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Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Crafternoon – May

Crafternoon is a free monthly drop-in session for people who like to make things in a friendly social space.

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Crafternoon – March

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Natural Dyeing: The Fundamentals

This intensive four-day course concentrates on the fundamentals of natural dyeing, showing you how and where to get started, which plants make good dyes and how to create a range of tones using colour modifiers to get great results.

£400

Introduction to Stone Carving

Alyosha Stone leads this 2-day workshop, offering a comprehensive introduction to the ancient skill of stone carving.

£180

Lino Print for Textiles

This day long workshop will focus on the use of patterns and colours in lino printing.

£80

Felted Wall Hangings

In this workshop, you will explore wet felting methods, including resist techniques, to create a sample and then a larger wall hanging.

£80

Indigo Dyeing and Weaving

About the Workshop Hilary Bourne was inspired to learn weaving after seeing indigo dyeing and cotton weaving in Palestine and first set up a studio in Jerusalem. This workshop offers the opportunity to learn this traditional skill under the expert tutelage of Poppy Fuller Abbott, a contemporary weaver and TOAST New Maker whose work appears […]

£180

The Basics of Lino Print

Sold Out
Try something new in 2024 with an inspiring half day workshop for beginners on the art of lino printing.

£40

Crafternoon – January

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Crafternoon – December

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Crafternoon – November

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Letterpress Christmas Card Printing

Learn the basics of letterpress printing and create your own Christmas cards in this festive workshop suitable for adults and children aged 8+

£80

Colours from Nature 

This 4 day pop-up show will celebrate the work of recent and former graduates of Jenny Dean's popular 6-month natural dyeing course.

Crafternoon – October

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Crafternoon – September

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Free

Hilary Bourne’s Ditchling

As part of the museums 10th birthday celebrations, you are invited on a walk around the village to explore the fascinating life of Hilary Bourne, the co-founder of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. 

Free

DMAC’s 10th Birthday Party

We’re throwing a party to mark ten incredible years since our major re-development! 

Free

Try Weaving!

Celebrate the incredible legacy of Hilary Bourne and Barbara Allen with this introduction to weaving.  

£40

Letterpress Poster Printing Taster

About the Workshop During this fast-paced, half-day workshop participants will get hands-on and inky with the age-old craft of letterpress. What better place to learn this exciting skill than in the village of Ditchling – a place with a rich history of typographical design and letterpress printing, from the work of the Guild of St […]

£40

Shibori and Hishaki-nui with Romor Designs 

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Back by popular demand, Romor Designs returns to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft for a day long workshop on Shibori and Hishaki-nui.

£95

Crafternoon – August

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Cancelled Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Crafternoon – July

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Free

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Crafternoon – June

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Free

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Introduction to Signwriting

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

This two-day workshop will provide participants with an introduction to traditional signwriting, led by Dr Amy Goodwin whose work features in Signs of the Seaside.

£180

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Crafternoon – May

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

A free and friendly get-together for adults in an inspiring environment!

Free

Ancient Treasures: Pewter Casting

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

In this one-day workshop, participants will design and create moulds using natural materials and ancient techniques with clay, sand and cuttlefish bone, and then use molten pewter to create a unique, wearable piece. 

£90

Museum Dye Garden Tour

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Join this tour of the museum’s dye garden and learn about this unique place where we grow plants that can be harvested for natural dyes. 

£8

Beneath our Feet: Exploring Natural Clays, Kilns and Pigments

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Monday 10 & Thursday 13 April The Workshop When he returned to Japan after visiting Ditchling, Shoji Hamada’s work relied heavily on the use of natural compounds and locally sourced materials. Over two days of sessions, you will explore clay making, decorating and firing as well as exploring mark-making with natural pigments. Different decorating techniques […]

£90

Cherry Blossom Season: A Ditchling Celebration

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Mark the beginning of the UK Cherry Blossom Season with this very special event celebrating Japanese culture, food and drink. Enjoy a live koto performance from esteemed player Keiko Kitamura, a dance performance of Butoh, an avant-garde modern Japanese dance style by Yumino Seki and live performative giant calligraphy from Takako Higgs. Your ticket includes […]

