Arts Directory

Crafts

NameDescription
Alder Carr Craft Centre and Farm ShopPottery, painting, jewellery, gifts, celebration cakes, plants, garden accessories. Craft Centre and Barn Cafe; open Tues-Sun 10am to 4pm. Farm Shop open Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.
Brightsmiths WorkshopsMake Your Own Silver Jewellery , Wedding Rings or learn Silversmithing in our Dedicated Metalwork Shop. One day Workshops , Classes and Courses availiable. Diverse other craft courses available , Patchwork, Voice Projection,Emotional Freedom Technique,Painting on Fabric etc etc. If there is something you wish to learn or if you are an expert wishing to teach we are always open to ideas. Hoping to host specialist metalwork classes too ie Enameling, Chasing, Engraving etc Group discounts (groups up to 10). We can arrange Accommodation if Required.
Brushstrokes Art GroupEvening art group for beginners and experienced artists. Fortnightly meetings (term-time only) and workshops / open to new members, no joining criteria / £16.00 per term, casual attendance £3.00 per session / meetings held at St Michael's Church Annex, The Green, Martlesham Heath. Find the Martlesham BRUSHSTROKES Art Group on Facebook. [email protected]
Cotton Cub QuiltersSpeakers and demonstrations on patchwork and quilting. Monthly lectures and workshops. Open to new members - no special criteria, any age / Meetings held at Bredfield Village Hall and Charsfield Village Hall.
CraftabilityCraft workshops including card making, felting, beading, jewellery making.
Crafty TypesA community for crafty types in Ipswich, Suffolk. We host weekly drop-in craft sessions as well as monthly masterclasses every Monday night in Ipswich. In addition to our workshops and events, we also highlight useful craft resources and promote our members' craft businesses and blogs on our Friends page.
Depden Farm Shop and TrainingCountry crafts and smallholding skills short courses and workshops held throughout the year.
EJR CeramicsEmma Jayne Robertson is a practising Ceramic and Applied Artist and Highly Qualified Tutor, offering various Clay Workshops. Emma graduated with her Masters Degree in 2009 and has many years of experience, working with all ages and abilities. Come and explore a variety of techniques and create your own clay masterpieces. Whether it be to make a special present or attend a series of weekly/monthly sessions, you will enjoy getting creative with clay. With the small friendly groups, you will relax and enjoy experimenting with colours and textures, then experience that feeling of great satisfaction when you create that beautiful, unique, useful thing. Group and individual workshops available. Children's Parties and Adult Social Events also organised.
Halfpenny Home HaberdasheryThis Art and Craft Studio is an inspiring and creative space where people can learn something new, have fun and get those hard to find craft supplies and notions. Opening times are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm / Visits outside these times are by appointment only.
Quilter's HavenTop quilting and patchwork shop in the UK and publisher of eight books. Sells fabrics, books, threads, notions. kits etc. Fabric related workshops, all levels / Training on Bernina Sewing Machines.
Ragtime RuggersWe meet on the last Thursday of every month with the exception of December from 10 am until 1pm at: Gt. Glemham Village Hall, Nr. Saxmundham / Tea and coffee are provided.There is always someone on hand to help those just starting out. Tools and Hessian are available to purchase and we have a list of recommended suppliers which is available to new comers. Equipment and tools are available for those who want to try rug making before making any sort of commitment or expense, as not everybody finds it is for them. JOINING COSTS: There is an annual subscription fee of £10. Sessions are charged at a rate of £2 per session. First session is free.
Roman Mosaic WorkshopsCourses in Roman mosaics plus supplies, tools and Roman mosaic kits.
Rosie Price of the Brightsmiths WorkshopsArt Jewellery Gold/silversmith. Handmade individual pieces in precious metals gemstones and found objects Commissions and repairs welcome . Lessons. Rosie is also availiable for fairs and events teaching 'make your own earrings' from £5 a pair. (If free space provided) This is proving a very popular attraction. [email protected]
Royal Staffordshire Pottery: Nest Egg AntiquesBrowse online antique Staffordshire figures, Staffordshire pottery figures, pearlware, creamware. See small and large pieces of royal Staffordshire pottery. Click on each to enquire about it.
S.L.A.P.P.E.R.S (Stitchers, Lacemakers and Patchworkers Practice Embroidery Regularly In Suffolk)Textile and media art and crafts in 2D and 3D. Regular meetings, practice sessions, training, newsletter, social events / annual exhibition / members criteria - City and Guilds and Art degrees or developed experience / meetings held at Bentley Village Hall and home addresses fortnightly.
Scarlett ValentineMilliner - maker of traditional hats and contemporary headpieces.
Snape Maltings CoursesPainting and craft courses - two-day and one-day workshops. Watercolour classes, jewellery making, stained glass, mosaic making. Art gallery on site.
Stitches in SuffolkMy name is Sharon and I offer beginner classes in Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch and Hexagon Paper Piecing Patchwork. I am based in Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk and offer lessons either in the comfort of your own home, or at mine. Courses can be held either during the day or in the evening by arrangement. Most importantly, at a time convenient to us both! I am willing to travel within reason, if you aren't sure and think you are too far, please do ask first! I am self taught and have a passion for people to learn these age old crafts! I also run a Knitting Group in Felxstowe. Prices :- Tuition only £5 per hour (minimum of 2hrs) Tuition & Kit from £20
Suffolk Craft SocietyThe Society was formed to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts. The aim is to raise the public awareness of fine craft while exploring exhibition and selling opportunities for members. Newsletter, AGM, annual Aldeburgh exhibition, permanent Gallery 2 / open to new members / Membership of the Society is open to any practicing maker in Suffolk whose work meets the qualitative standards.
Suffolk Mid-Coastal WoodturnersWoodturning, including demonstrations, workshops and events. Meetings at Dallinghoo Village Hall (first Thursday every month) / regular newsletter and occasional social activities / open to new members (no special criteria other than an interest in woodturning / occasional teaching workshops / eight exhibitions per year / fees £34.00 per year.
Textile Art Group Suffolk (TAGS)Textile and mixed media art and crafts in 2D and 3D. Regular meetings, practice sessions, training, newsletter, social events / annual exhibition / New members considered annually by interview in September / member's criteria - City and Guilds and Art degrees or developed experience / meetings held at Llama Farm, Otley - first Wednesday of the month 10.00am - 2.00pm.
The Teapot PotteryDesign and make unusual teapots in Debenham which are sold to shops throughout the UK and the World. Also have a 'paint your own' studio where customers can paint their own pottery. Open all year Mon-Fri 9am to 5.30pm; Sat/BH Mon 10.30am to 4.30pm. Closed Sunday.
Toni Peers - Curly Girly CraftsCraft Workshop tutor specialising in enamelling, encaustic art, beadmaking, lampwork beads, feltmaking and cardmaking.
TT DesignsFurniture Designer Maker
Viking Stained GlassBespoke leaded light door and window panels. Repairs, restoration. Dichroic glass jewellery. Suncatchers, fused glass. Lessons one to one. Times to suit. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 01449 720034

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Dance

NameDescription
Coral Stebbings School of Theatre DanceClasses to exam level (I.S.T.D and R.A.D) plus summer and winter workshops, show and cabaret rehearsals. Also social dance classes for children and adults in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, singing and Zumba Fitness. All welcome.
DanceEastFrom classes for people with learning and physical disabilities through to youth groups, DanceEast brings opportunities to dance to everyone across East Anglia. DanceEast also brings world class dance to the East of England. Dance workshops for children and adults / professional development for students, graduates and dance artists / Eclectic programme of performances / The Academy is looking for enthusiastic, motivated young people aged from 10-16 / Various free Open Days but places must be booked in advance / Inspirational venue with excellent facilities / studio space and other rooms available for hire, also lighting and rigging equipment.
Debenham Scottish Country Dance ClassWeekly class, £3 per person, no partner required, beginners welcome. Classes held at Debenham Sports & Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm September to May.
Eye Do DanceDance classes for children aged 5 to 11 years in Disco, Freestyle, Rock and Roll and Street Dance. New Members welcome / meet every Thursday after school in term time.
Framlingham Scottish Country Dance ClassScottish dancing lessons Classes weekly / open to new members - beginners welcome / fees £3.00 - £4.00 per class / meetings at Gt Glemham Village Hall, nr Saxmundham on Thursday evenings 8.00pm; 10.00pm from September to May. [email protected]
FunDancingStrictly (&more) style dance-a-cise for any age, gender and ability.
Hageneth Morris MenTraditional Cotswold Morris dancing side, which was started in Haughley in 1977. New members welcome.
Haughley HoofersWomen's North West clog dancers.
Hoxon Hundred Folk ClubHoxon Hundred are a mixed Morris dancing team, who perform North West, Garland, Border, Cotswold, and Step Clog. We are always looking for more dancers and musicians. We are available for bookings.
Ipswich Circle Dance GroupInformal and friendly - no partner needed. Beginners are very welcome.
Martlesham Sequence Dance ClubDancing lessons, tea, biscuits and draw. Open to new members / please bring a partner / annual membership £2.50 and weekly dance sessions £1.75 / meetings held at Martlesham Community Hall on Thursdays at 7.45pm. [email protected]
Oxblood MollyMolly Dancers rehearse at PEASENHALL ASSEMBLY HALL, sundays from September to January. 1pm. 01986 948532
Phoenix Folk Dance ClubDances from the restoration of Charles II onward to William and Mary. Easy to learn and lots of fun. No partner needed, all dances taught and called. Open to new members - no experience needed / fees £3.00 per session / meetings at Bealings Village Hall, nr Woodbridge. [email protected]
Saxtead School of DanceR.A.D Ballet from Pre-School to Advanced. I.S.T.D Tap and Modern. Fully qualified teachers, CRB checked.
Suffolk TangoSuffolk Tango promotes Argentine Tango in Suffolk by providing an online forum for dances, running dances (milongas), practice sessions (practices) and holds classes and workshops with guest teachers. Online forum, practice sessions, social dances, workshops / open to new members.
Tap Dance Classes in WoodbridgeEvery Thursday 9.30 - 10.10am, St John's Church Hall, Woodbridge. Friendly, informal tap class for adult improvers.
Tilted ProductionsTilted Productions is a touring arts company, showing work that combines contemporary dance and circus, physical theater and performance art.
TP DanceFun & Exercising Dance Lessons for all ages and abilities available in Ipswich and surrounding areas. Trained in Commercial, Tap, Jazz, Technical Jazz and specialising in Contemporary & Musical Theatre. To find a class near you contact me by e-mail. [email protected]
Westrefelda Morris TeamCotswold morris dancing.

