Last Season at the Foundry Gallery
Artemis Arts, Wenda Bradley and Christine Hall, first got involved with the place we now know as The Foundry Gallery in 2006 when Angel Properties used the space to show architectural drawings of their development. The building had been known as Market Lane Garage up until 2004 when it closed suddenly and mysteriously. With volunteer help they transformed the workshop into what became a dynamic and versatile venue for the community and was eventually called The Foundry Gallery.
After some research they realised that the building had once been part of the Phoenix Iron Works an important industrial site that had produced cast iron including the iron work for Brighton’s Palace Pier and engineering for the world. Wenda and Chris started to gather support to trace its history before it was demolished and went on to conduct The Lewes Phoenix Project collecting many artefacts and stories from ex-workers. (www.lewesphoenix.org)
The Gallery is finally closing at the end of July and it is time to celebrate a decade of exhibitions events and projects which have contributed to the rich cultural life of Lewes. Christine Hall says’ Wenda and I have loved our time at the Foundry Gallery and we are grateful for the use of the building. We hope people will visit the exhibitions and enjoy the last opportunities in this wonderful space’
So this summer will be the last season. Artemis Arts is running two shows. One called ‘Displacement’ during the May half term May-June.
The ‘Displacement’ event will be curated by new members of the Artemis team, Gary Campbell and Jeannine Inglis Hall. There will be a series of installations, workshops and performances throughout the half term week when all ages are invited to take part and interact with the works using water as a medium. Through collaboration between Green Peace and the Glastonbury Festival, hundreds of one footed, lost, wellington boots have been donated and will be used as the starting point for creative projects, (Those found in pairs have been sent to migrant camps in Calais and Dieppe see Google). The fabulous open space of the gallery will provide the setting for Water Labyrinths, mapping the space in sound and games which imagine future scenarios. Artists and visitors alike will be encouraged to respond to the theme of displacement in surprising ways.
Alongside these interactions there will be a programme of screenings, readings and performances from both local and nationally recognized artists. The tone of the exhibition will be playful and optimistic but through these interactions the issues of global climate change and its consequences will be raised. Details of events and dates available soon.
Artemis Arts is also marking the end of the Gallery with an exhibition ‘Industry and Arts- A Story of Lewes’ on June 24-July 3rd 11-5pm. Christine and Wenda will be exhibiting photos, film, recordings and artefacts about the important Phoenix Ironworks founded in 1832 by Mr Every. Some of it will be from their original Lewes Phoenix project which began in 2008 but they are hoping to collect more information during the course of the exhibition and invite anyone who worked at the Phoenix or East Sussex Engineering to come along and share their stories.
Artemis Arts continue to use the space and have shown work by contemporary artists in a variety of settings and have provided many opportunities for local children, students and the community to experience and be challenged by the work of the wide range of artists who have used the Foundry Gallery. The first exhibition ‘Dialectic’ was opened by the famous Lewesian Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto who has agreed to exhibit some paintings for our last show! Work by some of the artists who have taken part since 2006 will also be exhibited together with films by Mick Hawksworth and a performance of the Phoenix Cantata composed by Helen Glavin and sung by the Everyman Ensemble and the Paddock Singers.
This exhibition is about the creative skills and inspiration of the workers at the Phoenix and the artists who continue to be inspired through their endeavours and celebrates a decade of exciting events at the Foundry Gallery by Artemis Arts involving more than half a million visitors, participants, artists, children and students. Now the Foundry Gallery faces its own displacement.
Although closing soon, the programme at the Foundry Gallery continues to be exciting and varied. Adrienne Thomas is presenting two evenings of entertainment and music. Silvia McRae Brown is leading sculpture workshops whilst Patina shows the work of the Moving On Project and Artists United hold their version of the Summer Exhibition.
April 30 Adrienne Thomas with ‘ A Sound of Ravens’
Music and Poetry
21/22 May Sculpture Workshop Silvia Mc Rae Brown
26 May-5 June Gary Campbell and Jeannine Inglis Hall present ‘Displacement’ Installations, workshops and performances
June 11 Adrienne Thomas with ‘ A Moveable Feast Collective’
Music, performance and sound
1 July The Phoenix Cantata 7.30pm Everyman Ensemble and Paddock Singers. Excerpts from music by composer Helen Glavin. Musical Director John Hancorn
10 July Celebration Day for Patina and the exhibiting of work by the children of Lewes from The Moving On Parade
14-17 July Artists United Summer Exhibition featuring work from local artists on sale to raise funds for Lewes Football Club The Rooks
For more information contact Wenda or Christine on 07752557335 or 01273470376. Email firstname.lastname@example.org