Category Archives: Events

ReMake / ReModel Exhibition & Symposium

12-20th September
Studio Hardie, Unit 2

An exhibition highlighting the latest in MakersSpaces, Green Fab Labs, Materials Re-Use Hubs and Cafe’s, Redistributive Manufacturing and the Circular Economy.

With a micro-symposium on Saturday 19th September 13.30 – 18.30. £5 – £7 Suggested Donation

Speakers include:

Maria Lisogorskaya, ASSEMBLE – Turner Prize Nominated Art & Architecture Collective , London

Jonathan Minchin, lead founder of Vallidaura Green FabLab, Barcelona

Duncan Baker-Brown, BBM Sustainable Design, architect and educator, on the Wastehouse, the first building made entirely from re-used materials

Cat Fletcher, Freegle and key WasteHouse co-creator

Trygve Ohren of RAKE, Trondheim, Norway, on reuse of materials and buildings in different art/architecture projects

Nick Gant, University of Brighton Sustainable Design department, on the Wastehouse and waste materials in design

Adrian Smith, SPRU, University of Sussex, leading researcher on grassroots FabLabs

Soren Femmer Jensen & Sofie Pahlen on The Green Showroom Bornholm, the first natural Green Materials Library in Denmark    

Further speakers to be confirmed…

If you wish to reserve a place for the Symposium please make your donation here, and email us at to confirm your attendance. 

ReMake / ReModel Exhibition & Symposium is part of Make Lewes Festival 2015

For more information email:

Rethinking Housing Exhibition & Symposium

19-20th September
Lewes House, School Hill

An exhibition presenting a broad spectrum of new housing solutions, including Co-Housing, Self Build and Live-Work

With a micro Symposium on the 20th September, 13.30 – 18.30. £5 – £7 Suggested Donation

Speakers to include:

Lisa Baraitser – resident and Co-founder – and Ken Rorrison from Architects, Henley Halebrown and Rorrison on award winning Copper Lane Co-Housing project.

Cany Ash of AshSakula on their low cost self build LightBox House and other projects.

John Broome –  Pioneering self-build and community architect and founding member of Architype, the influential sustainable architectural practice.

Trygve Ohren of Nøysom arkitekter on their self build Svartlamon Housing project, Trondheim, Norway.

Frances Holliss – Architect and researcher on live-work design in buildings and author of Beyond Live/Work: The Architecture of Home-Based Work.

If you wish to reserve a place for the Symposium please make your donation here, and email us at to confirm your attendance. 

Rethinking Housing Exhibition & Symposium is part of Make Lewes Festival 2015.

Rethinking Housing Exhibition & Symposium is supported by Lewes Town Council.

For more information email:

Kinship II Design & Make Workshop

16th – 18th September
Studio Hardie Workshop

After a highly successful workshop last festival, Kinship design & make workshop will happen again at the Studio Hardie Workshop. Kinship is co-partnered by William Hardie of Studio Hardie and Sally Daniels of the University of West of England’s Architecture Department & Tangentfield.

Up to twenty five participants will be supported by Hardie Studios professional carpenters to design and build a portable community structure. Full brief available here.

The cost of the workshop is £50 (ticket includes full access to all other festival events)

The workshop is limited to 25 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you would like to join us you can reserve your place by paying the £50 workshop fee below –

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To confirm your attendance please email:

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

Kinship II Design & Make Workshop is part of Make Lewes Festival 2015.

Kinship II Design & Make Workshop is kindly sponsored by Triton

Lewes Makers Events

Make Lewes Festival 2015 features a number of making and crafts focused events. These include:






12-13th September

Lewes Phoenix Foundry

An improvisation over two days with cogs, wheels and hay.

For this years Festival we’ve invited local crafts people and makers to create a collaborative collision and come up with a joint completed work over the course of the first festival weekend.

Conversation, cogs, wheels, hay, ropewalks, wimbles with two rope making workshops for the public.

Public participation is happening Sunday 13th between 12.00 and 4.00pm, with all and everyone welcome. 
The open activities will include rope-making workshops and there will also be a cafe for refreshments.

Makers and Crafts people participating in Collaborative Collisions include the following:

Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan – Basket Maker

Jonathan Swan – Jeweler

Mike Pattison – Bicycle inventor

Tom McWalter – Designer & Maker

Photo credit: Alun Callender

Thanks to Diana at The Seamstress and Abigail from Abigail’s Drapery for supplying materials!


Friday 18th 19.30 – 21.30 Studio Hardie 1, (map)

Makers Talks evening with locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people. Including The Collaborative Collisions team talking about their experience of improvising together over the previous weekend. Plus MakingLewes team member William Hardie of StudioHardie will be speaking!

Further speakers include:

Mary Butcher – Mary Butcher is one the country’s foremost Basket-Makers, and has exhibited both in Britain and internationally. She has conducted research into East Anglian basket making and was made an OBE

Charley Brentnall – Charley Brentnall has been at the forefront of the resurgence of oak and timber frame building carpentry during the last forty years. He was a founder of one of the earliest British new carpentry companies, Carpenter Oak & Woodland.


Lewes Makers showing, talking and demonstrating their own particular craft and making.