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Drama and musical theatre

NameDescription
Alde Valley PlayersAmateur Dramatic Group Performances, practice sessions, occasional training, newsletter and social events / open to new members - no special criteria / meetings at Gt Glemham Village Hall on Sundays at 7.00pm (phone first). [email protected]
Bury Theatre WorkshopNon-profit making amateur dramatic organisation.
Company of FourWe stage theatre productions such as musicals, song and dance shows and pantomimes at the Riverside Theatre and Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge. We also do concerts for charitable organizations and have a membership of approximately 100. Regular rehearsals / open to new members / productions cast by audition / non-acting and stage crew also recruited / memberships from £29.
Debenham PlayersWe are one big family, incorporating those with interests in acting, dancing, singing and production and backstage, and as with any community group we are constantly on the lookout for new members. The Debenham Players Committee meets monthly and members assemble during productions. We perform our annual Panto, where we have donated 10% of ticket sales to local charities.
Eastern Angles Theatre CompanyFormed in 1982, Eastern Angles has blazed a trail across the East of England, becoming a national model of excellence for rural touring. It is based in The Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich. Please see website for details of how to become involved.
Erin-Lea Murphy School of DanceWeekly classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Disco Freestyle, Street and Hip Hop, Zumba, Zumba Gold an Street Fit for children and adults in Halesworth, Saxmundham and Wickham Market.
EyesWriteA non-profit making organisation whose aim is to use volunteers to bring new locally written plays to the stage.
F.A.D.S (Framlingham Amateur Dramatic Society)Two plays performed per year each over five nights (Easter holidays and October half term). Rehearsals in the weeks leading up to performances / regular meetings for play readings and social gatherings when not in rehearsals / open to new members / meetings on Tuesday evenings.
Felixstowe Amateur Dramatic & Operatic SocietyWe are an amateur theatrical society currently producing plays, revues etc. We have our own premises, FADOS House, in Walton near Felixstowe, Suffolk. We also enjoy social events such as quiz nights and beetle drives. If you haven't been to a beetle drive you haven't lived! New members are always welcome - you don't have to act. Backstage help is always needed. To get involved contact Sheila Phillips on 01394 275746 or Irene Tayler 01394 670049.
Felixstowe Musical TheatreA musical theatre group based in Felixstowe. FMT are proud of the productions they have performed over the last 41 years. They usually perform two musicals per annum at the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion and have won many awards for the quality of their performances. Weekly or twice weekly rehearsals / workshops, newsletters, social events / open to new members / adult fee £30.00 (2011)- discounts for students and children / meetings held on Monday and Thursday evenings at The Welcome Hall, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe / extensive costume and prop selection for hire / trained directors, qualified choreographer and trained musical directors.
Footprints Theatre Company CICSite specific Theatre Company. Any place is a stage. Footprints create performances for particular spaces and also deliver workshops for the community.
Framlingham Drama ClubFiona McAlpine, an experienced actress, radio producer and theatre director has been teaching after school drama in Suffolk for over ten years and runs drama and Musical Theatre classes in Framlingham. The classes are ideal for confidence-building, voice, comedy and acting skills and all take place after school at St. Michael's rooms, Church Street, Framlingham. As well as drama for all ages (5 through to 17), there is also a Musical Theatre class for children aged 7-11. This class is for children who enjoy singing and dancing and who wish to be able to learn and put across a musical number. Contact Fiona McAlpine for more information and to secure a place for your child. [email protected]
Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA)A registered charity supporting theatrical life in East Suffolk. General aim is to promote and facilitate a healthy & vigorous performing arts scene for the benefit of the community. More specific goal is to encourage and support education in the performing arts for people in this area. Committed to encouraging young people embarking on full-time training by awarding annual bursaries. We provide student bursaries and award grants to selected performance initiatives. Newsletter for members three times a year / annual fete at Walberswick / Social events for members and fund raising events / open to new members / fees £10.00 per year.
Gallery PlayersPerforming plays and musicals at either the Sir John Mills Theatre or the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Three to four productions a year. We always welcome new talent: actors, singers and dancers. Practice sessions, rehearsals up to three per week, newsletters, social events / open to new members (auditions for singing, acting and dancing) / acting fee for each production, if participating / meetings held at Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich / vacancies occur when casting each production.
Greenfingers ProductionsProduces multi-sensory interactive shows for people with profound and complex disabilities. Shows include music, dance, scent and touch and are delivered to small audiences of participants and carers by professional performers.
Hebe Theatre CompanyBeautiful staged readings of the Suffolk Poet Edward FitzGerald's free translation of 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' with archive film extracts, photographic projections, eastern and western music and symbolic set.
Inspirational Science Theatre CompanyInspiring science through entertainment.
Kath BurlinsonFounder of Authentic Artist Collective and Workshops. Whether you are a poet, musician, actor, dancer, painter, set designer, puppeteer, writer, multi-disciplinary artist or a person who is yet to find your artistic identity, Kath will devote herself to serving you and your artistry.Award-winning Director, Performer, Writer and Workshop Leader.
Kayden Theatre CompanyWeekly musical theatre classes for 5-18 years in Leiston.
Lights, Music, Action LtdPerforming Arts School - Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Contemporary Vocals and Stage Band.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen Theatre CompanyNational and Rural Professional Touring Theatre Company based in Norfolk. We undertake major tours as well as smaller rural tours of classical theatre, new writing, adaptations and workshops. Can provide costume hire.
Miraiker's World of PuppetsPuppet workshops which give an opportunity to work with many types of professional puppets, including multi-cultural puppetry. Many themes but all hands-on. Puppet shows also performed.
MTP (Matthew Townshend Productions Ltd)An award-winning professional Theatre Company. mtp's work is project-based, ranging from major UK tours to smaller scale productions, Theatre-in-Education, Community Plays and Drama Clubs for young people aged 9+. Contact mtp direct for information about performances in Mid Suffolk, holiday activities and after school clubs in Woodbridge and Wingfield Barns.
Mustard Theatre CompanyTouring amateur theatre company. Taking quality drama to rural venues in Suffolk. Rehearsal sessions, training and social events / Membership usually by invitation - depending on the performance, however enquiries regarding opportunities to get involved either on or off stage, are welcome via e-mail / audition and selection by Committee / meetings held at Monewden Village Hall.
Needham Market Entertainment CompanyAnnual pantomime. Other entertainments during the year. New members welcome / No membership fee / Children must be aged 6+ / Meetings held at Needham Market Community Centre / AGM, rehearsals and social events. [email protected]
Nutmeg Puppet Company LtdOriginal and entertaining puppet shows and workshops for all ages using commissioned composers, artists, writers and directors. Performed in a variety of venues. Commissioned annually to tour The Broads.
Open Space Theatre CompanyTouring theatre company bringing quality drama to Suffolk towns and villages. Led by professionally trained directors, Open Space Theatre is open to approaches from actors of all skill levels and is always glad of volunteers to help back stage and front of house.
Puzzle House PantomimesCompany performing pantomimes in Suffolk. Established 2006. Newly scripted shows based on traditional tales. All shows feature a puzzle that the audience has to solve.
Receiving Earth ProductionsReceiving Earth Productions have been producing small scale touring theatre since 2002. Receiving Earth Productions produce drama, musical theatre and comedy as well as adaptations of musicals, dramas and comedys.
Red Rose Chain Theatre & Film CompanyA dynamic theatre and film company based in Suffolk. Entirely independent and self-sustaining, we create original productions that confront social concerns, often working with overlooked or hard-to-reach groups. Various drama & film workshops for young people / various performances throughout the year / Become a Friend of Red Rose Chain and gain access to exclusive discounts, events and newsletters on Theatre In The Forest and other events.
RoughCast Theatre CompanyAmateur dramatic group based in North/Mid Suffolk.
Saturday Morning Drama ClubDrama games, improvisation, songs and all sorts of pretending, with sessions for 4-7 and 8-11 year-olds at the Village Hall, Mill Street, Middleton. Drama is great for building confidence, working as a team - and it's a lot of fun! Simon Bridge has been teaching drama for 20 years for children and students from all over the UK, Europe and beyond. He has full CRB clearance. Check the website for Drama Club details.
Spinning Wheel TheatreSpinning Wheel Theatre is a growing company based in Suffolk. We create innovative productions and provide creative opportunities for rural communities in the East of England. We are passionate about providing our audiences with the opportunity to experience high quality, vibrant and accessible theatre on their doorstep.
StagecoachPart-time theatre school in Ipswich offering tuition in singing, dance and drama, at weekends, for children aged 4 to 18, plus performance opportunities on stage and occasionally on screen.
Stonham Theatre GuildCurrent membership aged 7 to 76. Produce a Christmas pantomime; Summer production in a local outdoor theatre; Support education in theatre skills for all members. New members welcome / Annual membership fees; Adult £10, Junior (12 to 18yrs) £8 and Children (under 12yrs) £5.
Stowmarket Operatic and Dramatic SocietyKnown fondly to members and friends as SODS. Based in Stowmarket, SODS performs musicals, plays and pantomimes at The Regal Theatre and the John Peel Centre. New members welcome, young and old, off-stage and on / Whilst all are welcome, help is needed particularly in some of the back stage roles.
The Circle 67 PlayersWe are an amateur dramatics group in the Halesworth area, performing 3 main productions a year including a summer Shakespeare tour. Wide range of drama including all age groups. Music and dance is often included. Newsletters, AGM / open to new members / fee £5.00 annually / rehearsals Monday and Wednesday evenings at Bramfield Village Hall at 7.30pm.
The Deben PlayersAmateur dramatic society Twice weekly rehearsals throughout the year, social events and newsletters / open to new members - all are welcome / two plays, one pantomime and one junior production per year / fees - Junior £25.00, Adult £35.00, Family £70.00 / costume hire available - charge variable but inexpensive.
The Dove PlayersAmateur dramatics including pantomime. Youth group production in Summer and adults production at Easter. New members welcome / Annual membership fee £15 / Regular meetings, rehearsals, newsletters / Meetings once a month at founder members' homes. 01379 870455
The Insect CircusOnce one has encountered the bizarre and magical world of the Insect Circus, how could one come away and forget Dungo, son of Dungo, Tallulah the Worm Charmer and the Acrobatic Ants?
The Keeper's Daughter Theatre CompanyThe Keeper's Daughter is a social enterprise theatre company based in Suffolk. We bring modern methods of storytelling to rural areas, offer professional guidance and teaching through theatre production and encourage development in young people and rural communities through through theatre and storytelling. Acting workshops for all ages. Produce regional touring and site specific shows. Annual two week summer school for teenages.
The Masque PlayersThe Masque Players have put on two plays per year for the last 62 years! They have 35-40 members and meet at the Kesgrave Community Centre where they put on four nightly shows twice a year.
The Otley PlayersWe are an amateur dramatic group in Otley who produce and perform two plays per year. We also have a thriving junior section who perform one musical per year. Regular meetings / taking part in performances / social events including theatre trips / open to new members.
The PantaloonsCritically-acclaimed national touring theatre company specializing in giving classical texts an interactive comtemporary twist. Produce open-air, site specific and school performances. 'Witty, energetic and accessible' The Guardian 2010.
Theatrespace WoodbridgeYouth theatre group.
Theatretrain - Bury St EdmundsPerforming Arts training for 6 to 18 year olds. Performing in Theatres both locally and in London's West End, including The London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.
Theatretrain - SudburyPerforming Arts training for 6 to 18 year olds. Performing in Theatres both locally and in London's West End, including The London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.
Vision Theatre CompanyVTC is a childrens theatre company working across Suffolk, offering classes in the creative arts. Our motto is 'inspiring creativity through the arts.' We do this by providing fun and affordable opportunities for children to try out new skills at our workshops, after-school clubs, activity days and more! Catering for children aged.
WARTS (Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Group)Amateur theatrical productions. New members welcome / Annual membership fee of £10 / Meetings Wednesday evening at Botesdale village hall / Regular rehearsals for forthcoming performances plus ad-hoc social events. [email protected]
Wonderful BeastTheatre company.
Woolpit Drama ClubStarted by David Cordon MBE, 10 years ago, who was also responsible for obtaining Lottery Grant Funding to build a fully equipped stage and dressing room at Woolpit Village Hall. Annual membership fee £25, £15 juniors and friends £5 per year / Have two productions per year and a specially written pantomime every second year.
Woven Theatre CompanyA small production company set up to promote new writing for the theatre, in particular writing by women in East Anglia. Run workshops on playwriting and performance art.

