Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Lodge Hill Lane
Ditchling
East Sussex
BN6 8SP
England

Website

www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

Telephone

01273 844744

Fax

01273 844744

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The rich collection of art, craft, and applied art reflects the important place that Ditchling holds in the tradition of 20th century art and craft.

Famous artists and craftsmen represented in the museum include Sir Frank Brangwyn, Ethel Mairet(weaver) and Edward Johnston (calligrapher). Unique collection of work from the arts and crafts community established by Eric Gill and Hilary Pepler on Ditchling Common. Including work by members of the guild, David Jones, Joseph Cribb and Dunstan Pruden.

The Museum is also a finalist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm
Bank Holidays 11–5pm

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an independent charity that does not receive government or local authority funding. We therefore depend heavily upon donations. Please help us by including a Gift Aid donation.

Adult £6.50 (£7.50 with a Gift Aid donation)

Concessions (ID Required) - Students, Over 60’s, Unemployed, Registered Disabled £5.50 (£6.50 with a Gift Aid donation)

Under 16’s (must be accompanied by an adult) - Free

Friends of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft - Free

Art Fund Members - Free

Carers for Registered Disabled – Free

Group visit (groups of 10+) – email groupvisits@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk or call (01273) 844 744 for prices

Getting there

Rail: Hassocks train station is 1 mile from Ditchling on the Brighton to London route. There are regular trains from London (Victoria, St Pancras or London Bridge stations: approximately 50 minutes journey) and Brighton (approximately 10 minutes journey).

Car: Ditchling is 10 minutes from the A23, which runs between London and Brighton. Turn onto the A273 and follow signs to Ditchling. The Museum is located in the centre of the village, just off the B2116 on Lodge Hill Lane. For satellite navigation systems our postcode is BN6 8SP. Please note there is no on-site parking at the Museum, so please park considerately in the village.

Additional info

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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft houses a comprehensive collection celebrating the work of the many artists and craftspeople who have chosen to live Ditchling.

These include Eric Gill,sculptor and letter-cutter, David Jones, artist, Edward Johnston, calligrapher, Ethel Mairet weaver and Frank Brangwyn, artist and muralist.

The Stanhope Press,orignally brought to Ditchling in 1916 and used by the St Dominic's Press is now part of the permanent collection along with many items of printed material.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Eric Gill
  • David Jones
  • Edward Johnston
  • Ethel Mairet
  • St Dominic's Press
  • Hilary Bourne
  • Dunstan Pruden
  • Edgar Holloway
  • George Maxwell
  • Valentine Kilbride
  • Joseph Cribb
  • Philip Hagreen
  • Frank Brangwyn
  • Desmond Chute
  • Hilary Pepler
  • The Stanhope Press
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

DMAC (Ditchling's Monday Art Club): Young people 11 + years

  • 9 March 2015
  • 23 March 2015
  • 13 April 2015
  • 27 April 2015

DMAC is a place for young creatives to make, discover, share and discuss art, architecture and culture.

Get inspiration for art projects and portfolios and try out new techniques.

Run by local artist Ruth Gaskell, who shares her knowledge of different art forms and is full of creative ideas. Perfect for anybody thinking of taking GCSE art and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£10 per person

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/4/27/dmac-ditchlings-monday-art-club-young-people-11-years

Painting with Kate Sherman: Adults

  • 28 February 2015 10am-1pm *on now

This workshop will introduce using water-based oil paints and is suitable for those who have never painted before, or for people wishing to try oil painting for the first time.

You will learn about techniques and methods of using oils along with the formal elements of colour, shape and tone. Equipped with these new skills you will make your own painting with a Ditchling slant.

The workshop will be taught by local artist Kate Sherman, who sells and exhibits her work in the UK and abroad. 

