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September 2020

Heritage Open Days

Fri 11 September 2020 - Sun 20 September 2020
Free download

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

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December 2020

Christmas Wreath Making with Jo Coles

Sat 12 December 2020
10:00 am
- 12:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£35

Get into the festive spirit and create something special this Christmas!

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March 2021

Online Workshop: Nature Writing – Sold Out

with Suzanne Joinson

Sat 20 March
10:00 am
- 12:30 pm
Online
£20

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

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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
Free

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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Museum Dye Garden Tours

Sat 22 May - Sat 25 September
£5

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

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Dear Nature by John Newling

Mon 24 May
8:00 pm
- 9:40 pm
£18

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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July 2021

The Blues: An Introduction to Dyeing with Natural Indigo (online)

with Lucille Junkere

Sat 3 July
2:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
Online
£70

Learn how to create and maintain a non toxic indigo recipe, ideal for achieving medium to dark indigo blues with plant fibres.

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Alice Illustrated

in association with Depot

Sat 17 July - Sun 18 July
Depot, Pinwell Rd
Lewes, BN7 2JS
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“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 love the Mad Hatter tea party and hat parade. See Alice-themed work from local artists exhibited in our Studio, and dive deep down the rabbit…

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Crafternoon

Free, but booking is required

Thu 29 July
2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
Free

A friendly, informal once a month get together for adults. Bring your knitting, cross-stitch or whatever you might be crafting and enjoy working in an inspiring environment with friendly folk, while you enjoy free tea and biscuits.

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August 2021

Natural Dye Demonstrations & Workshops

Sun 22 August
11:00 am
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

This is a free drop-in event but numbers will be limited so you may have to wait for entrance to the event. Join artists and makers who have graduated from the museum’s natural dyeing course in a lively day of workshops and demonstrations in natural dyeing. Expect spinning demonstrations, paper craft activities, solar dyeing, weaving demonstrations and hapazome. The activities will be a mixture of free and paid for.

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Crafternoon

Free, but booking is required

Thu 26 August
2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
Free

A friendly, informal once a month get together for adults. Bring your knitting, cross-stitch or whatever you might be crafting and enjoy working in an inspiring environment with friendly folk, while you enjoy free tea and biscuits.

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September 2021

Book Cover Design Masterclass

with David Pearson

Sat 18 September - Sun 19 September
£150

£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 computer (although neither is essential). David Pearson is an award-winning book designer with 20 years of publishing industry experience. David has been listed as one…

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