The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1LR
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm, with late opening on Thursdays until 9pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm
Opening event 7pm on 21st October
Ipswich Art Society is presenting an exhibition of works from its new members and young artists. This will be held at The Hold, the home of Suffolk Archives. The artists included are: Hannah Aria, Lauren Asquith, Scarlet Alford, Laura Beardsell-Moore, Shaun Burgess, Tom Coomber, Simon Farr, Jon Field, Jennifer Green, Lilly Hammond, Tammany Hunt, Charles Hustwick, Shannon Norton, Claire Smith and Allan Williams.
The Society is a Registered Charity and is actively encouraging new joiners at any level, and hope that this wide-ranging exhibition will, by showing a wide range of works from “fresh faces”, will provide a point of interest and discussion. We want our society to reflect the diversity of our town.
The Society promotes art and artists in the region. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of the nature of their interest in art, age or background. We include everyone from prominent professional artists, students, interested amateurs, and anyone simply interested in art and helping us raise the profile of art in the area. To support these aims we run the annual “Ipswich Open Exhibition” on behalf of the town, and encourage any member of the public to enter their work. Around a third of the two hundred works exhibited are from the general public. We promote young artists from local schools and colleges through the Anna Airy Award Exhibition** held at the University each year.
Substantial prizes are awarded through the generosity of the similarly named Arts Society South East Suffolk with whom we collaborate. This has been further supplemented this year by the Woodbridge branch. Many winners from the past have gone on to successful national and international careers in art. Several winners over more recent years have, as a result, been selected to represent the best of young art in the Mall Galleries in London. We provide access to art practice for disadvantaged people by the sponsoring and provision of workshops held in conjunction with the InsideOut Community Arts programme. The resulting work is shown as part of our Annual Open Exhibition.
The Society is also open to non-practising members, who enjoy our series of talks, and support our activities in a number of ways. The talks cover a range of topics and given, for example, by local artists, historians and gallery owners.
Anyone can join at any time as a Friend of the Society. Full Membership is open to anyone who has been selected for three Open Exhibition out of five consecutive years, or alternatively by submitting a small selection of their work to an election panel.
The Anna Airy Award exhibition 2021 is now online. Please see ipswich-art-society.org.uk