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A home for extraordinary crafts-people

  • Open
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • 10am to 5pm
  • or by appointment


designermakers21 is an exciting initiative promoting the growth of local designers and craftspeople breathing new life into a large, historic empty shop on St. Nicholas Street, Diss, making full use of the warren of Victorian rooms. Sponsored by the Corn Hall Trust and supported by the generosity of Diss Quakers, designermakers21 aims to build a collective of local makers and to encourage the growth of creative businesses.

Starting with four enthusiastic artists in May 2013, there are now 12 highly skilled and talented designer-makers working in-house. Locals and tourists have warmly welcomed the concept of seeing original artwork develop and many commission unique pieces or attend workshops. Customers regularly 'pop in' to view the latest work and one visitor commented: "...artily amazing, creative and lovely place."

This shared creativity and vibrant atmosphere embraces traditional and contemporary craft practices with an inspiring range of textiles, prints, sculptures, mosaics, baskets, stained glass and digital print.

designermakers21 shopfront

The exhibition spacedesignermakers21 is open to the public 10am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday. You will be warmly welcomed by the makers as well as the team of volunteers.

The Diss Corn Hall is undergoing some major re-development and so have re-located their box office into designermakers21

Their opening hours are the same: 11am – 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and  11am - 2pm on Saturday

Tel: 01379 652241

The Diss Town Team is committed to getting more people shopping in Diss and to bring the historic old town back to life. Its chair Oliver Chapman commented ’The Corn Hall has done great things in revitalising the Heritage Triangle of St Nicholas Street, Market Street, and the Market Place and the designermakers21 will be an added attraction to the impressive range of specialist shops and restaurants we already have in the area.’

Film By Evan Griffiths

A young film and media student from the North West has been visiting designermakers21 recently, filming members and the local area as part of his finals for his Degree, and has been released on Youtube click below to view it.

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a documentary by Evan Griffiths

The Diss Express

Click here to see an article in the Diss Express

We are looking for Crafters to showcase

We have an exhibition space for 3 designer/makers to showcase their work.

February, March, April £75
May, June, July £75
August, September, October £75
November, December, January £85

If you would like to have some of your work on show in the shop please download a PDF application form by clicking here.

download a Word format application form by clicking here.

We Are Looking for Volunteers

If you are interested in working in our shop on Thursday, Friday or Saturday download a PDF application for by clicking here.

download a Word format application form by clicking here

We are looking for Members to join our Project

If you are a designer/maker and are interested in joining our exciting project please apply and download a PDF application form here

download a Word format application formby clicking here.

We are looking for Associate Members to join our waiting list

Because of limited space in the shop we currently have enough Associate members, but if you are a designer/maker and interested in joining our waiting list please download a PDF application form by clicking here.

download a Word format application form here.

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