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Max Gill: Wonderground Man

20 October 2018 – 28 April 2019


This winter, the once forgotten work of Brighton-born MacDonald (Max) Gill (1884 – 1947) will be celebrated at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Max Gill, younger brother of Eric, was a well-known illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist. His often humorous work, with its distinctive Art Deco flourishes and tones, charted the rise of new technologies such as electricity, flight and radio communication. Gill’s work was once prominently in the public eye, particularly his brightly-coloured pictorial maps, graphic…

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Changing Lives: Ditchling Artists in WW1

20 October 2018 – 28 April 2019


Accompanying Max Gill: Wonderground Man, the museum’s Print Gallery will host a display looking at the affect of WW1 on Ditchling’s artistic community. When Max Gill was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design the lettering on the Cenotaph and every military headstone, he was well aware of the impact that the war had on friends, the artistic community, and even his own family. The exhibition tells the personal stories of three artist-soldiers: stonecutter Joseph Cribb, who worked…

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Maunder Maps

5 January 2019 – 28 April 2019


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has invited interdisciplinary artist Jane Pitt to create a new temporary window work for the William & Margaret Rowling Gallery to accompany Max Gill: Wonderground Man. Pitt’s work will take over the museum’s Wunderkammer and the 4m high window it faces on its East – West axis, highlighting the dialogue between the inner and outer spaces of the museum and exploring the window as more than just a portal letting light in or out.…

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