Photographs documenting the construction of the Depot to be exhibited at Artwave

Photographs documenting the construction of the Depot to be exhibited at Artwave, the annual festival of artists and makers across Lewes, Seaford and surrounding areas.

Free for visitors and open to all, Artwave is one of the most popular visual arts events in East Sussex. This year, over 500 artists are taking part across 140 venues forming seven trails. Depot, venue 125 on the Lewes trail, is to stage an exhibition of the work of Carlotta Luke.

Photographer Carlotta Luke spent two years documenting the renovation of a former Lewes industrial site as it became the state-of-the-art cinema, Depot. An exhibition of her photographs, showing the transformation of the old Harveys brewery depot, opens on Saturday 19 August.

As architects for the cinema, 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.

Carlotta’s diverse portfolio ranges from architecture to portraiture. Her work skillfully captures the subtle beauty of everyday life, sometimes challenging the observer’s perception of objects or situations. Originally from New England, USA, where she trained her photographer’s eye on the Massachusetts coastal light and landscape, Carlotta has a BA in Fine Art and a Master’s in Urban Design.

On Tuesday 22 August at 18:00, Carlotta talks to Depot’s creative director Carmen Slijpen about her work and the project. The event is free to attend – email for details.

The exhibition, in the Studio, is open each day from 10:00 – 18:00 and runs until Sunday 3rd September.