Showcase Exhibition| November 2023 – January 2024

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We are delighted to welcome three local artists to the Showcase for November, December & January.

Exhibiting work are Marna Alberts, Keri Lowe, and David Oates.

Marna Alberts is a local surface pattern designer. Marna has recently completed her Masters degree in textile Design, specialising in the combination of digital and screen printing processes.

Keri Lowe began her journey with textiles and felting, but has since turned her hands to ceramics, a practice she has enjoyed for over 30 years.

David Oates is a children’s book illustrator and author. David uses Gelli plate printing to create powerful, textured and colourful backgrounds, and uses ink and gouache to add illustrations or artwork on top.

Visit the Showcase gallery upstairs at designermakers21 every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

‘Focus on Drawing’ at desigermakers21, a month long project celebrating drawing in its many forms. 19th October – 24th November

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A month long project celebrating drawing in its many forms.

Including an exhibition of drawings in the upstairs gallery at designermakers21, and a ‘Grand Draw’ of 100 Jacqui Petrie artworks to raise funds for the Save Our Story appeal. The exhibition will be accompanied by five Saturdays of drawing events open to the public, culminating with an exciting ‘Draw-Off’ on Saturday 25th November (evening event) between two local high school 6th Form Students, who will draw collaboratively on a large scale in our gallery space.

Drawing Events…

Saturday 21st October:

Members and invited artists demonstrate different drawing techniques such as charcoal, pencil, pen & ink, with ‘have a go’ sessions.

Demonstration on the ground floor by visually impaired artist Megan Welton.

Saturday 28th October:

Book Launch of ‘Wolf and Bear’ by illustrator and author Kate Rolfe. Kate will be running children’s drawing workshops throughout the day.

Diss based illustrator Suzanne Breeze demonstrates her drawing style, and offers a chance to contribute to a joint drawing.

Book Launch of ‘Forage and Stitch’ by Caroline Hyde-Brown

Saturday 4th November:

Book Launch of ‘Forage and Stitch’ by member Caroline Hyde-Brown.

Life Drawing with clothed model, drop-in drawing sessions 11am-2pm.

Guest Artist, Alona Markina gives a talk and demonstration of her quirky drawing style, and an opportunity to draw people in a group.

Saturday 11th November:

Pyrography demonstration by artists David and Becky Whatley.

More mixed drawing techniques with members and invited artists.

Saturday 18th November:

Drawing through printmaking…

Monotype with Jacqui Petrie – drop in sessions

Lithography/etching with Paul Sharrock

Drypoint engraving with Annette Rolston (3hr bookable workshop £15pp)

Events Programme 2023


‘Big Sell’, Window Display by artist Jacqui Petrie raising funds for designermakersCIO | 02.02.23 – 11.02.23

Local Appeal Public Presentation, The Gallery Upstairs | 04.02.23, 11.30am and 2pm

FREE ‘Have a Go’ Day, workshops and demonstrations by our members throughout the day | 11.02.23


Print Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 02.03.23-01.04.23

‘Print in Action’, a day of workshops and demonstrations with our members and visiting artists | 11.03.23


Thornage Hall Art Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 06.04.23-29.04.23


10aciousdm21, a Retrospective Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 04.05.23-27.05.23

Jig ‘n’ a Gig, Fair Green Ceilidh band & Solana, The Corn Hall, Diss | 13.05.23 6.30pm


Grand Auction (evening event), The Gallery Upstairs | 15.06.23

Diss High School Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 22.06.23-01.07.23


Ceramics Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 06.07.23-29.07.23

‘Ceramics in Action’, a day of workshops and demonstrations with our members and visiting artists | 08.07.23


Art Expo ’23, public ‘open’ exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs | 03.08.23-26.08.23


Surface Textiles Exhibition, exhibition held in The Gallery Upstairs & The Corn Hall | 02.09.23-14.10.23

‘Textiles in Action’, a day of workshops and demonstrations with our members and visiting artists | 07.10.23


Focus on Drawing, The Gallery Upstairs | 19.10.23-25.11.23

‘Have a go Drawing Day’, The Gallery Upstairs | 11.11.23