£45

Handmade Experimental Brushes and Botanical Inks

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

The Workshop On Shoji Hamada’s return to Japan, he developed a practice based on using only local resources - from the clay he used to the glazes he created and even his own homemade brushes. During Hamada’s 3 years in St Ives, he became good friends with Ethel Mairet, who even wove his wedding suit. […]

£75

Shibori, Makiage and Guntai Day

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Romor Designs welcomes you to a creative day exploring some of the most well-known practises in Japanese haberdashery. Morning (3 hours) - Beginner's stitching and binding class with indigo dyeing In this class, suitable for complete beginners, you will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques before dyeing your work in the indigo vat. You’ll […]

£100

Other Power – In Western Calligraphy

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

In this class, Ewan introduces us to one of Hamada Shoji’s key principals - other power - allowing nature to add something to the work. Ewan shows how this has influenced his own western calligraphy from the way he approaches the process to the materials that he uses.   

£90

The Art of the Goldsmith: Dunstan Pruden and His Legacy

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Free afternoon talk, entry included in museum admission ticket The Talk Join us for an entertaining, illustrated talk by Anton Pruden, Grandson of Dunstan Pruden and Director of Ditchling jewellers Pruden & Smith. The talk will explore the place goldsmiths have taken in history before focusing on Dunstan Pruden’s life and work, his students and the […]

Introduction to Japanese Dance Form Butoh

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Our 'Try Something New' workshops are half-day sessions designed for beginners, offering you the perfect chance to give a new skill a go. The Workshop Butoh (舞踏) is a form of Japanese avant-garde dance, which emerged from the post-war chaos in Japan in the late 50s when the country grappled with the clash between new […]

£40

Japanese Tea Ceremony

In this very special afternoon tea ceremony and workshop run by tea master Keiko Uchida, you will take a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with high-grade matcha tea especially imported from Kyoto’s very best teashop.

£35

‘The Women Weavers of Ditchling: Making the Ancient Modern’ Audio Play Launch

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Free, but ticketed Join us for a free event marking the launch of The Women Weavers of Ditchling: Making the Ancient Modern, a new audio play by Natasha Sutton Williams. Inspired by the life and work of Hilary Bourne, Barbara Allen and Amy Sawyer, The Women Weavers of Ditchling imagines a conversation between the three […]

Free

2 Day Raku Tea Bowls Workshop and Japanese Tea Ceremony

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

*SOLD OUT*
In this very special 2-part workshop you will have the opportunity to make beautiful handmade ceramic raku-fired tea bowls using a traditional Japanese method. On the second day of the workshop, you will experience the exciting and very specialised process of raku firing your tea bowls in an outdoor kiln under Ember’s expert tuition.  

£150

Colours from Nature

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

This 3 day pop-up show in our Clore Learning Space and parlour will celebrate the work of recent and former graduates of Jenny Dean's popular 6-month natural dyeing course. Ditchling's heritage and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's collection is rich with natural dyeing and textile craft, and the South Downs is one of the […]

Hand Block Printing with Louisa Loakes

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Together with Louisa Loakes you will explore each stage of the block printing process onto fabric. You will have a chance to design and carve your own linoleum block and to develop your own block printed pattern repeat.

£90

Celebrate Our 9th Birthday with £1 Museum Entry!

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

It's been 9 years since we reopened after a major redevelopment. Celebrate with £1 entry to the museum! See our current exhibition, Frank Brangwyn: The Skinners' Hall Murals and join our friends from the University of Brighton who will be running a drop-in printing workshop, giving you an opportunity to try your hand at screenprinting […]

£1

Screenprinting with Natural Dyes with Jacqui Symons

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

An introduction to screenprinting onto fabric using natural dyes, this one-day course will show participants how to use plant-based colour to create simple yet beautiful screenprinted textiles.

