Fundraising Auction | Silent Auction continues until Saturday 15th July at designermakers21

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Our Grand Auction takes place on Thursday 6th July, beginning with a 6.30pm drinks reception at designermakers21, before the promenade to TW Gaze, Diss Auction Rooms where the auction will commence at 7.30pm in the Waveney Room.

We have a fantastic selection of artworks and experiences to bid on, with all proceeds from the lots going straight to designermakersCIO ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising appeal.

Auction tickets are £5 per person, and are available to purchase at the desk in designermakers21, open Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

auction ticket Thursday 6th July at designermakers21 and TW Gaze

Coronation Bank Holiday Events | Sunday 7th May & Monday 8th May

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We are delighted to be taking part in ‘A Right Royal Celebration’ at Diss Park, on Sunday 7th May 3pm-8pm, and Fair Green, Green Fair on Monday 8th May 11am-4pm.

‘A Right Royal Celebration’ – Diss Park

A fantastic day organised by Diss Town Council, including live music, food & drink stalls, and activities. designermakers21 will be running a family craft activity throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to find out about our exciting program of events for the year!

‘Green Fair’ – Fair Green

Come along to the Green Fair which will feature live music, local food stalls, crafts and workshops, childrens’ activities, Green living talks, up-cyling and repair cafe. designermakers21 will be running family craft activities throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to find out about our exciting program of events for the year!

Call for Submissions – Charity Auction in aid of designermakersCIO’s ‘Save Our Story’ Fundraising Appeal | Thursday 6th July

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designermakers21, the home of designermakersCIO, is holding a Charity Auction, to help with the ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising Appeal.

On Thursday 6th July 2023, we are hosting a Charity Auction run by Mike Sarson from TW Gaze

We are fortunate to have offers of work from Antony Gormley and Laurence Edwards as well as a Henry Moore limited edition lithograph. This is not solely an ‘art’ auction however and other items and ‘experiences’ are also welcome. For example, ‘A raku Experience for 2’ and a weekend in a luxury self-catering house have also been donated.

We are looking for further donations such as art works – framed or unframed – and experiences, with all money raised going to our appeal.

If you wish to donate a piece of your work, please would you include the following to assist in the auction process:
1. A guide to value.     

2. A back story (e.g., inspiration/subject matter/process)     

3. A mini biog.

If you are donating something else – an experience for example – please send a mini description and image (where appropriate) to:

Please deliver work to:

designermakers21, 21, St Nicholas Street Diss IP22 4LB or

Martin Laurance, Studio 1, Muspole Studios, 25-27 Muspole Street, Norwich NR3 1DJ. 07506 845979.

designermakersCIO is looking to purchase the grade 2 listed building that houses 12 craft studios, galleries and exhibition spaces in Diss, South Norfolk and has been our home for the last ten years. designermakersCIO promotes education in traditional and contemporary craft and printmaking and provides accessible community arts experiences for all through a programme of events including workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Thornage Hall Independent Living Spring Exhibition | The Gallery Upstairs, 6th-29th April

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Art, Weaving, Woodwork and Textiles made in the workshops at Thornage Hall are on show from 6th to 29th April, during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Dynamic, creative workshops for adults with supported needs have enabled this exemplary exhibition of skilled handwork and imaginative flair.

The artists and makers are delighted to exhibit this range of original work and welcome all visitors to see their products for sale, and to find out more about Thornage Hall independent Living.

Thornage Hall exhibition poster April 2023

Jig ‘n a Gig | The Corn Hall, Diss, Saturday 13th May, doors open 6.30pm

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Join us for a fantastic evening of music and dancing, and help celebrate designermakers21’s ’10th Birthday’

Venue – The Corn Hall, Diss

7-9pm      Fairgreen Ceilidh Band  

9.30-11.30pm     Solana  Aartwork

Fairgreen Ceilidh Band
An excellent, lively, local band guaranteed to get you on your feet, whether a novice or seasoned ceilidh goer.  


Aartwork play upbeat fiery, liquid, trad style original tunes on fiddle and recorder with old school live beats, jazzy guitar, bass synths and haunting, ethereal vocals. This is where folk meets drum and bass, reggae and jungle. The result is hard not to dance to.

The mix has been described as Psychedelic Celtic Folk Fusion. quote 25th Sep 2022: “Aartwork putting on a fantastically danceable neo-folk set on Friday, dropping some absolutely fire new material at the end.”

The Corn Hall have, generously, given us this opportunity to celebrate our ‘10th Birthday’ , and to raise funds for the ‘Save Our Story’ appeal, to purchase 21 St Nicholas Street, so that we can continue to enrich the local community through education and appreciation of traditional and contemporary crafts. . There will also be a raffle with a sumptuous selection of prizes.  Come and help us celebrate, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your Mum!  

Tickets for this event can be purchased from the Corn Hall Box Office on 01379 652241, or online.

If you have any access needs please call the Corn Hall Box Office on 01379 652241 to discuss these before booking to ensure they can best accommodate your requirements.

Jig 'n a Gig poster Saturday 13th May at the Corn Hall Diss