Welcome to 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.

Ipswich Arts Association is a registered charity. Charity number 288939


IAA Town Lectures and Concerts 2024

Lecture 14th March

Gainsborough’s House – Sudbury’s Hidden Treasure.
Dr. Steven Parissien.

Dr Steven Parissien is Interim Director of Gainsborough’s House Museum in Sudbury, Suffolk.
He is an architectural historian at Oxford University and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.
He has worked at the highest level in arts and education for over thirty years,
including a decade as CEO of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire.
Today he discusses the recent development of Gainsborough House Museum funded by
a Lottery Grant, and looks at some of the gallery’s upcoming exhibitions.

Lectures & Concerts
resented at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich IP1 2EF
(entrance in Black Horse Lane),  From 1.00 to 1.50pm. Doors open 12.30pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE  – with a retiring collection.
Donations of at least £3.00 per person are valued to maintain the series.
Refreshments, served 12.30 -1.55pm. are included. 

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Full details of the 2024 series on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.


Ipswich Music Day 2024 – Sunday July 7th.
 – IAA ‘Classical Stages’

Ipswich Arts Association will again host four  ‘Classical Stages’
as part of Ipswich Music Day 2024. Venues are:
St. Margarets Church,  Bethesda Baptist Church,
Wolsey Gallery and The Masonic Hall

Applications are now open!

For full details please visit the dedicated Music Day page to
read/download both the Invitation Letter and Application Form.


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


Featured Artist – Caroline Burgess

IAA are pleased to present Featured Artists, a series with works by local artists, some from:
The Ipswich Art Society  ●  Suffolk Open Studios  ●  Felixstowe Art Group
Suffolk Art Society  ●  Woodbridge Art Club
With a new artist shown every three weeks or so.

'Macaw' by Caroline Burgess‘Blue Macaw’ by Caroline Burgess

Based in Ipswich Caroline has a practical design background in hairdressing and flower arranging that has naturally lead her into art making. A confident painter and drawer of birds, animals, or portrait style illustrative works. a member of the Suffolk Art Society she exhibits throughout Suffolk, and is a part of the ‘Art Tent Exhibition’ at Ipswich’s own Suffolk Show during May.
Click image or here to read more and view current and previous Featured Artists


 Featured Poems

In addition to our
Featured Artist series we are pleased to present Featured Poems,
a series featuring poems from members of the Suffolk Poetry Society.
Follow the links to view both the current and previous poems published in the series.

A new poem will be featured approximately every three weeks. The current poem and previous
submissions are available on the dedicated Featured Poem page. To view Click Here.

The current poem is by Roger West
City State of Athens:
Policy document for the preservation of the Ship of Theseus

Roger West, Featured poem - City state of Athens: Policy document for the preservation of the Ship of Theseus, Ipswich Arts Association web site.
Poet, songwriter, performer. Former front man for various punk bands with several
LPs to his name. Writes in English and in French and translates poetry
from/via French. Now concentrates on writing longer pieces which he performs
with electronic soundscapes and live music at international poetry festivals.
The poem ‘City State of Athens: Policy document for the preservation of the Ship of Theseus’
won second prize in Suffolk Poetry Society’s Crabbe Poetry Competition 2023.

Click here to read the current and previous poems 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.

Current Edition – February  13th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

Featuring: Martlesham Brass, Puccini Workshop,
Composer and conductor Ben Parry and more…

image for IAA / EADT article 13th february 2024 with Chris Green


Stowmarket Chorale – Come and Sing Day

IAA members Stowmarket Chorale recently held a “Come and Sing” Day
The event proved highly popular with works by Vivaldi and L’Estrange
Click to read a full report by Vivienne Sweet: SingingDay (opens pdf)
composite image of photos from Stowmarket Chorale 's - Come and Sing day - February 2024


Ipswich Arts Association AGM – Chairs R
eport 2023
Following the AGM held on Thursday 16th November, here is the Chair’s Report 2023
Click on the link to open pdf: Chair’s Report 2023

New Wolsey Theatre
NWT urges reconsideration of recently announced cultural investment
cuts proposed by Suffolk County Council. Click Here for pdf

Town Lectures and Concerts
Lectures and Concerts are held live at Museum Street Methodist Church,
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), IP1 2EF  1pm – 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.
Please contact: Chandra Grover: townlecturesandconcerts@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Full details of the 2024 programme on the TL&C page  – Town Lectures & Concerts
or click the link to view a pdf of the 2024 Brochure