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Education

NameDescription
Lucy Perry ArtLucy runs art classes for adults and children from her garden studio near Lavenham or at your venue. A qualified art teacher, she is also a practising painter/printmaker. Specialist tuition for GCSE and A Level Art/Textiles/3D/photography and home educated children also available. [email protected] and 07779 267623
Assington MillShort courses on rural skills and crafts.
DanceEast Academy (also see entry in Dance section)The Academy offers young people with an exceptional potential in dance the opportunity to access high quality dance training. This is part of the Department for Children, Schools and Families Music and Dance Scheme. Open days for entry each September are held between February and April across the region.
Flatford Mill Field CentreFlatford Mill Field Centre lies in the Dedham Vale on the banks of the River Stour on the Suffolk-Essex borders, an area well known as 'Constable Country'. The Centre offers visitors of all ages a much sought-after sense of tranquillity to complement a unique learning environment. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest in this beautiful area are all reflected in the Centre's wide range of subjects, including painting, drawing, crafts, digital photography, wildlife and local history. Join us to improve a skill or learn a new one in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded people.
University of Suffolk, Art ProgrammesUniversity of Suffolk: degrees and other qualifications in the arts. Whether it's a career or a passion (or both!) you want to pursue, you can study full-time or part-time on a course that reflects your interests and plans.
West Suffolk Arts Centre CICWSAC is an arts development organisation working to grow communities through unlocking creativity and providing new opportunities for participation in the arts.
Wuffing EducationWuffing Education Study Days give in-depth explorations for specialists, newcomers and enthusiasts in the art, literature, archaeology, history, landscape and music of medieval England. Whole day workshops held at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo on various topics relating to the early medieval period. Each day school includes a full day of lectures from nationally recognized speakers, tea and coffee throughout the day, free parking, access to the National Trust site and access to the National Trust exhibition. Numbers are limited so prior booking is essential.

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Festivals

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FlipSide FestivalA family arts festival with a Brazilian beat. Bringing the best of Brazilian culture to the Suffolk coast.
Roman River Music FestivalRoman River Music is an ambitious charity based in Colchester. We deliver a flagship music and arts festival, numerous special events along the Essex / Suffolk border and an integral learning and participation programme that reaches over 1,000 children, young people, families and communities through a variety of carefully tailored education and outreach projects.
Suffolk Villages FestivalThe Suffolk Villages Festival, based in 'Constable Country' on the Suffolk-Essex border, offers about ten concerts throughout the year, four at the festival itself during August bank holiday weekend and more in its Winter Series, from October to May.
Woolpit FestivalAnnual arts and music festival.

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Film

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Aldeburgh CinemaIndependent cinema built before 1920 with exhibition gallery and walled garden. Screens popular blockbusters and lesser-known art films. Opportunity to join Aldeburgh Cinema Club.
Aldeburgh FilmsDigital film production company - arts, education, small business and corporate communication.
CreateFilm makers working with young people on all aspects of production. Offers specialised workshops in 2D and 3D, Animation and Live Action. Young people can learn all aspects of film making from storyboarding and scripting ideas to filming and editing. New members welcome. [email protected]
Film at Fram[email protected] shows films on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Conservative Club in Church St / Drinks may be purchased at the bar & consumed during the showing / no smoking is allowed / members £6 annual sub. Entry to films are: £5 for members -£6 for guests, first-timers & visitors. There is disabled access. [email protected]
Film FlurryA Family Friendly Film Festival across Rural Suffolk. Activities include screenings for under fives, films for all the family in unusual locations, workshops and walks. special events / workshops /new venues and participating groups welcome / babies welcome to attend for free. [email protected]
Leiston Film TheatreUp to date screenings of the latest films (sometimes on release dates). Also live shows, both professional and amateur.
Mid Suffolk Video Camera ClubClub for anyone interested in making DVDs using a Camcorder. Instruction evenings on film making and editing. New members welcome / Monthly meetings held on the 1st Tuesday in the month the Stowmarket Community Centre.
Offshoot FilmsProvides students with insight into the world of media through engaging workshops. Creates a supportive atmosphere where students encourage one another to undertake a variety of roles, in front of and behind the camera. New members welcome / No experience required / Under 18's / No joining or annual fee / Meet on Sundays 11am-4pm / Details of facilities and equipment hire on request.
Palace Cinema, FelixstoweTwo screen cinema showing all latest releases.
Paul PressFilm Maker and creator of Sudbury and Great Cornard Young Film Makers Club. As well as being a film maker Paul Press still continues his career as an actor. Since the age of 13 he has been working in TV professionally. His many TV credits include roles in Cold Feet, Coronation Street, Basil Brush, to name but a few. He has made commercials all over the world for companies such as Poloroid, Mitsubishi, Domestos, etc. Paul Press is also a voice over artist and has many commercials, corporate films and Talking books under his belt.
Screen In The BarnFilms are screened on the last Friday of the month at 8pm. Please book. £5 a seat.
Suffolk Cinema NetworkA non-profit association that encourages community film screenings across Suffolk. Network members can borrow digital projection equipment and get advice and training on how to run properly-licensed screenings in their own venues. Any group based in Suffolk can apply to join the network. Please contact the Secretary for further details.
Weekly Films at The Corn Hall DissFilm screenings in Diss once a week/showing a variety of films.
Woodbridge Film SocietyScreens off-beat films, both English and world cinema not on general release. A film once a month / no joining criteria - but film ratings apply / fees £30.00 per year, £20.00 for concessions and students (11 screenings) / meetings at the Riverside Theatre.

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Galleries and art studios

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Asylum Studios, Woodbridge
Atrium StudiosCreative members hub based at UCS. For graduates, alumni and community members to rent affordable studio & office space in an exciting & creative environment.
Beyond The ImageExhibition space and photographer's gallery offering photographic courses and photoshoot days as well as an artist's meeting place. Hire charge - exhibition space £20.00 per month for small wall / Large wall for £100 per month / Picture hanging - plinths, hanging rails, perlon and hooks / Lighting - spotlight and natural / Workshop space within the gallery and surrounding area.
Blackthorpe BarnArts centre in rural Suffolk
Bridget Palmer Art, Backyard StudioEveryone is welcome to come and have a browse and a chat, enjoy the garden and maybe buy some art. I paint original, colourful, affordable acrylic abstract paintings which will be for sale as well as hand painted original cards.
Cork Brick GalleryArt gallery showing local professional artists.
Crooked House GalleryAn art gallery in a famous, medieval building showing contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculptures, stained glass and prints. Open Feb to Dec daily except Weds 10am to 5pm. [email protected]
Earsham Street GalleryArt Gallery. [email protected]
Halesworth GalleryHalesworth Gallery Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL Opposite St. Mary's Church Weekdays and Saturdays 11am - 5pm Sundays 2 - 4pm Admission free. 01986 873064 Wide range of art work from around East Anglia during our summer season from May to October. Volunteer run and artist supported since 1966. [email protected]
The Tower St Print Project The Tower St Print Project is the latest project to be delivered and managed by Oyster Community Press CIC and is the first permanent printmaking studio to be opened and made available to the public, in Ipswich. The Tower St Print Project is based in Tower House, 17 Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE. For further information contact Alison on [email protected] or call us on 01379 783703 or 07990553662

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Museums and heritage

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Aldeburgh MuseumFine Tudor building next to the beautiful Aldeburgh shoreline. Exhibitions include finds from the Anglo-Saxon Snape Cemetery. Paintings and displays on local history. Open Easter until October. See website for further details.
Britten-Pears Foundation (The Red House, Aldeburgh)Tours and workshop sessions for schools and adult groups, together with web-based learning resources, based on the archive and art collections at The Red House, home to the composer Benjamin Britten. Please note that from September 2011 we will be closed for a major capital development and will not re-open until June 2013. During that time we will offer outreach sessions off-site.
Buttrum's Mill, WoodbridgeWell known Suffolk millers, the Buttrums, took over the mill in the 1860's. George Buttrum introduced an auxiliary steam drive in 1886 allowing work to continue whatever the weather. Buttrum's Mill worked until 1928 when the stones turned for the last time. The tallest surviving windmill in Suffolk, the tower is built of red brick laid in Flemish bond. Adults £1.50, Children 25p / free car park by the Mill - signposted from the A12 / six floors packed with milling machinery / over 60ft high / sails turn on windy days.
Dunwich MuseumModel of the town that disappeared under the sea. Discover the power of coastal erosion. Free admission. Art exhibitions in the Reading Room.
Easton Farm ParkWorking farm with hands-on learning opportunities. Exhibits include a Victorian Dairy, shop, tearoom and picnic site. Maverick Music Festival, Suffolk Punch Horse Spectacular and other events are held in the stunning Victorian surroundings. Licensed barns and heated buildings available for hire for private and public functions. / hire charges on application.
Felixstowe Museum and Landguard FortFourteen display rooms of local social and military history. Reference library and archive, shop and tearoom. Landguard Fort is on site. Regular meetings, practice sessions, training, social events / twice yearly newsletter / monthly winter talks - October - April - at Town Hall / regular training courses on all aspects of museum management / open to new members with an interest in local or military history / annual membership £3.00 individual, £4.00 family.
Framlingham Castle (English Heritage)Magnificent example of a late 12th century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, the castle, together with Framlingham Mere, was designed both as a stronghold and as a symbol of power at the court of Henry II. Architecturally, the castle is notable for its curtain wall and mural towers, an early example of this design. Adults £7.60, Children £4.50, Concessions £6.80, Family ticket £19.70.
Granary CraftsThe Museum houses a private collection of bygones ranging from household effects to cars, tractors and farm machinery, old photographs and much more. Gift shop and Tearoom, serving delicious homemade cakes. Open Easter onwards Fri, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 5pm / Group visits by prior arrangement please / These can be organised outside the normal opening times. 01449 736363
Lanman MuseumMuseum attached to Framlingham Castle. Explores all aspects of the life of local people, contains some extraordinary artifacts.
Laxfield and District Museum16th century guildhall. Geology, natural history, farm and domestic tools. Victorian kitchen, village shop displays and costume room.
Leiston AbbeyOne of Suffolk's most impressive monastic ruins, a 14th century abbey of Premonstratensian 'white cannons', with a 16th century brick gatehouse. Managed by the Pro Corda Trust. Open all year. Admission free.
Long Shop Museum, Leiston200 years of significant local, social and industrial history on the original site of the Garrett engineering works (the James Dyson of his time!). One of the first production lines and unusually set in the heart of the heritage coast. Exhibitions and displays including steam engines and the Garrett story, which includes the country's first female doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. Seasonal Opening / Adults £6.50, Children (4-16) £3.50, Young People (17-21) £5.00, Family ticket (One Adult, max 3 Children) £10.00, Family Ticket (Two Adults, max 3 Children) £16.50 / advance booking advisable for coach and tour parties - group rate on application.
Martlesham Heath Control TowerFull of interesting items, photos and stories, displaying the history of Martlesham Heath airbase. Admission and car parking free.
Mechanical Music MuseumUnique collection of music boxes, polyphons, street pianos, barrel organs, fair organs, Wurlitzer theatre organ and many unusual items. All played. Open Sundays in June, July, August and September from 2.30pm to 5.30pm with conducted tours.
Mid Suffolk Light Railway MuseumMuseum dedicated to preserving the memory of the unique railway that served the Mid Suffolk area for nearly 50 years. Railway footpath and picnic area. The Museum is open from 11am to 5pm every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter until the end of September / Santa Specials (pre booked only) run in December / Annual membership £12, £16 for 2 adults and £20 for a family / Application forms available online or at the Museum.
Museum of East Anglian Life80 acre site including fascinating displays of steam traction engines, reconstructed historic buildings and lots of friendly animals. 3km of riverside and woodland walks. Open Mar to Oct: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm; Sun 11am to 5pm.
Orford Castle (English Heritage)12th century castle, one of England's most complete and unusual keeps. Climb to the roof to enjoy spectacular views over Orford Ness. Contains Orford Museum display. Free audio tour. Discovery visits for education groups / visit the web site or call for details of events, admission prices and further information / English Heritage membership gives free entry to over 400 historic sites - accompanied children free admission / Further details contact 0870 3331182 or www.english-heritage.org.uk/membership.
Orford MuseumDisplays in castle and church. Books published on the history of the district.
Parham Airfield MuseumFeaturing the 390th Bombardment Group Memorial Air Museum in the original WWII Control Tower. Also the museum of the British Resistance Organisation. Recovered items and memorabilia. Souvenir shop, refreshments and picnic area (in season). Free admission. Open April to October / group visits welcome.
Saxmundham MuseumIncludes a replica cinema, a courtyard area of local shops and replica station booking office. Free admission Open April - September 10am - 1pm, excluding Sundays and Autumn half-term week. / newsletters and social events / open to new members / Annual fee £15.00.
Saxtead Post Mill (English Heritage)A corn mill, which revolves on its base. One of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century. Though milling ceased in 1947 it is still in working order. Climb the wooden stairs to the various floors which are full of fascinating mill machinery. Adults £4.10, Children £2.50, Concessions £3.70. English Heritage members free admission.
St Michael's Church, RendhamHistoric village church. Used for any performance/activity which will raise funds to help preserve the fabric of the building: concerts, films, lectures, musical suppers. Fund raising events approximately one per month / village hall and church can be hired / access free to all. [email protected]
Suffolk Owl SanctuaryHome to 90 owls and birds of prey including red kites, falcons, hawks and eagles.
Suffolk Punch Horse SocietyThe Suffolk Horse Society, founded in 1887, is the breed society for the Suffolk Horse, popularly known as the Suffolk Punch. The Suffolk Punch is one of the four UK breeds of heavy horse (cart horse or draft horse) Suffolk, Percheron, Shire and Clydesdale. These horses were the most important and most flexible powerhouse for agriculture and transport. A whole way of life grew up around them with its own traditions, superstitions and above all, secrets. Membership fees: £25 single, £45 joint membership, friend £18, joint friend £30.
Sutton Hoo (National Trust)One of Britain's most important archaeological sites, the burial ground of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. Restaurant and guided tours. Adult £8.20, Children £4.10, Family £20.50.
The 95th Bomb Group Hospital MuseumHospital being restored to its former condition as a museum and a memorial, dating from 1943-1945.
Woodbridge MuseumColourful and varied displays showing the history of Woodbridge. Original and interesting artifacts. Shop. Admission charge. 01394 380502
Woodbridge Tide MillFully renovated and now open to the public, a trip around the mill is a fascinating experience. There is much to see but do note the mill wheels only work for two hours either side of low tide. Open April - October / Adults £5, Children £2, Concessions £4 / group visits by arrangement.
Woolpit and District MuseumA 17th century timber-framed building showing a permanent display of brick-making and other changing displays depicting the life of a Suffolk Village. Open Easter to late September. Sat/Sun/Bank Holiday Mon, 2.30pm-5pm. [email protected]

