The Make Lewes Festival RETURNED THIS YEAR with its most ambitious PROGRAMME; expanding and extending their first two festivals, focusing on the crossovers between architecture, sustainability, design and KinShip 3!

12 UWE Bristol MArch Architecture students camped in Lewes for one week in order to help reopen and transform a council owned former Turkish Baths in the centre of Lewes. Together with a wide range of local people, they turned it into a temporary festival and exhibition venue and showcase of community re-use. After many empty years,  the building’s doors were opened to the residents of Lewes. n a collaborative and inclusive process the students ran an informal public consultation on the future of the building developed and installed a series of coppice and materials re-use interventions into the space, set up marbling and origami workshops, curated and installed exhibitions and built a screen and 40 stools for talks and lectures.

Now in its 3rd year, the Festival is a community run event that campaigns to promote the exchange of knowledge in the fields of making, architecture, design and sustainability, through talks, workshops and activities. As part of the transformation, the students worked with TV's William Hardie - from Channel 4 series George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and The Shed of the Year Competition. They journeyed to Foxwood Forestry with owners David & Penny Saunders - to gather Coppiced wood.

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