Art Eat Festival Line-Up Announced

Art Eat is a two-day visual art and street food festival celebrating all things creative and delicious with taste, sight and sound sensations all along the elegant Ipswich Waterfront. This large festival with art, food and community at heart will be a vibrant, colourful, tasty, fun-packed and feel-good weekend taking place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. The festival is free to everyone and opening times are: Saturday 21 September, 11am-7.30pm and Sunday 22 September, noon-7.30pm.

Enjoy two days of music with a spectacular line-up, a major exhibition at DanceEast, a big Art Fair full of creative talent, a Cake Art Competition and 16 free art workshops, all of this on top of delicious street food, craft markets and and four major urban art projects for Ipswich Town.

Festival Co-Director Iona Hodgson says: “We are incredibly proud to be bringing so much high caliber art into Ipswich town, working with some incredible British artists such as EVEWRIGHT (London), John O’Connor (Suffolk), Artful Skecha (Essex), Zoe Power (Bristol) and Cydney Barrows (Essex). We have also been working hard for the past two years to harness as much brilliant local creative talent as possible to be involved in the festival from art fair participants through to the music and performance programmes.”

At least three vibrant community murals will be appearing around the Waterfront in advance of the festival. Celebrated Black-British visual artist EVEWRIGHT has been working in partnership with Ipswich Council for Racial Equality and residents of a local prison to design and paint a mural funded by Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund. Community muralist Zoe Power led nine workshops with six charities to gather ideas and inspirations for a new visual landmark celebrating the spirit of Ipswich, and Instagram art star Artful Skecha worked with women and children at Guru Nanak Gurdwara to design a mural in homage to prominent Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. All three murals will be appearing between July and August on prominent sites around Ipswich Waterfront.

A two day Art, Print & Craft Fair will take place in the expansive ground floor foyer of the University of Suffolk. This will be a spectacular display of artist and crafters with 50 selected artists from Norwich, Chelmsford and London as well as local areas.

We also have a major exhibition at Jerwood Dance House by the celebrated local contemporary figurative sculptor John O’Connor. This exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 21 September to Thursday 26 September.

In collaboration with the amazing Suffolk’s own Outrageous Cake Company, Art Eat will also host a Cake Art Competition open to all Ipswich residents which will be held at Quay Place on Saturday 21 September. This unique and fun display of Ipswich’s very own ‘Cake Art” will be open to the public from 10am-3.30pm. Judging can also be witnessed and starts at 3pm.

From 4-4.45pm there will be a Cake Art Procession along the site of the festival, starting outside DanceEast and finishing at Cult Cafe at approximately 4.30pm for the grand finale, Let Them Eat Cake. As part of this event on Saturday only, Norfolk based Cookie Kitchen will be offering novelty gingerbread decoration workshops for all ages from 10.30am-2.30pm at  Quay Place.

There will be more than 20 free participatory art and music workshops happening over festival weekend so there’s no excuse to not come down and take part. Other attractions will include a fun fair, outdoor bars, 35 delicious street-food traders and a weekend guaranteed to be full of smiles and wonder.

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