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Music

NameDescription
Aldeburgh MusicWorld-renowned venue and arts organisation. Flagship event is the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts each June, founded by Benjamin Britten. Year round programme of other concerts, events and exhibitions. Snape Maltings Concert Hall is available for hire, price on application.
Aldeburgh Music ClubOne of East Anglia's leading choirs with about 100 voices. Founded by Benjamin Britten, performs regularly at Snape Maltings and other venues in East Suffolk. Choir rehearsals every Tuesday evening from September to May in the Aldeburgh Community Centre. Open to new members - no auditions needed but new members should have a good singing voice and the ability to read music is helpful.
Aldeburgh VoicesMade up of local amateur singers and appears regularly at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Entry to the choir is by audition and prospective members are welcome to apply at any point throughout the year / rehearsals before concerts, social and fundraising events, training workshops / all applicants must be able to read a music score and attend and audition with the choirmaster / a minimum attendance to rehearsals is required.
Alison LincolnPianist
Ancestral VoicesBringing history to life through narrative, images & period music.
Apex GalleryContemporary art themed to music & performance.
Barefoot BeatsAfrican drumming workshops (Djembe / Samba), performance group, repairs, maintenance + sales. Workshops suitable for 5 years and up. All instruments supplied. Up to 40 people. Great for team building + schools. CRB checked. Regular meetings Thursday evenings in Kirton.
Body and Soul Jazz BandSuffolk based, 5-piece jazz band featuring male and female vocals, piano, saxophone, bass and drums. The band plays a popular mix of well loved jazz standards, Latin and Swing classics as well as funk, latin, soul and pop when livelier music is called for. They regularly perform through Suffolk and East Anglia at parties, dinners, weddings, concerts and functions of all types.
Bromeswell SingersMeet for participation, training and friendship. Concerts in local venues. Semi-professional instrumentalists and soloists. Weekly rehearsals / vocal training / four concerts per year, two social events / open to new members / audition may be necessary / meetings at Shottisham Village Hall. 01394 460435
Bungay International Concert SeriesAnnual international piano concerts. Held at Holy Trinity Church, Bungay.
Castleton BrassCastleton Brass is a brass band that performs at events and gives concerts in Suffolk and Norfolk. Any positions available are listed on the website / Will need experience of playing a brass instrument / Players are invited to attend a rehearsal before joining.
Champagne String QuartetBased in East Anglia and specialising in a sparkling repertoire of light, popular and classical music, the vivacious Champagne String Quartet is ideal for all occasions. Using top professional musicians, Champagne can be tailored according to budget from solo, duo, trio to string quartet and quintet.
Chris RowburySinging workshop and choir leader teaching unaccompanied harmony songs from around the world. No experience needed, all songs taught by ear. Teaching style is informal with large doses of humour. Frequent one-day and weekend singing workshops across the region, UK and beyond/monthly Saturday morning workshops in Copdock and Washbrook village hall/Residential workshops are also available.
Christopher WrightComposer of contemporary classical music for both professional and amateur musicians: orchestral, chamber, choral and solo instrumental commissions welcome.
CHROMACHROMA is a collective of 20 musicians dedicated both to new music and to revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts, and involving audiences in compelling, inspirational experiences.
Classic Strings OrchestraThe Classic Strings Orchestra is directed and led by Nicolas Ward, leader of the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia. Offering string concerts suitable for small and larger venues. The orchestra is made up of top East Anglian Professional musicians, many with a chamber music background. The orchestra's repetoire includes the Mendelssohn Octet, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and works by Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Mozart and Bach.
Clementines String QuartetThe Clementine Quartet is a well established group of professional Suffolk based musicians and offers a wide variety of light classical and popular music for all occasions, e.g. weddings, parties and business functions.
Community Light OrchestraPerform mainly charity concerts featuring both classical and popular music from the shows. Typically three concerts per year - venues vary. Provide opportunities for school pupils to attend rehearsals (Tuesday mornings) to learn about orchestral instruments and music.
Community Music ProjectMusic-making workshops for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, helping to develop communication skills and self-confidence. Workshops are also provided in composition and lyric writing as well as performance. Fully booked at present but stand-alone workshops for other groups are available on request / no fee / meet fortnightly in various community halls. [email protected]
Community String OrchestraOpportunity to enjoy performing string orchestral music either/or joining our regular fortnightly sessions and/or attending our summer course during the last full week of July each year. Tutors for all instruments are in attendance at summer workshop in July / regular orchestra gives two concerts per year / regular practice sessions, training and social events / open to new members / no age restrictions, level of Grade IV minimum desirable / fees £2.00 for fortnightly meetings, £35.00 for weeks course in July / meet in Henley and Bredfield Village Halls. 01394 382863
Danielle PerrettInternationally renowned concert harpist. Plays solo harp, orchestral concerts and chamber music in a variety of ensembles.
Deben JazzA 5 piece jazz band who play jazz standards to a very high level of musicianship. Pieces include: Fly Me To the Moon, Summertime, and Ain't Misbehavin'. We have a vast repertoire of swinging and toe tapping pieces. We are usually a quintet of tremendous tenor sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums and sometimes we have an excellent female jazz singer. [email protected]
East Anglian Academy of Organ MusicConcerts and workshops featuring pipe organ, harpsichord and clavichord. Early music specialists. Lessons and bursaries arranged. Help raising funds for instruments in the region.
East Anglian Traditional Music TrustTraditional music and dance workshops and classes for adults, schools and interest groups. A non membership group but run a 'Friends of EATMT' membership scheme / Memebership fees from £15 for Friends of EATMT, but free to receive newsletters.
Eastern Recorder OrchestraMonthly rehearsals with a performance in June. Monthly rehearsals / annual concert in June / open to new members / must be Grade 6+ ability (though no necessity to have taken the exams) / must play both F and C instruments / fees £35.00 annually / meetings held at Bentley Village Hall, third Saturday of the month, 9.45 - 12.45.
Eine Kleine Sax MusicWe are a quartet of saxophones. We've been playing together for 4 years and we like to support local charities with live popular music. We are available for private work and we play at all occasions: weddings, birthdays etc. [email protected]
Everyman Folk ClubFolk Club with residents, floor singers and booked guests on every occasion. We meet on the last Friday, January to May and September to November. A warm welcome for new performers and audience members. Operates as a private members club / membership is free and only requires that your name and address details are held on a membership list (which is not made available to any other parties) / open to new members / no fees / meet at Benhall & Sternfield Ex Servicemen's Club, School Lane, Benhall.
Eye Bach ChoirFounded in 1974, the Eye Bach Choir is now a choir of about 55 singers which performs a varied repertoire at its regular concerts in Eye Church. Conductor is Leslie Olive. Singers welcome who can sing and hold a part with a musical and pleasant-sounding voice and are enthusiastic and committed.
Felixstowe Electronic Organ ClubMembers enjoy listening to visiting performers. Regular meetings to listen to organ music / open to new members / fees £6.00 single/ monthly concerts held at the Trades and Labour Club. 01394 279373
Funky VoicesEssex and Suffolk's largest modern choir.
Gislingham Silver BandGislingham Silver Band is Suffolk's longest established brass band. Performs music in support of community events in Suffolk and south Norfolk. New members welcome / Players of all ages and abilities / Practice night is Tuesday in the Band Room, Mill Street, Gislingham, IP23 8JT.
Halesworth Community ChoirCommunity choir singing world music and music with local connections composed by the choir leader. Two to three performances per year. Two-three performances per year / Every other Sunday morning workshops 10.30 - 12.30 / open to new members, no audition necessary / commitment to attend rehearsal is essential / meetings held at The Cut, Halesworth.
Halesworth Festival VoicesChoir singing classical music, directed by Ian Humphris. Singing two concerts a year, in May and October, the latter as part of the Halesworth Festival. New members welcome.
Halesworth Folk ClubTriple Plea Inn Every Friday. Informal, all welcome.
Hoofbeat Street BandA five-strong band of saxophones, accordion, trombone and percussion. Plays a lively mix of jazz, folk, 'world' an classical music. Particularly suited to outdoor 'street' and 'green' events.
Ipswich Choral SocietyFriendly choir which encourages members to study and experience different types of choral music with a varied and ambitious programme. Entertains the public with performances across a wide musical repertoire. Usually three main concerts a year / perform at local events / regular rehearsals, concerts, workshops, social events, overseas trips / open to new members - always welcome / Informal audition process / fees £85.00 per annum - concessions available / rehearsals held at St Helen's School, Woodbridge Road Tuesday evenings / contact Laura Albins on 01473 620 534
Ipswich Hospital BandRaises money for health related charities with appearances at fetes and events throughout the area. Also provides training in wind instruments through its structure of bands.
Ipswich Over 50s Brass BandPlaying music for pleasure, both for ourselves and performances at fetes, private events and charity concerts. Practice sessions and some training / open to new members subject to audition and instrument requirements / members to be over 50 with the ability to play a brass band instrument to a reasonable standard / Meetings Thursday afternoons at St Augustine's Church Hall 2.00pm 4.15pm.
Jubilee OperaPerformance of a children's opera every two years in the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, working with professionals. Rehearsals, training and performance / open to new participants / meetings held at the Music Room and Jubilee Hall both in Aldeburgh.
Kaleidoscope EnsembleChamber music for Dbass, cello, flute, piano and soprano. Kaleidoscope launched in 2011 and have played numerous lunchtime concerts throughout Suffolk and Essex. Well received for their innovative programmes choices and performances they are on the cutting edge of chamber music today. Available for public concerts and private events.
Mark TrewarthaLed percussion workshops since 1999, specialising in group percussion - mainly Samba and West African styles. Experience of working with adults with learning difficulties, schools, prisons, nurseries, womens' refuges and pupil referral units. Developed Barefoot Beats in 2012, a company promoting workshops, local drum groups and the love of rhythm.
Mid Suffolk BrassBrass band. Open to new members / Currently £7 a month membership.