New Wolsey Theatre
The New Wolsey Theatre – first Associate Artists and Artist Relationship programme.
Six East Anglian artists and companies – Aspire Black Suffolk, Jamie Beddard, Martha Loader,
Mae Munuo, The Paper Birds and Spinning Wheel – are delighted to have been appointed to work with the New Wolsey Theatre’s Chief Executive/Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul in Ipswich, as part of its inaugural Associate Artists programme celebrating and supporting creativity in the region.
To learn more click to open pdf file NWT/Associate Artist   

Ipswich Arts Association – Trustee vacancies
Following the AGM, Ipswich Arts Association are currently seeking
an IAA Publicity Officer to join the organisations board. Trustees have an active
role in developing plans and strategy for the organisation, for promoting the arts.
If interested please contact, Chris Green: cjc.green@talktalk.net

Ipswich Charter Hangings
The Charter Hangings are on display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich.
St Peter’s is open to the public at the following times during the year;
October – April: Wednesdays 12 – 2pm.
May – September: Tues: 10am – 4pm. Wed: 12noon – 2.00pm. Thurs: 10am – 4pm.
Details at, St Peters by the Waterfront or Ipswich Charter Hangings.

Ipswich Arts Association are keen to hear from volunteer stewards, covering Tuesdays.
More details are contained in this pdf – Charter Volunteers
If interested or would like to know more about being involved, please email –
Ann Cloke;  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Further details of all notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


Ipswich Charter Hangings 

The Ipswich Charter Hangings are on public display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront.
For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Opening times:    October – April: Wednesdays only: 12noon – 2pm.
May – September: Tuesday 12pm – 4pm. Wednesday 12noon – 2pm. Thursday 10am – 4pm.

photo of Ipswich Charter hangings at st Peter's by the Waterfront.The Ipswich Charter Hangings – Eight wall hangings that make up one remarkable work.

poster for charter hangings volunteers 2023

Click image for PDF version.
Email link: Ann Cloke:  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk
Ipswich Charter Hangings website page: IAA / Ipswich Charter Hangings


Love’s Philosophy – Roger Quilter and Bawdsey Manor
by Chris Green

copoosite photo, Roger quilter & bawdsey manorRoger Quilter / Bawdsey Manor.

Available in the February edition of Norfolk Suffolk Life magazine.
Suffolk Norfolk Life – Love’s Philosophy by Chris Green

image February edition-norfolk & Suffolk Life magazine, link to article "Love's philosophy" by Chris Green

Both the magazine and the article may be read online by following the links below.
A published edition is also available on subscription or from local newsagents.

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – Homepage.


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members

IAA host a number of Zoom meetings throughout the year allowing societies to share
their thoughts about current planning and strategies to deal with the ongoing issues for
performers and the arts post lock-down. These meetings prove highly popular,

Next meeting tba.

If you wish to attend please email the secretary to register and obtain a link.
Mary Odam, Secretary IAA: secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Have you or your society signed up for the Ipswich Arts Zoom meetings?


 Shining Threads – A New book by IAA member Joy Bounds

Joy will be known to many for her involvement with the IAA, including till recently
organising Concerts for the IAA Town Lecture & Concerts series. Now Joy has published
a new book ‘Shining Threads’ based on events in the life of composer Ethel Smyth.
Published in paperback format it is available from all good bookshops priced £9.99.

Author Joy Bounds and the cover of her new book Shining Threads.Joy Bounds and the cover of ‘Shining Threads’

www.joybounds.co.uk   facebook


Chair of Ipswich Arts Association, Chris Green
wins prestigious prize for music

Long-time Chair of Ipswich Arts Association, Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE,
conductor of Trianon Music Group and long-time Artistic Director of the Anglia Singers
based at Anglia Ruskin University was named as the winner of the 2023 Making Music
prestigious award on Thursday 4 October at a Zoom ceremony attended by musicians
from across the United Kingdom. Read full report here
Chris Green chair ipswich arts association pictured with debbie Wiseman who presnted him with the Makin music prize 2023Professor Chris Green with Debbie Wiseman who presented the award.
Credit: Trianon Music Group


Hanseatic Ports and Hidden Treasures

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 from the following outlets;
Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.



The Trianon Enigma

When not chairing IAA meetings Chris Green may, amongst other things, be found conducting
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 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Music World 16 Queen Street, Ipswich IP1 1SS
The Card Centre  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


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