£120

Nature Printing: An Introduction with Jacqui Symons

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

The Workshop Spend a day learning how to produce beautiful and original prints directly from nature. This simple yet incredibly beautiful and effective technique uses plants, flowers and leaves to create your artwork, resulting in lifelike and incredibly detailed prints. This practical workshop will introduce you to the technique by experimenting with a variety of […]

£90

Studio Live: ‘Snap!’ Photograph and Pose with Yasmine Akim 

Drop-in (free with museum ticket) Acclaimed photojournalist and portrait photographer Yasmine Akim is here to tell you her top tips for photography and give you the chance to act up and star in your own photoshoot in our interactive Brangwyn studio, with or without a selection of costumes. Come and get guidance on how to […]

Museum Dye Garden Tours

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Join this tour by Head Gardener Liz Pope and find out more about the garden and the process of natural dyeing.

£8

Natural Dye Demonstrations + Workshops

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Join artists and makers from the museum’s natural dyeing course in a lively day of workshops and demonstrations. Expect spinning, indigo dyeing, shibori, frame weaving, flower pounding and fabric painting. Visitors are asked to make a £5 donation towards the activities (payable on the day.)    

£5

LGBTIQ+ History Club Pride Out-ing

Bus will depart from outside the Albion Hotel in the Old Steine, Brighton Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom

Pay What You Can Tickets from £8 We’re delighted to be teaming up with Brighton LGBTIQ+ History Club to host a queer Sussex day trip! We’ll be taking a journey into the lives of the museum’s co-founder, Hilary Bourne (1909 – 2004) and her partner, Barbara Allen (1903-1972) for this special event marking Brighton Pride. Hilary […]

Japanese Woodblock Printing Masterclass with Wuon-Gean Ho

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Join renowned printermaker Wuon-Gean Ho for this weekend masterclass on Japanese woodblock printing, a beautiful, non-toxic art-form, which relies on using watercolour, glue and hand burnishing to transfer an image to specially dampened paper.

£200

Walking in Air

The Project Walking in Air is an interdisciplinary project that is designed to regenerate the encounter between poetry and music through walking and the text score and to give critical and creative attention to the element of air. The project is led by Will Montgomery (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (University of […]

Dress Pattern Cutting

This class will use Dame Vera's wardrobe to explore the way the fashionable silhouette changed through the decades of the 20th Century. From the classic feathery 'flapper dress' from when she was 11years old, through the boxy tailored war time styles, the quintessentially glamorous fitted designs of the 1950s, to the relaxed floaty style of […]

£100

Silk Flower Making

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets inc. materials, lunch and refreshments  This one-day silk flower making course has been inspired by, and designed to complement, the current exhibition Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life. Using traditional flower making techniques and tools you will be introduced to the skills needed to stiffen and shape silk to make realistic looking petals, buds […]

£90

Weaving with Kendall Clarke

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials and lunch This full day course will offer an introduction to hand weaving using simple looms. Kendall will teach you some of the principal weave structures and you will explore pattern possibilities using them. You will learn how to combine yarns and colours to create different effects, producing samplers to take home […]

£60

Wood Engraving with Jude Clynick

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials and lunch In this workshop you will look at examples of different approaches to wood engraving and learn some background to the development of the process. There will be an introduction to the basic tools and techniques, exploring the variety of marks that can be produced, transferring an image to the block […]

£70

A Masterclass in Sewing Dressmaking Fabrics

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets inc. material swatches, hot drink and biscuits Broaden your fabric knowledge to make more informed choices to create more desirable clothes. The class will start with the basic theory of fibre and fabric construction, followed by a practical session on how to sew with different qualities of fabric from classic knit and woven constructions […]

£50

Painting in Oils from Vintage Photographs

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets inc. materials, lunch and refreshments  Under Amy’s expert tuition you will be working from your own old family photographs or found imagery provided. You will explore colour and composition through fun, experimental exercises, and go onto to create your own painting on canvas based on these to take home. The process will cover: Sketching […]