Music at RushmereOriginally a short series of Sunday afternoon concerts at St Andrew's Church, Rushmere, organized by the newly appointed organist and choirmaster, Music at Rushmere now includes devotional performances by the St Andrew's Singers, at least twice a year, including Good Friday. New members - especially tenors and basses - are always welcome. Sunday afternoon concerts are now a regular feature of Ipswich musical life, with a two-weekly series of five concerts every spring and autumn. [email protected]
Music in FelixstoweMonthly concert series by top professional musicians encompaassing all genres: classical, light, shows, jazz and rock. Also Wednesday lunchtime series from May to November. The summer season includes Young Performers' Wednesday lunchtime concerts, offering an opportunity for talented school students to give live performances.
MusicaMusic workshops for all. Giving the opportunity to learn something new and different through the medium of the Arts and Music.
Musicmakers UKFounded by Xenia Horne, Harpist, to provide musicians for events, concerts and special occasions. Can organise any type of music working with organisations to ensure you a perfect performance.
MusicologyAn 8 voice vocal group, plus pianist, providing musical entertainment around the region of light and varied popular music. Music for all occasions - full concert or after dinner entertainment.
North Suffolk Youth ChoirSinging group for young singers (age 12 - 20+) boys girls. Meets every 2-3 weeks to rehearse in Waveney Valley area. Performs at concerts, weddings and civic events. Wide variety of music sung in a social atmosphere.
On The Edge EnsembleBrings together some of the best of the Eastern Region's professional musicians to tour concerts of chamber music featuring early and contemporary classical music.
Opera East ProductionsRenowned touring opera company performing in the East of England.
Orwell ConnectionCommunity choir performing all types of music from madrigals to movies, raising money for local charities. Concerts in June and December, in and around Felixstowe. Weekly rehearsals plus participation in concerts. All music provided as part of quarterly fee of £22.00: Open to new members.
Orwell Park Concerts & EventsYear-round series of concerts, events and exhibitions open to the public, involving pupils, the local community and visiting professional artists. Available during school holidays for weddings and functions. Portable staging available for hire.
Otley St Mary Handbell RingersThe handbell team visits over 60 clubs, residential, retirement and nursing homes on weekday afternoons. We play traditional songs, classical excerpts, songs from the shows, carols and hymns. Weekly practice / open to new members / £1.00 annual subscription / meetings in private homes. [email protected]
Phoenix SingersChoral society performing three main concerts per year. Rehearsals, newsletter, social events, fund raising, concerts, free music hire / open to new members / subscription: £135 annually / rehearsals held at Sir Robert Hitcham School, Framlingham on Wednesday evenings 7.30pm - 9.30pm during school terms.
Pro Corda, LeistonNational school for young chamber music players. Developing the talents of young string players and pianists through intensive study and performance of chamber music repertoire. Cream tea concerts throughout the summer holidays. Venue hire available for courses, events, weddings. Catering and bar facilities available. Accommodation for sixty. See website for details.
Prometheus OrchestraA small classical orchestra of about 35 players. Conductor Edmond Fivet and Leader Pam Munks. We specialise in concerts of well-known classical favourites, symphonies, concertos and some modern works by local Suffolk composers. The orchestra is available for hire to local choral societies.
Radio CastleRadio Castle, Suffolk's brightest new radio station is officially open for business. Radio Castle is 'For the community by the community' so listeners can expect a varied content, ranging from plays and classical to the latest in chart and electronic. With a massive age range in presenters you can be sure to expect diverse programming. At Radio Castle there certainly is something for everyone.
Rendlesham Community ChoirWe are a very fun and welcoming group who enjoy singing and performing all kinds of different music, Broadway, Folk, Pop, Spiritual. We age from 13 - 83 and have mixed music abilities. All welcome!
SAMBOOMBA - Samba BandCommunity band performing Afro-Brazilian percussion.
Scintillo String QuartetSuffolk based professional string quartet providing high quality live music for weddings, parties and corporate events. Wide ranging repertoire performed by fine players and an arrangement service.
Simply Brass StowmarketSimply Brass is training band is a fun, non-competitive brass band welcoming all abilities.
Sing Out SaturdaysMonthly singing sessions near Ipswich open to all, every 3rd Saturday. Learn harmony songs by ear with Chris Rowbury. No experience necessary, each session costs £8.
Society of Recorder Players, Suffolk BranchMonthly meetings - playing for pleasure. Meeting monthly under the direction of a conductor to play 3-4 pieces / All music provided, scoring from sopranino to contra bass. Bring own stand and instruments / Annual membership fees are: full £31; household £44; student £18, associate £10. Visitors pay £4 per meeting.
Southwold Concert SeriesClassical music series running throughout each year in Southwold.
Stowmarket ChoraleChoir of mixed voices, under the leadership of Director of Music, Leslie Olive. The repertoire consists of all major choral works as well as shorter pieces of popular classical music. New members welcome by audition / Purchase of choir dress compulsory / Rehearsals every Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Chilton Primary School.
Stowmarket Concert BandBrass band available for hire for public or private events. New members welcome / Social events (sometimes subsidised) / loans for purchase of instruments.
Stowmarket Concert SocietyOrganises a series of five concerts by professional musicians, from October to March, at the United Reformed Church. New members welcome / Meetings held at The United Reformed Church. [email protected]
Sudbury Symphony OrchestraThe orchestra plays a range of classical and light music. Performs three or four concerts a year and spend a weekend in July practicing together under the supervision of qualified music tutors. The orchestra believes a minimum standard of Grade 5 is needed to keep up / There are no auditions but there is normally a trial period to see if everyone is happy.
Suffolk Baroque PlayersWeddings, coffee concerts, church concerts. Specialist Baroque group. Local concerts - self-promotion or playing for other events. [email protected]
Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice ChoirThe choir performs on average, one concert a month, for charities and good causes in Suffolk. New members welcome / The choir is open to both serving and retired police personnel and also to members of the public / Practice is every Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Ipswich Police Station.
Suffolk FolkAims to promote traditional and modern folk music. Song and dance countywide and beyond. Performances at folk concerts and ceilidhs. Workshops, instrument playing, vocal, country dance / quarterly magazine / reduced entry to associated events and free entry to occasional events / open to new members / fees £10.00 per person, £20.00 per family / AGM in June.
Suffolk Philharmonic OrchestraProfessional orchestra.
Suffolk SingersOrganise and perform choral music concerts. Available for weddings and charity events. Practice sessions, public performances, social events, vocal training, regular newsletters / open to new members / informal audition following two practice evenings / fees £144 per year or £12 per month / meetings held on Thursdays at Otley Village Hall at 8pm. For bookings contact [email protected]
The Delta BeltasHokum Blues and Ragtime Trio of musicians.
The Rabble ChorusSinging anything and everything for pleasure and good company! The Rabble Chorus is a friendly community choir that has been running for several years and is open to anyone of any ability, no auditions and no sight-reading skills neccessary. We have sung everything from bawdy folk tunes in the local pub to Carmina Burana at the Albert Hall and are always happy to have new members.
The Recording Booth'The Recording Booth' is Suffolk-based producer and multi-instrumentalist David Booth. It is also the name of his professional recording studio, located in a relaxing countryside setting on the edge of the beautiful village of Earl Soham. Recording; mixing; online drums, guitars and vocals; producing; songwriting; special recording and mentoring days for young singer/songwriters; home recording & music production workshops.
Trianon Music GroupIpswich based symphony orchestra and choir performing wide ranging, exciting concert programmes. From Madrigals to the Movies, Bach to the Beatles, specially commissioned works, symphonies, opera and more. Occasional music related workshops / perform 3 major concerts per year - January, April and September - in venues such as Ipswich Corn Exchange and Snape Maltings Concert Hall / 4 community concerts in aid of charities often in small country venues / occasional social events / newsletter three times a year / open to new members - no age limits and no auditions - instrumentalists are expected to be at minimum Grade V standard / fees £21.00 single, £35.00 family, £15.00 students and those on benefits.
Village VoicesA mixed voice community choir, open to all. Based in Hoxne village, but with members from surrounding areas. New members welcome / Need to be able to read music.
Waveney SinfoniaCommunity music group rehearsing and performing concerts locally in Waveney District. Three concerts per year.
Woodbridge Choral SocietyPublic performances of choral singing with professional soloists and musicians. Two or three performances per year. Regular weekly rehearsals, social events, newsletter / open to new members / no audition but good voice essential / rehearsals held in New Street School, Woodbridge.
Woodbridge ConcertsSolo and chamber music concerts organised and held in Woodbridge, mainly at The Seckford Theatre, throughout the year, featuring nationally renowned professional performers. For mailing list - 01394 615015 [email protected]
Woodbridge Excelsior BandThe aim of the group is to maintain the British brass band tradition, teaching young people and offering free concerts for the community. Free use of instrument, uniform and no subscription - returnable damage deposit payable for use of instrument / open to new members / meetings on Tuesdays (seniors), Fridays (training band) held at United Reform Church, Quay Street, Woodbridge / four free concerts per year / training band teaches people aged 7-77.
Woodbridge Orchestral SocietyInstrumentalists of all ages and varied abilities meet to play together for pleasure. Weekly rehearsals September to March / open to new members / meetings held at St Mary's Primary School, Woodbridge.
Woodbridge Society of RingersTraining in the srt of English Church Bell Ringing. Also handbell ringing at certain times of the year. Practice training on Tuesday evenings / regular Sunday morning service ringing and for other special church occasions and weddings / open to new members / no previous experience necessary and no audition / musical skill not necessary / adults welcome - children only if accompanied by an adult / meet at St Mary's Church, Woodbridge on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm / Sunday mornings at 9.30am. [email protected]
Wrentham BandA friendly band whose main purpose is the furtherance of performing brass band music - providing enjoyment to members and audiences. Regular rehearsals and performances. Instruments available on loan and no subscriptions. New members welcome.
Yoxford Singing Group (YoxVox)Acapella harmony singing for fun. You don't need to be able to read music or sing solo - all welcome. Meetings fortnightly at Yoxford Village Hall on Monday evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm. / open to new members.

