Featured Artist

Isaac Newton by Charles Nightingale    Click image or here to read more…

With current events, over the coming weeks IAA will use the home page to present a series featuring works by local artists, some from The Ipswich Art Society.  With a new artist shown fortnightly.


Welcome to the Ipswich Arts Association

On our website, you will find details of the IAA, its activities and those
of our many member organisations, which span a wide range of the arts.

Please take a look around, the headings and drop down menus will guide you through the various
subject pages on the site, which includes a comprehensive events listings page highlighting the
range of events and activities by our members, including, Literature, Drama, Choirs, Orchestras,
Film. Photography and more. If you have any comments or questions see the “contact us” page.


A major new initiative from Ipswich Arts Association
Launch Date – 27th September 2020

Arts in Celebration 

An online programme of arts and performance from across the region produced during
this time of lockdown and social distancing and showcasing the talent within our communities.

Arts in Celebration

Will be available via Ipswich Arts Association’s website from 27th September 2020
and will feature music from bands, choirs, ensembles and solo performances;
drama, poetry, the visual arts and the spoken word.

Arts In Celebration

The closing date for entries of September 1st. has now passed.
Thanks to all who submitted entries – they
 are now being grouped and arranged
and we look forward to presenting them at the launch of Arts in Celebration.

For further details of this event please click the following link
the ARTS in CELEBRATION event page

For further information contact:
Chris Green, E. chair@ipswich-arts.org.uk   T. 01376 324079
Mary Odam, E. secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk   T. 01473 614456
Jeremy Hall, E. affodilus@ipswich-arts.org.uk    T. 07766953993

Christopher Green, Ipswich Arts Association Chairman;
“This is an exciting initiative which will showcase online local and regional talent and
bring art and performance to audiences deprived of such during this difficult time.
Our members and beyond are thrilled to be able to work on pieces and projects
which can be seen by the public through the medium of the internet.”


Town Lectures and Concerts 2020

2020 will be the twentyfirst series of the highly popular Town Lectures and Concerts.
The lectures present Ipswich, with its rich history and cultural background through the
eyes of Suffolk-based speakers and with concert performances from local musicians.

Following the Lecture held on September 10th, (compliant with current regulations and guidelines),
IAA hope that it may be possible to present further events in the series in the following months.

Concert on 8th October

Ondes Martenot: Malcolm Ball  Piano: Peter Humphrey

Subject to confirmation. Details and updates will be posted here as announced.

 Ipswich Arts Association will continue to monitor the situation and government advice regarding
the Covid19 outbreak. Please check back for updates and notice of changes and / or cancellations.

Full details of the 2020 series are available here:  Town Lectures & Concerts


Covid19 / Coronavirus

Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations are monitoring the situation and
government advice. Regrettably event cancellations and postponements are occurring,
these will be shown on the website listings page. We will endeavour to keep as up to
date as possible with this but rely on member groups to provide information. However, with
changes happening daily, we would suggest double checking with the event organiser or
group involved before making a special journey. Links may be found on most listings.


IAA Members – Keeping In Touch

Some societies have found ways to keep in touch with their members whilst unable to meet.
If you have set up a WhatsApp group or a communication circle or have found some other
way to keep in touch please let the secretary know: secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk  If you
would be happy to offer advice to other societies on how to do something similar then would
you also let the secretary have a contact number or email address for advice, please.


Bernard Haitink – The Enigmatic Maestro

A portrait by John Bridcut of one of the world’s most admired conductors,
filmed during the lead-up to his retirement at the age of 90.

“The secret of conducting is that you embrace the orchestra without suffocating them –
– and that is what I’ve tried to achieve my whole life.”

Saturday 26th September – BBC TWO and iPlayer


Martlesham Brass – directed by Adam Cable
performing YMCA


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members & Non Members

 In May, IAA  hosted several Zoom meetings allowing societies to share their thoughts about
current planning and strategies to deal with the lock-down and the ongoing situation.
Since May meetings have continued to be held through June, July and August.
These meetings proved highly popular, with nearly forty groups being represented.

It is planned to carry on with these meetings whilst they prove helpful.

Next Meeting 17th September

This meeting will re-visit the health and safety considerations for rehearsals and performances in the light of the most recent government announcements. Ben Parry, conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and King’s Voices will be joining us, and we hope to hear how some of our societies have managed their return to face-to-face rehearsals. In some ways it will be a follow up to last week’s meeting, but anyone is welcome to join in.

Have you or your society signed up for the Ipswich Arts Zoom meetings.
To pre-book contact;  Mary Odam, Secretary of IAA: secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk

The invitation to take part is also offered to interested non-member organisations.


Books and Featured Poems

In addition to our Featured Artist series we are pleased to have two more items
highlighting local groups and both providing material for days spent at home.

Ipswich Children’s Book Group

IAA member Ipswich Children’s Book Group have provided a list of recommended books all
from local authors, View the list and descriptions here: ICBG Recommended Books

Suffolk Poetry Society

The Suffolk Poetry Society will be providing poems from their membership over the coming weeks.
With a new poem every fortnight. The current poem is from James Knox Whittet.

