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MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2018

Make Lewes Festival returns for a fourth year this September with a fresh set of talks, symposia workshops and further events.

21st – 30th September 2018

Highlights include:

Launch event – Collaborative Conspiracies: Tongue and Groove and Algorithms – the Fred and Will Story

Sit-down vegetarian supper with special guest talks by designer makers Fred Baier and William Hardie. Tickets available HERE

Friday September 21st 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD


Workshop mania

Our popular collaborative design & make workshops are happening again

Collaborative Collisions – September 22 to 23rd

Kinship IV – September 26 to 29th


Exhibition

Unplastics – an exhibition of local upcycled, re-used design artefacts, products and objects second, third or four thousandth time around.


Symposia

Over the second weekend two timely symposia

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

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

With speakers from Bangladesh, Iceland, Oxford, Kurdistani Iraq, Pevensey and London.

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, The Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, BN7 2JS

Plus a luminous roll call of further highlights (To be announced)


Further information on MLF 2018 symposia speakers

The invited speakers list below is provisional and subject to change

Building with Water

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 – artist, poet, maker – founder and organiser of Rye Marshes Water Week Festival

Andri Snaer Magnasson –Icelandic poet and environmentalist whose Dreamland book and film activism was instrumental in turning his country against 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

FutureScoping – Cultural Infrastructure Symposium

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

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

Piers Taylor, Invisible Studio experimental architect, most recently on the participatory artists and makers Watchett Arts Hub.

Jess Steele, director Jericho Road, social and community development, led Hastings Pier community organisation

Cover image – Bengal Stream – Iwan Baan

MLF 2018 – Collaborative Conspiracies

MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2018 LAUNCH EVENT

Tongue and Groove and Algorithms – the Fred and Will Story

Sit-down vegetarian supper with special guest talks by designer makers Fred Baier and William Hardie.

Friday September 21st 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD map

Tickets £22.50 (includes vegetarian mezze supper, cake and a complimentary drink) Pay bar available. Booking online through eventbrite.

Fred Baier is an internationally renowned furniture maker, who pioneered the use of computer aided design in furniture making in the 1980’s, and has been at the forefront of drawing together analogue and digital making in the decades since.

William Hardie, is well known in Lewes for Studio Hardie. Resolving seemingly impossible design challenges, William has become a familiar face on Amazing Space’s and other TV programmes. Less known is that years ago Fred and William worked together on a public art project leading to a long and creative friendship.

The pair will thread together their shared story during the course of the evening.

Collaborative Conspiracies is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

Kinship IV

Kinship IV Design & Build Workshop

Make Lewes Festival’s fourth Kinship workshop co-led by William Hardie of Studio Hardie and Sally Daniels of tangentfield.

25th – 28th September, 10.00 – 18.00

Venue – Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land map and Studio Hardie Workshop map

Tickets* £95, Students £75.

This year’s Kinship IV will include a water theme. The Kinship team will work on the Lewes Railway Land nature reserve to arrive at a water influenced design relevant to the site.

Full brief available soon

For more information and to reserve a place email: info@makinglewes.org

If you are travelling from further afield, please see our list of accommodation options for staying in Lewes.

Kinship IV Design & Make Workshop is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

Cover Image – Kinship III by Thomas Sale

Collaborative Collisions III

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

22 – 23rd 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 sheep wool, bicycle parts and other materials

This years Collaborative Colliders include:

Barbara Keal  – Felt Maker and artist

John Downie – Inventor and upcyclist

Fred Baier – Furniture Maker, fresh from his evening talk

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

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 soon 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 – artist, poet, maker – founder and organiser of Rye Marshes Water Week Festival

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

Cover Image – Iwan Baan

 Buildng with Water is supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund

 

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 soon on Eventbrite

Featuring

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

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

Piers Taylor, Invisible Studio experimental architect, most recently on the participatory artists and makers Watchett Arts Hub.

Jess Steele, director Jericho Road, social and community development, led Hastings Pier community organisation

Further speakers to be announced

FurureScoping is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

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