‘Focus on Drawing’ at desigermakers21, a month long project celebrating drawing in its many forms. 19th October – 24th November

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A month long project celebrating drawing in its many forms.

Including an exhibition of drawings in the upstairs gallery at designermakers21, and a ‘Grand Draw’ of 100 Jacqui Petrie artworks to raise funds for the Save Our Story appeal. The exhibition will be accompanied by five Saturdays of drawing events open to the public, culminating with an exciting ‘Draw-Off’ on Saturday 25th November (evening event) between two local high school 6th Form Students, who will draw collaboratively on a large scale in our gallery space.

Drawing Events…

Saturday 21st October:

Members and invited artists demonstrate different drawing techniques such as charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, with ‘have a go’ sessions.

Demonstration on the ground floor by visually impaired artist Megan Welton.

Saturday 28th October:

Book Launch of ‘Wolf and Bear’ by illustrator and author Kate Rolfe. Kate will be running children’s drawing workshops throughout the day.

Diss based illustrator Suzanne Breeze demonstrates her drawing style, and offers a chance to contribute to a joint drawing.

Book Launch of ‘Forage and Stitch’ by Caroline Hyde-Brown

Saturday 4th November:

Book Launch of ‘Forage and Stitch’ by member Caroline Hyde-Brown.

Life Drawing with clothed model, drop-in drawing sessions 11am-2pm.

Guest Artist, Alona Markina gives a talk and demonstration of her quirky drawing style, and an opportunity to draw people in a group.

Saturday 11th November:

Pyrography demonstration by artists David and Becky Whatley.

More mixed drawing techniques with members and invited artists.

Saturday 18th November:

Drawing through printmaking…

Monotype with Jacqui Petrie – drop in sessions

Lithography/etching with Paul Sharrock

Drypoint engraving with Annette Rolston (3hr bookable workshop £15pp)

Norfolk Open Studios | 23rd September – 7th October 2023

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designermakers21 is taking part in Norfolk Open Studios again this September and October. The studios will be open 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th September, and the 5th, 6th & 7th October 10am-5pm.

Come along and meet our members in their studios, learn about a variety of craft processes, and browse the work in the galleries.

On Saturday 7th October take part in Textiles in Action, a day of demonstrations and have-a-go sessions with resident and visiting textile artists.


norfolk open studios 2023

Textiles in Action Day , process demonstrations and drop in ‘have a go’ sessions at designermakers21 | Saturday 7 October  11am-3pm  

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Explore the textiles on display in both the Corn Hall and designermakers21. Come and join us to try your hand at a range of surface processes and watch artists at work!

Demonstrations of Surface Textiles processes with visiting artists:

Batik Demonstration with Helen Dougall

Machine Embroidery demonstration with Jean Fryer

‘Have a Go’ drop in sessions with our members:

Natural Dyeing with Caroline Hyde-Brown

SAORI Weaving with Kim Morgan

Sashiko inspired visible mending with Marie Mallen


SAORI V – An Exhibition of work by 21 East Anglian SAORI Weavers | 7th September – 13th October in the upstairs exhibition space at designermakers21

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Showcasing new work by SAORI hand weavers. Works include hangings, wearable pieces and yarns.

Open from the 7th September, Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.


saori weaving exhibition at designermakers21 september 2023

The Nettle Dress Film | Wednesday 13th September 10am and 7pm at The Corn Hall, Diss

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The Nettle Dress Film 

Wednesday 13th September 10am and 7pm @ The Cornhall, Diss

This beautifully constructed documentary sensitively tracks the journey of textile artist Allan Brown who spent seven years making a dress by hand using only the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles.

Full details and tickets here


the nettle dress film poster credit Dylan Howitt
credit Dylan Howitt

A Celebration of Textiles – Surface | 2nd September – 14th October 2023, The Corn Hall, Diss

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In collaboration with designermakers21, this year’s exhibition will feature a selection of textile artists who utilise the surface of textiles to showcase their practice, encompassing a myriad of processes including: batik, natural dye, agri-textiles, fabric manipulation, embroidery and collage. The exhibitors will include designermakers21 residents, as well as eminent textile artists.

The exhibition will be held at The Corn Hall, Diss, open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.


Summer Expo ’23, Open Art Exhibition | Thursday 3rd – Saturday 26th August , in the upstairs gallery at designermakers21

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Our third open exhibition, Summer expo ’23 features the work of over 60 artists, working across many disciplines. The show is a celebration of local talent and creativity.

Open until 26th August, Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

summer expo '23open art exhibition poster, on at designermakers21, 3rd to the 26th August 2023

Showcase Exhibition | August – October 2023

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The next Showcase will run throughout August, September and October. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21.

A collection of ceramics by Ania Moszczenska, pargetted plaster reliefs by James Collier, and floral artistry by Samantha Yates.

Visit the Showcase from the 3rd August during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.


Life Drawing Workshop with Becky Whatley | Tuesday 29th August, 10am-1pm

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Artist Becky Whatley is leading a Life Drawing workshop at designermakers21 on Tuesday 29th August 10am-1pm. The workshop is £20 per person, including refreshments. Participants will need to bring their own drawing materials/equipment. Becky is generously donating all proceeds to the Save Our Story appeal.

life drawing workshop at designermakers21 Tuesday 29th august 10am-1pm