As expected on such an old building, the roof needed replacing.  The work commenced, but unfortunately it was found that the underlying structure of the building was rotten.  Basically nothing holding up the roof.  For many years water has been flowing down the lovely sloping garden and ending up on the back wall of the studio.  There is no rain collection, no drain, so over the years this has resulted in rotten wood.

The unexpected structural problems mean that we have insufficient funds to continue on with the repair of the roof and underlying structure.  We are calling upon anyone that cares for this fabulous art facility to make a donation to our roof fund.  This will facilitate the replacement of the back section of the roof and the vertical structure at the rear of the main studio


Work commenced immediately on the smaller section of the back roof as you can see in the photo.  We had to spend £9,835 to get this repaired structurally as well as having the roof re-tiled.




The main back section of the roof now needs to be worked on.  We need £15,205 to complete the work.  To date (16th December 2013) we have raised £14,405.30 from very generous donations from our members.

If you are able to make a donation you can transfer directly into our bank account or make a cheque payment.  If you wish to make a cheque payment then make the cheque payable to LADVAA and send it to:


The Chairperson, Paddock Art Studios, Paddock Lane, Lewes, BN7 1TW.

The bank details for direct transfer are:

CAF Bank Ltd

Sort Code: 40-52-40

Account number: 00022953

Account name: Lewes and District Visual Arts Association


Let us know if you wish the donation to remain anonymous or whether you want to be listed in our studio in our “roof savers” list.