Featured Artist

Nasturtiums in a Bottle by Maureen Jordan FSBA.    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.


from Ipswich Arts Association

An online celebration of arts from across the region.


Arts in Celebration has now ended after a successful and extended run!

Thanks to all who participated and helped create Arts in Celebration
and thank you to all who stopped by to watch. We hope you enjoyed it!


Town Lectures and Concerts 2020

Lunchtime Concert on Thursday 10th December

Organ Recital with Stephen Hogger
Thursday 10th December 1.00 to 1.50pm. 

Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane), Ipswich IP1 2EF

ADMISSION IS FREE – Donations are invited on admission.
Donations of £2.00  per person are valued to maintain the series.

Pre-booking is essential, please book by emailing:  vera.rogers1@btinternet.com

This concert is currently planned to proceed. As with all events this is subject to government regulations and therefore subject to change, updates will be posted here.

  Town Lectures & Concerts


The Silburys – Thomas Wolsey

 The Silburys video for “Thomas Wolsey” premiered at the launch of Arts in Celebration.
The Silburys are David Stainer (Vocals, Guitar, Mandola), Scott Dolling (Vocals Flute, Guitar)
Diz Deacon (Bass, 12 string) Martin Linford (Drums and Percussion).


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.


 Featured Poems

In addition to our Featured Artist series we are pleased to also present Featured Poems,
a series featuring poems from members of the Suffolk Poetry Society

The Suffolk Poetry Society will be providing poems from their membership over the coming weeks.
With a new poem approximately every fortnight. The poems are presented in printed format.
The current poem and previous submissions may be found on a dedicated page by clicking HERE.

The current poem is by Jane Henderson – Frank’s World

Jane Henderson

  Click  here to read the current poem and more from Suffolk Poetry Society


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 Concerts,
Ipswich Chamber Music Society, IAA General Meetings, Percy Grainger.

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 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.


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members

IAA  have hosted a number ol Zoom meetings allowing societies to share their thoughts about
current planning and strategies to deal with the lock-down and the ongoing situation.
Starting back in May meetings continued through June, July and August.
These meetings proved highly popular, with nearly forty groups being represented.

  Meetings will resume next year. 

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



Cancellations and postponements.
 IAA have been receiving many notices of event cancellations and postponements.
However we are pleased to announce that some events are now once again taking place
albeit under different conditions than usual, in order to comply with current legislation.
Please check our Events page for further information, updates and details.

New Wolsey Theatre.
New Wolsey Theatre receives share of £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund
The New Wolsey Theatre has been awarded £245,000 from the Culture
Recovery Fund distributed by Arts Council England.  www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

New Wolsey Theatre – Youth Theatre.
Autumn 2020, the New Wolsey Theatre are relaunching their Youth Theatre programme
for the first time since all activity had to be shut down by the pandemic earlier this year.
Jumping back to life in the week beginning Monday 9 November 2020. Details (pdf)

Stowmarket Chorale
Stowmarket Chorale are inviting you to join them in singing Christmas carols on Zoom, 
led by musical director Benedict Collins Rice and assistant musical director Will Baldry.
Zoom Singing 7.30 p.m. Wednesdays – 25th November to 16th December 2020.
If interested, please contact Adrienne: membership@stowmarketchorale.org  More info HERE

 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 is currently not open to the public.
It is therefore regrettably not possible to view the Charter Hanging at present.

Further details, notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


IAA Newsletter 

Current edition: Due to current circumstances, and the impact on members events and
activities the decision has been taken not to publish the usual Newsletter at this time.
We will however be publishing an online abbreviated version from time to time to keep you up
to date with both members and IAA activities. The website will also provide up to date information.

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



Online newsletter – pdf:  Newsletter November 2020 


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 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 Ipswich Charter Hangings will once again be on public display in the new year.
email: charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk


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


Ipswich Music Day 2020 – IAA Classical Stages

Regrettably this years event was cancelled.
IAA hope very much that we will see you again at next years event.

Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) announced that Ipswich Music Day 2020
and all other IBC summer events would be cancelled, due to corona virus.
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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