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Events Archive

Here are some of our previous events at designermakers21

Book Launch of The Terrace by Caroline Gilfillan

Many thanks to all who came to DM21's first book launch.

It was very well attended, and everyone enjoyed Caroline reading from her new novel set in Norfolk, (and parly in Diss) and from her poetry. She also gave answered questions and gave information about digital, and self publishing.

Visit her website for more details about her: www.carolinegilfillan.co.uk

Thatching Demonstration

Many thanks to Boz and Freddie Willows for kindly coming along to designermakers21 last Saturday 15th September to demonstrate traditional thatching methods.

For more information about thatching please contact the East Anglian Master Thatcher's Association or visit their website:

East Anglia Master Thatchers

Lost Wax

There was a lot of excitement at DM21 recently when The Portable Foundry Project came to pour the molten bronze into the moulds and turned the downstairs studio into an inferno.

After a short period of cooling the moulds where opened with an axe to reveal the cast metal.

These will now be cleaned and have all the excess bronze taken off to reveal the final sculptures in the next couple of weeks.

Print In Action

Saturday February 10th 11am to 4pm

The Print In Action day was a great success with many thanks to all the artists and helpers who participated, and a huge thankyou to everyone who came along.

St Nicholas Fayre 2017

Sunday 10th December 2017

The St Nicholas Fayre was a big success, with lots of temporary stall holders, Festive music and visitors, many thanks to everyone involved and everyone who came.

Stall holders at the St Nicholas FayreStall holders at the St Nicholas FayreStall holders at the St Nicholas FayreSanta Claus at the St Nicholas Fayre

Our Gladrags day and Blues and Banter events were a big success, thanks to everyone involved and everyone for coming.

Gladrags Fair clothes stallsThe bar at the Blues and BanterBlues and Banter event 2017

The free printmaking day organised by DM21 member Annette Rolston was a big success, with 70 people attending.

Annette Rolston teachingLouise MacClaren demonstratingThe Cupiss Press standThe Free Printing Day at DM21

Big Draw 2016

Following on from the success of the 2014 & 2015 Big Draw events at designermakers21. This year the workshop was run in conjunction with Arts Award - inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. 

Brilliant day, excellent atmosphere, whole families came and joined in, on one occasion there were three generations from one family all drawing together!

Over one hundred adults & children came and participated throughout the day and over £100 was raised for UNICEF UK.

 Many thank to Copy Diss, Cupiss Letterpress, Diss Publishing and Tesco for their sponsorship and for every one who contributed to the event.

Money raised will go to UNICEF UK.

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.

DM21 Big Draw 2016
DM21 Big Draw 2016
DM21 Big Draw 2016

Vintage Fair and Speakeasy

The recent fundraising event at designermakers21 was a great success, many thanks to all involved for their time and effort, especially to members Janine Oxley and Marie Hamilton, and to Swervy World's Ragtime Pioneers who entertained us all with a great set and got everyone dancing.

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From 2015:


designermakers21 at St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk launched their Big Draw events, part of the world's biggest drawing festival, with a 'Draw Off' between students from Diss High School and Hartismere School on Saturday 17 October. Diss High School team of Kinga Dominczyk, Mischa Gibbons, Elsi Holden, Ava Worthington, Pip Kaley and Ben Carpenter took on four talented students from Hartismere School, Emily Roberts-McEwen, Joseph Greaney, Jack Grange and Kirsty Frith. The winning team was decided by the loudest round of applause at the end.

Using the workshop studio walls as their canvas, the contest commenced! After the final bell and ear splitting applause for both teams. The referee for the evening declared the 2015 'Draw Off' a draw to rapturous applause from the enthusiastic audience.

Team captain Kinga Dominczyh and Ben Carpenter from Diss High School said after the event “We had a worthy opponent, the 'Draw Off' is a great opportunity for us all and we thoroughly enjoyed it, great working with Hartismere, we had a really fantastic time.” Team Captain Emily Roberts-McEwen and Joseph Greaney from Hartismere said “It was a great experience, we were apprehensive prior to the evening but working as a team boosted our confidence.”

Clare Birks from designermakers21, said the theme for the Big Draw events this year was 'Every Drawing Tells a Story' and both teams work captured the theme beautifully.

designermakers21 would like to thank Francis Cupiss Ltd, Tesco Diss, and Morrisons Diss for their donations towards The Big Draw event at designermakers21.

The Campaign for Drawing is an international charity launched in 2000 and has one aim: to get everyone drawing! Drawing helps us to understand the world, think, feel, shape and communicate ideas. It is fun, accessible and invaluable - in education and everyday life. www.bigdraw.org

Big Draw at DM21 in 2015 Big Draw at DM21 in 2015Diss High School at the Draw OffHartismere School at the Draw OffBig Draw 2015Big Draw 2015