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Star Brewery open workshops

Saturday 1st October, 10 am – 4pm

Star Brewery Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes BN7 1YJ

Situated in the centre of Lewes occupying the former Beard’s brewery building, Star Brewery is home to over 20 small businesses. Originally earmarked for development in the 1980s, the building was saved by a group of local artists as affordable workshops for artists, designers and makers.

As part of the Making Lewes festival the following studios will be open, giving visitors the opportunity to see the makers at work.

Studio 1 – Naomi Edwards – Sculpture and casting

Studio 2a – Cameron Mobbs – Luthier

Studio 7 – Nick Benjamin – Hand made and acoustic guitars

Studio 9 – Amelia Rowcroft – Sculpture

Studio 10 – Mille Saisons – Fashion design

Studio 13 – Star Pottery – ceramics

Studio 12 – Bookbinders of Lewes – Hand bookbinding

Studio 22 – Abby Mosseri – Jewellery

Off Cuts

Designers The Colour of Hair will be turning collected hair from Lewes’s hairdressers and barbers into a series of designed objects which will become part of the Making Digital Craft exhibition at the Foundry Gallery between the 29th September and October 2nd.

The Colour of Hair (Fabio Hendry and Martijn Rigter) will be working on their designs in the Foundry forecourt from Thursday 29th to Friday 30th before showing the results over the weekend.

Come and see how Off Cuts turns Lewesians hair into designer artefacts!

Off Cuts is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

We are grateful for the support of Lewes’s hair dressers and barbers and also to Austin’s Scaffolding of Eastbourne for the
loan of scaffold material for the Colour of Hair’s rig

Making Ground Exhibition

Thursday 29th September – Sunday 2nd October, Foundry Gallery, North Street Lewes, BN7 2PH (map)

Making Ground is an Arts Council funded collaborative interdisciplinary project exploring site-specific making at a disused brickworks in Sussex.

The Making Ground exhibition will bring together and share work emerging from the project and see the creation of new pieces within the Foundry Gallery. Making Ground project members Annemarie O’Sullivan and Elaine Bolt will be at the exhibition throughout the event, making new work on site. Artist Rachel Henson will also be exhibiting work created during the project including digital sequences, flickbooks and mutoscope.

Join us at the Foundry Gallery to celebrate the launch of the Making Ground Exhibition.

Thursday 29th September 6.30 – 8.30pm, Foundry Gallery, North Street Lewes, BN7 2PH (map)

Refreshments will be served and we look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Please RSVP info@makingground.org if you would like to attend

Making Ground is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Southbank Architecture Student Exhibition

This exhibition highlights the results of second and third year architecture students from South Bank University whose 2015/2016 project used Lewes as it’s context.

29th – 2nd October, 10.00 – 17.00 – Foundry Gallery, North Street Lewes, BN7 2PH (map)

The project brief called for proposals to rehouse the resident artists and crafts people currently occupying the warehouses. The chosen site was adjacent to a car park behind Waitrose and beside the Ouse river, and included the old WenbanSmith storage sheds. The brief emphasised buildings to provide micro-homes for up to 20 artists, associated studios and an exhibition space that is accessible to the public to withstand flooding.

Southbank Architecture Student Exhibition is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Making Digital Craft

Making Digital Craft Symposium and related exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and events.

29th – 2nd October, 10.00 – 17.00 – Foundry Gallery, North Street Lewes, BN7 2PH (map)

Featuring: MakingGround, an explorative collaboration between ceramicist Elaine Bolt and basket-maker Anne Marie O’ Sullivan, Charles Stern’s experiments with his self built 3d printer, the results of this years Collaborative Collisions workshop, Guillaume Lyon’s laser printed lampshades, Off Cuts experimental objects created by The Colour of Hair,  and RCA design students pechakucha.

With a micro-symposium on Saturday 1st October – 14.00 – 17.15 pm

Tickets – £6.50 Concessions – £4.50 


Guan Lee, founder of Grymsdyke Farm workshop, Buckinghamshire,  on his architectural, design and crafts workshop hub focused on ceramics, timber and land based materials.

Isabelle Risner, Westminster University  – on the current emergence of Digital Making and the Digital DIY project. (Isabelle Risner will also be running a Digital DIY workshop from 11.00 to 13.00)

The Colour of Hair (Fabio Hendry and Martijn Rigters)  – on their Off Cuts project, turning hair collected from Lewes’s hairdresser’s and barbers into a series of designed objects.

RCA Students Pecha Kucha – students from the RCA design department will present their work.

Guillaume Lyons, lighting designer using laser printers for his beautiful Kaigami designs.

Rachel Henson – artist and maker who explores the boundaries between digital and analogue in her flicker work and other projects.

Making Digital Craft is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Cover Image – Other Room I by Guan Lee

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

Kinship III Design & Make Workshop

Make Lewes Festival’s third Kinship workshop is again co-led by William Hardie of Studio Hardie and Sally Daniels of tangentfield. With 21st century Geodesics pioneer Kristoffer Tejlgaard from Denmark.

25th – 28th September, 10.00 – 18.00

Venue -Turkish Baths Lewes and Studio Hardie Workshop

Tickets* £95, Students £75. 

Up to thirty five participants will focus on transforming Lewes’s historic Turkish Baths, integrating found and recycled materials to create bespoke, site specific furniture and installations.

Full brief available on the Hands on Bristol Site here. Or download the pdf – making-lewes-brief-kinship-iii.

Kristoffer Tejlgaard will lead a geodesics model-making workshop during the main workshop. He will also be giving a public talk on the 25th September – 19.30 – 21.30 at the Turkish Baths. Details here.

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 III Design & Make Workshop is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

Collaborative Collisions II

Improvisations with recycled fishing nets, plastics, timber and other found materials.

24 – 25th September 10.00 – 17.00, The Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PH (map

Public participatory day – Sunday 25th 12.00 – 17.00

Following the success of MLF’s Collaborative Collisions last year, this year’s improvisational workshop will draw together a diverse group of makers, crafts people, and designers to meet a design challenge integrating plastics, paper and other found materials from the Turkish Baths.

Expect the unexpected.

This years Collaborative Colliders include:

Peter Cole – Artist and maker based in Lewes, crafting small scale plastic models.

Walter Bailey – Sussex based sculptor who works  predominantly in wood. His work is held in many public and private collections nationally and internationally.

Matilda Grover – 3D design & craft student at the University of Brighton and MakingLewes team member.

George Sinclair – Part II architecture student at The Cass, London Met and originating member of MakingLewes.

Public participation is happening Sunday 25th between 12.00 and 4.00pm, with all and everyone welcome. 

Collaborative Collisions II is part of Make Lewes Festival 2016

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

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

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.