At Bury St Edmunds JumpstART! students have been working with textile artist Alison Stockmarr to make gifts to sell at the exhibition at their exhibition. They made flower corsage brooches, pin cushions and lavender bags with iron on transfer designs.

With Jules Carpenter, students made hats, aprons, cutting out patterns and decorating them with intricate stencil designs.

In January JumpstART! Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft are running Studio Projects.

These exciting new projects will offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop their skills as artists in a supported studio space. There will be one project in Bury St Edmunds and one in Lowestoft and both run for 12 weeks starting in January.

Included in a project will be:-
Support from professional artists and a learning support assistant,
Guidance for students in developing and designing their own artwork for an end of project showcase and a portfolio of work,
Further guidance on how to market and promote artwork via digital media,
Visits to other arts venues and exhibitions.

For further details contact
Bury St Edmunds: Charlie on 01986 873955 or [email protected]
Lowestoft: Fran on 01986 873955 or [email protected]

To help get a sense of what JumpstART! is here is a description by artist Julie Carpenter of the module in Lowestoft that has just finished which focussed on textiles.


COSTUME clothes as art

My idea was for the students to make their own costume, thinking of the clothes primarily as a work of art, and as such becoming a canvas for the design. During the module there were times when the students drew upon their own designs ideas and others when they learnt specific printing or sewing techniques. Throughout the module the students have worked with sewing and pattern cutting, appliqué, transfer painting, block printing, paper stencil cut outs and tie dye. Also making pompoms for hats, fringes for cuffs and ceramic shoes. They’ve made an appliqué hat, transfer printed scarf, block printed and embellished T shirt. Plus printing through paper stencils on a wrap skirt or trouser leg pieces. They dip dyed a tie dye duffle bag, and rolled out fimo clay badges on the theme of bugs and tartan. They also used a Singer sewing machine to sew up their hats and garment pieces, which was an interesting new experience for everyone.

There was a nice sense of excitement learning print making with it’s transformative outcomes, and a dynamic energy in the print room. They were pleased by the magical outcome of the pompoms and surprised by unfolding the paper cut outs to see what appeared. The students often came up with their own developments of the original workshop ideas presented to them.

It is clear to see that the creative confidence of the group has developed over time and certainly goes to show that with the correct artistic input people’s creativity can flourish and blossom.


Forget-me-not Visitors

We are excited to announce that we have received an Award for for the Forget-me-not Visitors Pilot Project from the Suffolk County Council Working Together Fund. Councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger presented us with a £10,000 Award to celebrate the partnership working with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Sue Ryder and Care UK, and the outstanding outcomes which the partnership working has made possible.
The Project Officer Bridie Coombes and the Forget-me-not Visitors artists will be appearing on Ipswich Hospital Radio on between 3pm and 4pm on 10th December to talk about the project and raise awareness about the work we are doing within the Hospital. To listen live you can visit


Culture Club

A busy month for Culture Club with creative sessions taking place with the Barningham Art Group, Gainsborough Library group, Sue Ryder Synergy Cafes in Newmarket and Brandon and a the Carers and Cared for in Bury St Edmunds.

Here are a few images of the painted clay work produced by one of the groups with the artist Lorry Cudmore. The work is awaiting the final glaze and firing in the kiln…


Clown Round

Rudolph is not the only one with a red nose causing smiles and giggles at this time of year, Suffolk Artlink’s Clown Doctors are working hard in the regions hospitals delivering a cracker full of surprises on the children’s wards.The Clown Doctors wish children and their families spending Christmas in hospital lots of comfort, fun and joy, we would also like to thank all the play and medical staff in the hospitals for their support of Clown Round.For those with Christmas presents still to buy, ‘Fidget and Hamish’ interactive story book makes the most fantastic stocking filler and can still be purchased for just £4.99 plus p&p. All proceeds from book sales go directly towards the Clown Round project. at Play

Suffolk at Play

We’re not sure where the time went, but we’re almost at the end of our programme at Felixstowe Academy.

We have just one more sessions left, on the 11th December, during which the group will complete their animations and entries in the Suffolk at Play scrapbook.

Then, in early January, we will have a celebration event at Felixstowe Library, where the films will be shown, along with other items made during the project.

Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday 15th November, to celebrate the arrival of the Suffolk at Play Cube at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds.

It was lovely to see everyone again, and to catch up – not so much on our memories of childhood games this time, but rather on our memories of taking part in the project. As one participant commented:-

“Before taking part in this project I didn’t have anything to do with young people – I didn’t know any and I really didn’t know what to expect – but going into that school and meeting them for the first time… they were so friendly and helpful, it was a wonderful experience.”

The Cube contains postcards, inviting visitors to share their memories of special places they played – already we’ve received notes such as:

“Down in the waterfall near the Spread Eagle pub, catching newts.”

“On the stairs – it could be a plane, a boat or a coach. Friends would sit there, whilst we acted out plays.”

In response to the request to ‘tell us about a place where you weren’t supposed to play – but did’, a visitor wrote:-
“In the pub yard. We took the empty beer bottles back for one old penny.”The Cube remains at Moyse’s Hall until the end of the year, so why not go and visit it – and leave us a postcard telling us about your special place to play?

Rock Up

Christmas came early this year – with the news that the Essex and Suffolk Water Community Fund has awarded £1,000 to Rock Up to buy recording equipment for use in the sessions; a huge thank you to them.

The Rock Up music sessions at Colville House Youth Club in Lowestoft will pause after this week for the festive period, but we’ll be back in the New Year when we will start the one-to-one sessions and the on line tutorials, as well as the regular drop-in and band practice sessions. And now we’ll be able to record individuals during the session without it sounding like we’re at the bottom of a large tin bucket.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone at the youth club, and to Matt and Bryan, our resident tutors.

Creative Employment Programme

There is less than a week until the Business Hub paid internship at Suffolk Libraries closes to applications. Applications are open to people aged 18 – 24 who are registered as unemployed. For more information and how to apply see

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The Snow Child

There are a couple of events that are not connected to Suffolk Artlink but that we thought you might be interested in. The first is Chalk Circle Theatre Company have performances of ‘The Snow Child’ coming up.

If you have ever wondered how Santa’s reindeer fly then come and see Chalk Circle Theatre Company’s latest production, The Snow Child, a magical story from the frozen North.

Suitable for children 4 and upwards, The Snow Child is touring Norfolk and Suffolk on the run up to Christmas. Tickets are £6 each (family tickets, 2 adults and 2 children £20) and can be reserved on-line (01603 621 912) or paid for on the day. See for more details.

Hightide Playwriting Workshops

The second external event is HighTide Festival Theatre Play Writing Workshops. Hightide Festival Theatre are offering 300 places on one of our 12 Playwriting workshops, including one on 22nd January 2015 at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. The workshops will be led by a professional playwright or dramaturg and will be for anyone who has ever been interested in trying to write a play or has written a play but would like some help getting it to the next stage. The workshops are free and will all last two hours. This is an exciting opportunity for playwrights or would-be playwrights to hone their skills with an organisation dedicated to new writing.

For more details see:


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