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!


Norfolk Open Studios | 24th September – 8th October 2022

designermakers21 will be taking part in Norfolk Open Studios this Autumn, we look forward to welcoming you to the studios!

The studios and galleries will be open as usual every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm, as well as two additional Sunday openings on the 25th September and 2nd October. Members will be working in their studios, and available to answer questions about the processes involved in their work.

Our rolling Showcase Exhibition will be on display upstairs in the main building, and we will be hosting a FREE ‘Have a go Day’ on Saturday 24th September, where members will be demonstrating and offering mini workshop sessions. Check the website and social media for more details over the coming months.

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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

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.


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.


An opportunity to learn new skills

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB.

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Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Jewellery – Kate Heath
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed
Theatre crafts – Christopher Holden
Stained glass – Hunnybunny Glass
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calender of events by external practioners

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.


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.