Photographer Carlotta Luke is giving an illustrated talk on the transformation of the former Harvey’s Depot in Lewes into an award-winning community cinema. Carlotta spent two years documenting the build and will be presenting a selection of her favourite images at the Paddock Art Studios, Lewes on 10th November at 3pm.
The Depot is a new three-screen community cinema on the site of the modest but much-loved existing warehouse of the old Harvey’s brewery depot. The three screens have been discreetly inserted within the saved brick shell, with the major design move being to attach a new glazed extension with the depot structure fully visible as the historic backdrop to the new box office, café bar, restaurant and film education and training facilities. Reflecting the historic site layout of orchards and meadows, the former tarmacked service yard is landscaped to provide a new public realm.
Speaking to Viva Lewes magazine, which this month features a selection of her photos, Carlotta said “I heard about plans for a new cinema and wanted to get involved in the best way I know how – with my camera. I suggested to director and programmer Carmen Slijpen that monthly site visits would provide her with images she could use to publicise the building’s progress and the project. Luckily for me she agreed.”
As architects for the Depot cinema in Lewes, we enjoyed Carlotta’s photographs taken throughout the construction period, as they constantly revealed the building in new ways. Her wonderful pictures not only provide a historic record of the physical progress of the build, but also of the personal contribution of so many individuals that it takes to deliver a building of this quality, including designers, contractors and specialist craftsmen.