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Notes on over 3,400 painters & artists that have associations with Suffolk. It also includes a few sculptors and metal workers who were members of the Ipswich Art Club making the listing inclusive of those members. Unlike some, this website is available without subscription to all; it is a totally non-commercial venture by the author. Though every effort is made, we can make no warranty whatsoever as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. It may be freely used by anyone but an acknowledgement of the use of my site would be appreciated.

Any additions or corrections would be welcomed.

The definition of a Suffolk artist is in the eyes of the compiler, unless he was born, worked and died in the county which would reduce the lists to very few, so I have chosen to be selective with those painters who have tenuous connections with Suffolk. The rolling countyside and the shores of the county were a natural draw to many artists and to have included all those that painted in the county would have made the list too large and reduce its value in promoting the artists of Suffolk.

Painters that could have been included are Stanley Spencer (1901-1959), the brother of Gilbert [q.v.], who took as his first wife Hilda Carline [q.v.] who spent key, but brief, periods at Wangford 1922-1925 when he married at Wangford in 1925 and where they spent their honeymoon painting 'The Red House, Wangford' and 'Sky at Wangford' and being joined in painting trips by his brother Gilbert renting a cottage, making several painting trips to Southwold when all three were invited to paint Lucy Silcox, headmistress of St. Felix School but the project was never completed. Francis Newbury (1853-1946) used his influence when director of of the Glasgow School of Art to promote Mackintosh [q.v.] and his circle. And it was he who encouraged the idea of a bolt-hole on the Suffolk coast. Newbury and his wife Jessie, a gifted embroidery designer, rented a house at Walberswick each summer as a base for sketching and painting. After their flights from Scotland, Margaret and Charles Rennie Mackintosh took rooms next door.

8+1 SUFFOLK GROUP was launched at Woodbridge, Suffolk at Easter 1985 by a group of nine Suffolk Artists - John Constable, Kenneth Cuthbert, Evangeline Dickson, Yvonne Drewry, Pris Forrest, David Hazelwood, Charles Longbotham, Mark Miller and Anne Paterson Wallace - as a means of putting together a group that could manage and present their own exhibitions. Their first show was at Broughton Gallery, Lanarkshire in August 1985. The Group carried on for many years.

12PM - TWELVE PRINTMAKERS 12PM was formed in 1984 from a group of professional artists working in and around Colchester. The name of the group derives from there being twelve founding members. Some are members of the Printmakers Council or the Society of Wood Engravers. Many have had solo exhibitions, shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibitions, 'Originals' Print Exhibitions, or taken part in mixed exhibitions all over the UK and abroad. The group has aims to enable a number of like-minded artists to meet regularly to exchange ideas and discuss each other's work and to maintain a maximum membership of twelve. The group feels the need to heighten the awareness of the public about printmaking as an art form. All prints are conceived and carried out by the artist in a limited number of prints which are signed and numbers. An Original Print is an original work of art and not to be confused with commercial reproductions which may also be described as limited edition prints. The present members of 12PM use a variety of techniques, including etching, lithography, wood engraving, silk- screen, lino/wood cutting and mono printing.

49 & RISING was founded in 1999 by Pam Winbolt. A group of visual artists promoting the innovative work of the older artist across a range of studio practices, with the aim in bringing thought-provoking art to the wider public by exhibiting. The group has established an impressive reputation both regionally and internationally for work that is compelling, thematically diverse and sometimes just purely idiosyncratic range of ideas in paint, textiles, word, bronze, mixed media and paper. The Group also exhibits for charities and in cultural exchange exhibitions; with exhibitions taking place both in the UK and in Germany. Open to new members, professional artists over 49 years old with meetings at exhibiting venues or mutually convenient places. Wall Farm Studios, Skeltons Grove, Kenny Hill, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

ALDEBURGH ART GROUP an informal art group which meets once a week. Any medium but no teachers with meetings at the Baptist Chapel in Aldeburgh High Street every Tuesday. Has annual exhibitions in Aldeburgh every June.

ART AGE-TRIMLEY an informal group with meetings in the Memorial Hall, Trimley St. Martin, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Its aim is to encourage and develop painting in all forms using a variety of materials and methods with regular competitions between group members and holds occasional demonstrations.