Open Studios available at:

Guiliaume Lyons (map)

Mo Hamid Pottery (map)

Inglis-Hall Furniture Design (map)

Robin van Creveld Open Kitchen (map)

Nic Johnson Wood Sculpting – Studio 1, Vipers Wharf, railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2AQ

For times please see the schedule here
Lewes Makers Events are part of Make lewes Festival 2015.


In the run up to the general election MakingLewes are hosting a new series of talks, taking their lead from the election and after, on the future of architecture, housing and the impact of new technologies.

Anna Minton – Public & Privatised Housing

April 10th, 7.30pm, The Needlemakers Cafe (map)
Suggested Donation £5

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist, who contributes regularly to The Financial Times, The Guardian and the BBC. She is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty First Century an ‘acclaimed polemic’ in defense of the public realm and against the growing transformation of Britain’s streets into privatised space over the last thirty years. Minton is a Reader in Architecture at the University of East London, and has been author of a number of influential reports on the future of Housing for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and The Institution of Chartered Surveyors, amongst others.

Alastair Parvin – WikiHouse, 3D Printing & Open Source Building


April 17th, 7.30pm, Elephant & Castle* (map)
Suggested Donation £5

Alastair Parvin is one of the original catalyzers of WikiHouse – the Open Source Architectural and building network, which has been taken up all over the planet and triggered a wave of independent WikiHouse designs. Parvin is part of 00 Architecture, the radical architectural practice known for their fusion of the latest in social media with a progressive architectural agenda. He has authored Right to Build, an examination of the housing industry and polemic for a new social media aware self build revolution.

Jay Merrick – Architecture & Architects – No point. Let’s Just Finish Them Off!

kong meets the shard2

May 1st, 7.30pm, Elephant & Castle* (map)
Suggested Donation £5

Jay Merrick has been architecture critic of The Independent for 14 years, following an earlier career in news and environmental journalism. He writes regularly for Architects Journal, and has contributed to Deutche Bauzeitung, Blueprint, Building Design, Monument (Australia), Quotidien de l’Art, New Society, and the London Magazine. Jay has written central essays in architectural monographs for practices including Grimshaw and Partners, Wilkinson Eyre, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, and Arup Associates. He also works as a regular consultant for architectural practices. Jay has also written on art-related subjects for The Independent, Architects Journal, and Goodwood Magazine. His novel, Horse Latitudes, was published by Fourth Estate in 1999.

*Elephant & Castle Talks take place in the upstairs events room of the pub. Drinks available at the bar.


Saturday 13th September, 2.30pm – 5.00pm



Celebrate the opening of Making Lewes’ first festival, with a series of talks from prominent local figures in the fields of architecture, design and sustainability.


William Hardie,  designer and craftsman well known for realising the projects on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces will talk about his work, materials and the workshop.


Oliver Lowenstein, writer, journalist and founder of the cultural review magazine Fourth Door Review, will talk about the Bio Base exhibition, it’s background and themes.


John May, Lewes base author and blogger will talk about his recent book Handmade Houses and Other Buildings.



Make Lewes Festival 2014!

Lewes’ first festival of making, architecture and sustainable design, hosted by MakingLewes

Sat 13th – Sun 21st September

Click here to see the festival overview

For further information on each section of the festival click on the links below:

13th – 14thLocal Making & Building Talks 

13th – 21st The Bio-Base Exhibition & Seminar 

17th – 21st –  Housing Futures Exhibition & Seminar

17th- 19th – Design & Make Workshop

18th – 21st – Lewes Makers Exhibition @ The Depot

18th, 19.30 – 21.00 – Segal Self Build talk – Robin Hillier

19th, 12.00 – 17.00 – Visit to Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

19th MakingLewes@Zu Studio – Talks & Party

Further details coming soon……

The Bio-Base Exhibition & Seminar


13 – 21st September, 10.00am – 5.30pm

An exhibition showcasing examples of the emergent Bio-Based building materials revolution. The latest in renewable, natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed, with examples from the South East and further afield.

With a Seminar* on Sat 20th September, 1.30pm – 6.45pm 


Jonathan Fovargue, Eurban, who have been at the forefront of Cross Laminated Timber use in Britain.

Ian MacKay of BBM Sustainable Design on how Lewes’s own sustainable architects have been pioneers in locally sourced, renewable materials.

Craig White, whose interdisciplinary practice White Design developed the straw based timber cassettes Modcell system.

Nozomi Nakabayashi who’s Big Shed project was the result of the Architectural Association first year Design and Build course at Dorset Woodland centre, Hooke Park, will talk about both Hooke’s past and present.

David Saunders and Steve Johnson will overview the pioneering work done at the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre on creating locally sourced timbers for the regional building sector.

And from Denmark, Vand Kunsten’s Soren Nielsen will talk about the unique Laeso Island Seaweed House

*Suggested donation of £5

Email to reserve your place.


17-18th September, 10am – 5.30pm

VENUE: William Hardie Design forecourt

Get sawing, hammering and nailing and come and join MakingLewes’s first design & make workshop. In collaboration with Hands on Bristol & UWE.

The Brief:

To design, make, assemble and inaugurate [or launch] a unique mobile community structure.

The structure will be demountable and easily transportable. 

It will be usable in different areas of the community as a temporary pop-up space.

10.00am start on Wednesday 17th. Make Sure you wear appropriate working and making clothing

This is an accessible introduction to live design and build, welcoming newcomers and old hands, student architects, makers and non-students in a participatory, shared experience. To sign up or get more info email: