Featured Artist

POPPY DAZZLER by Maureen Jordan.    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.


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 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: 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.


“Annual General Meetings – at a distance” – Zoom Special
+ June Newsletter (online e-version)

Ipswich Arts Association recently circulated a special e-version June Newsletter
to its members, full of updates about IAA activities, this is now available to all to view.
It includes details of a special Zoom session on Tuesday 23 June at 7pm.
“Holding Annual General meetings at a distance” is the topic and you need to register your
wish to attend. Please contact: Mary Odam, secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk  as soon as possible.
Numbers will inevitably have to be limited, so first-come-first served.

Click image above for pdf of special June Newsletter


The Birkbeck Singers – “Why We Sing”

IAA members the Birkbeck Singers have not allowed lockdown to stop them from making music,
albeit in a very different way. Each singer recorded their part individually and these were then
mixed together for the performance on the video, which shows images from previous concerts.

“I think this a fine example of engagement, teamwork and support, albeit in isolation, and
a personal challenge for every singer. I take my hat off to them for this achievement.”
Chandra Grover – MD The Birkbeck Singers


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members & Non Members

 Ipswich Arts Association have been holding a series of Zoom meetings, in order for
societies to share their thoughts about current planning and strategies to deal
with the lock-down. These have taken the place of the IAA May General Meeting.

 Four meetings were held during May, These meetings proved highly popular and
the decision was made to extended the meetings into June. This current round of
Zoom – IAA General Meetings will end on 25th June, by which time a total of eight
will have taken place, with nearly forty groups being represented.
The invitation to take part is also being offered to interested non-member organisations.

Next meetings are scheduled for June 3rd, 10th, 18th and 25th.

If you want to join in – and we hope you do – please contact us as soon as possible,
remember you have to pre-book. Contact: Mary Odam  secretary@ipswich-arts.org.uk


 Tower Street Print Project – Oyster Community Press
“lockdown printmaking video”

 As part of the recent Creativity and Wellbeing Week  and to help celebrate it, IAA member Tower Street Print Project produced a lockdown printmaking video – please share with your contacts.
It is a step by step guide that shows you how to use monoprinting to make greetings cards
at home and is proving very popular with people stuck in the house during lockdown.
Printmaking is great for your mental health and wellbeing and as our studio is closed, this
is the best way we could think of getting people printmaking for health and wellbeing.
 Click here to read more + view video

This has been a popular video, so we are keeping it available for a while longer.


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


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 new poems every fortnight. Current poem:  A Wild Swan Feed At Welney by David Healey


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

IAA will contact those who applied to take part in the IAA Classical Stages
Kind regards, Christine. IAA Music Day Team / IAA Music Group Rep


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


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, Ipswich Chamber Music Society,
Stour Choral Society, Suffolk Poetry Society, & IAA – online meetings. 

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

Click image for pdf of current edition.


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.

Lecture 9th July

HIDDEN IPSWICH: Less well- known parks and wild spaces – James Baker

Concert 13th August

ORGAN RECITAL: Stephen Hogger and friends

Due to Coronavirus these two events have 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 may still go ahead.
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: 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
a growing number of event cancellations and postponements.
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  www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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.  www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk

Ipswich Charter Hangings. Due to the coronavirus St Peter’s by the Waterfront
will not be opening for the summer season 2020. (May-September).
A reduced number of events may take place, later in the year.
This will be kept under review and updates will be posted as available.
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

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
email: charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk


Ipswich Arts Association:  Privacy Information Notice – click for pdf