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£40 including materials and refreshments

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/2/28/painting-with-kate-sherman-adults

Crafternoon! FREE drop-in: adults

  • 11 March 2015 2-5pm
  • 15 April 2015 2-5pm

An informal once a month get together for people wanting to skill swap and work on their latest creative projects in an inspiring environment with other like-minded people.  This drop-in session will take place in our lovely Learning Space where we will provide a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit or two for you.  Bring your own materials and ideas!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/3/11/crafternoon-free-drop-in-adults

Little museum visitors: 2-5 years olds

  • 13 March 2015 10:30am-12pm
  • 17 April 2015 10:30am-12pm

Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and parent.  Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling and object discovery.  Each workshop will have a different theme and will be run by early years' specialist Alison Martin.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5 per child (parents free).

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/3/13/little-museum-visitors-2-5-years-olds

Letterpress poster printing with Lucky Budgie Letterpress: Adults

  • 21 March 2015 11am-4:30pm

In this workshop there will be hand presses and type to try out, both small & large scale and loads of technical help. You will go home with a series of original prints, a strong sense of satisfaction and probably a bit of ink on your face.

Lucky Budgie Letterpress: Pea Crabtree, formerly one half of Aardvark Printmongers, is a letterpress artist who lives & works in Hastings. 

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£100 inc. materials, lunch & morning/afternoon refreshments.

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/3/21/letterpress-poster-printing-with-lucky-budgie-letterpress-adults

Evening lecture: John Vernon Lord - drawn to drawing in Ditchling

  • 26 March 2015 7-9pm

John Vernon Lord is a master illustrator of children’s and adult books. In this talk he will discuss aspects of drawing and illustrating. He will show images of his work that span a career of 55 years, 44 of them living in Ditchling. These will range from his children’s books (such as The Giant Jam Sandwich), fables and nonsense to myths, legends and Finnegans Wake.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15 inc. entrance to the museum & drinks.

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/3/5/evening-lecture-john-vernon-lord-drawn-to-drawing-in-ditchling

Easter holiday workshop: Natural dyed Easter eggs & felted chicks (8 + years)

  • 1 April 2015 10am-1pm

Making colour naturally is loads of fun! Turn your plain egg bright orange with onion skins, or pink with beetroot, try and make a spotty pattern if you can.  After this you will learn how to make an Easter chick out of wool!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 inc. materials

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/4/1/easter-holiday-workshop-natural-dyed-easter-eggs-felted-chicks-8-years

Easter holiday workshop: Fowl artists! 6-11 years

  • 8 April 2015 10am-12pm, 1-3pm

This spring workshop is all about birds
colour, shape, texture and pattern and how we can represent all this through the medium of paint.

You will explore various techniques, and apply these to different species - from tiny hummingbird to our native owl or perhaps a bird of your own creation. This workshop is run by Kate Sherman a local artist who runs children’s art classes and works regularly with the museum.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£8 inc. materials

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/4/8/easter-holiday-workshop-fowl-artists-6-11-years

Direct relief stone carving weekend with Helen Mary Skelton and Jo Sweeting

  • 25 — 26 April 2015 10:30am-4pm

This two day workshop offer the unique experience of being taught at the museum and the Skelton workshop in Streat.

Day 1: starts at the museum looking at objects in our collection for inspiration and sketching and making clay maquettes. After a delicious lunch the course will then move to the Skelton workshop, where you will be introduced to tools and techniques of direct relief carving and select the stone you would like to use.

Day 2: is all about making! The masterclass is led by Helen Mary Skelton, daughter of letter cutter and sculpture John Skelton and local artist Jo Sweeting who both have a years of experience in letter carving and sculpting in stone.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£200 inc. materials (exl. stone) lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments.

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/events/2015/4/25/direct-relief-stone-carving-weekend-with-helen-mary-skelton-and-jo-sweeting

Getting there

Rail: Hassocks train station is 1 mile from Ditchling on the Brighton to London route. There are regular trains from London (Victoria, St Pancras or London Bridge stations: approximately 50 minutes journey) and Brighton (approximately 10 minutes journey).

Car: Ditchling is 10 minutes from the A23, which runs between London and Brighton. Turn onto the A273 and follow signs to Ditchling. The Museum is located in the centre of the village, just off the B2116 on Lodge Hill Lane. For satellite navigation systems our postcode is BN6 8SP. Please note there is no on-site parking at the Museum, so please park considerately in the village.

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