Summer Expo 22 | Upstairs Gallery @designermakers21 11th-27th August

An exhibition of art by local people, celebrating their talent and creativity.

Featuring a wonderful variety of work including: paintings, prints, illustrations, ceramics, sculpture,
constructed textiles, mixed media.

Visit the exhibition every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm from the 11th to 27th August.


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Keeley Chapman – Solo Show | 1st-25th September 2022

A solo show by ceramicist Keeley Chapman

‘Wife, mother and artist creating interpretative sculpture by harnessing the raw elements of nature: earth, fire, air and water. Beautifully unique and decorative pieces forged in the ancient art of raku.

Keeley evokes fragility in her art and uses materials which have been weathered naturally. Often this involves firing clay at lower temperatures and using glazes which, over time, can react to their environment. This natural decay hints at the circle of life: from the earth, of the earth, and back to the earth.’

Visit the exhibition every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Open evening Friday 9th September.

Join Keeley on Saturday 17th September for a demonstration and ‘have a go day’. More details to follow!


Elephant in the Room – an exhibition by designermakers21 and friends @ Diss Corn Hall | 2nd – 29th July

‘Elephant in the Room’- DM21 on tour.

In this eclectic exhibition members and friends interpret the expression “Elephant in the Room” in a variety of craft disciplines and perspectives.

The exhibition will be on display in the Lower Gallery at The Corn Hall in Diss, and open Monday-Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Wooden Horn with Pyrography detail by David Whatley

SAORI III, An exhibition showcasing work by East Anglian SAORI Weavers | 9th – 30th June 2022

The third SAORI weaving exhibition at designermakers21 showcasing works by East Anglian SAORI weavers. 

This exhibition shows new work by local SAORI weavers and also works created by the SAORI explorers groups. These have been monthly meetings via zoom and in the studio focusing on varied techniques each month. These groups have enabled weavers from further afield to meet up with other SAORI weavers, learn together and inspire each other.

Visit the exhibition from the 9th – 30th June in the Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21. Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm

SAORI exhibition 9th - 30th June 2022

Showcase Exhibition | May – July 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout February, March and April. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Fehmi Gokes, Susie Bruce and Jo McGregor.

Visit the exhibition from the 5th May during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

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

Susie Bruce – Ceramics Hand-built narrative Porcelain tiles.

Jo McGregor – Mixed Media A selection of mixed media pieces, prints and printed textiles.


‘As sick as a Dog/Parrot’ – An exhibition by Molly Jackson & Jay Potrykus | 31st march – 23rd April 2022

An exhibition by Molly Jackson & Jay Potrykus

‘Illness can be a cord that connects us to animals, of a length which keeps us at an appropriate distance

Upstairs Gallery at designermakers21

Thursday 31st March – Saturday 23rd April

Open Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm

as sick as a dog/parrot exhibition poster 31st march to 23rd April 2022 at designermakers21, Diss

Showcase Exhibition | February – April 2022

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The next Showcase will run throughout February, March and April. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21. Exhibiting work will be Keeley Chapman, Gemma Hill and Becky Whatley.

Visit the exhibition from the 3rd February during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Keeley Chapman – Ceramic Sculpture

Handmade clay sculptures, finished using a range of firing techniques including raku, saggar and smoke firing.

Gemma Hill – Photography

Gemma’s photographs often draw inspiration from nature, her dog and horse, and the local countryside. Framed and unframed prints available.

Becky Whatley – Pyrography Painting & 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.


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.