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The artists spreading creativity and looking to safeguard their future in Diss

PUBLISHED: 12:51 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 11 April 2018

Marie Hamilton working in her studio in designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

Marie Hamilton working in her studio in designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

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Located at the top of the Heritage Triangle, designers21 is a unique collection of craftspeople and artisans, who each week allow members of the public a glimpse behind the usually closed doors of an artist’s studio.

inside designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnsoninside designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

Established in 2013, with the support of the Corn Hall and Diss Quakers, designers21 started with just four craft studios open to the public one day a week.

Since then the Grade II listed building in Nicholas Street, has become home to 11 studios, a gallery space and workshop areas which are partly used to provide an ever growing programme of events giving any one who wishes, the chance to get creative.

Now, in order to safeguard their future and so that they can continue to provide workshops the collective of 11 artists and crafts people must raise £300,000 to purchase the building they have called their home for last five years.

Joy Holden, who has had a studio space in the building since 2013, explained how the studios had developed: “As we have grown and been open to the public three days a week, we have found that the public are really interested in what’s going on here.

Joy Holden a member of designers21. Picture: Sabrina JohnsonJoy Holden a member of designers21. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

“So we have been actively educating people and that has been really a enjoyable thing so we have decided we wanted to more.”

Ms Holden added that the studios fostered creativity and provided a place for the artists to get feedback, benefitting not just the artists themselves but also helping to put Diss on the map creatively.

“It’s not just coming here and doing your work, there’s a collective responsibility towards the group, and that community makes us very involved, we help each other,” she said.

“It’s a symbiotic thing, it’s good for the for the public, it’s good for the town and it’s good for us, I think most of the artists here are at the top of their game.”

inside designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnsoninside designers21 in Diss. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

The artists have been given three years by the buildings current owners, the Diss Quakers to raise the funds needed to buy the building.

In order to donate to the fund to buy the building visit the group’s Justgiving page.

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