Diss High School A-Level Art Exhibition | 13th – 22nd June 2024

We are excited to once again host A-Level Art and Design students from Diss High, who will be showcasing their coursework and final pieces in our upstairs exhibition space.

The exhibition will run from 13th June to 22nd June, and is open Thursday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

Private View Friday 14th June 4pm-6pm at designermakers21.

Diss High A-Level Art exhibition at designermakers21, Diss, 14th-22nd June 2024

Showcase Exhibition | May – July 2024

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We are delighted to welcome three local artists to the Showcase for May, June & July.

Exhibiting work are Becky Whatley, Charlotte Todd and Matt Reeves.

Becky Whatley, back by popular demand, works wonders with wood, pyrography and oil paint to produce stunning pictures. Becky is also showcasing her needle felted creatures.

Charlotte Todd is presenting her collaged pieces. Made using repurposed materials, these pictures are very attractive.

Matt Reeves, of Wood Glow Designs, is displaying his hand crafted furniture and homewares.

Visit the Showcase gallery upstairs at designermakers21 every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

REUSE Exhibition | 4th – 25th May 2024

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An exhibition which celebrates giving things a new life.

Opens 4th May, and runs until 25th May in the upstairs gallery at designermakers21. Visit the exhibition Thursday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Running in conjunction with the exhibition is ‘REUSE In Action’ on Saturday 11th May. Come along 11am-3pm to watch ‘reuse’ demonstrations, and try out a range of Craft processes. Some activities may require booking on the day. Donations welcome to support designermakersCIO ‘Raise Our Roof’ fundraising for essential building repairs.

Reuse exhibition at designermakers21 4th-25th May 2024 in Diss, Norfolk

Print Exhibition | 21st March – 20th April 2024 *Extended until 27th April*

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A celebration of Print by artists working in a range of Printmaking disciplines. The exhibition runs from the 21st March to 20th April in The Space Upstairs at designermakers21. Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

and on Saturday 13th April, come along to PRINT IN ACTION, a day of printmaking demonstrations and ‘Have a Go’ activities!

print exhibition poster 2024 at designermakers21 21st march to 20th april

Events Programme 2024

February

FREE ‘Have a Go’ afternoon, try out different Crafts with our members | 24.02.24 12pm-4pm

March/April

Print Exhibition | 21.03.24 – 20.04.24

‘Print in Action’ a day of demonstrations and workshops with our members and visiting artists | 13.04.24

May

Re-Use Exhibition | 02.05.24 – 25.05.24

‘On the Hoof’ Ceilidh at Roydon Village Hall, dm21 fundraising event | 03.05.24 (evening)

‘Have a Go’ day, try out different Crafts with our members | 04.05.24 11am-3pm

‘Re-Use in Action’ a day of demonstrations and workshops with our members | 11.05.24

June

Mosaic Workshop with member Joy Holden, dm21 fundraising event | 01.06.24

Diss High School Exhibition | 13.06.24 – 22.06.24

Swedish ‘Huck Lace’ Embroidery Workshop with Sarah Boardman, dm21 fundraising event | 22.06.24

July

Design Nation East Anglia Exhibition | 04.07.24 – 27.07.24

Meet the Artists Saturday, with demonstrations & ‘have-a-go’ sessions | 13.07.24

August

Summer Expo ’24, Public Open Art Exhibition | 01.08.24 – 24.08.24

September/October

‘SILICA’ Exhibition at Diss Corn Hall | 14.09.24 – 19.10.24

‘SILICA Process’ Exhibition at designermakers21 | 14.09.24 – 19.10.24

‘SILICA In Action’, a day of demonstrations by our members and visiting artists | 28.09.24

‘Draw Off’ between Diss and Hartismere Schools | 26.10.24 evening event

November

SAORI Weaving Exhibition | 07.11.24 – 30.11.24

‘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)

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

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.