Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

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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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Another 30 years: A Growing Collection

  • 7 September 2015 — 13 March 2016 *on now

It is 30 years since the original founding of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, and the museum is celebrating this anniversary with a new exhibition ‘Another 30 years: A Growing Collection’.

The exhibition reflects the museum’s ambition to grow the collection’s national and international importance, displaying works gifted and lent to the museum, recent purchases to the permanent collection, and bequests promised in years to come.

Key pieces shown include a Charles Knight watercolour of Pyecombe Forge, relief carved works by Edgar Holloway and George Maxwell, a drawing by David Jones (believed to be of Eric Gill’s daughter, Petra), exquisite Edward Johnston calligraphy, and drawings by John Vernon Lord. The exhibition also highlights the current opportunity to donate toa beautiful Eric Gill relief carved plaque by Eric Gill for the museum’s permanent collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/current/

Mark Hearld's Wunderkammer

  • 24 October 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now

A new commission produced exclusively for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Mark Hearld’s Wunderkammer includes new drawings, prints and sculptures as well as pieces of folk art and objects of inspiration from the artist’s studio.

The work of David Jones has long inspired Hearld and this new commission takes The Animals of David Jones as its starting point. A highlight of the display is a series of five metal weather vanes in the shape of different animals inspired by the 1734 cockerel weather vane in the museum’s collection.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/current/

The Animals of David Jones

  • 24 October 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now

This exhibition is inspired by three objects from the museum’s collection which all feature animals. During Jones’ time in Ditchling he painted a mural on the kitchen wall in his cottage which remains intact to this day.

While he was painting the mural he gave a watercolour study to his fiancé Petra Gill. This drawing is now in the museum collection and is exhibited in this exhibition alongside a carved wooden bear which Jones made for the son of another Guild member.

Within the Guild was the St Dominic’s Press which took as its emblem the hound of St Dominic. Jones cut a woodblock of the hound for the press which was lost until earlier in the year when it was spotted in a London saleroom. As a result of the generosity of a number of the museum’s supporters and a donation from the ArtFund we were delighted to be able to purchase it and bring it home to Ditchling where it will be displayed for the first time in The Animals of David Jones.

One of the more unusual objects in the exhibition is the door to the Guild chapel’s safe on which David Jones painted a charming Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. When the Guild was closed this was sold and has remained in a private collection to this date. Thankfully we have tracked it down to bring it to the museum for this exhibition.

Surrounding these Ditchling period works are nearly 70 works including major paintings on loan from the National Museum of Wales and the British Council Collection, a war drawing from the collection of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, Jones’ painted crucifixion from Gill’s chapel at his Buckinghamshire home Pigotts and a whole host of extraordinary animal drawings, prints and paintings from private homes across the country.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/current/

Signs of Ditchling: a tradition of lettering from 1800 to the present day

  • 12 March — 11 September 2016

In 1906 Edward Johnston gave a lecture on signwriting in which he emphasised the necessity of simplicity, distinctiveness and proportion. ‘Signs of Ditchling’ brings together an eclectic collection of signs from the history of the village to explore the tradition of signwriting which surrounded Johnston when he created the sans serif lettering for London’s transport network.

From signs for an 18th century toll into the village, through the hand painted sign for the fire brigade’s wagon sign to that which hung outside the weaving workshop of Ethel Mairet and was carved in wood by Eric Gill’s workshop, exquisite lettering forms fill this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/future/

Underground: 100 years of Edward Johnston’s lettering for London

  • 12 March — 11 September 2016

From the craft community of a Sussex village, two men were commissioned to create new lettering for London with “the bold simplicity of the authentic lettering of the finest periods and yet belonging unmistakeably to the 20th century”.

The two men were Eric Gill, a letter cutter and relief carver, and his teacher Edward Johnston, a calligrapher who made his own quill pens and was inspired by a medieval manuscript by a 16th century Venetian scribe.

With major loans from the V&A, London Transport Museum, Craft Study Centre, Monotype, private collections and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s own permanent collection, this exhibition examines how the friendship between Gill and Johnston led to a typeface which survived unchanged until the 1980s and is still seen across London to this day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/future/

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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