Messums East Art Hub

Saturday 22 June – Sunday 23 June
Across the weekend

Following the exciting news of the Messums East development at the former Post Office in Lowestoft, Messums East is on the beach as part of our Planet Positive zone. Exploring the concept of ‘Old Knowledge, New Ideas’ there will be workshops with artist Julia Lohmann and seaweed across the weekend.


Hear sculptor, Laurence Edwards, talk about his bronze installation Walking Men, which have been placed in locations around the world and are striding along Lowestoft’s South Beach during the festival.


Saturday 22 June

12:00 – 19:00 Julia Lohmann and a seaweed crafting workshop


Sunday 23 June

10:00 – 12:00 Julia Lohmann and a seaweed crafting workshop

12:30 – 13:30 Laurence Edwards talk Old Knowledge, New Ideas

14:30 – 16:00 Julia Lohmann and a seaweed crafting workshop


The majority of Julia’s work has involved the natural world and its processes. For the past 16 years, Julia has been developing seaweed as a material for design and manufacture. Her research has included a practice-based collaborative PhD studentship at the RCA and the V&A Museum (completed in 2018) where she has founded the ‘Department of Seaweed’ from where she collaborates with makers, scientists, anthropologists and the general public to transform seaweed into materials akin to leather, fabric, veneer, plastic or paper – depending on how it is processed. She is currently a Professor at Aalto University in Finland. Knowledge transfer is an important part of her work, and she envisages allowing communities with local skills and knowledge access to the research while feeding back into the department their experience and skills gained while working with seaweed thereby expanding the knowledge base around the use of this fascinating material.