‘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.


a room of one's own exhibition poster

Inspired by 30 x 30 – Last Chance to See!

‘Inspired by 30×30’ exhibition in the Upper Gallery at Diss Corn Hall ends on Saturday 14th August. The exhibition is FREE to visit, and is open Mon-Sat 10am to 3pm.

designermakers21 and friends take inspiration from the theme ’30×30′ and interpret it freely to accommodate a range of 2D and 3D work across disciplines.

Artists’ work includes constructed and applied textiles, print, design, sculpture, jewellery, mosaic, stained glass and ceramics.

Hand-dyed Saori woven fabric with 30 Moons by Kim Morgan
Hand-Dyed Saori Weaving – Kim Morgan
Mixed media paintings on glass slides by Janine Oxley
Mixed Medium on Glass Slides – Janine Oxley
handprinted lampshade with moth design by Mike Fenton
Hand-Painted Lampshade – Mike Fenton

Showcase Exhibition | August – October 2021

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The next Showcase will run throughout August, September and October 2021. We are excited to welcome three artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Katie Hay-Molopo, Dominic Upson and Peny Conway (Cornfield Glass).

Katie Hay-Molopo – Mixed Media “My current work frequently combines text and images, in digital and traditional media formats, often in black and white. The goal of my work is to celebrate small things, create space for thoughtful reflection and gratitude, and exemplify arts’ ability to be beautiful, connect people and bring joy.”

Dominic Upson – Ceramics “Functional pottery for day to day use, simple and lively mark making with different types of slip. I make work on the potter’s wheel, then finish off the pieces with handles or foot rings. Glazing varies depending on what kiln I use to fire the work, electric firing, gas firing to get iron spots out of the clay. The salt firing which gives the work a beautiful orange peel surface. Wood firing gives beautiful flame flashing on the pots.”

Peny Conway – Glass “I make fused glass plates, bowls and other pieces. Processes include cutting glass, using fibre paper to carve relief and fusing in a kiln.”

You can visit the Showcase Exhibition from the 5th August 2021, during designermakers21 opening hours Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

‘Anima’ – Finding the Magic of Breckland | 9th September- 2nd October 2021

Fay Jones Solo Exhibition

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.”

Online Preview live from 3rd August at The Woodland Haberdasher

Help support this exhibition via Indiegogo

Evening Preview, all welcome – Friday 3rd September 2021, 6.30-8.30pm @ designermakers21. Refreshments available.

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

Public Art – Summer Exhibition @ designermakers21

29th July – 21st August 2021

An exhibition of art by local people, celebrating their talent and creativity. On display in the Upstairs Gallery space at designermakers21, the exhibition features a wonderful variety of work including paintings, prints, ceramics, fibre art and constructed textiles.

The exhibition is free to visit, and is open Thurs-Sat 10am to 5pm.


Constructed Textiles – Four Exhibitions at Diss Cornhall and designermakers21

Friday 21st May – Saturday 26th June

In collaboration, designermakers21 and The Cornhall Diss are putting together 4 exhibitions in Constructed Textiles from 21 May – 26 June.

At The Corn Hall there will be exhibitions by Margo Selby, a celebration of Weave (a collection of artists practising weave) along with Yoshi Shionagawa, a photographer.
Open Monday – Saturday 10 – 4pm.                                                                      

At designermakers21 a vibrant and colourful exhibition by local SAORI weavers.
Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 – 5pm.
This exhibition unites SAORI weavers showing the boundless and creative potential that exists within and connects us all.


Exhibition Details
Constructed Textiles Exhibition Details
Saori Shed workshop graphic
Saori Weaving on the Loom

Showcase Exhibition | May-July 2021

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The next Showcase will run throughout May, June and July 2021. We are excited to welcome three artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Fehmi Gokes, Frances Overy and Becky Whatley.

Fehmi Gokes – Mosaic Art Mosaic pictures, mirrors, tables and interior/exterior features made using a variety of materials such as ceramic, glass and wood.

Frances Overy – Textile Art Contemporary Textile Art, created using a variety of techniques. Hand stitched elements are added to felted and woven backgrounds, alongside contemporary ‘Gold Work’.

Becky Whatley – Paintings & Needle Felting Images from the wild places of the local area, including fens and woodland. The pictures combine oil painting and pyrography, to emphasize the drawing. Needle felted animals in hand dyed colours, will also feature in this exhibition.

You can visit the Showcase from the 1st May 2021, during our usual opening hours Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

Handmade framed mosaic
‘Rise’ Handmade Mosaic – Fehmi Gokes
oil painting with pyrography detail, on birch ply
Oil and Pyrography on Birch Ply – Becky Whatley
needle felted textile art with handstitching
‘Summer Verge’ Mixed Media Textile Art – Frances Overy