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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.


Covid19 / Coronavirus

Ipswich Arts Association and it’s member organisations are monitoring the situation and
government advice. Regrettably some 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 can 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:  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.


Covid-19 Support – Arts Council England

Dear Society Representative, some of you may have seen the statement from the Arts Council
offering help to NPOs (Non Portfolio Organisation). Link: Covid-19 support | Arts Council England

A summary from Todd Strehlow of Ipswich Borough Council explains: “The emergency
includes two strands for non-NPO organisations and individuals, that have a track
in publicly funded culture. Guidance will be issued next Monday 30/3 and interested
parties needing to registered on the (Arts Councils) Grantium portal by Friday 3/4.”

He notes that it’s a very small window, if you think you might qualify you need to register quickly.

Mary Odam, Secretary IAA


IAA representing 50+ Arts Organisations in Suffolk

An introduction and welcome from Professor Chris Green – Chair IAA
Ipswich Arts Association has 50+ member organisations, which means that hundreds of
individuals are associated with its activities. 
In 2020 the Association is continuing a number
of successful initiatives… click here to read full article


Ipswich Music Day 2020 – IAA Classical Stages

This event is provisionally rescheduled for SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

Dear all, you won’t be surprised to hear from me that Ipswich Borough Council (IBC)
has postponed Ipswich Music Day which was to have been held on Sunday, July 5th.
IBC has given a new but provisional date of Sunday 27th September, but please
check the IAA website or me at intervals for updates.

I will be back in touch when I hear more from IBC, and in the meantime take great care.
Kind regards, Christine. IAA Music Day Team / IAA Music Group Rep.

Ipswich Arts Association ‘Classical Stages’ 2020 are due to be held at:
St. Margarets Church, Bethesda Baptist Church  and The Masonic Hall.
Subject to confirmation.


Ipswich Arts Association would like to thank Music World, Queen St. Ipswich,
for  kindly supplying a Yamaha digital piano for Ipswich Music Day.


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

Look out for the Community News pages in each Tuesday’s East Anglian Daily Times
There you will find news from Ipswich Arts Association. During February, the
following member groups were featured with many of them illustrated with photos.

The groups included:  Aldeburgh Productions, The Birkbeck Singers, Gusford Primary School,
Ipswich Arts Association, Ipswich Chamber Choir, Ipswich Chamber Music Society,
Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Ipswich Symphony Orchestra, Royal Hospital School,
Suffolk Organists Association, and Trianon Music Group

If you would like your member society mentioned contact the Chair of Ipswich Arts Association
Chris Green,


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.

Concert 9th April

BIRKBECK SINGERS – Led by: Chandra Grover

Due to the  the Coronavirus this concert has been cancelled.

 Ipswich Arts Association will monitor the changing situation and government advice regarding
the Covid19 outbreak. Hopefully, future Lectures and Concerts in this series will go ahead,
but please check back for updates and notices of any postponements and /or cancellations.

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


IAA Newsletter 

Current edition: January – April 2020  Click for pdf version

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
a growing number of event cancellations and postponements, especially for
dates in
March and April. Please check our Events page for further details.

New Wolsey Theatre, Sadly, current circumstances have led us to make the
decision that all shows at the New Wolsey Theatre will be cancelled until
September this year. More information at

Ipswich Institute. Regrettably, due to the current situation the Institute has
decided to close and suspend all events, courses, and the Summer programme
for the foreseeable future.

Ipswich Charter Hangings. Due to the coronavirus St Peter’s by the Waterfront
is closed till the end of June, summer opening being postponed till 1st July.
This will be kept under review and updates will be posted as available.
It is therefore regrettably not possible to view the Charter Hangings.

Suffolk Concert Band  has vacancies for French Horn, Bass (tuba, string bass or
electric bass) and percussion (pitched and auxiliary). If you are interested in any
of these positions please contact Angela Hope at

Further details of notices on our NEWS page


Ipswich Charter Hangings –  20th anniversary – 2000 – 2020

Several events had been planned to mark 20 years of The Ipswich Charter Hangings.
Due to current circumstances these events are either postponed or under review.
It is hoped however that some of these will still take place later in the year


Ipswich Arts Association:  Privacy Information Notice – click for pdf