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Professional artists and makers

NameDescription
ALB-ImagesHaving been assaulted and therefore two brain operations, Ally Bain has cognitive problems that are ongoing. His project (Can't Remember!) looks into the realms of showing loss of memory by corrupting the photographic image. Fragmented and distorted, his work is an attempt to visualise the complex notion of memory and its loss.
Annette AshtonWildlife artist.
Annie RiceProfessional artist working in watercolour, inks and mixed media. Also a freelance tutor, tutoring at private workshops and art clubs and societies. Also tutors for a holiday company ay locations in the UK and abroad.
Chrisalis ClowningInteractive workshops, circus and clowning. Clown presence for events.
Christian FiggContemporary artist painting large graphically striking images in response to the stark raw isolation and sharp intensity of light and colour of the Suffolk Coast. Private commissions undertaken.
Christopher McElhatton: Landscape ArtistWork centres on light and motion in the landscape and sea using a variety of processes, often involving print and sculpture, evolving the work into an abstraction of the original image. His studio is located between Aldringham and Thorpeness and he has exhibited his work at Snape Maltings and London Galleries. He also accepts commissions.
Clare CurtisPrintmaker. Illustrator, tutor (life drawing, relief print making), talks and demonstrations.
Claudia BoeseArtist (painting)
David Hall ImagesPortrait and Fine Art Photography.
David Porteous-ButlerPalette Knife Oil Painter Contact via the website link.
Dawn PrettyPainter. Commissions and classes.
Debbie WendtArtist/ painter I work in all mediums and any subject matter. I am available for bespoke commissions. I am also available for public art commissions.
Drew WhitemoreArtist
Eileen Haring WoodsArtist, curator and producer.
Emma Jayne RobertsonUnique hand-built and slip-cast ceramic work inspired by the natural world. Available to view by appointment. Commissions welcome. Regular workshops running in the Suffolk area and available for demonstrations and tuition.
Glynn Hugo Studio Pottery, DarshamOne man studio pottery, permanent gallery. Producing a complete range of domestic ware and sculptural individual pieces: predominantly hand thrown stoneware, porcelain and basalt, fired at 1300 degrees C in a reducing atmosphere. 01728 668274
Hamish Bell - FramesFine art picture framing.
Hearts of Oak Organisation (HOO)We work with chainsaws, chisels and sanders - carving big chunks of English Oak, Red Cedar, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, and other native woods, mostly sourced locally. We have been creating the finest quality sculpture in carved wood for over 20 years. We specialise in artworks for schools, public spaces, and private commissions.
Heather ClarkeIllustrator
J Parker StudiosOriginal Fine Art - Watercolour Workshops - Fine Art Lectures. 01473 810037
Jenny NutbeemInclusive arts and crafts workshops for all ages and abilities (e.g. indigo-dyeing, tie-dyeing, papermaking, book making). Works with schools and community groups. [email protected]
Jessica Parker-Andrews - Wildlife ArtistProfessional watercolour and pen artist specialising in wildlife. Exhibitions, prints and illustrations available, commissions welcomed.
John TantonArtist & Designer
Jonathan KeepRenowned artist who shows regularly around the UK exhibiting pots, sculptures and drawings. Private commissions, public art commissions and residencies undertaken. Small pottery with showroom selling handmade, useful table and kitchenware pots situated near the Suffolk Coast. Please telephone before visiting.
Jonathan Knight Sculpture UKUK based leading animal sculptor or animalier bronzes specialist provides animal sculpture, bronze sculptures, bronze horse sculptures, horse bronzes, bronze statues, equestrian bronzes, animal bronzes, bronze animal sculptures, equine bronzes sculpture, bird bronzes sculpture and fine art bronzes.
Karen WoodsTextile/mixed media, illustrator, author - community artist.
Karl GreenePottery.
Les BicknellVisual artist focusing on 'all aspects of the book and bookness', from large scale stone artworks created with community groups to paper based, edition books. Wookshops associated with all aspects of bookmaking are available. Exhibitions of contemporary art works.
Lesley BennettSculptor - small to large scale, mainly in wood. Commissions welcomed. Studio based in Felix Studios, Felixstowe. Also runs drama classes for community education projects.
Lindsay MaynardBotanical watercolour artist and textile designer.
Little Houses PlusDolls houses and accessories.
Liz JamesArtist available for watercolour workshops and one to one tuition.
Madelaine NightingaleTextile Artist. [email protected]
Marjoke HenrichsArtist, Theatre Designer and Illustrator.
Mark Titchiner CeramicsWork explores the potential of wood-fired earthenware, with the aesthetic and technical challenges of the medium, creating a constant evolution of style and making practice. Studio in Chediston, near Halesworth.
Material MattersMaterial Matters are Sarah Valentine, Hazel Bradshaw & Fiona Moran. Inspirational artists who create original pieces using diverse materials.
MCADArt and design.
Mendlesham ChairsFrom standing tree to outstanding furniture. First made in Suffolk 200 years ago, the Mendlesham Chair has been brought back to its roots. The business is run by Mr Jeremy Lain, trading as Treeincarnated.
Mita HigtonI paint in watercolours, vibrant, impressionistic and very loose. East Anglia landscapes, people, animals, floral & anything at all. Commission work always welcome. I belong to Suffolk Open Studios, Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, Suffolk Art Society. Currently exhibiting at Picturecraft, Holt, The Sheep Shop, Cambridge and The Lemon Tree Bistro, Framlingham. Shortly at Upstairs Gallery, Beccles 1st to 29th June.2012. Open Studio for SOS , please see website for details.
Obelon ArtsPerforms shows in theatres and schools locally and nationally which incorporate puppetry and masks. Organises arts projects in educational and community settings. Offers INSET training for teachers.
Pat BellayBegan painting in 1965, moved to Suffolk in 1968 to join Architectural Practice and stopped painting through having own Design practice and semi-retired in 2009. Found inspiration in painting again in 2007 - primarily oil/acrylic/mixed media abstracts. Commissions welcome on basis 'required colours/sizes and references to past work'.
Patricia ColyerArtist
Paul CoghlinPaul is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Suffolk. Paul's work can be viewed on his website www.paulcoghlinphotography.co.uk/ and his photographs are available to purchase as archival-quality prints through his website. His work is also available from Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare, Suffolk. Please feel free to email Paul for more information, or to discuss a potential commission. During 2010, in addition to a number of others awards, Paul received the British Institute of Professional Photography 'Photographer of the Year' and 'Peter Grugeon Award' as well as B+W Photography Magazine's 'Photographer of the Year 2010' and the 'Digital Printer of the Year 2010' awards. Paul has also recently had some work accepted for the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London, which runs from 7th June - 15th August 2011. Paul is an Associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). Paul is represented by a number of fine-art galleries, including the prestigious Weston Gallery in Carmel, California.
Paula NightingaleGraduate of the Royal College of Art who has held exhibitions at venues i8ncluding the V & A Museum, New Grafton Gallery, Mercury Gallery and Thompson's Galleries. Offers residential courses at various locations.
Peter Battey's Punch & JudyTraditional Punch & Judy shows performed. Family entertainment at its best. Talks given to adult groups - find out about Mr Punch's strange and exciting past, see how it all works.
Remrafs ArtPhotographer/Artist. Available for weddings, celebrations and other occasions.
Richard Wendt DesignIllustrator with forthcoming exhibition 'Wendt on Water' at Ipswich Town Hall.
Robert WalkerOil painter. My work draws on word play, humour and love, with my style leaning towards realist, quirky still life and figurative moments. Website gives details of exhibitions and work for sale.
Ruth McCabePainter in oils and acrylics, wire sculptor (mostly in outdoor locations). Commissions undertaken. Website gives details of exhibitions and work is also for sale online. The Suffolk landscape and shoreline objects provide the main inspiration. 'My work is an abstracted response to what I see and feel'.
Ruth PhiloContemporary painter, artist educator.
Sarah Brown FlemingArtist
Sarah ButtersFeltmaker and spinner. [email protected]
Sarah FinchamArtist
SEM ART SPACEArtist & designer.
SignworkProfessional signwriter and artist. Traditional painted signs and contemporary signs. Illustration and lettering and mapwork.
SimagesPhotographer
Steve HigtonSteve and his artist wife, Mita Higton, live in Stradbroke, Suffolk and paint in oils. Steve is a member of Suffolk Open Studios, Suffolk Art Society and Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle and shows his work at their exhibitions. Green Pebble (East Anglia's premier Art publication) also featured Steve in their recent publication ' How Artists See Nature'. Steve also teaches a weekly adult education class for beginners in art and conducts workshops and demonstrations across the county for several art groups, including Southwold, Woodbridge and Beccles Art Circles and The Waterfront Studios in Ipswich. He is also a member of SAA (Society for All Artists) and recently won 'The Best Landscape' for 'A Little Bit Of Suffolk' in their recent 'Artist of the year' competition. His 'Snape Maltings' watercolour was also highly commended. Recently 2 of Steve's paintings were selected to be part of The House Of Lords (Westminster) Permanent Art Collection. His current work can be seen at Flint Gallery, Blakeney, Norfolk, Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, Snape Maltings Gallery, Snape, The Lemon Tree Bistro, Framlingham. He will also be at The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles in September. Please see his website for more details.
Sue CranwellTextile Artist. [email protected]
Sue EatonMy painting style is varied, as you will see from my galleries. My approach is to tackle any subject in which I have sufficient interest to express in a painting in a style that seems most appropriate at the time. This keeps my work fresh and, although I do revisit a painting style, by experimenting with techniques I am moving on. This is demonstrated most vividly in the Landscape Gallery, which is devoted to the style I am concentrating on at present.
Suffolk ExhibitionsA group of artists who live & exhibit in Suffolk.
Susie MendelssonFigurative artist inspired by German expressionism working with and on paper. Painting, sculpture, printmaking.
Sylvie and James FawcettSylvie and James make, repair and restore instruments in the violin family. Advice freely given, ring or email for an appointment.
Take part in art/Richard NicholsRelaxed and enjoyable art days and holidays for beginners and all abilities with personal guidance to develop individual styles from international tutor who is a real Suffolk artist.
Usch SpettiguePotter with a solo exhibition every two years (Aldeburgh). Member of the Suffolk Craft Society.
Watercolour Paintings by Eleanor MannArtist who paints local landscape, architecture and wildlife. Available to run weekly classes, private tuition as well as small groups and workshops teaching adults to paint in watercolour.
Waveney & Blyth ArtsNew arts organisation launched in November 2010. Over 80 creative individuals and members of arts organizations. For more information please contact the Secretary.
Zangmo AlexanderAbstract Paintings and Drawings in Oils, Acrylics and Mixed Media, Art Photography, Video Art. One-to-One Art and Photography lessons and Creativity Coaching.

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Professional arts agencies and services

