St Nicholas Christmas Fayre | Sunday 12th December 10am-4pm

We will be opening our doors 10am-4pm on the 12th December for the St Nicholas Christmas Fayre. Come along and explore the the studios, galleries and exhibitions. Mulled wine and mince pies available!

The magic starts in St Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Mount Street, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard. Christmas in the heart of the heritage Triangle.

Come along, and welcome in the festive season with a day of entertainment, great shopping, special offers and Christmas treats! Traders, shopkeepers and cafes will hold a special Christmas Fayre right in the heart of Diss.

St Nicholas Fayre Graphic

The Body Part Art Show – Travelling Sealed Bid Auction Exhibition | 2nd-12th December 2021

A Travelling Sealed Bid Auction Exhibition, with all proceeds going to the Nature and Nurture mental health support group.

Curator Lou Hines discusses the ideas behind the exhibition –

“After a visit to a mannequin graveyard I decided to gather a group of volunteers to create a piece of art from their chosen body part. These pieces will be displayed in four venues over 6 weeks.

Alongside will run a sealed bid auction. You can bid by placing a bidding slip in the box that will travel with the pieces or by sending a private message to the Facebook page “The Body Part Art Show 2021”. The online bid must contain the name of your chosen piece, your maximum bid and a contact number. At the end of the six weeks we will crack the box open, look at the online bids and the highest offer on each item will win it.

All proceeds will go to the Nature and Nurture mental health support group for young people. Not only are you supporting mental health in your community it’s also a unique opportunity to own an individual piece of art whilst re using something that would otherwise go to landfill. Just in time to treat yourself or a loved on for Christmas.”

Visit the exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21 Thursday to Saturday 9am-5pm


Showcase Exhibition | November 2021 – January 2022

The next showcase will run throughout November, December and January. We are excited to welcome three local makers to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Rob Rutterford, Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) and Sarah Burt.

Rob Rutterford – Ceramics

Potting and teaching in East Anglia for 30years creating large stoneware outdoor sculptural single fired  forms and smaller raku pieces. Inspiration grows from gardens, the natural world, historical reference, the local coast and friends. I have been involved with the Halesworth Gallery and Association of Suffolk Art Teachers over many years and exhibited widely home and abroad.

Danielle Wade (Polly’s Textiles) – Textiles Hand dyed and printed fabrics, designs produced from original artwork and constructed by hand into an assortment of products such as aprons, bags, cushions and purses. Processes include hand dyeing natural fabrics, screen printing with standard and specialist inks, and embroidery.

Sarah Burt – Needle Felting Contemporary Textile Art, originals, prints, greetings cards and handcrafted corsages made from British-milled wool. The artwork is made by a form of dry needle-felting, based on fine art principle.


Drawing Workshops for Adults | Saturday 6th November & Saturday 4th December

Due to unfortunate circumstances the drawing workshops on Saturday 4th December will not run. Workshops will return in 2022!

Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class.
Held in the upstairs exhibition/workshop space at designermakers21.
Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th December 1pm-4pm, £22 per session, all materials included.
Adult Drawing workshop in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21 on Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th December

Drawing Workshops for Children | Saturday 6th November & Saturday 4th December

Due to unfortunate circumstances the drawing workshops on Saturday 4th December will not run. Workshops will return in 2022!

Enjoy exploring drawing, mark making, and using different materials.
Classes will be held in the upstairs exhibition/workshop space at designermakers21.
Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th December 10am-12pm, £15 per workshop, all materials included.
Drawing Workshops for children in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21 Saturday 6th November and Saturday 4th Decemebr

‘Looking out Through Eyes that Shine’ – SAORI Weaving Exhibition | 4th-27th November 2021

A winter exhibition showcasing the work of 20 East Anglian SAORI weavers. A vibrant, colourful display of weave: clothing, hangings, scarves and more!

This collection provides an opportunity to experience some of the exciting and diverse range of work created by weavers throughout East Anglia. Some have been practising for a number of years, others have recently begun and this is their first experience of exhibiting their work. Many items are for sale.

We hope you enjoy and feel inspired!

Upstairs at designermakers21 from 4th – 27th November. Open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 – 5 pm.

Looking out through eyes that shine Saori Weaving exhibition at designermakers21 November 2021
SAORI Weavers work in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21

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‘Anima’ – Finding the Magic of Breckland | Extended until Saturday 9th October 2021

Fay Jones Solo Exhibition

An opportunity to see this wonderful show for an extra week – the exhibition has been extended until Saturday 9th October 2021.

Fay Jones is pleased to present her first solo show, in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. The exhibition will be open from Thursday 9th September during gallery hours Thurs-Sat 10am to 5pm.

Breckland is a place of long mysteries and small wonders. Ignoring modern boundaries it is a strongly defined landscape that allows for deep thought and contemplation. By keen observation and many exploratory wanderings, the lands wild undercurrents become apparent.

Using the rich natural resources of this stark environment, the many notional fragments are now collected into a whole. Made in wood, bark, chalk and bone, with nods to the ways of earlier times by using experimentally cast bronze, wild plant fibres and natural dyes.”


wood and bark, block printed text and an insect in a field. Images from Fay Jone's Anima exhibition at designermakers21

Norfolk Open Studios 2021- Craft Taster & Demonstration Day | Saturday 9th October 11am-3pm

As part of Norfolk Open Studios 2021, designermakers21 is hosting a FREE drop-in Craft Taster Day. Come along between 11am-3pm, and try your hand at printmaking, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics and Saori weaving with our members. Our resident jeweller Kate Heath will also be demonstrating Silversmithing techniques in her studio throughout the day.

No booking required, however, if taster sessions become busy, you may be asked to wait before having a go.

While you wait there is plenty to explore; including two exhibitions, our galleries and eleven working studios.


‘Anima’ Meet the Artist – Fay Jones | Thursday 23rd and Thursday 30th October 2021

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An opportunity to meet artist Fay Jones, whose wonderfully immersive solo show ‘Anima’ is on now in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21, and continues until Saturday 9th October.

The exhibition explores the magic of Breckland, and is an all encompassing sensory experience; the space is filled with the sounds, smells and textures of the environment which has inspired the works on display.

Fay will be at designermakers21 on Thursday 23rd October and Thursday 30th October, and will be available to answer any questions about the exhibition. No booking required, just come along and have a chat!


‘A Room of One’s Own’ – NUA Student Exhibition | 14th-30th October 2021

Featuring the work of Norwich University of the Arts BA Fine Art Year 3.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf, the exhibition is a discussion of the room, a place of liberation and autonomy or a space of oppression and incarceration. The artists explore their own relationship to the room – physically, mentally or metaphorically.

Visit the exhibition in our Upstairs Gallery during designermakers21 usual opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.


exhibition poster for 'A Room of One's Own' Fine Art student exhibition at designermakers21 14th-30th Nov 2021