URGENT – PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE THE PHOENIX

5 Dec

Dear CdA friends.

We have a very special request to ask you.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

PLESE SIGN OUR PETITIONhttp://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-the-phoenix-lewes TO SAVE THE PHOENIX ESTATE

Rising from the ashes of a semi derelict site founded at the height of the the Industrial Era is a grass roots development made up from an impressive collection of art studios, galleries and community centres.

Represented by Café des Artistes, Zu Studios, Another Fine Mesh, Pop Up Studios, The Foundry Gallery, The Phoenix Theatre, Starfish, Community Chef and recently Skatehouse a social enterprise scheme for skateboarders and young people.

This blossoming arts quarter in Lewes East Sussex is a remarkable example of human endeavour and creativity and also a continuation of a rich artistic, visionary and independently spirited culture which finds its’ roots in the great historical figures, artists and writers associated with the heritage of Lewes; Sir Thomas Paine, Bloomsbury and Glyndebourne.

The Phoenix symbolises the independence of our community which allows people to create spaces which adapt to their needs. Thus the area has become what enrichies the culture of Lewes and brings artistic expression to the town. Everyone is welcome to participate.

But now this fertile hotbed of creativity, this unique manifestation of community spirit and artistic expression is under threat. Recently it was purchased for relatively little money by a large development corporation and the council is about to pass a “core strategy” which will radically redefine the future of Lewes building development for twenty years and will include the biggest development site in Lewes:14 acres of the Phoenix Estate opposite Tescos.
YOU CAN HELP US:

PLESE SIGN OUR PETITIONhttp://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-the-phoenix-lewes

There is also a procession starting outside Zu Studios at 1.30pm on Wednesday 5th December.
We will be heading to Pelham House to present a petition and make a right song and dance! Bring instruments and be colourful!

 The Phoenix Estate is a unique and valuable part of Sussex culture. It is ripe with amazing possibilities, and given the chance could evolve into a fully integrated, urban eco/cultural centre. Lewes is already a beacon of independence & imagination. We wish to celebrate this culture.
With special thanks to Samira and Martin founders of Zu Studios for all their remarkable efforts, energy and dynamic proactivity in putting this petition together, marshalling an army of support and spreading the word via all possible avenues.

Yours gratefully,

Christian Thompson and Katey Rowland

Café des Artistes

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One Response to “URGENT – PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE THE PHOENIX”

  1. Emma Carlow December 5, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    See you there! xx

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