MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2016
A festival of making, architecture and sustainable design
The festival is running between the 24th September and the 2nd October
Further details: www.makinglewes.org
Our very own Ian McKay will be taking part in The Make Lewes Festival this year. Ian will be chairing The Symposium on Sunday 2nd October 2016. Please see the timetable below for further details.
Making Lewes, a Lewes based community organisation that promotes the exchange of knowledge in the fields of Making, Architecture, Design & Sustainability, is holding its third and most ambitious annual Make Lewes Festival from 24 Sept – 2nd October at venues across Lewes.
The festival will highlight ideas and developments in the area of sustainable design, bringing together national and international specialists and practitioners for 10 days of lively debate and collaboration.
The festival will be a series of events open to the public, each event focusing on a particular area of innovation in the field. Highlights include:
Making Digital Craft Symposium and Exhibition, exploring how digital technologies are changing craft, making and design and the challenges they pose. The Symposium highlights how new technologies, including robotics, 3D printers and CNC routers are reconstituting our understanding of craft and making. Speakers include Guan Lee on his Clay Robotics work at the Grymsdyke Farm workshop, Jon Minchin from Vallidaura Green Fab Lab, and Isabelle Risner of at Westminster University speaking about the European Research Project Digital DIY. Further speakers to be announced.
New Vernaculars for a New Century Symposium and Exhibition. This afternoon seminar focuses on contemporary vernacular architecture and building in the context. Speakers include Adam Richards from Adam Richards Architects, architect of the Ditchling Arts & Crafts Museum, Ramun Capaul, from award winning Swiss practice, CapaulBlumenthal, designers of Europe’s first rammed earth cinema (tbc) David Smith, Flint Man flint construction specialist on Flint House, RIBA House of the Year winner, Meredith Bowles, Mole Architecture, leading regional East Anglian practice with a particular interest in East Anglian vernacular. Further speakers to be announced.
Collaborative Collisions II – Following the success of MLF’s first Collaborative Collisions last year, this year’s improvisational workshop will draw together a diverse group of makers, crafts people, designers and inventors, to meet a design challenge which integrating plastics, paper, and other found materials from the Turkish Baths. Expect the unexpected.
Kinship III, an exciting workshop to refit the Lewes Turkish Baths co-led by William Hardie of Studio Hardie, Lewes, and Sally Daniels of the University of West of England’s Architecture Department. Up to thirty-five participants will be inspired by geodesic design to create a bespoke festival venue using recycled materials available in the building and around the area. The Turkish Baths will then become the hub venue for a series of events over the festival’s latter half.
Make Local, Connect Global – Lewes Makers Talks. Ewan Clayton, calligrapher and author of The Golden Thread: A History of Writing, and Rachel Ward-Sale of Bookbinders of Lewes.
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; textile artist and designer Ptolemy Mann.
Further Exhibitions – Additional exhibitions include MakingGround, part of basket-maker Anne Marie O Sullivan, and ceramicist Elaine Bolt’s collaborative project, Validaura Green Fab Lab, RCA post-graduate design pecha kucha, and a Lewes focused student architectural exhibition by London Southbank University.
Oliver Lowenstein of Making Lewes said, “It’s super-cool to see this year’s Make Lewes Festival develop further its signature focus on crossover, outside the box, themes, linking making to architecture and digital technologies to hand and crafts skills. Once again the festival is highlighting, reflecting, and integrating Lewes into what’s happening across some of the most lively, exciting and thought provoking kinds of making locally, nationally and internationally, while shining a light on the dynamic creative life in Lewes. We extend this mix by welcoming all comers, from specialists and professionals to students and amateurs and all those interested in the themes and subjects.
Make Lewes Festival 2016 – Timetable
Symposia and Seminars
Make Local, Connect Global – Lewes Makers Talks
30th September 19:30-10:00 Venue: Studio Hardie Unit 2
Making Digital Crafts – Symposium
1st October 14:00-17:30 Turkish Baths
New Vernacular for a new century – Symposium
2nd October 13:30-18:30 Turkish Baths
Collaborative Conservations – Symposium
A regional Crafts Council supported symposium organized by CraftNet and co-hosted by MakingLewes.
30th September 12.00 – 5pm Main Venue: Studio Hardie
Collaborative Collisions II – Workshop
24h – 25th September, 10 – 5pm Venue – Turkish Baths
Kinship III – Workshop
25th – 29h September, 10 – 5pm – Venue – Turkish Baths
With a talk by Danish Geodesic architect, Kristoffer Tejlgaard
25th September 19.30 – Turkish Baths
Digital DIY – workshop
1 October, (11.00 – 13.00 ) – Venue The Foundry
New Vernaculars For A New Century – Exhibition
Daily, 24th – 2th October, 9.30 – 5.30pm – Venue – Turkish Baths
Bookbinders – Exhibition
Daily, 24th – 2th October, 9.30 – 5.30pm (TBC) – Venue – Library