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After the Flood

A community response to the 10th anniversary of the 2000 floods.


The floods of October 2000 brought devastation to the lives of many local people and businesses.  Although ten years have passed many still remember details of the flood and the extended periods spent trying to get homes and premises back to some kind of normality.

Wenda Bradley and Christine Hall of Artemis Arts are managing an inclusive community response to the disaster through coordinating events and exhibitions to share information, memories, photographs, films, stories and artwork to celebrate the resilience of the community.


Friday 8 October to Saturday 16 October at the Foundry Gallery North St Lewes BN7 2PH with special events on Tuesday 12 October, the day that Lewes flooded.


People have come forward with photographs, video and other memorabilia of the fateful days in October 2000.   A Pakistan benefit concert featuring Lewes artists is being held on Saturday 9th October 7.30pm at the Gallery and all proceeds will go aid the victims of the flood.

Several local artists who have responded to the experience of being flooded are featured in the exhibition including Christine Hall, Peter Messer, Serena Penman and Tom Walker.


Southern Water have funded an education programme and local schools are invited to see the exhibition and to take part in art and creative writing workshops which will link with their work back at school and give an opportunity to learn about water management and the impact of global warming. 

The  positive aspects of the river are being celebrated on Tuesday 12th October( the actual day of the flood) on the Railway Land with a bring your own picnic and creative workshops for children between 4 and 6pm 


 ‘Flooding in Lewes- Past Present and Future on Friday 15th October

will present the story of the problem of floods from several different perspectives. Dr John Boardman from Oxford University, Lindsay Frost Director of Planning, Tom Crossett and Ian Nunn of the Environment Agency will debate the issue of flooding in an open forum at the Gallery.  Contributions from the audience are invited.


Mick Hawksworth will be making a film recording the stories of the ordinary people of Lewes as well as those of the Emergency Services and Peter Messer has kindly allowed the use of his picture for publicity.


Wenda and Christine say ‘We are marking the floods in Lewes by putting on the exhibition and want to give local people a chance to see the whole picture.  We invite anyone with photos and memorabilia to get in touch or come to the exhibition’ The archive of material will be presented to the East Sussex Record Office.


Interviews can be arranged with

  • Lifeboatmen involved in rescues
  • People who were rescued from upper floors and roofs
  • More exciting stories of the flood

Collections of photos of the 2000 and the 60’s flood are available


For further information contact us