Featured Artist

Distant Cranes by Brian Perry     Click image or here to read more…

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


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.



Arts in Celebration 2021 will launch on Sunday September 26th.
An online celebration of arts from across the region.

Applications are now open!

IAA are looking for participants in this years event.
Send us your videos or images, showcasing work produced during lockdown or highlighting
a planned future live event or exhibition. We welcome entries from across the arts.
 Literature, Poetry, Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Dance

This event is open to both IAA members and non-members.

For more details and how to apply CLICK HERE


Arts in Celebration 2020 ended after a successful and extended run.
Attracting over 1500 visitors and over 9000 page views!


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
*Subject to Covid 19 restrictions/legislation.
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,

Volunteers needed!
 Ipswich Arts Association are seeking more stewards for their volunteer rota at St Peter’s by the Waterfront Church on Fridays, from July to the end of September, 2021. Volunteers welcome visitors  and highlight information available for the various displays including the Ipswich Charter Hangings.

If you are interested, (even helping with just one or two sessions helps), particularly
the morning session from 10am-1pm, or would like more information about what’s involved,
please email – Ann Cloke;  charterhangings@ipswich-arts.org.uk


Town Lectures and Concerts 2021

Concert – Thursday 12th August – this will be a live event.
Organ Recital – Stephen Hogger.

Organ at Museum Street Methodist Church.

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

Presented Live at Museum Street Methodist Church (entrance in Black Horse Lane),
Ipswich IP1 2EF.  From 1.00 to 1.50pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE with a retiring collection to defray expenses.
Donations of at least £2.00 per person are valued to maintain the series and the
work of IAA and its 50+ member societies. All donations are much appreciated,

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Future Town Lectures and Concerts 2021
Lecture – 9th September – Falling in Love with Libraries –
– How and Why I Became an Author, Sophie Green.
Concert – 21st October – Zephyr Baroque.
Lecture – 11th November – A Lifetime in Farming, Richard Garnham.
Concert – 9th December – Birkbeck Singers led by Chandra Grover.

A leaflet (pdf) of the 2021 programe may be viewed here

Full details on the TOWN LECTURES & CONCERTS page.


 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 Margaret Seymour – Latin Lovers

photo of poet Margaret Seymour

Margaret Seymour

photo finger puppets salvador Dali and Frieda Kahlo

Latin Lovers

  Click  images or here 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 – July 20th.
Click this link or the image to read or download a pdf copy.

featuring:  Suffolk Poetry Society, The Lettering Arts Trust,
Suffolk author Mellissa Harrison, The Tardis, Jess Gilliam and more.

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


Community Light Orchestra 

IAA are pleased to share avideo of the Community Light Orchestra performing ‘The Lifeboatmen’, the Official RNLI March by Trevor Brown. All recorded separately at home during Spring 2021.
CLO’s Roger Hanes adds “It was a real pleasure putting it together, just a week to assemble the video. Carol Goates put the audio together, quite a task as the orchestra haven’t played together for over a year.”



Events Listings

IAA monitor government legislation and advice re covid 19 and live events.
After many postponements and cancelleations it is good to see events being listed once more.
Some are online and some, after May17th. will have socially distanced live audience.
Please check our Events page for information, updates and details on forthcoming events.

IAA – Trustees needed
Ipswich Arts Association are looking for two new trustees, one to represent the Visual Arts
and the second to become the new IAA Treasurer. For more information please contact:
Chris Green – chair@ipswich-arts.org.uk

St Mary le Tower – lunchtime concerts.
The lunchtime concerts at St Mary le Tower are up and running. May 4th – October 12th.
Concerts held every Tuesday, 1.10pm – 1.55pm. Admission free with a retiring collection.
The  concerts will be open for a socially distanced live audience as well as being broadcast online.
Details at: 

Ipswich Charter Hangings.
St Peter’s by the Waterfront is planning to re- open to the public from Thursday July 1st.
Summer opening (May – Sept) will then in place:  Tuesday 12 – 4, Wednesday 10.30 – 2
Thursday 10 – 4 and Friday 10 – 4. Details at, St Peters or Ipswich Charter Hangings.

Gippeswyk Singers.

Gippeswyk Singers are searching for a new conductor. Geoff Lavery, our current musical director,
will be stepping down in June 2021 after a tenure of 10 years. We’re hoping to attract
an experienced and enthusiastic new conductor to lead us into the future and many more
years of successful singing. For more information and application details Click Here (pdf)

Town Lectures and Concerts.
The next Concert in the 2021 series will take place live at Museum Street Methodist Church
(Entrance via Black Horse Lane), Lectures start at 1pm, doors open 12.40pm. Booking is required.
Please contact Joy Bounds: joybounds83@gmail.com    Details – 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


IAA Online Newsletter – April – May 2021


Click link for the April – May online Newsletter


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 – September – date tbc.

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


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.


Gippeswyk Singers

Gippeswyk Singers are searching for a new conductor. Geoff Lavery, our current musical director,
will be stepping down in June 2021 after a tenure of 10 years. We’re hoping to attract
an experienced and enthusiastic new conductor to lead us into the future and many more
years of successful singing. For more information and application details Click Here (pdf)



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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