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David Wolske: Abstract Letterpress

27 July 2015 – 8 February 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft


The 20th century artists who lived and worked in Ditchling revived and revolutionised many crafts including letterpress printing …

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The Animals of David Jones

24 October 2015 – 6 March 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

(c) A. J. Hyne; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

This exhibition is inspired by three objects from the museum’s collection which all feature animals.

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Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer

24 October 2015 – 7 March 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft


Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer includes new drawings, prints and sculptures as well as pieces of folk art and objects of inspiration from the artist’s studio

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Underground: 100 Years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering for London

12 March 2016 – 11 September 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft


This exhibition marks the centenary of Edward Johnston’s world famous typeface for London Underground. Remarkably, it has barely changed over 100 years, a testament to its success as station way finders.

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Signs of Ditchling: a tradition of lettering from 1800 to the present day

12 March 2016 – 13 September 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft


In 1906 Edward Johnston gave a lecture on signwriting in which he emphasised the necessity of simplicity, distinctiveness and proportion…

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Bob & Roberta Smith: Why Do We Communicate?

12 March 2016 – 11 September 2016

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft


Bob & Roberta Smith’s new display for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is a mini retrospective of the artist’s sign-written work …

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Big Steam Print

28 March 2016 – 18 June 2016

Various Venues (see details for more information)


Part of the Village of Type programme. The magic of printing is usually hidden in the sheds, workshops and studios of printers and designers. The Big Steam Print brings the secret into the open air for everyone to witness …

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The Village of Type

30 April 201630 May 2016

Various Venues (see details for more information)


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates 100 years of the lettering which can still to be seen across the capital’s transport system and became an iconic typeface for modernity.

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The Book Beautiful: William Morris, Hilary Pepler and the private press story

12 September 2016 – 23 April 2017


This fascinating exhibition explores the influence that William Morris and his prominent Kelmscott Press had on the development of Hilary Pepler’s St Dominic’s Press.

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Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

17 September 2016 – 31 May 2017


An exciting live research project will bring to life this 100 year old book as we attempt to catalogue every natural dye recipe from Ethel Mairet’s influential publication with the help of artists, craftspeople and students from across the country and beyond. Ethel Mairet was an enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to ensuring that her lifetime of experimentation with natural dyes and textiles was passed on to future generations. A pioneer of the 20th-century modern craft revival in Britain, Mairet’s arts and…

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Tadek Beutlich: beyond craft

17 September 2016 – 23 April 2017


Polish-born Tadek Beutlich’s distinctive style and approach challenges the usual definitions of craft categorisation. As an artist, weaver and tapestry maker he would often be inspired to create his textile work directly from his prints, and yet he believed that to plan out a tapestry or weaving by sketching it with pencil on paper was to do a disservice to the material that he worked with. This complex relationship between fine arts and craft has much to do with his…

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John Vernon Lord: A Catalogue of Life

17 September 2016 – 16 April 2017


Visitors to the museum may already be familiar with the 1972 classic children’s book ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’, a constant best-seller in our shop. What they may not know is that the author and illustrator, John Vernon Lord, has long been a Ditchling resident and many of his illustrations feature buildings and landscapes inspired by the village and its surroundings. In recognition of his contribution to Ditchling’s important printing history, our Wunderkammer plays host to a display of Vernon Lord’s…

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Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

28 January 2017 – 23 April 2017

Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD


We are delighted to be part of a consortium of nine museums and galleries from Sussex working with The Bulldog Trust on this major exhibition at Two Temple Place in London. Curated by Dr Hope Wolf, from the University of Sussex, the exhibition features over 120 works from the county including many from our own collection. Sussex Modernism examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first…

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Eric Gill: The Body

29 April 2017 – 3 September 2017

Eric Gill Headdress

Eric Gill (1882 – 1940) was an artist of talent, craft and vision. His work is held in the permanent collections of museums across the world including Tate, V&A and British Museum in London. The typeface he designed is one of the most commonly used in the Western world and his sculptures grace the buildings of the BBC, Westminster Cathedral and the United Nations. Ditchling was Gill’s home from 1906 to 1924, a place of great innovation and creativity for…

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Doll for Petra

29 April 2017 – 3 September 2017

doll for petra

As part of Eric Gill: The Body with Cathie Pilkington, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft continues to look at the dilemma presented by the artist’s work and his disturbing biography. A co-commission between Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and Brighton Festival in a separate space features a new large installation by Pilkington, Doll for Petra (2017) which is inspired by a wooden doll carved by Gill for his four year old daughter Petra in 1910. Dolls and figures…

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Cathie Pilkington at Brighton Festival: The Life Rooms

5 May 2017 – 29 July 2017

Cathie Pilkington

University of Brighton, Grand Parade Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm Thur, 11am – 8pm Sun, 11am – 5pm Showing for the first time since its acclaimed London debut at the Royal Academy, ‘Anatomy of a Doll’ is an exciting opportunity to view Cathie Pilkington RA’s provocative sculptural work. The sculptures – a sideways response to Edgar Degas’ famous figures – will be displayed in Brighton’s own version of the Academy’s Life Room, playing with ideas of form and representation:…

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Anna Bera: British Council Artist in Residence

22 September20 October


To co-incide with the exhibition New Truth to Materials: Wood, the museum will play host to a British Council international artist in residence in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute. Anna Bera is a Polish artist who founded The Whole Elements design studio and Dzikie Dzieci (Wild Children) after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Bera’s work draws inspiration from research on the human relationship with nature in a biological, cultural and spiritual context. As part of…

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