Category Archives: Talks

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

Duncan Baker-Brown – The Re-Use Atlas book launch – Oct 13th

Making Lewes’s Collaborative Kaleidoscope teams up with local architect Duncan Baker-Brown for the Lewes launch of his new book The Re-Use Atlas.

October 13th, 8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

The Re-Use Atlas is an up to the minute repository of information, knowledge and working examples of materials re-use, signposting where the Circular Economy is heading. The Atlas follows on from Baker-Brown’s award winning Wastehouse project, the first building comprising (almost) entirely re-used and re-cycled materials, and  located at the South Eastern edge of Brighton University’s Grand Parade site.

Baker-Brown is one half of BakerBrownMcKay Sustainable Design, along with joint founder and director Ian McKay. The practice has produced a long string of exemplar sustainably designed buildings in and around the town.

For the Friday evening talk, Baker-Brown has invited Transition Town Lewes’s (and Lewes Phoenix Rising) Juliet Oxborrow to chair the evening, and has brought together a panel comprising Prof. Graeme Brooker (Head of Programme Interior Design at the Royal College of Art), Prof. Anne Boddington (Interim Dean  of Kingston School of Art, Professor of Design) Nick Gant (Principal Lecturer, Founder Community 21, Brighton University School of Architecture and Design), Bryn Thomas from Brighton Permaculture Trust and Making Lewes’s Oliver Lowenstein.

For those interested in the sustainable buzz around the Circular Economy the launch should make for a thought provoking evening.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)
Cover photo: The Living’s Local, Sustainable, 10,000 Brick Mushroom Tower at MoMA PS1. Photo: Andrew Nunes

 

 

 

 

Nabeel Hamdi – Building a Humanitarian architecture – Oct 6th

Collaborative Kaleidoscope continues with a Social & Development Architecture talk from Nabeel Hamdi.

October 6th, 8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

Hamdi is an architect and development specialist, with an international reputation for his work in the spheres of social and community participation, housing and urban development. Hamdi is Emeritus professor of Oxford Brookes University Centre for Development and Emergency Practice. Both his work and books, including Small Change, have significantly influenced the current new wave of development focused architects, such as Anna Heringer  and this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer, Francis Kere .

Making Lewes is pleased to welcome Hamdi to Lewes, where his talk, titled Building a Humanitarian architecture: Deciding Interventions, continues our humanitarian architecture themed evenings, which began with World on the Move during last years Make Lewes Festival 2016. It promises to be a fascinating evening.

This Fridays talk is also another fantastic opportunity to visit the recently opened Fitzroy house, Lewes’s newest Arts Centre.

Fitzroy House, designed by George Gilbert Scott, was built in 1862. This striking example of Victorian Neo-Gothic architecture became the town’s first library between 1897 and 1956.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)
Cover photo: Anna Heringer – METI school, Bangladesh.

 

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.