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]



The Yard Project

The 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.

Clare Meade
01502 584305
[email protected]
Ashby Road (Between Norwich Road and Maidstone Road), Lowestoft NR32 2BB

Willowmead Studios

We 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 & Sunday 10am to 4pm. Alpaca viewing Sundays only 10.30-3.30pm

[email protected]
Otley Bottom, Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9NG

Cross artform

Eye Arts Club

Arts 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.

Liz Waugh McManus or Pat Brightwell
01379 668464 or 01379 870100
[email protected]
Dove Hall, Dove Lane, Eye, IP23 7BD

Greenfingers Productions

Produces 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.

01379 668464

Inside Out Arts In Mental Health

Inside 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.

07947 565711
[email protected]
CSV, The Point, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS

 Leading Lives (Felixstowe)

Socialisation, educational, vocational, sport, health & well being & general support for adults with learning difficulties/disabilities. Also opportunities for people to become part of their local communities.

Gary Goodwin
01473 406 777
[email protected]
Felixstowe Youth & Community Centre, Maidstone Road, IP11 9EF

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.

Milly Gaskin or Lucy Humphrey
01473 588505
[email protected]
[email protected]
Rushmere Community Hub, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3PD

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 & 13.15 -15.00. We offer a variety of arts/craft and entertainment activities.

Andrew McLees or David Owner
01638 713182
[email protected]
Mildenhall Resource Centre, Recreation Way, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7HG

Liz Waugh McManus

Artist 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.

Liz Waugh McManus
[email protected]

Obelon Arts

Performs 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.

Mike McManus or Liz Waugh McManus
[email protected]

PASTEL Community Interest Company

PASTEL 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.

Don Tricker
01728 604944
[email protected]
The Fromus Centre, Saxmundham, IP17 1XP

Stow Hundreds

A 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.

Tarby Davenport
01359 240724
[email protected]
Tarby Davenport, The Cottage, Wetherden, Stowmarket, IP14 3JS

Suffolk Artlink

Suffolk Artlink provides a wide range of participatory creative activities across all art forms for people of all abilities.

01986 873955
[email protected]
Suffolk Artlink, 1 Miles Ward Court, Halesworth, IP19 8AY

The Cut Arts Centre

The Cut Arts Centre provides a wide variety of theatre, cinema, dance and music and offers many regular classes and art exhibitions.

Aafke Groeneveld
01986 873285
[email protected]
New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Projects, activities, and a multimedia web site that celebrate and promote the Waveney and Blyth and its creative individuals, organisations and communities.

Jan Dungey
01986 895227
[email protected]
14 Lower Olland St, Bungay, NR35 1BX


Bury Tango

We 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.

Mick Smith
01449 736367 
[email protected]
The Hunter Club, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PJ


DanceEast 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.

01473 295230
[email protected]
DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW

Lagabag Cotswold Morris Dancers

We 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.

01473 214116
[email protected]..
42 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich IP4 2SP

Martlesham Sequence Dance Club

Modern sequence dancing.

Mr. T. Knight
01473 729424
[email protected]
Martlesham Commutity Hall, Felixstowe Road, IP12 4PB

Venue of Performing Arts

Performing Arts, Tuition in Dancing and singing, Theatre Performance Skills all taught by professional qualified staff.

01502 573000
[email protected]
Venue of Performing Arts Units 6&7 Enterprise Park, School Road, Oulton Broad, Suffolk, NR33 9NA


Brantham Amateur Theatrical Society

Acting and singing for enjoyment and an audience.

Mrs. Angie Heath
01206 396674
[email protected]
Brantham Village Hall, New Village, Brantham CO11 1RL


Using 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.

Alan Huckle
01379 873536
[email protected]
Woodside, 8 Victoria Hill, Eye, IP23 7B

HighTide Festival Theatre

The 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.

Philippa Wilkinson
02075 669765
[email protected]
The Cut Arts Centre, 8 New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY

Mercury Theatre Colchester

The 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.

Rachel Tarkenter
01206 577006
[email protected]
Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Needham Market Entertainment Company

We are an Amateur Dramatic Society putting on at least two performances a year to the local community.

Pat Cross
01449 721991
[email protected]
39 Ludbrook Close, Needham Market, Ipswich, IP6 8EE

Red Rose Chain

Red 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.