ARTHEADS opened in 2007 as a collection of recovering addicts who felt the need to convey a message that there was 'life after drugs' and to further educate the public about substance misuse. From initial art exhibitions and gigs, they have now become an established group with a permanent venue in Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk. Artheads have have a weekly creative art group, music jams, DJ evenings, open mic-nights and workshops. They have lots of art and music resources and are open to accommodate whatever creative ideas that people may have. Artheads offers a wide range of Creative Art opportunities including painting, drawing and sculpture, mixed media, printing and design. Their workshop is in the Bury St Edmund's Abbeycroft Leisure Centre. www.artheads.co.uk

ARTWORKS was established in 2000, Artworks is a group of thirty East Anglian based professional artists comprising of painters, sculptors, printmakers and an installation artist working in a range of styles and media. An annual showcase exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham every September including daily artist demonstrations. 4 Holly Cottages, East End Lane, East Bergholt, Suffolk.

ASYLUM STUDIOS was set up in 2000 as a co-operative to provide affordable studio spaces to locally based professional artists and to create a sustainable focus for professional arts activity in this area. At Building 118, Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham, Woodbridge which is being developed as viable artists’ studios with low rents, on site darkroom and general workshop facilities. Holding a number of exhibitions, seminars and residencies each year. Flexi space is available for short term rent, seminars will include artists from outside the membership as both audience and exhibitors focussed on both the professional development of artists and giving access to the arts and art techniques to a broader community. Membership is open - artists are selected on quality of work and commitment to the shared aims of the co-op.

ATRIUM STUDIOS is an innovative creative industries hub that has been developed by the School of Arts and Humanities at University Campsus Suffolk, in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Arts Council England. It is an ideal opportunity for graduates, alumni, creative start-ups and artists to rent affordable studio and office space. The impetus behind this hub is to encourage the development of the creative and cultural industries within the region, by providing new networks and business links and creating pathways from education to employment. It aims to develop a vibrant and inclusive artist-led space that welcomes, supports and inspires new arts initiatives. With an innovative approach towards developing community participation Atrium Studios hosts a varied and exciting schedule of seminars, showcases and exhibitions. Members will benefit from networking opportunities and the full support of UCS’s School of Arts and Humanities Department. atriumstudios@ucs.ac.uk

BECCLES SOCIETY OF ARTISTS was formed in 1969. After a successful exhibition arranged for pupils of Frank Forward at Beccles Corn Exchange in 1967 the desire for a local art society was born, but lay in abeyance until Frank Delf took up the challenge and held the first meeting of the Society in the upstairs room or The Friends' Meeting House in Smallgate in October 1969. The object of the society is the furtherance and enjoyment of art and is still meeting in 2016. There are a large number of artists on whom I need further information but are included in name under Beccles Society of Artists.

BLACK DOG ARTS a volunteer run organisation was formed in August 2007 aiming to develop art and craft in the Bungay area. Membership is open to anyone who supports our aim with some 100 or so members ranging from professional artists, art teachers and students, to amateurs and enthusiasts. They hold workshops, talks and exhibitions in response to members' interests and requests and also offer mutual support and networking to people living in this rural area through our programme of activities

BURY & WEST SUFFOLK FINE ART SOCIETY was established in 1879 and held regular exhibitions with their exhibitions held at the rooms of J. W. Clarke, photographer, at Angel Hill, Bury St Edmund's. By 1889 they had been renamed Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society and held their exhibition at the Town Hall.

BURY ST EDMUNDS ART SOCIETY was established in the early 1950's to promote artists and the visual arts. It is a lively society, with members working in an ever-widening range of media, including: painting - in watercolours, oils and acrylics; drawing; print-making; sculpture. The Society's membership comprises people from all walks of life and includes many for whom art is a pleasurable pastime, as well as a number of distinguished professional artists. The Society offers a regular programme of demonstrations and lectures, as well as exhibitions, visits and occasional workshops. The Society holds its main Annual Exhibition during the Summer, for all members to display and offer their work for sale.