NameDescription
Ally EntertainmentsA developing agency for entertainment professionals. Comedians, balloon-modellers, cabaret artists, bands, musicians, caterers and more.
AndAction ProjectsFounded in 2004 to provide access to a range of Arts activities in Suffolk and Norfolk, the company works in all settings, community and educational, creating positive projects with music, drama, new writing and visual arts.
ArtboxArtbox provides friendly and relaxed art sessions for adults with learning difficulties. Groups are kept small to enable one-to-one work and to encourage individual interests. Sessions take place in a well-equipped studio near Halesworth with all materials provided. [email protected]
ArtheadsArtheads is a not-for-profit organisation providing a safe, friendly, drug and alcohol free environment in which people in recovery from substance misuse or with mental health issues can explore their creativity through art and music.
Arts IndustryMonthly publication aimed at professionals working in the Arts. The light, witty format including news, events and political thought concerning all areas of the Arts, has made it essential reading. New members welcome / Annual fee £38 / Monthly publication / Access behind paywall on website / Please contact Chloe Francis for advertising on 01502 725844 or [email protected]
Arts La'OlamWorking with a large rosta of world musicians, available for private, commercial and public events. Concerts, festivals and parties , performances and workshops in music, dance, drumming and theatre. Visual artists also available for exhibitions, talks and workshops.
Arts ProfessionalThe leading trade magazine targeted at professionals working in the arts sector.
ArtsOptionsMusic at ArtsOptions is a booking agency for selected professional musicians. 2 day course available for voluntary committees 'Behind the Scenes'. Assistance with grant and sponsorship applications. Organises visual art exhibitions. New members welcome /No joining or annual fee / High level professional experience required; qualifications, CD, profile, live performance considered / Promotional e-mails sent to established promoters nationwide.
Babylon ArtsBabylon Arts is operated by ADeC, comprising of: The Babylon Gallery, Ely Cinema, a live events programme and all community projects and activities presented within Ely and Cambridgeshire. Newsletter, discounted tickets / open to new members / no fees / workshops through extended schools / varied programme including Midsummer Music. RSC, Party in the Park /stage and exhibition equipment for hire / Arts Award training centre.
BEEHIVE PRODUCTIONS LTDBeehive Productions is an independent event, concert and show promoter. We specialize in event management, from private parties to full scale music festivals. No event and no budget is too large or too small. We produce cost effective and accessible events for all, and aim to showcase and assist in the development of local and upcoming talent to perform to a wider audience. Beehive Productions works with businesses, organisations, individuals, local communities, performing artists and local authorities to produce, manage and stage events of all shapes and sizes. Our attitude and approach to event management and promotion will ensure your event not only reaches your expectations, but will also be delivered in a cost effective and professional manner.
Commissions EastOne of the UK's leading public art agencies. We work in partnership with the public and private sectors to develop and deliver outstanding visual arts projects that contribute to making better places, bring together communities and develop innovative approaches to public art. We offer a range of professional. Expert and accessible consultancy and project management services, delivering projects from an initial idea through to completion / our involvement is tailored to the needs of each commissioner and each project.
Creative Arts EastArts development charity, working with public, private and voluntary sector partners and stakeholders to deliver quality arts services in the Eastern Region.
Dave SumnerWeekly drawing workshops. [email protected]
Drama ResourceTraining is offered in techniques for running drama workshops for young people and theatre directing for amateurs and professionals. Storytelling and drama workshops available for 5-7 year olds. Free teaching resources available on website.
ERTF (Eastern Region Textile Forum)Through newsletters and website, conferences and exhibitions, ERTF aims to bring together textile artists of all disciplines to engage in discussion, facilitate contact and raise the profile of Textile Art. Open to new members / experiences textile artists / £30.00 joining fee / exhibitions and conferences.
Frances VincentAnimal Pencil Artist. Shows in exhibitions, galleries and commissions taken.
Grapevine MagazineA monthly entertainment and listing guide distributed throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Ipswich Art SocietyThis long established society was formed to promote and encourage interest in the visual arts by providing opportunities to exhibit, discuss, appreciate and participate. So whether you paint, draw, sculpt or just look and respond, the society provides you with a varied programme of events and an opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Justine de Mierre - Theatre Maker, Arts Consultant and StorytellerA freelance theatre maker and storyteller specialising in creating inter-active performances in non-theatre spaces - including museums, hospitals, parks, docklands, schools and shopping centres. Experienced in founding and running a charitable theatre company. Traditional and tailor-made stories for schools and events. Available for consultancy on fundraising and developing your organisation.
Mettingham Art GroupMettingham Art Group is run by its members with professional tutor, Jenny Windle. We are a small non profit making group of amateur artists painting for fun. We welcome absolute beginners and experienced artists alike. Jenny and occasionally, her husband, cover most materials and genres and she often gives talks on various artists to broaden our interest. New members are offered the first session free.
Michele WebberFreelance visual artist, illustrator and art tutor.
Orchestras LiveNational agency set-up to enable the widest range of people to have inspirational experiences of high quality live orchestral music. Delivering projects, activities, concerts and provide expert advice and support.
Phillip HoldenPhotographer offering tuition.
Rojo ArtRojo art are a team of artists specialising in visual art projects for children & adults. Some of our most popular activities are mosaics, feltmaking & working with recycled materials. Take a look at our website or give us a call to find out about our full range of activities. We're happy to have a chat & develop the perfect project for your group of artists.
Sandra PondArtist, Art classes.
Shining EyeTo create & facilitate work of excellence in response to a need to see the arts as a tool for expression, aid skills development and help develop flexible creative thinkers. Natalie has 20 years experience of art administration and project management and Karen is a textile amd multi-artform artist with 17 years experience producing her own art & running workshops & residencies.
Sound SenseNational development agency for community music, promoting the vakue of community music and assisting in the professional development of community musicians. Quarterly magazine / monthly newsletter / free insurance / CRB checks / online advertising / open to new members / fees dependent on status or whether individual or organization / workshops / professional development sessions / information and advice.
Stow HundredsA not-for-profit community group which provides opportunities for people to take part in a wide variety of community activities including music, drama, cabaret and theatre.
Suffolk ArtlinkWorks in partnership with community organizations to enable people of all abilities to access, enjoy and participate in the arts. . Manages a number of projects working with community groups across Suffolk.
Suzanne the StoryweaverStoryteller, facilitator and workshop leader.
VJ EclectiveVJ - Visual jockey-digital media projections to accompany rhythm, live performance : visual installation workshops.
Voluntary Arts NetworkWorks with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts. Provides information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector.

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Spoken and written word

NameDescription
Cedric the SeahorseHusband and wife team, writer and illustrator of Cedric the Seahorse children's books, read and discuss their work in schools (Reception and years 1 & 2). Workshops can be arranged.
Felixstowe ScribblersRegular meetings, homework assignments, social functions / open to new members / meetings held at Felixstowe Library, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month 7.30pm-10pm / There is an annual November to November fee of £30, April to November is £20 and June to November £15. For members preferring to pay at each meeting the charge is £5 per meeting.
Leiston Reading GroupA time of sociable discussion and analysis of a variety of books, mainly fiction, from around the world and across the centuries. Regular meetings / open to new members / no fees / meetings held at member's homes usually third Friday evening of each month. [email protected]
Society of Women WritersRegional meetings in Suffolk Coastal District / workshops in creative writing, plays, poetry, non-fiction / open to new members, must be proposed and seconded by two writers who have knowledge of the applicant's work / fees; Full £50, Associate £45 / meetings held in Woodbridge - varying times / county members day, residential weekend conference / contact Natalie Wheatley 01394 382658 or Ferial Evans 01473 624141.
Suffolk Book LeagueThe Suffolk Book League is a local literary group with a difference! Founded in 1982, we promote the pleasures of reading by bringing popular and distinguished writers to speak in Ipswich and the surrounding area as well as supporting a wide range of literary-related community projects. To us, reading matters. Full details of our annual programme of talks and other events as well as how to become a member can be found on our website. You do not need to be a member to attend our events but membership does include a number of benefits such as discounted ticket prices and a copy of our regular literary journal 'Book Talk'.
Suffolk Poetry SocietyEstablished in 1952, the Suffolk Poetry Society suports poets and poetry throughout the county and promotes a wide range of poetry events. Membership fee £15, £20 joint, £5 under 25's.
The Poetry TrustThe Poetry Trust is an arts organisation which runs the UK's leading annual festival of international contemporary poetry at Aldeburgh (established in 1989 and held each November) and promotes the reading, writing and enjoyment of poetry to a wide variety of children and adults.

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Technical services / equipment for hire

NameDescription
CEG ProductionsLighting, PA, AV, Staging & Power Hire / Sales / Installations.
MasqueradeHigh quality costume hire suitable for promotion, events, display, theatrical productions and fun.
Micro Tech Theatre ServicesTechnical Theatre Service providing lighting, sound, video, staging, AV and event management services, equipment hire and sales.
PhospheneStage lighting and sound and special effects hire and sales. Free technical advice on-line from website. Stockists of spare theatre lighting lamps and colour. Design, rigging and operation services.
Re-ProductionSound, lighting, backline and staging hire company as well as crew and production and event management.
Showlite Sound & LightLighting design and operation for small scale shows. Specialist outdoor event PA system hire and operation. Easy to use battery powered systems which will work almost anywhere!
Sport & Event Volunteering Project (through Community Action Suffolk)The Sport and Event Volunteering Project is a '2012 Inspired' volunteering project unique to Suffolk, bringing together event organisers who need volunteers, and those who want to volunteer their time for events and sports in Suffolk.
The Shrubbery Recording StudioThe Shrubbery Recording Studio features a combination of state of the art digital & classic analogue recording equipment. Our air-conditioned control room is fully equipped with a 24 channel Trident Dream Series mixing console and a selection of some of the best known microphones from manufacturers including Sennheiser, AKG and Electrovoice.
W1 Productions LtdSound, Lighting, Stage, VT, Backline & Multimedia. Event Management.

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Venues

NameDescription
AFC Sudbury FCFootball Club with facilities to hire suitable for conferencing, meeting, dance, drama and art groups.
Aldeburgh CinemaIndependent cinema built before 1920 with exhibition gallery and walled garden. Auditorium seats 286 / Digital surround sound and loop induction / Auditorium and gallery space available to hire - cost on application / Garden space available for exhibitions.
Aldeburgh Music RoomPurpose built facility in the grounds of Aldeburgh Primary School. Hire charge £20.00 for three hours, £40.00 a day - other rates on request / Audience capacity 85 seated / Picture hanging - display boards and plinths / Kitchen available. [email protected]
Bawdsey ManorVenue hire charges negotiable.
Crow's Hall - Opera and Jazz events
Debenham Community CentreCommunity hall providing venue space for arts, music, dance and drama performances, as well as venue hire for weddings, seminars and workshops. Projector, dvd player, hearing loop and sound equipment for hire. Kitchen and toilet facilities. Car parking and disabled access. Audience capacity is 300 or seated, 200. Stage 16 x 19ft. Hire charges on application.
Diss Corn HallDiss Corn Hall is an arts and entertainment venue with a 325 seat auditorium, studio space and gallery programming music, film, comedy, theatre, spoken word, art exhibitions and dance events. Spaces available for hire; the Main Auditorium, The Waveney Room with integral bar and fully-equipped kitchen and the Council Chamber.
Easton Farm ParkArt exhibitions, art training workshops, music evenings, craft workshops for children, art & craft demonstrations in residence (artist, photographer, blacksmith, woodturner, picture framer). Venue and equipment available for hire. Licensed barns and heated buildings available for hire for private and public functions. / hire charges on application.
Instant Nowhere Korporation Ltd (Ink House Studios)Privately funded, community based project, studio space, and on-site storage space suitable for artists, exhibitions, writers, hobbyists, leisure groups, drama groups, business meetings, musicians and much more.
John Peel Centre for Creative ArtsAn up and coming high quality arts venue in the Old Corn Exchange in the heart of Stowmarket. Ongoing programme of activities throughout the year including concerts, exhibitions, workshops and community events.
Leiston Film TheatreSmall scale, locally run cinema/theatre. Part day charge £150.00, Full day £250.00 / Audience capacity 300 / stage large enough for medium-scale performances / two dressing rooms / facilities for disabled people.
MyglassroomStained glass courses are tailored to suit the individual; from beginners to more experienced students wishing to develop particular skills. Studio facilities and technical expertise/assistance is also available to artists with glass related projects / Details available on request.
Orwell Park SchoolTwo recital rooms and large sports hall. Hire charges negotiable / Capacity 150 (Recital room), 600 (Sports Hall) / flexible stage.
Peasenhall Assembly HallCommunity hall for the villages of Peasenhall & Sibton. Large timber building of unique design dating back 150 years. Provides venue space for regular music and film events as well as small-scale drama performances. Classes (e.g.yoga) and other events (e.g.choir practice, carpet bowls, W.I. meetings) take place throughout the year. Regular film screenings during winter months / Annual Pea Festival / Annual Photographic Exhibition, arts and crafts sales / Electrically operated drop-down cinema screen, DVD player, hearing loop, sound equipment available for hire / wi-fi broadband connection / Kitchen and toilet facilities / car parking and disabled access / Audience capacity 80 maximum, 60 seated for films / overhead ceiling lights and dimmable wall lights / speakers, amplifier etc. 01728 660296
Quay TheatreTheatre and Arts Centre.
Quay Theatre, SudburyHire charge: auditorium £380.00 per day - other spaces on application / audience capacity 125 / stage 6 x 7 metres / sprung floor for dancing / gallery has integral hanging system for pictures / two dressing rooms / Jetty Studio - rehearsal space.
Redgrave ChurchMagnificent medieval church and stunning arts venue. Flexible stage arranged according to the needs of the production and power supplies to match. Seats 280.
Riverside Theatre, WoodbridgeCinema/theatre. Audience capacity 264 / digital sound system / dressing rooms.
Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge
Sir John Mills Theatre, IpswichIntimate theatre. Hire charges £165.00 per day, £610.00 per week / audience capacity 80-120.
Snape Maltings (Riverside Complex)Workshop space overlooking the River Alde.
Snape Maltings Concert HallWorld renowned concert hall. Hire charges on application / audience capacity 830 / stage 12.2 x 17.8 metres (plus forestage) / Pit can extend under stage / sprung floor for dancing / ten small and three large dressing rooms (up to 30 people) / rehearsal space and workshop space.
Spa Pavilion Theatre, FelixstoweReceiving theatre offering shows of all kinds. Youth project in summer, drama festival in May, children's workshops. Audience capacity 904 / stage 32 x 24ft / dressing rooms. Stonham Barns. Leisure and Retail Complex with Craft Barns, Aquatic and Garden Centre, Event Showground, Caravaning and Camping Park, Fishing Lakes, Golf Course and Owl Sanctuary.
Stonham BarnsLeisure and Retail Complex with Craft Barns, Aquatic and Garden Centre, Event Showground, Caravaning and Camping Park, Fishing Lakes, Golf Course and Owl Sanctuary.
Sutton Hoo (National Trust)Gallery suitable for hire for exhibitions, conferences, lectures and seminars. Lunches held in the restaurant. Hire charges - please contact Lynette Titford on 01394 389700 / audience capacity - interior seats 70 (plus vast open air site).
The Barrandov Opera Co Ltd.Operas and opera gala evenings (favourite arias and popular songs). Recitals. Venue hire for weddings and seminars / Medieval barn rebuilt in 2001 / Two galleries / Excellent acoustics / Audience capacity 120 / Hire charges on application.
The Crockery BarnRetail handmade tableware from Italy and Portugal and stock Emma Bridgewater, Portmeirion and textiles from France, Yorkshire and Bali. Design Sarongs and ship in direct from Indonesia. Venue includes Barn Cafe, Long Barn Gallery, Goodnatured Plants and YourSarong.com.
The Cut, HalesworthArts Centre. Full range of arts activities, performances and workshops - theatre, music, dance, art, creative writing and poetry, involving national and local practitioners. Audience capacity 250 / stage - blocks / sprung floor for dancing / picture hanging - plinths / full lighting rig - galleries fully lit / full house PA system / two dressing rooms / rehearsal space - auditorium and dance studio / workshop space - four rooms.
The Mix StowmarketThe Mix is a state-of-the-art facility for providing youth-led activities, opposite the Regal cinema in Stowmarket. We have a wide range of spaces available for hire, and offer discounted rates for the public sector and charities/community projects. Get in touch for a chat and tell us - what can you bring to The Mix?
The Red Feather ClubThe Red Feather Club, run by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, is the official UK museum of the 95th Bomb Group. The award-winning museum houses only uniforms and memorabilia relating to the 95th Bomb Group who were based at Horham during WW2. Open days are on the last Sunday of every month from April to October.
The Regal Theatre200 seater Art Deco Cinema and Theatre. Coffee shop/Licensed Bar. Wheelchair facilities. Available for hire- stage 19' 9'' x 41' 5'' / Lighting very basic / Simple PA, Dolby Digital only for film /35mm projector, digital DVD projector / Two dressing rooms.
Thurstons FarmThurstons Barn is available for hire for your special event whether its a workshop space or a full concert and exhibition, the beautiful setting of the barns and farm provide the perfect venue. We have seating, tables and masses of space to provide the “canvas” for you to create your own event. The Barn seats 80 comfortably, with the courtyard areas providing further seating outdoors, and the meadows available for marquees should you need any additional space. Accessible entrance foyer & cloakrooms. Good access for deliveries; plenty of parking. [email protected] and 07468 319537
Unit Twenty ThreeAvailable for project commissions and studio venue hire on the border of Norfolk & Suffolk.
Wingfield BarnsEast Anglia's premier event venue with art galleries, coffee shop, gift shop, beautiful gardens and a full programme of art exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year including comedy, literature, drama and music. Check website for details of events and opening times. The main barns are available for hire for weddings, conferences and private parties. Fully licenced bar, coffee shop, picnic gardens, car parking and free entry.

