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.


Town Lectures and Concerts 2022

Mim MacMahon, Sue Manley & Sophie Watson.

Triangle have been singing together on-and-off in the Felixstowe/ Ipswich/Woodbridge area since the mid-1980s. To say they are ‘an all-female, three-piece a cappella band’ identifies them, but does not describe them. Their themes mostly revolve around beer, religion, politics and things  that go bump in the night – in no particular order. All their stories are rooted in the earth of English poetic traditions. Some are traditional, others written by Triangle or are poems from the English canon they have set to music.

photo of Triangle for town concert February 2022


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

Anyone wishing to attend a Lecture or Concert is advised to register in advance.
Email:  Lectures: vera.rogers1@btinternet.com  Concerts: joybounds83@gmail.com

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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A Paypal account is not required to make a donation.

Full details of the 2022 series on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.


Featured Artist – Allan Williams

IAA are pleased to present Featured Artists, a series with works by local artists, some from
The Ipswich Art Society & Suffolk Open Studios  With a new artist every three weeks.

"Study For Miss Havisham's Tool Shed No.1", Oil on linen, 41 x 33 cms

“Study For Miss Havisham’s Tool Shed No.1”.    Oil on linen, 41 x 33 cms.
Click image or here to read more…


 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.

The Suffolk Poetry Society will be providing poems from their membership over the coming weeks.
With a new poem approximately every three weeks. 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 Nicola Warwick  – Colony Collapse Syndrome

Nichola Warwick, photo for Featured Poems series at Ipswich-arts.org.uk

Nicola Warwick

 Click  image or this link 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.

Current Edition – January 11th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

featuring: Ipswich Chamber Music Society – London Winds
Town Lectures & Concerts, and more.

image forCommunity news EADT article 11/1/22

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


Carys – Max the Pirate Cat

Carys is a singer songwriter based in Suffolk. “Max the Pirate Cat is a song I wrote for fun but has become my most popular track. I drew all the pictures for the video (they took me a year!) and I’ve since released the song as a limited edition hardbacked storybook/CD set (now sold out)”



Events Listings

IAA monitor government legislation and advice re covid 19 and live events.
Please check our Events page for information, updates and details on forthcoming events.

IAA – Trustee needed
Ipswich Arts Association are looking for a new trustee, to represent the Visual Arts.
For more information please contact Chris Green: – chair@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Ipswich Charter Hangings
St Peter’s by the Waterfront is again open to the public at the following times:
Wednesdays 10.30am – 2.00pm (October – April) Details at, St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings.

Ipswich Arts Association are seeking volunteer stewards for their rota at St Peter’s by the Waterfront. If you are interested, or would like more information about what’s involved, please email –
Ann Cloke;  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk

Town Lectures and Concerts
Next Lecture – ‘Unboxing The Hold”  live at Museum Street Methodist Church,
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), IP1 2EF  1pm – 1.50pm.  Doors open 12.40pm.
Booking is advised. Please contact Vera Rogers: vera.rogers1@btinternet.com
Full details of the 2022 programme  – Town Lectures & Concerts

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


Zoom Meetings for IAA Members

In 2020 IAA 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.
These meetings proved highly popular, with nearly forty groups being represented.

 General Meeting – Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 7.30pm. Via Zoom.

If you wish to attend please email the secretary to register and obtain a link.

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


Ipswich Charter Hangings –  21st anniversary – 2000 – 2021

The Ipswich Charter Hangings are once again on public display following the reopening*
of St Peter’s by the Waterfront on July 1st. For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Covid 19 restrictions/legislation will apply with visitors encouraged to wear a mask.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of The Ipswich Charter Hangings – (eight wall hangings that make up a remarkable work of art) and we hope to hold a number of special events and displays,


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.


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


Covid 19

Ipswich Arts Association and member organisations are monitoring the situation and
government advice. This has an impact on members planning and events, we will endeavour to
keep up to date with this and details will be shown on the website listings page but we do rely
on member groups to provide information. However, with a changing situation, we would suggest
checking with the event organiser or group involved. Links may be found on most listings.


Musical Visitors to Suffolk
A Town Lecture by Chris Green – available to read online

One of the few Town Lectures to take place in 2020, with a limited audience under
Covid restrictions, was given by Chris Green, entitled Musical Visitors to Suffolk.

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine are running the lecture as a three part series.
Published in the March, April and May issues  –  pages 94 / 95 / 96

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 – May edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.3 – pages 94/96)
Suffolk Norfok Life magazine – April edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.2 – pages 94/95)
Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – March edition – (Musical Visitors to Suffolk Pt.1 – pages 94/95)

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – Homepage.   


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 form the following;
Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, price £2.



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 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Music World 16 Queen Street, Ipswich IP1 1SS
The Card Centre  6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7AU
Please check with listed outlets as opening will be subject to government regulations.

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 2021 – IAA Classical Stages

IBC Announcement February 2021
Ipswich Borough Council have taken the reluctant decision to cancel Ipswich Music Day 2021.
It is IBC’s firm intention that this popular event will return in 2022. More at Ipswich Entertains


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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