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Friends of designermakersCIO Launch

Saturday 14th October 2 to 4 pm

RSVP by 7 October

designermakersCIO is the charitable organisation that pormotes the educational activities at designermakers21.

We invite you to come and find out more about our work and try some of the craft processes that our designer makers practise. We start at 2pm with a short presentation followed by a tour of the studios then tasty refreshments.designermakersCIO launch poster

'From Land to Sea', an exhibition of paintings by Martin Laurance.

12th to 28th October 2017. Opening preview 13th October 6.30pm – 8pm.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week, 10am-5pm.

A former Diss High School art teacher turned professional artist, Martin Laurance, is holding his first solo exhibition in Diss at Designer Makers 21 in St Nicholas Street.

Martin has exhibited widely in the UK since becoming a full time artist seventeen years ago. His paintings have been shown in over twenty five solo exhibitions throughout the UK and in Zurich and Koblenz.

Martin's paintings are landscapes, with mixed media his preferred medium, although he also paints in oils.

This exhibition will feature a number of paintings of Orford Ness in Suffolk; which resulted from Martin's time as 'artist in residence' for the National Trust, at the former military and nuclear testing site.

There will also be paintings of Yorkshire and Scotland, as well as the coastline of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cornwall.

 M Laurance drawing photoOrford Ness, Low Sun II  painting by M LauranceRed Sky, Orford Ness II painting by M LauranceRough Sea, Happisburgh painting by M Laurance

Our Gladrags day and Blues and Banter events were a big success, thanks to everyone involved and everyone for coming.

Gladrags Fair clothes stallsThe bar at the Blues and BanterBlues and Banter event 2017