Get Creative Directory

This directory has been produced by Suffolk Artlink to help you find out about some of the places that offer disabled people inspiring and creative things to do, from writing and dancing to singing and painting.

The directory details venues, groups, clubs, societies and artists across Suffolk.

If you require the directory in alternative formats, please get in touch with Suffolk Artlink on 01449 873955 or email [email protected]

Crafts

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The Yard ProjectThe Yard Project is a Community Interest Company. We have a range of community groups, including pottery, pastels, arts and crafts, knit stitch and yarn, creative textiles. The groups are informal and friendly and everyone shares skills, respects and supports others. We also have events and one off sessions including willow weaving, bike recycling, felt making etc.
Willowmead StudiosWe are an Alpaca farm that has a small cafe and shop which sells handmade knitted, woven and gifts using Alpaca and natural yarn. Workshops held are weaving, spinning, natural dye, knitting and crochet. Summer Opening Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Alpaca viewing Sundays only 10.30-3.30pm.

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Cross Artform

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Eye Arts ClubArts club for children and young people 7 to 25 years old with and without additional needs. Sessions run by professional artists with support provided by volunteers. Themed projects include dance, drama, puppet and mask making, film and animation activities. New members welcome.
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.
Inside Out Arts In Mental HealthInside Out is an arts and mental health charity founded in 2003. We are committed to providing programmes throughout the year for people drawn to the therapeutic arts as a way of improving and sustaining their mental health and well being.
Leading Lives (Felixstowe)Socialisation, educational, vocational, sport, health and well being and general support for adults with learning difficulties/disabilities. Also opportunities for people to become part of their local communities.
Leading Lives (Ipswich)We offer daytime opportunities to adults with learning disabilities. We offer a wide variety of activities from our Hub as well as in the local area. We have tutors delivering activities in Zumba, Arts, Drama, Music, Yoga, Silk Painting and many more. [email protected]
Leading Lives (Mildenhall)Mildenhall Leisure Club. Venue Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall is a club for adults with learning disabilities (unless fully independent must be accompanied by care support). Cost per session is £4.00 (£8.00 per day) Open Thursdays 10.00-12.00 and 13.15 -15.00. We offer a variety of arts/craft and entertainment activities. [email protected]
Liz Waugh McManusArtist exhibiting contemporary glass/film installation locally and nationally. Available to run sculpture, animation or puppetry projects and workshops in community and educational settings. Experienced in supporting people with additional needs. Tuition in cast and kilnformed glass available.
Obelon ArtsPerforms shows in theatres, schools and community venues locally and nationally which incorporate puppetry and masks. Organises arts projects in educational and community settings with adults and children of all abilities.
PASTEL Community Interest CompanyPASTEL actively supports disadvantaged people living in rural East Suffolk, with personal development, life and employability skills training. It is a social enterprise, founded by parent / carers and managed by volunteers. We are committed to improving the life choices for our service users to prevent social isolation, and help them move towards independence and lead fulfilling lives by playing a positive role in their communities. PASTEL aims to raise their aspirations and attainment.
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 ArtlinkSuffolk Artlink provides a wide range of participatory creative activities across all art forms for people of all abilities.
The Cut Arts CentreThe Cut Arts Centre provides a wide variety of theatre, cinema, dance and music and offers many regular classes and art exhibitions.
Waveney and Blyth ArtsProjects, activities, and a multimedia web site that celebrate and promote the Waveney and Blyth and its creative individuals, organisations and communities.

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Dance

NameDescription
Bury TangoWe provide a range of activities connected with the intimate social dance known as Argentine Tango - training in progressive classes from absolute novice to advanced levels and events for practice and social dancing such as Milongas.
DanceEastDanceEast brings world class dance to the East of England, presenting a diverse programme of performances to widen audience experience. As well working with established choreographers/companies, DanceEast encourages emerging artists by providing training, support and performance opportunities. DanceEast has a developing programme of activities for children and adults with additional needs. Classes run weekly at the Jerwood DanceHouse.
Lagabag Cotswold Morris DancersWe need new dancers and musicians. To dance we need physically fit people obviously-all musicians welcome, but need a degree of mobility as we often perform on fields at fetes etc, and move around from position to position. A very friendly and supportive group. Dances are taught, so no experience necesarry, but welcome.
Martlesham Sequence Dance ClubModern sequence dancing. [email protected]
Venue of Performing ArtsPerforming Arts, Tuition in Dancing and singing, Theatre Performance Skills all taught by professional qualified staff.

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Drama

NameDescription
Brantham Amateur Theatrical SocietyActing and singing for enjoyment and an audience.
EyesWriteUsing volunteer helpers we organize for local playwrights to have an opportunity to hear their work read, or perhaps performed on stage at local venues or broadcast over local community radio.
HighTide Festival TheatreThe HighTide Academy is a three-week summer training opportunity for 12-21 year olds at The Cut, Halesworth. Led by professional directors, each week of workshops is focused on a different speciality in craft and explores a range of approaches to performance, text and making new work. All courses end with a final performance.
Mercury Theatre ColchesterThe Mercury Theatre Colchester is a highly respected regional theatre and home to the critically acclaimed Mercury Theatre Company, staging a broad mix of classic plays and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community and providing a platform for local performing arts groups and artists.
Needham Market Entertainment CompanyWe are an Amateur Dramatic Society putting on at least two performances a year to the local community.
Red Rose ChainRed Rose Chain is an independent theatre and film company, running a variety of creative drama opportunities for young people and marginalised groups. Volunteering opportunities are available. The company also stages the annual event; Theatre In The Forest.
Stars of Light Theatre CompanyStars of Light Theatre Company provide an inclusive drama experience for people with learning disabilities. Celebrating the performer within everyone the company works holistically with individuals and uses a person approach to create unique and entertaining theatre. [email protected]
The Bunbury PlayersWe are a small but friendly amateur dramatics group based in Mildenhall, Suffolk. We welcome anyone from the age of 12 years old whether it be on stage or making costumes, or painting the set.
Woolpit Drama ClubStage plays, Direction all theatre craft-farce thrrough to musicals, touring One Act Plays.

