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May 2021

Museum Dye Garden Tours

Sat 22 May - Sat 25 September

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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June 2021

Little Museum Visitors

Wed 23 June - Wed 20 October
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Wed 23 June Wed 21 July Wed 29 September Wed 20 October 10:30 am - 11:45am 2-5 years old Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult.  Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling and object discovery.  Each workshop will have a different theme and will be run by early years' teacher Sarah Hailey-Watts. Please note, there is space for only 1 adult per child.

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October 2021

Virtual Artist in Residency: Julian Beresford

Part of the BIG DRAW

Fri 1 October - Sun 31 October

For the month of Big Draw October illustrator Julian Beresford will be our virtual artist in resident. Julian creates illustrations inspired by the fantastical which ties in brilliantly to the fables, myths and legends section of our John Vernon Lord exhibition. Come and see for yourself the creatures of legends and then write a description of your own imagined fantastical creature. Each week we will run a competition where a winning description will be picked, and Julian will realise that…

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The Dong with a Luminous Nose

A Cubic Feet and Little Angel Theatre co-production, in association with Monstro Theatre Based on the poem by Edward Lear

Fri 8 October
6:00 pm
- 7:15 pm
Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd
Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT United Kingdom
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“This is a deliciously visceral experience that leaves the young audience with their skin tingling and their curiosity piqued” – The Guardian Edward is a bit of an oddball. A shy and troubled boy, he is always watching the horizon, waiting for something to happen. Then one day “the Jumblies” arrive, and his life is turned upside down... then shaken about a bit... and then a bit more! With a huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative puppets, this…

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Let’s Make Some Great Art Animals

with Marion Deuchars for the BIG DRAW

Sun 10 October

FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) For children aged 3-7years and one adult 11am – 12pm & 2-3pm Join award winning children’s book illustrator and author Marion Deuchars for a mini masterclass. Make some great art animals - from koalas to elephants, frogs to dogs. Get drawing, colouring, cutting and sticking to make your animals to take home with you. British illustrator and author Marion Deuchars publishes beautifully illustrated children’s books and has created her own globally recognised style…

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BIG DRAW: Make the Change

Sun 24 October - Sat 30 October
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Sunday 24 + Saturday 30 October 11am - 4pm FREE (museum entrance fee applies) Drop-in event but numbers will be limited 3 + years Join illustration students from the University of Brighton for two days filled with drawing inspired by the Big Draw theme for this year; Make the Change. The students will devise drawing activities around the environment and how we can all make a positive impact on helping to look after mother nature and our beautiful plant. No…

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Paste Paper Book Making

with Emma Carlow

Tue 26 October
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm

Half Term Workshop 7-11 year olds £25 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) Emma Carlow who designed the Giant Sandwich soft sculpture in the show will teach this workshop. You will use all the wonderful illustrations as inspiration for different patterns to create using the paste paper technique. Then Emma will show you how to use your designs to make a simple concertina book. Paste paper is a fun decorative technique that has been around since the 17th century.…

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Story Time with John Vernon Lord

Sun 31 October
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) All ages 11am & 3pm John will talk you through some of the ideas behind his characters and read you some stories from some of his many children’s books.

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