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Visual arts and groups

NameDescription
100 Square FeetArt events and exhibitions organised at the Halesworth Gallery.
A CullenThe Observer Award Winning Photographer with 18 years experience in Editorial, Design & Advertising Photography. Runs monthly courses at The Pin Mill Studio entitled Photograpgic Day.
Aldeburgh Art GroupAn informal art group which meets once a week. Any medium. No teachers. Meetings in the Baptist Chapel in Aldeburgh High Street every Tuesday 2pm - 4pm. Exhibition yearly, in June, in Aldeburgh. Open to new members. Fees £2.50 per week. 01394 385052
Andrew GibsonArtist/Illustrator
Anna BoonAcrylic painting and Drawing classes in Nayland and West Bergholt held weekly.
Art Age, TrimleyOur aim is to encourage and develop painting in all forms using a variety of materials and methods. Regular competitions between group members. Occasional demonstrations. Open to new members / adults only / fees £8.00 per month - includes tea and coffee / meetings on Mondays 1pm - 4.30pm (not bank holidays) / meetings held at the Memorial Hall. Trimley St Martin. [email protected]
Art Classes with Sandra PondWatercolour classes with professional artist Sandra Pond. Regular afternoon, evening and full day sessions at Woodbridge, Needham Market, Coddenham, Debenham, Occold and Pin Mill. Beginners welcome - materials and equipment provided.
Art on the Prom, FelixstoweSelling art show, on the prom, each September.
Arts Club Aldeburgh BeachRegular updates / invitations to exclusive events / meet the artists and actors involved / learn about modern and contemporary art / open to new members.
ARTWORKSEstablished in 2000, Artworks is a group of thirty East Anglian based professional artists comprising of painters, sculptors, printmakers and an installation artist working in a range of styles and media. An annual showcase exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham every September including daily artist demonstrations / Commitment to community involvement / Vacancies announced in November.
AWartworkCommissions for portraits and house portraits. Community art projects combining portraiture, landscape and oral history recording and editing. Original paintings & prints for sale via exhibitions and website. Art & craft workshops with children. Check website for updated exhibition information.
Creative Way ArtPersonalised, One-to-One Art and Photography Lessons, Workshops, Retreats and Creativity Coaching for Self Expression and Self Discovery.
DrawEastOne, two and three day drawing courses for the beginner, student or experienced artist. For more information please visit the website.
Emma Graham IllustrationsIllustrator and artist, based in shotley gate, Suffolk, teaches art in schools, works to commission for publishers, packaging design, CDs, greetings cards etc.
Eye Arts ClubArts Club for children and young people over the age of 7, of all abilities. Sessions include puppet and mask making, dance, use of film and photography, all to a themed project. New members welcome / Membership fee £28 per child/young person per term (7 sessions) or £35 for two children/ Meet on Saturday mornings.
Eye Arts GuildAims to extend members' skills and knowledge through regular practice sessions, evening lectures, workshops and trips to Art Galleries. There is an annual exhibition of works, many of which are for sale. The membership is drawn from all social groups in local area and ranges through all abilities / Meetings held Thurs mornings in the Eye Bowls Club in winter, Oct to Apr, at various outdoor locations in summer.
Felixstowe Art GroupPresentations, workshops and occasional visits to foster and promote appreciation and participation in the visual arts. Annual exhibition and a small permanent gallery. Presentations and workshops / open to new members / fees £18 / fortnightly meetings held at the Senior Citizen Centre, Orwell Road, Felixstowe and weekly at the Conservative Club, Felixstowe / half year and junior memeberships are available.
Harleston and Waveney Art TrailCollective of 35 professional artists living and working in the Waveney Valley, who open their studios and workshops to the public over three weekends each June/July. Selection of new members each October / Membership application forms available from Harleston Gallery / Members meet quarterly.
Jack CrippsAbstract and expressionist painter, conceptual and realist drawer, performance and installation art, curator and writer.
Katie MillardLandcape watercolour artist also oil painter and abstract artist. Tutor for many years to private groups running workshops or structured courses.
Orwell Art Club, IpswichPainting and sketching locally in the summer and workshops covering all media. Monthly evening meetings from September to June with demonstrations and talks. Annual Exhibition in the Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich. New members welcome.
Orwell Art GroupWatercolour, acrylics, pastels etc. Tuition within the group. Still life, landscapes, seascapes, portrait. Occasional professional tuition and demonstrations. Weekly sessions / annual dinner for members and guests / outdoor painting in the summer / framing advice / open to new members (waiting list, some ability required) / weekly charge for attending class / meetings held every Monday at St Mary's Church Hall, Walton 1pm - 3.30pm. [email protected]
Oyster Community Press CICThe first permanent printmaking studio to be opened in Ipswich. Workshops and courses running throughout the year.
Rogues GalleryNew 'fringe' gallery. [email protected]
Saxmundham Art GroupMeet at Gannon Rooms, Station Approach, Saxmundham on Thursdays 1pm to 4pm, £1 per session (free tea,coffee, biscuits). Regular exhibitions and demonstrations. A small group of local people who get together and paint. Any medium. No teachers. [email protected]
Stowmarket Art ClubProvide the opportunity for Artists of all abilities to meet up with others who share their enjoyment of painting and drawing. Membership ranges from novices to professional Artists. New members welcome / Annual membership fee is £15 / Club runs from September to May / Meetings on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm and Thursday mornings 10am to 1pm at Hillside Community Centre in Stowmarket / Paint outdoors on Tuesdays from June to August. General painting meeting £2, Demonstration evenings for visitors £4.
Sudbourne Printmakers GroupA co-operative of 22 member artists with a dedicated workshop/studio. Facilities for etching, woodcuts, mono-prints, lithography etc. Twice yearly exhibitions and workshops for schools and community groups. Access to one of three supervised print sessions per 10 week 'term' and use of facilities / twice yearly exhibitions / open to new members - restricted / one year's commitment / fees £350.00 per term to cover basic materials / exhibition costs shared pro rata / workshop located at 4 Bothy Yard, Sudbourne Park, Woodbridge, IP12 2 AJ.
Sue HeaserArt Class held on the first Thursday of every month in Burgate Village Hall and the first Wednesday of every month at the Debenham leisure centre - Drawing and Watercolour painting - for all abilities.
Suffolk GroupOrganises exhibitions for group members.
Suffolk Open StudiosOver 120 of Suffolk's finest Artists open their studios to visitors during four weekends in June (other times by appointment). Visitors can appreciate the artwork on show. Newsletter four times a year / brochures and publicity materials / AGM / exhibition opportunities / workshops / open to new members (with own studio space) / fees £85.00 (member) / meetings arranged by area coordinator.
The Art Retreat, WoodbridgeWelcome to The Art Retreat. We are a working art studio based in the centre of Woodbridge, Suffolk. Our mission is to open up our beautiful studio and offer creative workshops for all members of our community, children, adults, groups and community events. The Art Retreat is the home studio of artist Samantha Barnes whom you will find working around the corner in most of the workshops you attend. 2017 see's us offering other artists to come and run their own workshops and creative events, supported by us. We are also planning to offer more outreach programmes too and are keen to offer our courses and workshops to groups and communities. [email protected] and 07891 698 847
The Art Trading CompanyOffering Art Courses and Art supplies.
Visual Arts IpswichA changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions at the Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, featuring a whole range of art forms and media. Also providing related archives and permanent arts resource area. Workshops to complement the temporary exhibitions programme. A range of digital equipment is available to hire to help present work - film projection equipment and screen, recording equipment, Canon Digital SLR camera, Canon Digital Video camera.
White Spirit ArtsWhite Spirit Arts was established in November 2010 by Candida Crockett and Zoe Martin to help dedicated artists exhibit at pop up shows in the East Anglia region. We aim to source local artists who work in a traditional manner yet in a contemporary style.
Wickham Market Photographic ClubMonthly meeting, newsletter, social events / open to new members / meetings on first Friday of every month at Wickham Market Village Hall / exhibitions Easter and August. [email protected]
Woodbridge Art ClubAnnual exhibitions from Easter to September, every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 10.00am - 6.00pm. November weekends 10.00am - 4.00pm. Admission is free. Weekly meetings every Wednesday evening / opportunity to attend art classes / exhibition space for own work / use of studio facilities, pottery wheel and kiln / waiting list for new members.
Young Art East AngliaThree day exhibition for primary school age children in aid of Cancer Research UK at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh.

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