CHAIN REACTION is a group of artists drawn from across Suffolk. They work in a variety of media, principally the textile arts. The group exhibits together regularly and meets to provide support, inspiration and critical appraisal for each others' work.

CLARE ART CLUB founded about 1990 by its President Irene Corless. In 2013 it had 99 members. As well as having two exhibitions a year, in the Town Hall at Clare in Suffolk, the Club meets at the Bell Hotel for 'demonstrations' on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

DEBEN ART GROUP see FELIXSTOWE ART GROUP

EAST ANGLIAN GROUP OF MARINE ARTISTS. In 1979 six amateur and professional marine painters met at the famous 'Butt and Oyster' pub at Pin Mill on the banks of the River Orwell, Suffolk. Inspired by the surroundings and a shared enthusiasm for depicting the maritime scene the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists was brought into being. Soon, others were invited to join, amongst them being some well-known and highly regarded artists with a leaning towards East Coast subject matter. An inaugural exhibition was held in Ipswich early the following year, since when the group has moved from strength to strength with a steady improvement in standards and diversity. The group has a maximum of 35 full members. The group has an association with Mandell's Gallery in Norwich, holding the first of its major annual exhibitions in June 2013. The group will also be regularly exhibiting in galleries throughout East Anglia and beyond. Most recently, the group enjoyed a very successful exhibition at Thompson's gallery in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

THE EYE ARTS GUILD, an initial meeting was held in 1982 for like-minded creatives who enjoyed getting together to practise their craft. They currently have around fifty members drawn from all local social groups and through all abilities, and they meet on a weekly basis to share the pleasure of drawing and painting in each other's company. The club is run by the members, taking turns to organise morning sessions and share the administration involved with setting up both summer and winter programmes. They aim to hold one or two exhibitions a year in Eye at the new Bank Gallery and in Diss, which is in Norfolk, at the United Reformed Church. A working committee at the Annual General Meetings in the Spring.

FELIXSTOWE ART GROUP initially named the Deben Art Group was founded in 1952 at Makinsons Framing and Art Shop in High Road West, Felixstowe with Carl Giles [q.v.] as vice president until his death in 1995. The Group`s first Exhibition was held in 1955 at the old Ambulance Hall in Orwell Road which consisted of 78 exhibits, mostly unframed watercolours, the 2010 Exhibition totalled some 200plus works with members being limited to a maximum of four paintings. The Annual Exhibition then moved to the Marlborough Hotel and members of the Rangers Art Club, now the Orwell Art Group of Ipswich, were invited to exhibit as guests, a connection which lasted for many years. In 1980 the Deben Art Group changed to the Felixstowe Deben Art Group and in 1986 to Felixstowe Art Group. The aims of the Group is to encourage art in the community, accepting members from complete beginners as well as experienced artists, providing members with the ability to showcase their work at their Annual Exhibitions as well as at their Gallery on Bent Hill, Felixstowe.

THE HALESWORTH ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION was founded in 1966 by Jack and Sheila Arbuthnot with four other local people: Mary Colby, Daniel Del-Rivo, Jennifer Dickson and Patrick Roberts. The objective was, and still is, to 'exhibit modern painting and sculpture of the highest possible standard on a non-profit-making basis and for the general enjoyment of all; and, it is hoped, for the benefit of the artists since all works are for sale.

HARLESTON AND WAVENEY ART TRAIL a collective of about 35 professional artists living and working in the Waveney Valley, who open their studios and workshops to the public over three weekends each June/July. Selection of new members each October with membership application forms available from Harleston Gallery. Members meet quarterly.

HORSESHOE ART CLUB described in the Lowestoft Journal 1986-1992 and the Suffolk Record Office Lowestoft has a file (1176/2/2/8/82) with their first exhibition 20 June 1986 in the Lowestoft Library and the last one noted on 21 February 1992. The file also contains press-cuttings and photographs.

