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May 2021

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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June 2021

Smoking Apples: Arbor The Tree

Applause: Rural Touring

Sun 13 June
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£6

11am & 3pm Ditchling Village Green Family ticket £20 (4 tickets) Free entry for children under 2  Part Man. Part Tree. 17 feet tall. Meet Arbor. Created by award-winning puppetry and theatre company Smoking Apples. Follow Arbor as he strides around, vanishing between trees and emerging with his cart full of tree saplings. Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future, featuring amazing puppets, and beautiful visual storytelling, we learn…

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Little Museum Visitors

Wed 23 June - Wed 20 October
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£6

Wed 23 June Wed 21 July Wed 22 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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August 2021

Urban Art/Graffiti Lettering

with Tom Goulden

Wed 4 August
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7-11 year olds £22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) Come and work alongside Tom Goulden a graffiti artist with over 20 years experience to create a bespoke graffiti tag. Explore some simple spray techniques and lettering styles in the morning and then hone those skills with Toms support to create a finished graffiti lettering spray and paint pen canvass to take home.  

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Storytime with Jane Hissey

Sun 8 August
11:00 am
- 11:30 am
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) Jane will introduce you to some of the beloved characters from her books before reading some stories of their adventures. This event will take place in our garden. Please note you will need to book a ticket for each person in your group including all children.  

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Storytime with Jane Hissey

Sun 8 August
3:00 pm
- 3:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) Jane will introduce you to some of the beloved characters from her books before reading some stories of their adventures. This event will take place in our garden. Please note you will need to book a ticket for each person in your group including all children.

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Design a Manga Style Character

with Chie Kutsuwada

Wed 11 August
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

9-11 year olds £22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) This workshop starts with learning about what manga is, then participants learn some basics of how to draw manga style figures. We also explore how to design manga style characters inspired from some classics, such as Alice in Wonderland which John Vernon Lord illustrated and can be seen in the museum. Chie is UK based Japanese manga creator and illustrator. After graduating from Royal College of Art, London, she’s been…

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BIG DRAW: Taking a Line for a Walk – An Abstract Illustration Workshop

with illustrator Jill Carpin

Sun 15 August
11:00 am
- 4:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£15

Using traditional artist techniques you will let your imagination wander into fantastical places and translate them onto paper. 

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Horrible Science Cartoon Illustration

with author/illustrator Tony De Saulles

Wed 18 August
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

£22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) 7 - 11 years Join Tony De Saulles for a thoroughly horrible time…draw with Tony and learn top cartooning tips + stacks of facts from the best-selling, award winning Horrible Science series now celebrating its 25th year. As well producing mini masterpieces of your own, you can chat, ask questions and return home with a headful of creative ideas. Tony writes and illustrates children’s books. His creative background is in design and…

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Eric MacLennan: The Open Air Drawing Room

Applause: Rural Touring

Sat 21 August
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Ditchling Village Green 11am, 12:30pm + 3pm £6 per person Family ticket £20 (4 tickets) Eric MacLennan: The Open Air Drawing Room Everyone’s an artist in this thought-provoking interactive performance inspired by the great 19th century painter of light and seascapes, JMW Turner and the 31 sea areas of the Shipping Forecast. Audience members are invited to stop, reflect and see the bigger picture in this joyful celebration of our collective creativity as they help create a giant piece of…

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Natural Dye Demonstrations & Workshops

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

Museum entrance fees apply 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 dying, weaving demonstrations and hapazome.

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Illustrating a Giant Picnic

with Claire Burns from Virtual Museum Club

Wed 25 August
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

£22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) 7 - 11 years In this workshop inspired by John Vernon Lord’s book The Giant Jam Sandwich, we will create fun illustrations that tell a story of a giant picnic. We will have a good look at all the illustrations in the museum’s exhibition for inspiration before trying different activities and drawing techniques to warm up the imagination and explore a range of mixed media, including collage, inks, paint and pastels. Since…

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