Council Leader earmarks the Thebes for ‘creative soul’ of Lewes

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, has earmarked the Thebes Annexe as a possible venue for the arts and crafts.

Owned by Lewes District Council, Thebes is a former stable block at the rear of Lewes House.

The building in Lewes town centre has a long association with arts, including being home to The Kiss by Auguste Rodin.

In 1904 the then owner of Lewes House, Edward Perry Warren, commissioned Rodin to create a version of The Kiss.  While larger than the original, it is considered to be the best and is now housed at Tate Modern.

Councillor Smith said:

“The town of Lewes has a unique culture that sets it apart from any other in Sussex. 

“It has a creative soul that adds so much colour, vibrancy and interest to the tapestry of local life.

“And it is fair to say that in recent times the community of artists and craftspeople has had to adjust to changes within the town. 

“With this in mind, when I discovered that the Thebes would soon be available, I immediately saw an opportunity to reconnect the building with its legacy as a platform for the arts.
“Thebes Annexe will be marketed along with the Turkish Baths, and it is my hope that local people and groups will also be excited by the possibility I’ve described and register their interest in the site.”

Lewes District Council’s annual festival of the arts, Artwave, is running from August 19 to September 3. Attracting nearly 50,000 visitors, it is one of the most popular visual arts events in East Sussex.  Over 140 venues across the district have signed up.

For more information on Artwave visit and follow on Twitter and Instagram @artwavefestival 

Story published on 22 June 2017