Michael Linge
01473 603388
[email protected]
Gippeswyk Hall, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich, IP2 9AF

Stars of Light Theatre Company

Stars 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.

Rachel Bennett
07780 725132
[email protected]
2, Mill Lane, Upper Layham, IP7 5JT

The Bunbury Players

We 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.

Darren Mather, Chairperson
01638 552330
[email protected]
c/o 9 Rosehip Avenue, Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8WS

Woolpit Drama Club

Stage plays, Direction all theatre craft-farce thrrough to musicals, touring One Act PLays
C/O The Rectory, 1 Old Rectory Gardens, Stanton, IP31 2JH


Brundish Village Hall

“Flicks-in-the-Sticks”, is a community run cinema facility bringing recently circulated films to a rural area using the latest computer technology.

Priscilla Williamson
01379 388034
[email protected]
The Thorofare, Brundish, Wood01728 628063bridge, Suffolk IP13 8BB

Community Film

Community 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.

07898 746166
[email protected]
Community Film, C/O 6 Pownall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 0DS

DangerSpot Books Ltd

Publisher of child safety books. Also provide drawn 2D animation and cartoon drawing workshops.

Hedley Griffin
01986 798613
[email protected]
PO BOX 274, Woodbridge, IP13 8WX

Hedley Griffin Films

Writer, illustrator and self-publisher of child safety books providing cartoon drawing and animation workshops.

Hedley Griffin
01986 798613
[email protected]
PO BOX 274, Woodbridge, IP13 8WX

Koan Arts CIC

Working 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.

David Jay
01473 328283
[email protected]
16 Reade Road, Holbrook, Ipswich

Offshoot Films

We 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.

Paul Press
01787 370378
[email protected]
19 Kings Hill, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0EH

Regal Theatre

Independent 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.

David Marsh
01449 612825
[email protected]
Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AY

Galleries and art studios


Museums and heritage



Bury Bach Choir

We 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?

Susanna Spall
01787 282451
[email protected]
King Edwards VI, School, Bury St Edmunds

Halesworth Community Choir

Singing acapella with a choir for people of all abilities and ages

Bridget Cousins
01502 478178
[email protected]
c/o Gorseway Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth Suffolk IP19 9EZ


Musica 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.

Tim Ainslie or George Fothergill
07899 980524
[email protected]
Old Boot House, Shotley, Ipswich, IP9 1EY

Noise Solution

We are a social enterprise using music and technology with young people and others who are disengaged from the mainstream.

Simon Glenister
01284 760754
[email protected]
9 York Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3EE

The Rabble Chorus

The 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.

Kirsty Logan
[email protected]
Easton Village Hall, St Johns Hall Woodbridge and the Community Centre in Needham Market


Arts Centre - John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts

A 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.

[email protected]
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET

Creative Healing, confidence building used mixed media Creative Life Arts

Intuitive 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.

Detta Darnell
07915 605961
[email protected]
24 Brickfields Avenue, Newmarket, CB8 7RX

CSV Media Clubhouse- VXM Project

VxM 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.

Darren Mann
01473 418028
[email protected]
120 Princes St, Ipswich, IP1 1RS

Cultural Exchange Anglo Chinese Cultural Exchange

Provide 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)

Lydia Tse
07867 614 349
[email protected]
120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS

Embraces all the categories - Ipswich Arts Association

An 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

Christine Pearce
07925 251802
[email protected]
Abbey Farm, Culpho, Suffolk, IP6 9DG

Further Education provider - Great Yarmouth College

Great 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.

01493 655261
[email protected]
Great Yarmouth College Information Centre, Suffolk Road, Great Yarmouth, NR51 0ED

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.

Sidi Scott, Chairman
[email protected]

14a High Street, Wangford, NR34 8RA

Site specific multi arts company - Footprints Theatre Company CIC

Paula Baker or Vicki Weitz

Paula Baker or Vicki Weitz
07522 576140
[email protected]
6 St Bernard Rd, Colchester, CO4 0LF

We provide a range of services for disabled people - Optua

Optua 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.

James Powell
01473 836770
[email protected]
Optua House, Hill View Business Park, Claydon, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 0AJ

Spoken and written word

John Row

Storytelling 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.

John Row
07803 751330
[email protected]
Windyridge, Parsonage Hill, Bures, Suffolk, CO8 5DH

Stories in Motion

Cassandra 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.

Cassandra Wye
07971 077774
[email protected]

Visual arts and groups