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The Stanhope Press and print gallery at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft © Brotherton and Lock

© Brotherton and Lock

The Stanhope Press and print gallery at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft
Front of the Cart Lodge at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft © Brotherton and Lock

© Brotherton and Lock

Front of the Cart Lodge at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft
The resident's studio in Ditchling

The resident's studio in Ditchling
Edward Johnston's Way Out, Brompton Road (1916) © Sara Morris

© Sara Morris

Edward Johnston's Way Out, Brompton Road (1916)
Johnston's Sans

Johnston's Sans
The Vilage of Type

The Vilage of Type
Viktoriya Grabowska © Viktoriya Grabowska

© Viktoriya Grabowska

Viktoriya Grabowska

The British Council, in partnership with Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, are offering a residency programme for designers. After the success of our typography residency in 2016 we are launching a three-year residency programme focusing on three different materials. 

As one of our first inbound residencies in Architecture Design Fashion, based in the village of Ditchling and within the museum itself, this is an opportunity for a European designer to explore the unique collection and archive of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, as well as the village's rich history and beautiful surroundings. Ditchling is known for its heritage as a creative hub, where many artists lived and worked including Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Frank Brangwyn, David Jones and Ethel Mairet.

With the support of the Polish Cultural Institute, in 2017 we are partnering with the School of Form in Poznań and the University of Brighton to explore the theme around Ditching's exhibition, New Materials: Wood. This opportunity is opened to designers and makers based in Poland, who work in three dimensions with a particular specialism or interest in wood.

Ditchling Residency 2017 | New Materials: Wood

Buttons by Frank Partridge  © DITCHLING MUSEUM

© DITCHLING MUSEUM

Buttons by Frank Partridge
Puppet used by Hilary Pepler  © DITCHLING MUSEUM

© DITCHLING MUSEUM

Puppet used by Hilary Pepler
Candelsticks by George Maxwell  © DITCHLING MUSEUM

© DITCHLING MUSEUM

Candelsticks by George Maxwell

9 June 2017
by Gian Luca Amadei

 Following the success of our first international typography residency in 2016 in collaboration with Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London, we are happy to announce that will be collaborating on a new residency programme in 2017.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is home to an internationally important collection of work from artists who worked in the village including Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, Frank Brangwyn, David Jones and Ethel Mairet. In 2013 the museum reopened after a major redevelopment with a beautiful new Clore Learning Studio, a professional collection store and greatly improved visitor facilities. In 2014 the museum became a Finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year and was awarded a midlist on the RIBA Sterling Prize.

Residency Theme 2017

Being able to see special objects and works of art and craft in the village where they were made is a rare opportunity. It offers a unique way to consider how the objects were made and who they were made for. The impact of the many artists and craftspeople who came to live and work in Ditchling from the beginning of the 20th century onwards established this village as one of the most important places for the visual arts and crafts in Britain.

The 2017 residency, which is open to design and crafts practitioners based in Poland, has been planned to culminate with the exhibition; New Materials: Wood, at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft between 7 September 2017 - 1 January 2018. This new show brings together a 19th century Arts and Craft theory of materials with a contemporary approach to building sustainability into object design. Edward Johnston, and many other artists who lived in Ditchling in the early twentieth century followed an approach promoted by John Ruskin that the natural qualities of materials should not be hidden but should be respected and used with integrity. Across a three year programme of exhibitions, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft will examine the evolution of this theory and the relevance to contemporary art, craft and design.

The first exhibition in this programme, New Materials: Wood, will bring together a wide range of art, design and craft objects to ask whether we naturally understand our emotional attachment to the material of wood, or whether artists, designers or craftspeople can reinforce, challenge or subvert our response. The resident practitioner will explore these questions posed by the exhibition during the residency.

Designer in Residence 2016

Design typographer Viktoriya Grabowska was selected for the inaugural residency in 2016. Over the course of her residency in Ditchling, Viktoriya explored how typefaces become part of the urban visual landscape, in particular how they are related to the identity of a particular place or even particular group of people. Watch a short film on Victoriya's residency here

Further details of the 2017 residency and accompanying programme will be revealed soon.

21 August 2017

Ditchling Residency 2016: Reflections on Typography

Ditchling Residency 2016: Reflections on Typography  © Viktoriya Grabowska

© Viktoriya Grabowska

24 July 2017

Anna Bera: Ditchling Resident 2017

Anna Bera: Ditchling Resident 2017 © Anna Bera

© Anna Bera

9 June 2017

Ditchling Residency 2017 | New Materials: Wood

Ditchling Residency 2017 | New Materials: Wood  © DITCHLING MUSEUM

© DITCHLING MUSEUM

21 April 2017

Sussex Modernism

Sussex Modernism  Two Temple Place and  Rohan van Twest

Two Temple Place and Rohan van Twest

25 April 2016

Typography Residency Launches at Ditchling Museum

Typography Residency Launches at Ditchling Museum THE STANHOPE PRESS AND PRINTING GALLERY  © BROTHERTON AND LOCK

THE STANHOPE PRESS AND PRINTING GALLERY © BROTHERTON AND LOCK