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Little Museum Visitors – February

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

Craft Club: February Half Term

Children aged 6 – 12 are invited to come along to our half term workshop, where we’ll be exploring some of the museum’s core crafts.  

£10

Little Museum Visitors – January

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

Craft Club: Christmas

Children aged 6 – 12 are invited to come along to our Christmas holiday workshop, where we’ll be exploring some of the museum’s core crafts. 

£10

Little Museum Visitors – December

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

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

Little Museum Visitors – November

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

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.

Craft Club: October Half Term  

Children aged 6 – 12 are invited to come along to our half term workshop, where we’ll be exploring some of the museum’s core crafts.

£10

Little Museum Visitors – October

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

Little Museum Visitors – September

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

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

Little Museum Visitors – August

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

Screenprinted Garments Inspired by the Seaside

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Children aged 9 - 14 can print their designs onto a tote bag or t-shirt in this exciting printmaking workshop led by Alex Adams!  

£30

Build, Create, Collaborate

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

The Workshop Children aged 7 - 12 are invited to join in the fun with participatory artists Leap Then Look, who are running this exciting collaborative workshop exploring architecture and type! This fun, collaborative and experimental workshop will invite young people to build an environment with large-scale structures made from bamboo. Participants will also create […]

£35

Little Museum Visitors – July

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

Little Museum Visitors – June

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£8

Puppet-Making and Performance

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

A whole load of junk will be the prompt for creative fun in this exploratory workshop for 6 - 11 year olds!

£30

Little Museum Visitors

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

*SOLD OUT* Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

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

Sun Printing: Magical Camera-less Photography

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Suitable for children aged 8 -13 The Workshop In this exciting exploratory workshop for children, you will forage for plant specimens, cut up foodstuffs and assemble unique compositions. These will then be exposed to the sun to create beautiful blueprints using the wonders of cyanotype printing on high-quality art paper and tote bags. Cyanotype prints […]

£35

Little Museum Visitors

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£7

Decorative Origami

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

*SOLD OUT*

£30

Little Museum Visitors

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£7

Japanese Calligraphy for Families

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 craft skill a go. The Workshop In this Japanese Calligraphy for Families workshop, you will learn about ink and tools and explore different styles of calligraphy including block and floating styles. Takako will teach you about […]

£35

Little Museum Visitors Christmas Special

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult. Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling, and object discovery.

£7

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

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

Remix the Museum Animation Workshop

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Join this animation workshop and use cut-out paper prints of the Skinner’s Hall murals to make animations.

£50

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

Graffiti Workshop with Priority 1-54

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Come and get stuck in with the Priority 1-54 street art team to create your own series of graffiti canvas artworks. Suitable for children aged 9+.

£65

Studio Live: Draw it Out With Sara Reeve

Join artist Sara Reeve as she brings to life our Brangwyn studio which is open throughout the exhibition. Come and pick up some portrait tips, try some fun quick-fire drawing exercises or just watch an artist at work as a portrait comes to life. You will be able to draw yourself, each other or use […]

Print, Print, Print with Maddy McClellan

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Our half term workshops are led by artist, printmaker and educator Maddy McClellan. Suitable for children aged 7+

£35

Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 21 February, Thursday 24 February and Friday 25 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire […]

Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 14 February, Thursday 17 February and Friday 18 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire […]

Screen Printing Christmas Cards with the University of Brighton

All ages welcome Free to our visitors – just pop through to our learning space when you are in the museum. Come to a Christmas screen print workshop run by Graphic students from the University of Brighton. Give your Christmas cards a personal touch by screen printing them! In this workshop we will explore typography […]

Story Time with John Vernon Lord

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. Please note: all adults and children over 11 years old unless exempt, are required to wear face masks throughout […]

Paste Paper Book Making

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 […]

BIG DRAW: Make the Change

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Sunday 24 + Saturday 30 October 11am - 4pm FREE (museum entry fees apply) 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 […]

The Dong with a Luminous Nose

Ditchling Village Hall 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks, United Kingdom

“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 […]

£15

Virtual Artist in Residency: Julian Beresford

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 […]

Illustrating a Giant Picnic

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 […]

Horrible Science Cartoon Illustration *SOLD OUT*

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 […]

Design a Manga Style Character with Chie Kutsuwada

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 […]

Storytime with Jane Hissey

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

11am - 11:30am and 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 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 […]

Urban Art/Graffiti Lettering *SOLD OUT*

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 […]

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 […]

Smoking Apples: Arbor The Tree

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

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 […]

£6

Half Term Workshops: Incredible Illustrations with Kirsty and Josie

For 7-11 year olds Book onto one day, two days, or all three! A fun filled workshop inspired by the John Vernon Lord exhibition. Each day will start with an illustration activity using pen, charcoal and watercolours, which will then be developed into a monoprint/lino print. Each afternoon will then follow with different themed workshop: Day […]

From £22.50

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

Lost for Words

Online Workshop Series

‘Language is a complex idea that allows us to communicate and understand. In my experience, all I know is not always what I have words to express.’ John Newling John Newling explores the limitations and possibilities of language in his latest exhibition tillage, currently on show at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. We welcome […]

Introduction to Linocut with Linocutboy

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

Learn the basics of linocut with Nick Morley (aka Linocutboy). Nick will show you how to plan, carve and print a black and white design.

£60

Summer holiday workshop: Metal jewellery making

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

Children will spend the day designing and sculpting a mould for their own unique piece of jewellery.

£25