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


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


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


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


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


Design Nation East Anglia Exhibition | 04.07.24 – 27.07.24

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


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


‘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


SAORI Weaving Exhibition | 07.11.24 – 30.11.24

Showcase Exhibition| November 2023 – January 2024

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We are delighted to welcome three local artists to the Showcase for November, December & January.

Exhibiting work are Marna Alberts, Keri Lowe, and David Oates.

Marna Alberts is a local surface pattern designer. Marna has recently completed her Masters degree in textile Design, specialising in the combination of digital and screen printing processes.

Keri Lowe began her journey with textiles and felting, but has since turned her hands to ceramics, a practice she has enjoyed for over 30 years.

David Oates is a children’s book illustrator and author. David uses Gelli plate printing to create powerful, textured and colourful backgrounds, and uses ink and gouache to add illustrations or artwork on top.

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

‘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)

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

4.23, an exhibition by students from Diss High School | The Gallery Upstairs Thursday 22nd June – Saturday 1st July

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A fantastic exhibition of work by A-Level Art Students from Diss High School. The students have designed a poster, and helped curate the show.

Come along to the Private View on Thursday 22nd June 4-6pm, refreshments provided.

Diss High School art exhibition at designermakers21 22nd june to 1st July

‘The Earth Sings’ – An exhibition of ceramics and paintings by East Anglian artists | Thursday 6th – Saturday 29th July

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An exiting exhibition showcasing the best of East Anglian ceramics, alongside paintings by Martin Laurance.

Featuring work by Ray Auker, John Chipperfield, Pam Schomberg, Carol Pask, Jo Arnold, Sue Maufe, Lois Thirkettle, Rob Rutterford, Rob Wheeler, Sally Thomas, Clare Goodman, Keeley Chapman, Karen Risby & Tom Thompson.

The exhibition, in The Gallery Upstairs at designermakers21, runs from 6th-29th July, and is open every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Running in conjunction is Ceramics in Action on Saturday 8th July – a day of drop in workshops and demonstrations by exhibiting artists.

A selection of work by exhibiting artists

Showcase Exhibition | May 2023 – July 2023

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The next Showcase will run throughout May, June and July. 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 paintings and drawings of birds by Martin Gibbons, Felted vessels by Connie Flynn, and Cathie Fiddling returns with her collection of Mosaics.

Visit the Showcase from the 2nd February during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

10aciousdm21, Retrospective Exhibition | Thursday 4th- Saturday 27th May

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On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the inception of designermakers21, a visual narrative mapping the evolution of an extraordinary craft centre.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 4th- Saturday 27th May, in the Gallery Upstairs at designermakers21.

10aciousdm21 retrospective exhibition may 2023 diss norfolk