The Suffolk Coast
  • TTDA - Suffolk Open Studios - Hillary Barry
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Suffolk Open Studios 2018

Suffolk Open Studios celebrates the county’s thriving artistic community with participating artists opening their studios to the public at weekends, giving visitors a unique opportunity to take a look “behind the scenes” and see them in action. 

For 2018, the programme runs over the first 4 weekends of June, commencing Saturday 2nd June. Over 100 artists and galleries are taking part, showing work across a wide range of media covering every aspect of art today, including painting, ceramics, glassware, pottery, sculpture and more. 

Suffolk Open Studios Chairperson Cally James commented: “This year’s programme promises to be one of the most exciting yet. We’re expanding and diversifying the Open Studios concept but keeping the intimacy that visitors like, of being able to see and ask about artists’ work within their own studios.” 

“With such a broad range of artists and galleries showing work across the entire visual art spectrum, there’s no better way to see and understand the state of art practice in Suffolk today.” 

TTDA - Suffolk Open Studios - New Zealand by Cally James

Visitors can learn about participating artists, see examples of their work, check opening times and plan their route by visiting the Suffolk Open Studios website at www.suffolkopenstudios.org or on Facebook @suffolkopenstudios. A map shows the location of all participating artists and galleries. 

A printed directory is due for release shortly, with copies available in galleries, libraries and tourist information centres and downloadable from the website. This year, the directory has been grouped into local regions (Babergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid-Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal, Waveney) making it easier for visitors to identify studios nearby and plan their visit. 

To assist visitors travelling from further afield, some artists have organised themselves into “hubs”, allowing the public to see work from a number of different artists in a single location. Others have organised “trails”, where visitors can pick up a leaflet from one trail member studio directing them to other member studios nearby. 

A highlight of this year’s programme will be the “Inspirations” exhibition of paintings and sculpture by participating artists at the Apex Gallery in Bury St Edmunds. The exhibition opens Tuesday 10th April and runs till Monday 7th May; opening hours are 10am–5pm Monday–Saturday, and 10am–4pm on Sunday. 

This year, Suffolk Open Studios is supporting Suffolk Artlink, a participatory arts charity which develops and delivers inclusive arts programmes in communities that bring skills, support networks, confidence and joy to people in the East. To support the charity’s fund-raising efforts, Suffolk Open Studios artists have contributed works to a prize draw, to take place during the “Inspirations” exhibition at the Apex Gallery. Tickets for the prize draw can also be purchased online from www.suffolkartlink.org.uk/sos2018 until 31st May. All proceeds will go to Suffolk Artlink. 

The full directory and programme of events can be downloaded here:


Things to see and do

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Events

Letter Carving in Wood Course

Letter Carving in Wood Course

Oulton Broad | Fri 02nd - Sun 04th Nov 2018

A practical approach to v-cutting lettering into wood with guidance on how to plan inscriptions appropriate to the material, building skills to gain a basic understanding of good letter forms for a range of end uses. This course is led by award winning lettering sculptor Gary Breeze.

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Learn Drypoint printing - Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Learn Drypoint printing - Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Lowestoft |

A day course held in a first floor studio in a generous Edwardian house minutes from Lowestoft’s North Beach. The courses are designed for complete beginners and for those looking to broaden their printmaking skills. Each course runs from 10am to 4pm and includes all materials and lunch.

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Captains Wood Photo Walk with Gill Moon Photography

Captains Wood Photo Walk with Gill Moon Photography

Orford |

Gill Moon Photography is holding a Photo Walk around Captains Wood, Sudbourne on Sunday 13th May 2018. Practice photographing the bluebells up close and as part of the wider landscape. Suitable for beginners with SLR or bridge cameras.

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Alive in The Universe at The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

Alive in The Universe at The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

Aldeburgh | Mon 16th Apr - Fri 29th Jun 2018

ALIVE in the UNIVERSE is a philosophy of life. ALIVE in the UNIVERSE empowers our unique creativity, we transform it into something to benefit humanity. We do this through our livelihoods, our lifestyles and through art.

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Life Drawing Day

Life Drawing Day

Woodbridge | Sun 20th May 2018

A full day of drawing practice with a variety of models and as much guidance and instruction as you require, run by the lovely Justine Moss, tutor of our weeknight evening classes; a relaxing, didactic Sunday at Old Jet!

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Learn Kitchen Litho Printmaking - Day Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Learn Kitchen Litho Printmaking - Day Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Lowestoft |

A day course held in a first floor studio in a generous Edwardian house minutes from Lowestoft’s North Beach. The courses are designed for complete beginners and for those looking to broaden their printmaking skills. Each course runs from 10am to 4pm and includes all materials and lunch.

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Learn Linocut printing - Day Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Learn Linocut printing - Day Printmaking workshop on the Suffolk Coast

Lowestoft |

A day course held in a first floor studio in a generous Edwardian house minutes from Lowestoft’s North Beach. The courses are designed for complete beginners and for those looking to broaden their printmaking skills. Each course runs from 10am to 4pm and includes all materials and lunch.

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Festival of Fabric IV

Festival of Fabric IV

Felixstowe | Sat 06th Oct 2018

Join Felixstowe Sewing School for a day all about making frocks and fabulous finery. This one day event celebrates vintage inspired dressmaking with a great specialist market, lectures, workshops, swing music and an exhibition.

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