Summer Expo ’24 – Call for Submissions

designermakers21 will be hosting our fourth Summer Open Exhibition from August 1st to 24th in the Upstairs Gallery.

Submissions are invited from artists over 18, professional or amateur. This year there will be a fee of £5 per entrant. The exhibition will remain free to visitors. This will be a friendly, fun and inclusive event celebrating local talent, so why not come and make an exhibition of yourself?!

Entry Requirements are:

  • 1 item per entrant (at the curator’s discretion)
  • First come first served, until we are full
  • Work is submitted at the artist’s own risk
  • Work must be delivered to designermakers21 between 25th and 27th July and collected after the exhibition on the 24th from 4pm, and before 31st August
  • All items must be clearly marked with the artist’s name or initials
  • A note must be included with your name, title or description of your work and your contact details so that your piece can be identified when you want it back!
  • We will sell your work for you if you wish
  • Payment for sales will be by bank transfer, less 20% commission (plus 2% for card sales)
  • Items for sale must be declared when delivered, with price and bank details included on your note
  • We aim to be as inclusive as possible but retain the right not to exhibit a piece that might be dangerous, offensive or simply not fit up the stairs!

Please register your interest via email to:


summer expo 2023 exhibition at designermakers21

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.

‘Spring into Action’ Grand Draw, dm21 fundraising for essential building repairs | *Grand Draw extended – Tickets on sale until Friday 3rd May*

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We are fundraising again here at designermakers21!

‘Spring into Action’ Grand Draw is raising funds for essential building repairs & improvements to 21 St Nicholas Street.

ONE lucky ticket holder will win this bundle of Craft, handmade by our members! Tickets are £5, and available from designermakers21 Thursday-Saturday between 10am and 5pm until Friday 3rd May.

The single winning ticket will be drawn at our Ceilidh night at Roydon Village Hall on Friday 3rd May. The prize winner will be notified by phone.

spring into action grand draw at designermakers21 until 27th April, tickets £5

Art Workshops with Birks Holden | Fox Wood Forest School

First Saturday of the month, from 4th May 2024, 10am-1pm

Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class

Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD (parking available on site)

Adults/Children, individual 3hr session £25 per person

Two Children £45, Three Children £60. Participating parent/carer £5.

Materials and refreshments included

To book, and for further information please contact Clare by text on 07870813643 or email

Art workshops at Fox Wood Forest School
Art Workshops at Fox Wood Forest School

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

*Submissions now Closed* Call for Submissions | Summer Open Exhibition August 2023

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We are inviting submissions to the third Summer Open Exhibition, to be held in the Gallery Upstairs from the 3rd to 26th August. Submissions are on a first come first served basis, and limited to one piece per artist. To register your interest please email and

call for submissions poster for designermakers21 summer exhibition 3rd - 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.

Postcard Art Sale

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Postcard Art Sale – Of Art created in the 6×4 inch ‘postcard’ format

designermakers21 present a sale of Art created by artists well know, known, and known well by some, in a variety of mediums.

All work has been freely donated by supporters of designermakersCIO to raise funds for the ‘Save Our Story’ campaign.

The entire collection will be on display at The Corn Hall, Diss on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May, after which it will move to designermakers21.

The Sale will commence at 6.30pm at our ‘Jig ‘n a Gig’ to be held at The Corn Hall on Saturday 13th May.

Postcards will cost £25 each and the sale will continue until Saturday 27th May when the purchased postcards will be available to collect from designermakers21. The artists will all remain anonymous until the end of the sale.

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A selection of the many Postcards which will be for sale at the Postcard Art Sale