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August 2020

Permanent Collection

Sat 1 August 2020 - Mon 3 December 2035

The museum's permanent collection includes work by artists and craft workers
of national repute, including Eric Gill, Edward Johnston + Ethel Mairet.

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May 2021

Brighton Festival Ditchling Museum Music Trail

Download the free app and explore the South Downs on a nature trail accompanied by orchestral music

Sat 1 May - Mon 31 May
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Listen to ‘richly sonorous’ (Sunday Times) new orchestral music directly inspired by landscape as you explore the South Downs National Park through a free App on your phone. Start at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and walk up Lodge Hill for stunning views (1 mile, gentle) or follow the Sussex Border Path and South Downs Way up to Ditchling Beacon and back through the fields (5 miles, strenuous). With embedded images reflecting the museum’s collection and music by Ed Hughes,…

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Taking a Line for a Walk

John Vernon Lord and Friends

Thu 20 May - Sun 31 October
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft celebrates an icon of illustration, alongside work for children by his students and contemporaries.

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Dear Nature by John Newling

Mon 24 May
8:00 pm
- 9:40 pm

New music for solo cello by Sally Beamish and Lisa Heute links letters from John Newling appealing for a closer relationship with nature John Newling Dear Nature Sally Beamish composer Lisa Heute composer Reece Straw film maker Eighty-one letters written over 81 consecutive days. Letters that confront our ongoing relationship with Nature; letters that question, confess and address. Socially engaged artist John Newling’s letters to Nature form a poetic manifesto for our relationship with the natural world. Part impassioned plea, part exercise in truth and reconciliation, they are written frankly and intimately as if to a loved-one, attempting…

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June 2021

Incredible Illustrations with Kirsty and Josie

Half Term Workshops

Tue 1 June @ 11:00 am - Thu 3 June @ 3:00 pm
From £22.50

For 7-11 year olds Book onto one day, two days, or all three! A fun filled workshop inspired by the John Vernon Lord exhibition. Each day will start with an illustration activity using pen, charcoal and watercolours, which will then be developed into a monoprint/lino print. Each afternoon will then follow with different themed workshop: Day 1 - Felt puppets Create characters inspired by myths and legends. Day 2 - Quick drying clay Create your dream (miniature) giant sandwich with tiny people,…

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Introduction to Hand Lettering with Patrick Knowles

Online workshop across 3 evenings in June

Mon 7 June - Mon 21 June

Monday 7th June: 7 - 9pm Monday 14th June: 7 - 9pm Monday 21st June: 7 - 9pm Please note, participants will need to source their own materials (see materials list below) Hand lettering has shot to the forefront as a form of artistic expression in recent years. This series of workshops is an introduction to some of the main skills you’ll need to get going with this wonderfully expressive art form. Patrick is an experienced teacher and has worked…

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