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.


summer open exhibition poster

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

‘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

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


Textiles In Action – Demonstrations & Talks Saturday 22nd May 11am-3pm

*All artist talks on May 22nd are now fully booked.*

However, all exhibitions at designermakers21 and The Corn Hall are still free to access during the day, with some drop in demonstrations happening at designermakers21.  Please be aware that numbers are limited at both venues due to the current restrictions.  We look forward to welcoming you. 

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.

Details of Textiles in Action, a day of demonstrations and talks

Textiles in Action – Demonstrations and Talks

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