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January 2022

Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life

Sat 8 January - Sun 15 May
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life showcases over 100 objects from the estate of the ‘Forces’ Sweetheart’, including numerous previously unseen personal items.

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May 2021

Taking a Line for a Walk

John Vernon Lord and Friends

Thu 20 May 2021 - Sun 12 December 2021
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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July 2020

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John Newling

Thu 16 July 2020 - Fri 30 April 2021

This major exhibition from pioneer of public art John Newling features many of his acclaimed works spanning the past 40 years.

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October 2019

Kitching in Ditchling: The London Series

Sat 19 October 2019 - Sun 19 April 2020

Presented by contemporary letterpress maestro Alan Kitching
19 Oct 2019 - 19 April 2020

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Disruption, Devotion and Distributism

Sat 19 October 2019 - Sun 19 April 2020

The politics and philosophy behind the art and craft of Ditchling

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May 2019

Women’s Work

Sat 4 May 2019 @ 10:00 am - Sun 13 October 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This summer, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft presents a major new exhibition on the work of craftswomen who turned their practice’s into successful businesses between the two World Wars.

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October 2018

WonderCraft: Local Makers for Christmas

Sat 20 October 2018 @ 8:00 am - Tue 1 January 2019 @ 5:00 pm

In a celebration of all things artisan we will be extending our renowned shop into the William and Margaret Rowling Gallery and Wunderkammer cabinet, where there will be a carefully curated collection of beautiful art and craft by local and British talent, all available to buy in the run up to Christmas.

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Max Gill: Wonderground Man

Sat 20 October 2018 @ 8:00 am - Sun 28 April 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The work of Brighton-born MacDonald (Max) Gill - illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist - will be celebrated at the museum this spring..

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May 2018

Belonging with Morag Myerscough

Sat 5 May 2018 @ 10:30 am - Sun 14 October 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Accompanying our exhibition Corita Kent: Get With the Action, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft invited leading international designer Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan to take over the museum’s Wunderkammer in a surprise visual display.

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Belonging Bandstand

Sat 5 May 2018 @ 8:00 am - Sun 30 September 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Belonging celebrates the spirit of seminal 1960s Los Angeles artist Corita Kent whose work brought together a belief in the strength of creativity, togetherness, love and social justice.

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Corita Kent: Get With The Action

Sat 5 May 2018 @ 8:00 am - Sun 14 October 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Corita was an artist, a famously charismatic educator and a Roman Catholic nun based in Los Angeles during the 1960s. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant screenprinted banners and posters drew on pop and modern consumer cultures and became increasingly political throughout the decade.

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January 2018

The Meynells in Ditchling

Sat 6 January 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Sun 29 April 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Meynells name has been a familiar one in Sussex and Ditchling since the turn of the 20th century: the bonds between Eric Gill and Wilfrid and Alice Meynell were forged through their shared Catholics beliefs and enthusiasm for typography when Gill was in his 20s and the older couple were in their sixties

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20 Years of Penguin Essentials

Sat 6 January 2018 @ 10:30 am - Sun 29 April 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Elizabeth Friedlander

Sat 6 January 2018 @ 10:30 am - Sun 29 April 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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September 2017

Anna Bera: British Council Artist in Residence

Fri 22 September 2017 - Fri 20 October 2017
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Guy Malet

Fri 8 September 2017 - Mon 1 January 2018
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New Truth to Materials: Wood

Fri 8 September 2017 - Mon 1 January 2018
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May 2017

Cathie Pilkington at Brighton Festival: The Life Rooms

Fri 5 May 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sat 29 July 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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April 2017

Doll for Petra

Sat 29 April 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sun 3 September 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Eric Gill: The Body

Sat 29 April 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sun 3 September 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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January 2017

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

Sat 28 January 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sun 23 April 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD
Free
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September 2016

John Vernon Lord: A Catalogue of Life

Sat 17 September 2016 @ 11:00 am - Sun 16 April 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Tadek Beutlich: beyond craft

Sat 17 September 2016 @ 10:00 am - Sun 23 April 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers Celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

Sat 17 September 2016 @ 9:00 am - Wed 31 May 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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The Book Beautiful: William Morris, Hilary Pepler and the private press story

Mon 12 September 2016 @ 8:00 am - Sun 23 April 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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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April 2016

The Village of Type

Sat 30 April 2016 - Mon 30 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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March 2016

Big Steam Print

Mon 28 March 2016 @ 8:00 am - Sat 18 June 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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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Bob & Roberta Smith: Why Do We Communicate?

Sat 12 March 2016 @ 8:00 am - Sun 11 September 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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

Sat 12 March 2016 @ 2:00 am - Tue 13 September 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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

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

Sat 12 March 2016 @ 1:00 am - Sun 11 September 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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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October 2015

Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer

Sat 24 October 2015 @ 8:00 am - Mon 7 March 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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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The Animals of David Jones

Sat 24 October 2015 @ 8:00 am - Sun 6 March 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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

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July 2015

David Wolske: Abstract Letterpress

Mon 27 July 2015 @ 8:00 am - Mon 8 February 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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

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