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MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2018

This September sees the return of Make Lewes Festival with another series of inspiring and informative workshops, talks and Symposia exploring the relationship between making, architecture, design and sustainability.

21st – 30th September 2018

Highlights include:

Friday, September 21

Collaborative Conspiracies

18.30 -21.30 at Fitzroy House, Cliffe Precinct, Lewes BN7 2AD
Talks by Fred Baier and William Hardie, two leading woody designers, and sit-down supper.

Talks, vegetarian mezze, cake and a complimentary drink: £22.50.
Places limited. Book via eventbrite.co.uk.


Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23

Collaborative Collisions III

10.00 – 17.00 at Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, Lewes BN7 2JS
Improvisations with Lewes makers and crafts-people.

Free.


Wednesday, September 26 to Friday, September 28

Kinship IV

10.00 – 18.00 at Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes, BN7 2FG and Studio Hardie Workshop. Design & Make workshop, co-led by William Hardie and Sally Daniels

Three days: £95 Students £75. Book via eventbrite.co.uk.


Friday, 28 September

Makers Talks Evening

19.30 at Studio Hardie, Unit 1, Lewes, BN7 2PE
With Jim Keeling, Oxford Anagama Project, Barbara Keal, Felt Maker and Elaine Bolt, Ceramicist.

Free (donations welcome)


Saturday, September 29 

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop

10.00 – 17.00 at Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes, BN7 2FG
Family workshop with Martin Brockman making pots from local materials fired in a wheelbarrow with locally sourced wood.

Free (donations welcome)

Building with Water

13.30 – 18.00 at Fitzroy House, Cliffe Precinct, Lewes, BN7 2AD
Water, Building, Architecture, Material Sources and the Future – talks by international and national speakers

Talks and water tasting: £8.50 Concessions £6.50. Book via eventbrite.co.uk.


Sunday, September 30

FutureScoping

13.30 – 17.30 at Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, Lewes BN7 2JS
The future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure provision: What do we want? What does Lewes need?

Tickets £6.50 Concessions £4.50. (available soon through Depot website)

Further events to be anounced…

Any questions? Email: info@makinglewes.org


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

 

Kinship IV Workshop

Kinship IV Design & Make Workshop

Make Lewes Festival’s fourth Kinship workshop co-led by William Hardie of Studio Hardie and Sally Daniels of tangentfield with a site tour and introduction to the ‘Heart of Reeds’ from artist Chris Drury.

26th – 28th September, 10.00 – 18.00

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

Tickets £95, Students £75. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

definition: kinship – a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

– a sharing of characteristics or origins – relationships between family members – a feeling of being close or similar…

BRIEF

With our fantastic team of designers and makers, we will collaboratively dream-up, draw-up, build, install and test-out a remarkable nest of 4 outdoor benches to be enjoyed as kinship by all. As for every Kinship; we aim for beauty, comfort, conviviality and for Kinship IV we will need steadfast durability!

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SITE

The Railway land. This will not only be the home of our design endeavours but the prototyping, sharing, testing and production area itself.

PROCESS

Participants gather on site 25th September. There we will first discover the components of our workshop, space to construct and pitch together.

Once we have a shelter in place, and materials gathered, we will begin to dream and scheme in teams through the game of ‘consequences’ or ‘exquisite corps’*1. This will give our work a special twist and some surprise ingredients! And best of all, passers-by will this year be invited to join in and join up our benches!

Any questions about the workshop; do email us:

sally@tangentfield.co.uk

info@makinglewes.org

1* Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. … The technique was invented by surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game …Consequences is an old parlour game in a similar vein to the Surrealist game exquisite corpse and Mad Libs. Each person takes a turn writing a word or phrase forming part of a set structure in order to build a story.

 

If you are travelling to Lewes from far 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 – Railway Land, Lewes – Google Earth
Site Image – Heart of Reeds by Chris Drury. Photo – Nicholas Sinclair

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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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 1, 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


Cover Image: Martin Brockman Kiln Workshop at Wilderness Wood.

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

Wild Children & Wonky Toys Workshop – Oct 20th

October 20th, 3.30 – 5.30pm at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes BN7 2FG (map)

All are welcome to Wonky Toys & Wild Children. A wooden toy making workshop for children accompanied by an adult, and adults nursing their inner child. The workshop is led by Zuky Serper and Anna Bera, following Serper’s popular workshop in the Turkish Baths during Make Lewes Festival 2016.

