Category Archives: Talks

Kinship III – Geodesics Talk

21st Century Geodesics – Kristoffer Tejlgaard

Tejlgaard is a Danish architect who has been transforming Geodesic dome architecture into the new twenty-first century context.

25th September – 19.30 – 21.30 Venue – Turkish Baths, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE (map)

FREE EVENT (donations welcome)

For more info email: info@makinglewes.org 

The 21st Century Geodesics is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

World on the Move

Humanitarian and Emergency architecture projects from Kigali to Calais.

1st October – 19.30 – 22.00 Venue – Turkish Baths, Friars Walk, Lewes, BN7 2LE (map)

Julian Belart is a French student architect working in the Calais Jungle, supported by ‘Lewes Action for Refugees‘, on emergency shelter and other projects in the encampment. He will be talking about his work in Calais for the first time in Lewes.

Nerea Eloyduy is co-founder of Kigali based Active Social Architecturewho has been working on health and education projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Europe with emphasis on community participation and post conflict environments. Eloyduy is currently developing a PhD  at the Bartlett School of Architecture studying the influence of the built environment of long-term refugee camps in East Africa on young children’s development. 


World on the Move is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Makers Talks Evening

Makers Talks evening again hosts locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people.

Friday 30th 19.30 – 21.30 Studio Hardie 1, Lewes, BN7 2PE (map)

FREE EVENT (donations welcome)

The Makers Talks Evening follows Collaborative Conversations, a regional crafts symposium organised in partnership with CraftNet and the Crafts Council.

Ewan Clayton is one of the country’s best known calligraphers and author of The Golden Thread: A History of Writing. Born in Ditchling, Clayton ran the last academic calligraphy course in the country and is about to launch a new calligraphy studio in Brighton.

Rachel Ward-Sale of Bookbinders of Lewes. Rachel Ward-Sale has been a long time Lewes book binder from her workshop in the Star Gallery. (To co-incide with the evening the Star Gallery will be holding an open day on the 1st October.)

Making Ground – Ceramicist Elaine Bolt and basket maker Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan on their experimental crafts collaboration.

Makers Talks is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Cover image:  Practising Contentment exhibition, image © Ewan Clayton and the Crafts Study Centre.

Collaborative Conversations

Make Lewes Festival 2016 is co-hosting this years CraftNet regional event – Collaborative Conversations.

Friday 30th September 2016, 12:00 – 17:00.

Venue – Studio Hardie 1, Lewes (map)

Tickets and further information available here

Collaborative Conversations is a regional crafts symposium organised in partnership with CraftNet and the Crafts Council.

Speakers include:

Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions & Collections, Crafts Council

Atomik Architecture, London based Architecture practice with a focus on collaboration

Textile artist and designer Ptolemy Mann 

Chair: Frances Lord, CraftNet South East rep.

Collaborative Conversations will be followed by the Makers Talks Evening.


Collaborative Conversations is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016 in partnership with Craftnet & the Crafts Council.

Cover image – Makers Talks Evening MLF 2015.

Maker Places – Spring 2016

Our latest series of talks focuses on Maker Spaces and Fab Labs. Introducing a spectrum of speakers connected with contrasting open workshop models in Britain and Europe.

Diana Wildschut & Harmen Zijp – the Amersfoort Fab-Lab, Holland

18th March – 7.30 – Elephant & Castle (map)

Diana Wildschut and Harman Zijp are the co-founders of Fablab Amersfoort, a bottom up grassroots and Open Source Fablab in Holland. Amersfoort was the first FabLab funded and operated entirely by those who needed it. The FabLab space is viewed as a knowledge sharing space, primarily using recycled materials and working with self-built and open source machines.

Liz Corbin – The Institute of Making, London

1st April – 7.30 – Elephant & Castle (map)

Liz Corbin is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Making, University College London. Corbin co-founded the Open Workshop Network and Maker Assembly and her research explores the UK’s emergent maker culture. The Institute of Making is a multidisciplinary research club for all those interested in the made world; whether molecules, spacecraft, soup, or cities. It’s a hub for celebrating UK making and helping shape the maker space and maker culture debate in Britain.

Tomas Diez – Validaura Green Fab Lab, Barcelona

15th April – 7.30 – Studio Hardie (map)

Tomas Diez is a Venezuela-born Urbanist, and director of Fab Lab Barcelona, one of the leading laboratories in the worldwide FabLab network located in and around Barcelona. The network is partially focused on a new generation of FabLabs, including Vallidaura, the world’s first Green FabLab. Diez is also co-founder of the Smart Citizen project and StudioP52.n.

MAKING PLACES SPRING 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

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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!

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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.

LOCAL MAKING AND BUILDING TALKS

Saturday 13th September, 2.30pm – 5.00pm

VENUE: WILLIAM HARDIE DESIGN STUDIO (map)

FREE

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.

2.30pm

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.

3.15pm

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.

4.00pm

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