Community Mural Underway

Big Lottery Funding Success for Art Festival Community Mural and Community Meetings Start on the 15th of January.

Art Eat Festival has been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to produce a community mural in Ipswich. The project’s aim is to address and raise awareness of local issues as well as improve public spaces.

Art Eat Festival organisers have arranged for mural design workshops to be led by Bristol community artist Zoe Power in collaboration with local organisations Emmaus Suffolk, 4YP, Inside Out, Suffolk MIND at Quay Place, YMCA Trinity Group and Suffolk County Council.

High hopes are that the mural designed in the workshops will create a positive, uplifting message which is relevant for everyone to enjoy.

Mural Design Workshop Dates:
Monday 27th May 11- 1pm & 2-4pm – Quay Place
Tuesday 28th May 2 – 4pm – Quay Place
Tuesday 28th May 11- 1pm  – 4YP (open to 12 – 25 year olds only)
Wednesday 29th May  11 – 1pm – 4YP (open to 12 – 25 year olds only)
Wednesday 29th May 2 – 4pm  – Emmaus at The Dales
Friday 31st May 11 – 1pm & 2 – 4pm Inside Out at Gippeswyk Hall

The workshops will be open to the public. Places are limited so please book in advance by texting 07990 802776. Art Eat festival organisers will also be looking for volunteers to help paint the mural in June once it has been designed.

Mural Artist Zoe Power says; “I’m very excited to be working with Art Eat Festival. It’s extremely rewarding working with local people to create a bright and positive landmark for the community to take pride and ownership in”

Allan Williams, Artist from Inside Out says;  “For us this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of how creative activities can help with mental health and wellbeing”

Alice Firbank from 4YP adds;  “We’re thrilled to be a part of ART EAT. Research suggests that involvement in arts and culture can be life-changing for young people’s health and wellbeing, so we’re really excited about the opportunity for young people to be involved in a project which will enable them to create a unique piece of art to be enjoyed by the whole community for years to come. Having artwork feature in the festival mural will also help us raise awareness of some of the issues most relevant to young people today, particularly mental health”

ART EAT Festival also invites you to take part in the festival production and attend their monthly Open Access Community Meetings, starting on Tuesday 15th January 4.30-7pm, at The Lab, upstairs at Ipswich County Library. Everyone is welcome to come and share their ideas in an informal setting.

Art Eat organiser Iona Hodgson says “The festival is about our community, these meetings will be for discovering and sharing the festival, and offering your inspirations and contributions. We look forward to welcoming you there”

For more information please email, call 07990 802 776, or visit

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