The workshop is in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum, and is part of Making Lewes’s Collaborative Kaleidoscope series of events. Booking available here.

Cover image by Zuky Serper

Collaborative Kaleidoscope Sept 29th – Nov 3rd

This autumn Making Lewes presents Collaborative Kaleidoscope, a series of events celebrating the richness and diversity of local, national and global makers. Fridays 29th September – 3rd November

Launch event – Cooked, Baked and Fired Again

Friday September 29th 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD

Sit-down vegetarian supper and showcase of ceramics by invited East Sussex potters.

Talks by ceramicists – Anne Mette Hjortshoj from Bornholm, Denmark and Tanya Gomez from Lewes.

Tickets £22.50 (includes vegetarian mezze supper, cake and a complimentary drink) Pay bar available. Book online through eventbrite.co.uk search makinglewes. Or click the link.

Ceramics showcase open to the general public Saturday, September 30th, 11–16.00. All items for sale

Collaborative Kaleidoscope continues with talks and workshops. All talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)

Nabeel Hamdi – development & social architecture

20.00, Friday October 6 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Duncan Baker-Brown (Lewes) – materials re-use and circular economy

20.00, Friday October 13 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Fred Baier + Anna Bera – furniture making and wood design

19.00, Friday October 20 at Studio Hardie Lewes BN7 2PE

Wonky Toys and Wild Children children’s and family workshop

15.30 – 17.30, Friday October 20 at the Linklater Pavilion Lewes BN7 2FG

Emily Charkin, Wilderness Wood – Learning through building

20.00, Friday October 27 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Hans Johannson, (Iceland) – stringed instrument and violin maker

20.00, Friday November 3 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD


Speakers and event info in more depth

September 29th – Anne Mette and Tanya Gomez

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Anne Mette Hjortshøj is one of Bornholm’s leading potters, the Danish Baltic Sea island with a worldwide ceramics and craft culture reputation.

Tanya Gomez  – Over the last ten years Gomez has been developing a dedicated following for her ceramic work, gaining recognition nationally and was a recent recipient of an Arts Council Grant for a showcase piece at this years Crafts Council’s Collect Open show.

October 6th – Nabeel Hamdi

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Hamdi is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University. Hamdi’s focus is social, urban housing and international development and is known across the development sector. He has provisionally titled his talk Building a Humanitarian architecture: Deciding Interventions.

October 13th – Duncan Baker-Brown

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Baker-Brown is a co-founder of the respected Lewes based BBM Sustainable Design studio, architect of the Wastehouse, (which highlights re-use and recycling in building materials), and author of recently published The Re-Use Atlas. The evening is centred around his new book.

October 20th Fred Baier, Furniture Maker + Anna Bera

(at Studio Hardie, Phoenix Works, Lewes BN7 2PE)

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Fred Baier – Internationally renowned furniture maker, Baier 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. Baier’s talk is titled Form Swallows Function – crossing the analogue/digital divide.

Anna Bera, Polish artist and the British Councilʼs European programmes manager Gian Luca Amadei in conversation.

Bera is Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft current artist-in-residence as part of their autumn exhibition, New Truth to Materials: Wood. From Poland, Bera is particularly interested in natural materials, and has worked using wood on her Wild Children projects.

October 20th – 15.30 – 17.30 – Wonky Toys and Wild Children Workshop

(at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG)

An ‘all are welcome’ Wonky Toys workshop for children accompanied by an adult led by Lewes artist Zuky Serper  with Anna Bera, reprising Zuky’s very successful workshop during the Make Lewes Festival 2016 in the Turkish Baths.

The workshop and talks evening are in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum

October 27th Emily Charkin

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Charkin is one half of the partnership, who have turned Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down into an inspirational centre for children and adults to learn together through outdoor self-building and making. With extensive educational experience Charkin’s talk will explore the educational value of making and building for children and Wilderness Wood’s place within the radical education tradition.

November 3rd– Hans Johannsson

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Johannson is Iceland’s principal stringed instrument and violin-maker, living and working in Reykjavik. Alongside the craft of traditional violin making, Johannsson has also developed a series of twenty first century violins and other stringed instruments, collaborating with fellow Icelandic artists and musicians, including Olafur Eliasson.

For further information email info@makinglewes.org