Clown Round

Suffolk Artlink’s Clown Doctors return to Colchester, Ipswich and James Paget hospital children’s wards the end of January spreading comfort, distraction and lots of giggles.Before Christmas Doctor Daydream and Doctor Haystack were invited to the Quidenham EACH Children’s Hospice Christmas party based at the Norfolk Show ground. With over 120 children at the party the Clown Doctors were kept busy dancing and visiting families. Doctor Haystack and Doctor Daydream were so excited to be invited to the party, commenting on what a pleasure it was to share  the children’s enjoyment and work together to engage in the fun activities.Doctor Daydream was even allowed to take her pet Butterfly.


The exhibition in Lowestoft ‘COSTUME an Exhibition of Clothes as Art’ was a really uplifting occasion. The students had worked hard under the tuition and guidance of some very remarkable artists including Jules Carpenter, Holly Scholfield, Bee Eno, Jenny Nutbeem and Jean Mcintosh. The students designed, printed, cut, and sewed all the costumes on display with great attention to detail. They also had the opportunity to work with a ceramic artist in creating some intricately patterned shoes.

new-Arts-Cafe-in-Lowestoft Exhibitions

The exhibition was held at a new Arts Café in Lowestoft called the Coconut Loft and was the perfect venue to display the costumes. It ran over 7 days and being a café as well it attracted a wide audience with estimated numbers being in the region of 300.

We also had photographs from the Lowestoft journal and some positive feedback left in the visitors book.

‘Wonderful exhibition. Thank you for letting us be a part of it. Great to hear such lovely comments from people viewing the works’ Richard Toombs. Partner in the Coconut Loft

‘Wonderful work. Fantastic exhibition. Truly a highlight of 2014!’ John Williams

Looking ahead, the new Jumpstart Plus Studio Projects start this month.The Bury St Edmunds project starts on Tuesday 27th January. The project will run for 12 weeks at the Centre, St Johns Street. The Lowestoft project starts on Thursday 29th January. The Lowestoft venue is the Bethel Centre.Each project will have three artists who will be running half day workshops and students will be developing their own work, ending with an exhibition.


Culture Club

The Barningham Art Group have made the fantastic decision to continue meeting as an independent group. After visiting them this week and having a little look through their sketch books we can see they are a very talented group and have an exciting future ahead.

As part of the Culture Club project we are also going to be running Music and Memories sessions with groups over the next few months. Lead by artists Dean Parkin and Maurice Horhut the sessions will encourage groups to create poems using music as the starting point to evoke memories, emotions and creativity.



Rock Up

Rock Up, a music inclusion project for young people in Lowestoft, would like to send a huge thank you to Suffolk County Councillors Sonia Barker and Peter Byatt, for supporting the project via their locality budgets – and if they ever fancy playing a bit of rock guitar, they are always most welcome to pop into Colville House on a Wednesday evening.

Creative Employment Programme

There is an opportunity for an administration apprentice at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. For more information see our Creative Employment Programme page

Also happening is THIS IS IT!, which is a series of networking events run by The Creative Society to help thousands of young people embarking on careers in the creative industries.

THIS IS IT! arrives in Ipswich on Monday 9th Feb at Suffolk County Council for a day of talks, workshops and activities for young people starting a career in the creative & cultural industries.

Join other like-minded creatives for a full day of interactive sessions led by The Creative Society, along with inspirational speeches and group activities designed to develop the future creative workforce.

A panel of arts professionals will be on hand to tell you all about their paths to employment in the creative industries.

For more information see

Suffolk at Play

Please join us on at 3 o’clock on Thursday, 29th January 2015 at Felixstowe library to celebrate Suffolk at Play and the work created by Felixstowe Academy Year 8 students, together with members of local church groups.If you would RSVP to Candida at [email protected], so that she can make sure there’s enough cake to go round.The Cube will remain at the Library throughout the spring, whilst Suffolk at Play moves on to Stradbroke where we hope to be working with the local Over 60’s group and Stradbroke High School.


Forget Me Not Visitors

The Forget-me-not Visitors, Honey Rose, Millie Marigold and Kitty Dandelion, were back in Ipswich Hospital before Christmas, they spent time with patients and then went off to share their fun and laughter on the hospital Radio.

The Power of the Pen

This opportunity is not part of Suffolk Artlink’s work but we thought some of you might be interested in the two new creative writing courses by the WEA starting up in Diss and Eye this month offering an opportunity to explore latent talent and develop new writing skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The courses are held at The Backspace, Fair Green in Diss on Tuesdays between 1 and 3 pm starting on 27thJanuary and The Bank Arts Centre, in Eye on a Wednesday morning between 10.30 and 12.30 beginning on 21stJanuary. Both courses are taught by experienced WEA tutor and practising writer, Bel Greenwood who has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Call 01603 621 912 for more details or email [email protected] – alternatively go along and enrol on the dates and times above.

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