Suffolk at Play

Communications and Development Manager Vacancy

£28,000 pro-rata for 15 hours per week

A new role to lead on the development and delivery of Suffolk Artlink’s communications and fundraising strategies – with a particular focus on individuals and businesses. Suffolk Artlink has recently been awarded Catalyst Evolve funding from Arts Council England and this exciting new post is a significant part of the step change we are looking to create.

For more information including a job description and how to apply please visit

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 3rd October.  Interviews: Tuesday 11thOctober

Suffolk Artlink is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Welcome back Gabby
We are delighted to welcome Gabby back to the team following her maternity leave. Gabby will be leading the Forget Me Not Visitors project. Bridie, who has been working on the project will lead our new care home project ‘Our Place’.

Thanks to The Firestation

A massive Suffolk Artlink thanks to The Firestation cafe in Woodbridge who are supporting us by having a charity box at their till. Sadly it was stolen last week, but the unbelievably lovely staff have donated their tips to Suffolk Artlink – what a special bunch of people they are.


The Musical Words and Pictures course at Jumpstart has started and we had a great first week with Dean Parkin and Maurice Horhut making fantastical songs. Lots of new students have started and we had a lively first day imagining magical journeys.

For this module we are looking forward to the Ipswich sessions at the new venue of the Red Rose Chain Theatre, along with our regular venues of the St John’s Centre in Bury St Edmunds and the Bethel Centre in Lowestoft.

We’re looking forward to creating more songs, artwork and music and creating a film by the end of the course with film maker Lewis Wickwar.


Clown Round

The Clown Doctors gathered at the Coop Education Centre in Ipswich this month, for the third training day of the year. All the Clown Doctors shared their eclectic range of skills with each other to help develop the diversity of their work on the wards.

The day was spent learning body percussion, puppeteering and improvisation with a good dose of silliness thrown in to keep things in the spirit of Clown Round!

Our Clown Doctors are feeling well rested after a short break this summer, noses are polished and ready for action, jokes tweaked and new tricks learnt. Keep an eye out for them on the wards, as they are gearing up for a busy autumn across the region, with visits to all of our hospitals and hospices in the diary.

Suffolk at Play – the final frontier

On Saturday, 10th September, we will be hosting the Suffolk at Play Grand Celebration at the Museum of East Anglian Life, to mark the end of this highly successful and enjoyable two-year project.

There will be a special screening of all FIVE animations, the opportunity to see the Cube and associated exhibits, whilst artist Caitlin Howells and poet Dean Parkin will be leading ‘small interventions’ culminating in a final piece of Suffolk at Play group work.

In the meantime, the animations produced during the summer workshops have been posted to our website and are viewable at: and seen below:

Creative Company

Creative Company took a brief break over the summer, but has already started the new season, with a taster session for Suffolk Family Carers at Hillside Community Centre in Stowmarket, led by artist Caitlin Howells.

Regular sessions kick off at the Together Tuesday meeting in Hadleigh on Tuesday, 6th September, after which they will take place each week, alternating between the Leisure Centre and the Sue Ryder Synergy Café in the Market Place.


Here are a couple of opportunities that while not connected to Suffolk Artlink, might be of interest to some of you.

ENCOURAGE, CREATE, PROMOTE; Young Promoters National Conference

Tue. 18th October 2016, 9.30am – 5pm
The Mix, 127 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1BB

ENCOURAGE, CREATE, PROMOTE; is the first dedicated national event that has come together to celebrate and share the diverse Young Promoters programmes that are happening all over the UK.

It will be an opportunity to hear about the work Creative Arts East has been doing over the past seven years, and specifically the Young Music funded Young Promoters programme which has been developing since 2012. The event will also showcase how other organisations across the country run young promoters programmes in places such as Wales, Lincolnshire, and Gloucestershire

The day will give delegates the chance to hear about best practice; discuss the challenges that organisations have faced; find out how to get involved in already existing programmes; get tips on how to set up your own young promoters groups and networks; and the opportunity to experience what being a young promoter feels like.

This is a FREE event, but advanced booking is essential . Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We hope that you will join us on 18th October, and to reserve your place please email [email protected] or call 01953 713390 By Thursday 13th October.

This event is supported by funding from Youth Music.

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Words and Women competition

Are you a prose writer? Do you write fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction? Do you enjoy life-writing? Then enter your work for the Words And Women writing competition.

National prize: £1000 & a month’s writing residency  provided by Hosking Houses Trust.

Regional prize: £600 & a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.

Winners & twenty shortlisted entries will be published in our annual anthology.

Entries judged by Naomi Wood, prize-winning author of The Godless Boys & Mrs. Hemingway.

Closing date: 15th November 2016.

Entries can be short prose, on any theme, up to 2,200 words.

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living in the East of England.

For more details email [email protected] or visit our blog at