maker Space & Eastbourne Studio Ceramics

FurureScoping is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Cover Image – Depot Cinema by BurrellFoleyFischer Architects

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MAKERS TALKS EVENING

Following on from previous festivals, our Makers talks evening again hosts locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people.

Friday 28th 19.30 – 21.15 at Studio Hardie, Unit 4 Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes BN7 2PE (map)

FREE (donations welcome)

Featuring:

Jim Keeling of Whichford Pottery  and the Oxford Anagama Project, who set up the well known Whichford Pottery over thirty years ago, will be talking about making and building a version of the ancient Japanese Anagama kiln, in the heart of Oxfordshire’s Whytham Woods.

Barbara Keal Lewes based felt-maker, will talk about her felt-making approach and striking resulting work.

Ceramicist Elaine Bolt, part of the MakingLewes group visiting the Bornholm international Ceramics European Ceramics Context Biennale will report back about the experience of visiting the Danish ‘potters’ island, famous for its ceramics culture.

Makers Talks is part of the Make Lewes Festival 2018 

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Cover image: Jim Keeling – Oxford Anagama Kiln Project. Photo: Bruce Clarke

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop

Clay workshop for families. Part of Martin Brockman’s Sussex Claylands Tour 2018-19

September 29th, 10.00 – 17.00 at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes BN7 2FG (map)

FREE EVENT (donations welcome)

Respond to the landscape, plants and animals of the Railway Land by drawing with clay pigments and making miniatures. Fire your work in a popup kiln. Follow the process of firing ceramics in the wheelbarrow touring kiln.

Martin Brockman is touring Sussex woods, downs and towns, making and firing a single pot at each stopping place. The pot is formed from clay dug from that location or nearby and fired in a wheelbarrow clamp kiln.

The series of vessels made during the tour will reference the pots made over centuries by local makers to celebrate births, deaths, weddings and harvests.

The completed series will tell a story of Sussex ceramic geography and history.

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Photo: Katie Holloway

Collaborative Kaleidoscope 2017 – Overview

Making Lewes’s autumn 2017 series of talks turned into an impromptu mini-festival, though happening over a longer than usual six-week time frame. The title referred to Making Lewes’s range of themes encompassed by the talks. The six evening events, running from late September through to early November, were hosted in Lewes’s newest arts venue, Fitzroy House. A one-time Victorian library, by George Gilbert Scott – architect of St Pancras Station Hotel – its Neo-Gothic atmosphere is particularly powerful in the main octagonal library room where the talks were held.

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We welcomed Anne Mette Hjortshøj all the way from the Baltic Sea island, Bornholm, known across Europe as a centre for crafts and particularly, ceramics.

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Anne Mette’s warmly appealing talk, about her and the island’s pottery traditions, told with a lightness of touch easily won over the Lewes audience.  Alongside Anne Mette, Lewes’s very own Tanya Gomez  gave an equally absorbing talk about her ceramic works and the connections with the sea and traveling. Both speakers were part of the larger Making Lewes – Collaborative Kaleidoscope launch event, mixing a sit-down vegetarian supper in between talks, along with a showcase exhibition of invited Sussex potters titled Cooked, Baked and Fired Again.

 

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Our next two evenings were given over to architects, though very different types of architects. Nabeel Hamdi is internationally recognised in the development field for his work on participatory processes and community engagement in housing and other building projects in many parts of the developing world. Hamdi’s talk, titled Building a Humanitarian Architecture: Deciding Interventions, was lapped up by an audience of committed Lewesians.

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The following week Duncan Baker-Brown, Lewes’s very own high profile eco-architect and one half of BBM Sustainable Architecture, packed Fitzroy House out so that we were having to turn folks away even before the evening started. The night was in effect a book launch for his recently published The Re-Use Atlas, ML partnering with Baker-Brown. The talk profiled projects across different – if primarily European – parts of the world, which are leading the way towards realising the circular economy, through re-use, upcycling and Cradle-to-Cradle approaches to sustainability. The audience were sent home dreaming of how Lewes might also, maybe actually really,enact one or two of these inspiring examples.

 

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Following on from the Baker-Brown evening, ML temporarily rehoused itself in Studio Hardie’s workshop at the far end of the Phoenix Estate for a double bill of woody related evening talks. This again was a partnership, this time with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum. The two speakers were Fred Baier, one of the true originals of the furniture making and design world, and the young Polish artist, Anna Bera, who had literally just completed her art residency at the museum, the previous dat. Baier gave a characteristically one-off and unique window into his work and life, mixing comedy and gravitas and leaving the audience rolling in the ailses, and calling out for an encore. Before this Bera had talked in conversation with the British Council’s Gian Luca Amadeil. ML’s audience headed for home with a warm glow on their faces, and probably in their hearts as well.

