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

Lecture – 8th September

A Lost Medieval Port at Bawdsey – Professor Mark Bailey.

Mark is Professor of Late Medieval History and a resident of Suffolk who has become fascinated by the dynamic interaction of climate change and human responses between 1200 and 1700. Histories of Suffolk usually document how increased storminess resulted in major erosion events along our vulnerable coast, such as the fate of Dunwich, while overlooking theequally important impact of major accretion events. Using Orford Ness and Bawdsey as examples, this talk explores these fascinating and highly relevant phenomena.

photo for A lost port at bawdsey - town lecture with professor mark Bailey

Lectures & Concerts are p
resented 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. 

Please click the button to make a secure donation to IAA via PayPal.
A Paypal account is not required to make a donation.

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


Featured Artist – Amanda Given

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  ●  Woodbridge Art Club
With a new artist shown every three weeks or so.

AManada given painting - Alex and The Sea Turtle

Alex and The Sea Turtle by Amanda Given.

“As an active Member of the Felixstowe Art Group, the land, sea and skyscapes of Suffolk
are the major subjects of Amanda’s paintings and she also enjoys tackling portraits
of people and animals, working in watercolour, ink, gouache or oils.”  

Click image or here to view current and previous Artists and 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.

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 John Vaughan – Collection


John Vaughan poet.Suffolk poetry Society and Featured Poem Ipswich Arts Association

John Vaughan

John Vaughan. John went along to an evening class in 2003. It was so different
to that at school;  one could say he caught the poetry bug. He then took a degree
in Creative Writing to learn  more and now writes for the joy and fun of it.

 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 – August 9th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

IAA / EADT article with Chris Green 9/8/2022

Featuring: Town Concert – Ipswich Hospital Band, James Symmington
Trianon at Snape, Doreen Carwithen and more.

Previous Edition – August 2nd.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

IAA / EADT column with Chris Green 2/8/22

Featuring: Volunteering / volunteers, Trianon member John Barratt,
Sir Edward Elgar and more.

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



Vacancy – Choir Director & Assistant Organist
St Mary the Virgin, Woodbridge (C.of E. Benefice of Woodbridge St Mary –
with Great Bealings) has an exciting vacancy for this new post, wef September 2022.
Job description here – pdf. An information pack is available from the Benefice Administrator:
Tel.01394 388820

Vacancy – Music Director  The Edmund Octet and Friends
The Edmund Octet and Friends is a small, TTBB choir based in West Suffolk.
Post available from September 2022.
CLICK HERE for details / job description (pdf).  Or for details or to express an interest,
please contact;  Ivor on 01284 719236 or ijthulborn@btinternet.com
Website: www.edmundoctet.com/

Vacancy – Conductor – The Dorian Singers
The Dorian Singers, based in Felixstowe, are seeking a new conductor. Alan Loader
their current conductor of many years will be stepping down at the end of this current term.
Jean Shaw, Chairperson of the Dorian Singers is starting the process of identifying and recruiting
a suitable replacement. For details, please contact Jean at;  jeanmargaret671@gmail.com

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, May – September:
Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm. Wednesdays: 12noon – 2.00pm. Thursdays: 10am – 4pm.
Details at, St Peters by the Waterfront or Ipswich Charter Hangings.
Please note: St Peter’s will be closed on Tuesday 16th of August.
other opening dates /times are not affected.

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
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.
Booking advised. Please contact: (Lectures) Vera Rogers: vera.rogers1@btinternet.com 
(Concerts) Joy Bounds: joybounds83@gmail.com

Full details of the 2022 programme  – Town Lectures & Concerts

Further details of all notices and updates on our NOTICEBOARD page


The Apprentice by Chris Green
The life and work of the composer Doreen Carwithen.

Available in the August editon of Norfolk Suffolk Life magazine.


cover of august edition suffolk norfolk life magazine

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 – The Apprentice by Chris Green 

Suffolk Norfolk Life magazine – Homepage.   


Ipswich Charter Hangings 

The Ipswich Charter Hangings are once again on public display at St Peter’s by the Waterfront.
For details see: St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings
Opening times:
May – September: Tuesday 12pm – 4pm. Wednesday 12noon – 2pm. Thursday 10am – 4pm.
October – April: Wednesdays only 10.30am – 2pm.
The Ipswich Charter Hangings – eight wall hangings that make up a remarkable work of art.


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)”


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.

Next Meeting – Date / time – tba. Meeting will be held 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 Music Day 2022 – SUNDAY JULY 3rd

IAA Classical Stages

Ipswich Arts Association hosted four “Classical Stages’ as part of Ipswich Music Day.
St. Margarets Church,  Bethesda Baptist Church, Wolsey Gallery and The Masonic Hall.

In addition The Lower Tudor Room in Christchurch Mansion featured two IAA member groups;
Suffolk Poetry Society and The Ipswich Children’s Book Group.

Thank you to all the performers and audience who helped to make this years
Music Day such a success. It was good to be back!


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


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
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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