We have launched our ‘Save Our Story’ Appeal to raise £350,000 for the purchase and improvement of 21 St. Nicholas street.
21 St Nicholas street is to be sold in early 2024, our charity designermakersCIO has the one-off chance to buy this unique Victorian building, ensuring the public have access to learn about crafts and craft skills, inspiring creativity for generations to come.
Owning the building will enable designermakersCIO to secure the future of designermakers21 for Diss, as a dynamic centre of excellence, promoting creative practice, providing employment and business opportunities and attracting tourists from East Anglia and elsewhere.
We plan to raise funds through a combination of grants and fundraising. Attending our events and visiting designermakers21 demonstrates your support for our venture and sends a clear message to our funders.
If you wish to contribute to our ‘Save Our Story’ campaign then please click on the’Donate’ button below and you will be redirected to our online Giving page.
designermakersCIO is pleased to announce that our bid for the Levelling Up Community Ownership fund has been successful !
Dehenna Davison MP said: “We are delighted to inform you that your application has been successful, and to approve the award of a COF grant of £171,750 capital funding …..to the designermakers21 building purchase to help save your treasured community asset and support the ambitions of your community.”
This is a tremendous boost, but we still need grants, donations etc. to match fund the COF grant up to our target of £350,000.
designermakers Charitable Incorporated Organisation aims to:
…… promote, improve and advance education in and appreciation of the arts……through the facilitation and management of workshops and training courses in different design and craft skills, for people living in East Anglia and beyond, with the aim of engaging them in creative activities as a medium for learning”.
- We are passionate about Craft and Craft skills.
- We organise workshops, public demonstrations and open-access events that teach and promote the practice of heritage and contemporary craft skills.
- We run a craft centre in Diss called designermakers21. Incorporating craft studios, galleries and workshops, designermakers21 is the core of designermakersCIO.