Treasure from Trash

Treasure from Trash, a colourful and captivating free exhibition of creative upcycling from around the world, is showing at the Linklater, Lewes Railway Land in Lewes, until August 31. It will intrigue anyone who has ever thrown anything away, since every object in the show used to be something else!  Open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays 10 – 3pm and Sundays 2 – 5 pm.



The exhibition celebrates the ingenuity of skilled makers around the world, who transform trash into useful artefacts and works of art. Visitors will be amazed at what can be made from things that are thrown away  – jewellery from old flip-flops, handbags from sweet papers, toy vehicles and animals from metal drinks cans and even a 3D chicken from plastic bags. Both practical and decorative, these innovative upcycled objects will help you to rethink, if not treasure, your own trash.

Also on display are two dozen chairs imaginatively upcycled by locals and the winning entries of an upcycling competition, which challenged entrants to transform a plastic milk carton into a new and unexpected treasure.

Treasure from Trash is curated by knowtrash, the Lewes-based partnership of Ruth Thomson, children’s author, and Neil Thomson, film editor and photographer. They have sourced their unique collection of more than 4,000 artefacts by makers and markets from more than 35 countries around the world. The exhibition originated in partnership with the Eden Project in Cornwall and has been touring  the UK ever since.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of hands-on upcycling workshops for families. Bookable workshops are £5 per family (1 adult + 1 or 2 children). Book via Eventbrite (search Treasure from Trash). Just turn up for the drop-in workshops.


Sun 27 July: Troll Hand Puppet. Collage a hand puppet inspired by Leigh Hodgkinson’s picture book Troll Swap. 2.30 – 4.30. Age 3+ Bookable

Wed 30 July: Wacky Wallets. Transform a tetrapak into an eye-catching wallet. 10.30 – 12.30. Age 6+ Drop-in. £2 per child, adults go free.

Wed 30 July: Unique Notebooks. Create a unique notebook from scrap papers. 2.30 – 4.30. Age 8+ Drop-in. £2 per child, adults go free.

Wed 6 August: Clever Clocks. Create a working clock from cardboard. 10am – 1pm. Age 8+ Bookable

Wed 6 August: Happy Heart Rag Rugs. Braid worn t-shirts. 2.30 – 4.30pm Age 11+ Bookable

Wed 13 August A fantastical bird.  Weave with reclaimed yarns. 2.30 – 4.30pm. Age 10+ Bookable

Wed 20 August: Terrific Trashbots. Create a robot from rubbish. 10.30 – 12.30pm. Age 4+ Drop-in. £2 per child, adults go free

Wed 20 August: Badges and Bracelets. Make a bead bracelet and a bottletop badge. 2.30-4.30pm. Age 6+ Drop-in. £2 per child, adults go free

Free exhibition open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays 10 – 3pm and Sundays 2 – 5 pm


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About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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