 

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Earlier in the afternoon Bera and ML’s artist member Zuky Serper ran a very successful open Pop Up workshop in the Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land Nature Reserve. Both artists have long worked with children, and it was particularly re-affirming to see and hear so many children with their parents, intently hammering, sawing, knocking and generally bashing away.

 

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Back in Fitzroy House, the fifth and penultimate of the talks was again all about children, though also about how children and adults can co-learn together. Emily Charkin from WIlderness Wood, talked about her and her lapsed architect partner Dan Morrish’s reason’s for taking over Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down and turning it into an experiment in open wild learning. Charkin’s Learning through Building talk made a persuasive case for the creativity and learning whichhappens when children – and adults – work, make, and build together in the outdoor without walls world. Charkin’s children, who she invited to also talk, spoke confidently about the experience from their perspectives, making a yet more persuasive case for wild learning happening down in the woods.

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Finally, all the way from Reykjavik, Iceland, Hans Johannsson, arrived to give a mind-expanding presentation on violin-making in the 21st century. The wild northern island’s principle luthier, Johannsson has also turned his attention to a series of experiments aimed at broadening the understanding of both what violins could be in the new century – why no art nouveau violin, why no modernist violin? He asked  – and answered universal questions about the nature of sound and tone. Johannsson, a master craftsman and maker, is an inspiring illustration of just how far one can go with radical sonic ideas and technologies, while maintaining a fundamental link with the craft, if the curiosity and culture of questioning is there. It may have been the most ambitious of the talks conceptually given over the six weeks, but it left those present thought-provoked about the role, nature and possibilities of what it means to be a maker or crafts-person, if imagination and a taste for adventure are present and willing.

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Hans Johannsson – Icelands 21st Century Violin Maker – Nov 3rd

Join us on Friday for the last of this years Collaborative Kaleidoscope talks series, from Icelandic stringed instrument maker, Hans Johannson.

November 3rd8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

All the way from Reykjavik, Iceland, Johannson is the country’s principal luthier and violin-maker, and is the last speaker in the Living and working in the capital Johannsson has been practicing his music instrument craft since completing studies and training at Britain’s principal Newark School of Violin Making.

Alongside traditional violin making, Johannsson’s music and sonic interests are broad. He has developed a series of Twenty First century violins and other experimental stringed instruments, collaborating with fellow Icelandic artists and musicians, including Olafur Eliasson, and his son Ulfur Hansson, and is involved in various experimental acoustics research projects.

In association with Fourth Door 

Emily Charkin – Wilderness Wood – Learning through Building – 27th OCT

October 27th8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

Emily Charkin is one half of the husband and wife partnership, who have turned Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down, Sussex, into an inspirational and thriving centre for children and adults to learn and work together.

Charkin will explore the educational value of the experience of co-making and building for both children and adults, alongside Wilderness Wood’s place within the radical education tradition.  For anyone interested in active learning beyond the classroom walls and school gates.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)

Fred Baier & Anna Bera – Furniture Art & Wood Design – Oct 20th

This week we bring you two woody talks, continuing our Collaborative Kaleidoscope series, with invited speakers who have both used wood in pioneering and unusual ways. This time though (and appropriately), we will be hosting at the Studio Hardie workshop.

October 20th, 7pm – 9.30pm at Studio Hardie, Phoenix Works, Lewes BN7 2PE (map

* Please note Studio Hardie is a workshop and not a heated arts venue. Wear warm clothes!

Furniture maker & artist Fred Baier’s work is as individual and flamboyant as the man himself. Starting off in woodwork, Baier has been traveling a singular path, one foot in the 3D design world, the other in ‘Dan Dare’ meets Roxy Music Space Age retro-futurism. With his pioneering use of Computer Aided Design (CAD-CAM) in the 1980’s, Baier has been at the forefront of fusing together analogue and digital making, and taking wood based furniture design places others don’t.

With characteristic oddball panache Baier’s has titled his talk Form Swallows Function – crossing the analogue/digital divide. Miss it at your peril.

Anna Bera is the young artist-in-residence at Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum, as part of their autumn exhibition, New Truth to Materials: Wood where – by the time she speaks on Friday – she will have just completed an artwork inspired by materials and place.

From Poland, Bera is particularly interested in natural materials, and has worked using wood on her Wild Children projectsBera will be in conversation with Gian Luca Amadei from the Architecture Design Fashion team at British Council in London.

The talks are in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum.
Cover image: Anna Bera. photo: Emilia Oksentowicz