Suffolk Artlink

Here is our May newsletter to let you know what has happened at Suffolk Artlink in the last month and what we have got coming up.


Artist CPD

Psychotherapists Chris Hart and Sylvie Smith led a Somatic Resourcing workshop for Suffolk Artlink’s artists, volunteers and staff. It was a great opportunity to bring people in different roles and projects together and something that people were keen to continue doing. As well as offering some practical ideas it focused on getting feedback to develop future training and networking opportunities. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Community Musicians and Music Hubs

Suffolk Artlink would like to invite community musicians to a half-day event, to explore the relationship between community musicians and the Music Education Hub and to share elements of best practice.What: Community Musicians and Music Hubs: how joined up are we?Who: Simon Snowden, Area Manager (North) Suffolk County Music Service & Music Hub and Xenia Horne, community musician and Director of SoundSense

When: 9.30am – 1.30pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Where: The Hopper Room, New Cut Arts, The Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

Cost: Free

To reserve your place, please email Candida at [email protected]. Places are limited so please book early, to avoid disappointment.

Creative Employment Programme

The Creative Employment Program has had more paid opportunities added this month for young unemployed people. There are opportunities at West Suffolk Councils, Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds, Punch Studios in Ipswich and with Christina Birt in Stowmarket. For more information and the current opportunities visit our CEP page.

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Suffolk At Play

Students at Howard Middle School and members of the local Over 60’s Club have completed their animation inspired by memories of childhood games. You can watch their animation here and see more about what they have done here. These are a couple of quotes from those who took part.

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“I’m feeling happy because I got to hear the Over 60’s memories and how much everything has changed, also that I was part of it.”“It was such fun, today’s technology is so exciting, there’s so much that can be done these days. The pupils are all into IT and so able, showing us all the ropes, so polite and fun to be with, they ask so many questions and are really interested in the answers, bless them. Many thanks to all of them.”

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Suffolk At Play will carry on in the autumn in Felixstowe where another animation will be made and more memories will be collected.The memories and pictures will form part of the Suffolk at Play exhibition touring the county, starting later this year and culminating in an exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket in July 2016.

Exchanges 2

As Jenny Holland has come to the end of her time as a project officer at Suffolk Artlink the co-directors have written a little message expressing our thanks.On behalf of Suffolk Artlink we would like to thank our project officer Jenny Holland for her lovely work. Jenny is moving on to different things having worked with us over the last two years on a variety of projects – most recently with young adult carers on Exchanges 2. She has been a real inspiration to the team and we look forward to working with her in the future in a different guise as a clown doctor on Clown Round.
Jenny is also working with Norfolk and Norwich Bridge to develop and deliver the Creative Schools Development Programme.
Hayley and Alex
Co Directors

Clown Round

The region’s children’s wards are filled with the sound of laughter as the Clown Doctors return for the Summer term to spread plenty of bubbles and giggles.

Doctor Misschief, Doctor Haystack and Doctor Fidget are also preparing for a magical inspirational trip as this month they are travelling to Edinburgh to train with the Clown Doctors from Hearts and Minds.

Scottish based arts in health charity Hearts and Minds launched their Clown Doctor programme in 1999, sharing their wealth of experience and expertise our Clown Doctors will join one of their training days and shadow their artists in a variety of medical settings.

Culture Club

Last month Culture Club ran: felting and weaving sessions with the family carers and cared for group in Bury St Edmunds, painting and singing sessions with two Sue Ryder Synergy Cafes, painting and pastel sessions with the Gainsborough Library group and painting sessions with the Stanton Art group who will now be continuing on their own.
In May we will be continuing work with the Carers and Cared for Group in Bury St Edmunds and will be planning activity for the year ahead.


Students on the dance module in Bury St Edmunds have started work on a dance film with the film maker Jean Hogg.  We have had a session of filming at the Abbey Gardens where students have been performing a site specific piece in the ruins and archways.  Kayla St Clair, the dance tutor has supported the students to devise a series of pieces which students have been working on.

In April, Jai from Actone/ Artsbase ran a days workshop with students using film and movement.  Students filmed themselves as they danced, and danced with the cameras.  All the film will be put together to make a short piece to be screened at the main event.

On 29th April, Colm Gallagher from Amici Dance ran a day long workshop with students.  We worked with props and objects including umbrellas and ribbons, to do improvised performance.

Throughout May, we will continue to work on our film with Jean and the performance which will run alongside the screening.  The final event will take place on 24th June.The illustration and character art module in Lowestoft is going well with the artist Joel Millerchip teaching the students about creating characters both in 2D and in 3D.

Romsey Art Festival Call for Submissions

We have been asked to pass on the call for submissions from Romsey Art Festival. This is not linked with Suffolk Artlink but thought it may be of interest.

Events will include exhibitions, workshops, spoken word and performance, writing, sound art, mural paintings, craft fairs, open studios and more.

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Artists are invited to submit their ideas to the Romsey Art Festival Team  [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is 30th May 2014.

They’re particularly keen to explore inclusive, interdisciplinary ideas that are high on participation and engage with people across the community. They’re also keen for the festival to help launch new creative ideas, projects and platforms with a community focus.

For more information visit their website.

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