£90

Introduction to Weaving with Kendall Clarke *SOLD OUT*

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials and refreshments. This workshop is for adults. Learn the basics of hand weaving using simple frame looms. Kendall will teach you the principles of loom weaving and explain essential technical terms. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to set up the loom ready for weaving and have made one […]

£40

Introduction to Sussex Terracotta Tile Making with Adele Scantlebury *SOLD OUT*

Tickets include materials and refreshments. This workshop is for adults. Adele will bring two mobile tile-making benches so you can have a go at ‘throwing’ locally dug clay into moulds to make traditional Sussex tiles. She will also provide some pre-made tiles, oxides and clay slips so that you can explore decoration – whether a […]

£40

Introduction to Wood Engraving with Jude Clynick

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials & refreshments. This workhop is for adults. Look at some examples of wood engravings from the museum’s collection and learn how the process developed. Enjoy an introduction to the basic tools and techniques, then explore the different marks that these make to produce a small simple hand burnished print. Our half day […]

£40

John Vernon Lord: Illustrating books in Ditchling for the past 50 years

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Free (museum entry fees apply, numbers limited) This event is included with purchased admission to the museum during a specific timeslot - please follow the link and book admission for entry at 2.15pm on 11th December. Join John on the final weekend of his exhibition for an illustrated talk where he will go through his […]

Letterpress Christmas Cards with Type Tom

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials, lunch and refreshments. This workshop is for adults. Design and print your very own letterpress Christmas cards using an Adana press. As well as lots of lovely type to choose from there will also be festive printing blocks to use. You will learn the basics of composing type and creating a design […]

£70

Build a Decorative Ceramic Christmas House with Claire Burns

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Tickets include materials and lunch In this workshop you will build a festive house out of clay with windows for candlelight to glow through. No experience in ceramics is required and we will cover different hand-building techniques to create your house. You can personalise your tealight holder by experimenting with different forms, texture and carved […]

£60

Illustration Workshop

Join award winning children’s book illustrator and author Marion Deuchars for a one day workshop sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Come and surprise yourself with the characters and storylines that flow out of your imagination prompted by old, familiar myths, legends and fairy tales.

£60

Book Cover Design Masterclass

£150 inc. all materials & lunch 10.30am - 4.30pm both days Join David for this two-day masterclass in which you will produce your own book covers, from initial roughs through to finished 3D mockups (and everything in-between). Materials will be supplied but attendees are encouraged to bring along their own art materials and/or a laptop […]

£150

Alice Illustrated

Depot Pinwell Rd, Lewes

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Alice Illustrated is a weekend of events inspired by John Vernon Lord’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, in collaboration with Depot Cinema, Lewes. “We’re all mad here.” Join us and our friends at Depot in Lewes for two of days of fun, surreal and sometimes mind-bending events, activities and screenings. Children will […]

Dear Nature by John Newling

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 […]

£18

Brighton Festival Ditchling Museum Music Trail

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 […]

Free

Online Workshop: Nature Writing – Sold Out

Online

This online creative writing workshop is inspired by local nature and explores the connections between writing, storytelling and the natural world.

£20

Heritage Open Days

Join us as we open the museum for free in celebration of Heritage Open Days and our 7th birthday since reopening!

Free download

Cancelled – Kitching in Ditchling Talk

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are reluctantly postponing Alan Kitching’s residency, talk and masterclass in the interests of the artist’s safety. We will be in contact with all customers with more information.

Cancelled – Alan Kitching Masterclass

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are reluctantly postponing Alan Kitching’s residency, talk and masterclass in the interests of the artist’s safety. We will be in contact with all customers with more information.

Cancelled – Stanhope Residency

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we are reluctantly postponing Alan Kitching’s residency, talk and masterclass in the interests of the artist’s safety. 

Drawing letters with Ewan Clayton

Learning Space Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, Ditchling, United Kingdom

A day of drawing letters rather than calligraphy, this workshop is aimed at those who know little about lettering but love the look of letters and want to know more.

£50