Art Eat Festival

Art Eat is a two-day visual art and street food festival celebrating all things creative and delicious with taste, sight and sound sensations all along the elegant Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019.

At the Art Eat Festival...

Two-days of non-stop music
Highlights of the festival's music programme include locally based international artists gracing the stage at Global Village provided by Ipswich Community Media and BBC Radio Suffolk as well as live sets from local up and coming music-makers and wordsmiths supported by promoters 5011, Arts La'Olam and Claudia Ortiz; A.N.G, Get on the Soapbox, Slow King, Darien Prophecy, Anna Mudeka, Ragged String Band, Piers the Poet, Nqobile Khoza and uplifting DJ sessions from Susanita (IO Radio), Tallulah Goodtimes, Skippa J (Missile Sound), Bopper Ranking (Freedom Sounds), and Daniel Lee Harvey, among many others.
Community music and workshops will be provided by the incredible array of groups in our area; Chinese drums from ACCE, Wooden Roots African drums, Big Sing, Suffolk Soul Singers, Ipswich Reggae Choir, Suffolk Samba Band, Samboomba and Group A from Snape Maltings.

Murals for Ipswich Waterfront
At least three vibrant community murals will be appearing around the Waterfront in advance of the festival. Celebrated Black-British visual artist EVEWRIGHT has been working in partnership with Ipswich Council for Racial Equality and residents of a local prison to design and paint a mural funded by Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund.
Community Muralist Zoe Power led nine workshops with six charities to gather ideas and inspirations for a new visual landmark celebrating the spirit of Ipswich.
Instagram art star Artful Skecha worked with women and children at Guru Nanak Gurdwara to design a mural in homage to prominent Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. All three murals will be appearing between July and August on prominent sites around Ipswich Waterfront.

Art, Print and Craft Fair at UOS
Over the festival weekend the festival will also host a two-day Art, Print and Craft Fair in the expansive ground floor foyer of the University of Suffolk. This will be a spectacular display of artist and crafters with 50 selected artists from Norwich, Chelmsford and London as well as local areas. This will be held at the University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ.

John O’Connor - Exhibition at Jerwood Dance House
We also have a major exhibition at the Jerwood Dance House by the celebrated local contemporary figurative sculptor John O’Connor.

Cake Art Competition, Exhibition and Procession
In collaboration with the amazing Suffolk’s own Outrageous Cake Company, Art Eat will also host a Cake Art Competition open to all Ipswich residents which will be held at Quay Place on Saturday the 21st September Quay Place, Key St, Ipswich IP4 1BZ. More information here:

Free Workshops - There will be over 20 free participatory art and music workshops happening over festival weekend so there is no excuse to not come down and take part.

Other attractions will include a vintage fun fair, outdoor bars, 35 delicious street-food traders and a weekend guaranteed to be full of smiles and wonder.

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Art Eat Festival is a project created and lead by Daisy Lees from Arts La’Olam, and Iona Hodgson from We Create Projects and is being gifted to the people of Ipswich thanks to funding from The Arts Council England, The National Lottery Community Fund, Women’s Centenary Fund, Stop Loan Sharks and through the generous support of our increasing number of local sponsors including Ipswich Borough Council, Prettys Solicitors, Kent Blaxill, Healeys Printers, Elma Glasgow Consulting, Digital Growth Hackers, Isaacs on the Quay and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Event name:
Art Eat Festival
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