James Knox Whittet

James Knox Whittet

Languages of Babyle by James Knox Whittet.  Click here to read the poem.


Hanseatic Ports and Hidden Talents

Pat Grimwade, a member of the IAA Executive (instrumental music), reveals another string
to her bow, with a knowledge of matters nautical in her book, Ipswich – A Hanseatic Port. 

“During the 13th – 15th centuries east coast ports such as Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Boston
traded alongside merchants of the Hanseatic League in the North Sea and the Baltic.
In that period, at the height of the wool and cloth trade with Europe Ipswich was one of the
most important and prosperous ports in the country…”
  Read more (opens pdf)

Published by Ipswich Maritime Trust it is available form the following;
Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.

A podcast, to be released on Monday 20th July, features an interview with Caleb Howegego (Ipswich Museum). Pat talks about Ipswich, as a trading port, the Hanseatic trade, buildings and evidence from the period and a story concerning the location of the Hanseatic Steelyard. It lasts about 25mins.



The Trianon Enigma

When not chairing IAA meetings Chris Green may, amongst other things, be found, conducting
with the Trianon Orchestra and Choir, swapping baton for pen Chris has written a new book.

Charting the sixty year history of Suffolk’s best loved Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
In The Trianon Enigma, My Friends Pictured Within  its founder, Chris Green traces its
journey starting with a small youth group in the mid 1950’s, which became inextricably
linked with Ipswich, social developments and the changing face of youth culture.

Read a review by John Norman, Chair of The Ipswich Society – Review (pdf)

Books are available at the price of £10 from:
Ipswich Institute (now reopened): 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Music World (now open): 16 Queen Street, Ipswich IP1 1SS
The Card Centre (open): 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU

Books may also be ordered at the price of £10 + £2.50 P&P from:
Dominique Nightingale, 39 Quilter Road, Felixstowe IP11 7JL
dominique.nightingale@btinternet.com   tel: 01394 286928


IAA representing 50+ Arts Organisations in Suffolk

An introduction and welcome from Professor Chris Green – Chair IAA

Ipswich Arts Association has over 50 member organisations, which means also hundreds of
individuals directly and indirectly associated with its activities.The website is one of a number
of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only…. click here to read full article


Ipswich Arts Association News Column in the
Community News pages of the East Anglian Daily Times

In the Community News pages of each Tuesday’s East Anglian Daily Times
you will now find the Ipswich Arts Association column with Chris Green.
Recently featured organisations, many illustrated with photos, include:

Anglia Singers, Birkbeck Singers, Community Light Orchestra,The Orwell Singers,
Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Ipswich Town Lectures, The Dorian Singers,
Rushmere St Andrew’s Music season, Trianon Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Read the current column – featuring, Town Lectures & Concerts Charter Hangings,
Thelma Lewis, Suffolk Poetry Society, Arts in Celebration and Mayoral Charities

If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of
Ipswich Arts Association Chris Green,  chair@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Click above image for pdf of current edition.


IAA Newsletter 

Current edition: Due to current circumstances, and the impact on members events and
activities the decision has been taken not to publish a May – August edition of the Newsletter.
We hope to return with the September – December edition.

IAA newsletter is published three times each year, working in conjunction with our website,
it highlights news and forthcoming events from Ipswich Arts Association and its members.
Further details here:  Newsletter homepage



Cancellations and postponements.
Due to the coronavirus IAA are receiving many notices of event cancellations and postponements.
Please check our Events page for further information, updates and details.

Town Lectures & Concerts.
Following an IAA Lecture held on September 10th. It is hoped to now hold other events.
See full piece on the Town Lectures on this page for more details.

New Wolsey Theatre.
Following the recent ministerial statement that social distancing will be required within theatres at least until November, with no certainty on when these measures and associated Covid-19 protocols might be removed, the management and Board of the New Wolsey Theatre have taken the extremely difficult decision to cancel the current programme, including our popular pantomime.”  www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Ipswich Institute.
The Ipswich Institute is partially reopening, but with limited visitor numbers. To book,
Tel. 01473 253992  or email: library@ipswichinstitute.org.uk  Website:  www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk

Ipswich Charter Hangings.
Due to coronavirus St Peter’s by the Waterfront will not be open to the public for the summer season,   May – September 2020. It is therefore regrettably not possible to view the Charter Hangings.

Further details, notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


Ipswich Charter Hangings –  20th anniversary – 2000 – 2020

 Events planned to mark 20 years of The Ipswich Charter Hangings. have, due to current
circumstances and legislation regarding Covid 19, now been postponed till next year 2021.
And so we now plan to celebrate the 21st anniversary of these remarkable works of art.
We hope to hold a number of special events and displays and it is also very much hoped that
the Charter Hangings will once again be on display and open to the public in the new year.
email: charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk


Ipswich Music Day 2020 – IAA Classical Stages

Regrettably this years event has been cancelled.

Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) have announced that Ipswich Music Day 2020
and all other IBC summer events planned for this year have been cancelled.
The announcement can be found at IBC website


Our thanks to Music World, Queen St. Ipswich, for their support in
supplying IAA with a Yamaha digital piano for the IAA Classical Stages.


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