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Film

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Brundish Village HallFlicks-in-the-Sticks is a community run cinema facility bringing recently circulated films to a rural area using the latest computer technology.
Community FilmCommunity Film provides Video Production services to all individuals including the disabled. We are a mobile company and therefore can come to you where ever you are with our camera and lighting equipment. We also provide the following media trainings: Photoshop, Video Production, Website design, Animation, 3D Modelling.
DangerSpot Books LtdPublisher of child safety books. Also provide drawn 2D animation and cartoon drawing workshops.
Hedley Griffin FilmsWriter, illustrator and self-publisher of child safety books providing cartoon drawing and animation workshops.
Koan Arts CICWorking with you, Koan Arts creates videos involving film and animation. We tailor our services to ensure that participants gain the most from the experience and we encourage as much 'hands on' as possible. Our programmes won two national awards last year for their creativity and the fact that they were primarily developed by disabled groups.
Offshoot FilmsWe encourage students to undertake many roles within the filmmaking world, from scriptwriter to camera operator. Creating a positive atmosphere, students feel confident to contribute ideas, and produce a film that they have ownership. Offshoot has a wealth of experience with all ages, diverse backgrounds and varying abilities.
Regal TheatreIndependent cinema cum theatre, varied programme aimed at the local audience. Venue available for hire to local and community groups as cost. wheelchair access to bar and auditorium.

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Galleries and art studios

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Museums and heritage

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Music

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Bury Bach ChoirWe are an auditioned choir of 100+ some 80 years young. We perform 3 major choral works a year with professional soloists and Orchestra. New members always very welcome. Why not try us out?
Halesworth Community ChoirSinging acapella with a choir for people of all abilities and ages.
MusicaMusica is a specialist company devoted to creative learning using music as its medium as well as the arts. The directors have extensive experience working with a wide range of clients including Pupil Referral Units, Mental Health, Educational Institutions, Physically Disabled, Prisons, Young Offenders, Children's Homes, and Festivals.
Noise SolutionWe are a social enterprise using music and technology with young people and others who are disengaged from the mainstream.
The Rabble ChorusThe Rabble Chorus is a community choir so absolutely anyone is able to join without audition or previous experience. The choir is really all about the enjoyment of community singing and is full of wonderful interesting people. We have two daytime groups and one evening group.

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Other

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Arts Centre - John Peel Centre for the Creative ArtsA high quality arts centre in the Old Corn Exchange in the heart of Stowmarket. Ongoing programme of activities throughout the year including concerts, exhibitions, workshops and community events.
Creative Healing, confidence building used mixed media Creative Life ArtsIntuitive Art Process Painting. Mixed Media Art and Jewellery Creative Healing Art Visionboards, Hope Jars Inspirational products with meaning Collage Journal Writing Decorated Journals Journal Pages.
CSV Media Clubhouse- VXM ProjectVxM promotes and facilitates experience-based media education, wisdom, participation, production and dissemination initiatives by connecting cross-border media centres and a virtual youth community platform, targeted at 16 to 25 year olds. It has particular focus on cultural identity and local empowerment.
Cultural Exchange Anglo Chinese Cultural ExchangeProvide different workshops to local high and primary school, activity include: Mandarin class, Chinese drumming workshops, Chinese traditional festival workshops, cookery class, art and crafts workshops, Chinese calligraphy, dancing workshops, school culture workshops. For adult: Mandarin class , commercial mandarin, GCSE Mandarin , Tai chi and chi Kung, 10 forms for fall prevention Tai chi, Translation, immigration Laws information, Lunch club (EVERY WEDNESDAY)
Embraces all the categories - Ipswich Arts AssociationAn umbrella group representing 55 Arts Organisations in Suffolk Profiles member organisations and their events, maintains a lively and informative website, publishes a newsletter. Informs about IAA activities, including the Town Lectures and Concerts programme, news of the Charter Hangings, help and advice about the arts in the area.
Further Education provider - Great Yarmouth CollegeGreat Yarmouth College has a wide portfolio of industry related qualifications from apprenticeships up to degree level courses. Our purpose built theatre and arts facilities are first class and available to hire.
Performing Arts Charity - Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA)A registered charity, no 1119037, supporting performing arts initiatives in East Suffolk and awarding bursaries to help talented local young people meet the costs of pursuing recognised educational courses in the performing arts.
Site specific multi arts company - Footprints Theatre Company CICPaula Baker or Vicki Weitz
We provide a range of services for disabled people - OptuaOptua provides a range of activities for disabled people including the Needham Market Activity Group which provides accessible arts and crafts activities for people with disabilities. We also run the annual Share day of arts activities every April in Thurston.

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Spoken and written word

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John RowStorytelling and word performances and projects for all ages and abilities. Memory collecting and dream articulating using collected words and photos presented in comic or graphic format.
Stories in MotionCassandra Wye, disabled storyteller, has pioneered accessible storytelling around the globe, for adults and children with physical, sensory, learning and communication disabilities, for festivals, schools and libraries, delivering exuberant and energy-filled storytelling performances, workshops and training in: inclusive storytelling, open to all and specialist storytelling, commissioned for specific audiences.

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Visual arts and groups

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