IPSWICH FINE ART CLUB was founded in 1874, changing its name to Ipswich Art Club in 1925 and in 1993 to Ipswich Art Society. This long established society was formed to promote and encourage interest in the visual arts by providing opportunities to exhibit, discuss, appreciate and participate. So whether you paint, draw, sculpt or just look and respond, the society provides you with a varied programme of events and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. A full list of members is in the centenary catalogue each being included on this site. However some of the information is insufficient to provide a brief biography. It was not neccessary to be a member to be an exhibitor or even a painter, some exhibited and become a member later, others left the Club only to rejoin and of course some ladies married and have an entry both under their maiden and married names. See the entry under Ipswich, for most non-exhibiting members.

IPSWICH SCHOOL OF ART was founded in 1859 and has trained such artists as Walter Batley, Frederick George Cotman, Maggi Hambling, Arthur Southgate, Leonard Squirrell, William Symonds and many others.

IPSWICH SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS founded in 1832, probably by Henry Davy [q.v.] who tutored the young artists, and over the next five years had upwards of 50 members. It faded away about 1840 when the Committee, on 30 January 'failed to help a proposed exhibition by Suffolk Artists'. It had several noted artist members including Robert Burrows, Gainsborough Dupont, Jabez Hare and Samuel Read. George Rowney of London, a supplier of artist's material, was also an honorary member. The Minute Book for 1832-1837 is at Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich (K13/1/10.) See list of members under Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists.

THE KNODISHALL LIFE DRAWING GROUP was founded just after the turn of the century by a small number of like minded people. In 2015 it is being managed by Tony Richards [q.v.] who has been a member for about ten years. Meetings are held fortnightly at the Knodishall Village Hall on Mondays from 10.00-13.00. They are not teaching sessions but three hours of intensive drawing from a model. The group members are of mixed abilities from artists who are new to life drawing to experienced artists who have been drawing for many years. The sessions are run in blocks of five and for each block the charge in 2015 is £25 including refreshments but artists supply their own materials and supports, such as an easel. New members who are seriously interested in drawing from the human figure from life are very welcome. Anyone who wishes to join us may contact Tony Richards on 01728 454921 or by e-mail tony.richards@suffolkartist.com.

LAVENHAM ART SOCIETY was established in Lavenham, Suffolk in 2007, in 2014 it had over 70 members living and working in and around the town and welcomes all who are interested in art, beginners and experienced artists, amateur or professional. Their website aims to keep members up to date with programmes, workshops, exhibitions and to share examples of work giving the work of the member artists to a wider public.

LOWESTOFT ART GROUP in the late nineteen forties, a group of local artists met to form an Art Society which was to meet monthly in a building,(now the Academy of Music), situated in High Street, Lowestoft but owing to poor support and a lack of funds this group collapsed after only a few months. During the early fifties a second group was formed by the then Principal of the Regent Road Art School a Miss Varley. The meetings were held Monthly at the Morton Road School of Art and continued until the retirement of Miss Varley who moved from the Lowestoft area. Then Arthur Lee and Wilf Sutton formed a group and advertised in the Lowestoft Journal asking those interested to attend a meeting when they obtained six members one of them being Gerald Rose, but after about six months this club also collapsed. There was also a club called ‘Lowestoft and District Arts Society’ and Wilf exhibited at this club, but owing to its very high standard of work was very difficult to join. In 1959 an advertisement appeared in the 'Lowestoft Journal', asking those interested in Art to attend a meeting at The Hatfield Hotel, Lowestoft when the meeting was well attended including Hubert Palfrey, Dr. Roy Vining, Peter Lang, Colin Self, Wilfred Sutton and Peter Beare and the present Lowestoft & District Art Group was duly formed. An early exhibition was held at the hotel but the Group really got underway with its first major exhibition at St. John's Church Hall in December 1960. This was also the venue for their meetings. A few years later the exhibition venue moved to the Copperfield Lounge at the Suffolk Hotel and then the exhibitions moved to South Lowestoft Methodist Church but proved to be an unsuccessful location and the Group moved its exhibitions to the new public library and then the Regent Road Art Centre Gallery but this closed in 1995. They then used Lord Kitchener's Memorial Holiday Centre, Kirkley Cliff for meetings and working evenings.

MARCH HARE COLLECTIVE was founded in 2010 is a group of Suffolk artists, crafters, designer makers with an ethos of handmade and original work. It has its headquarters in Bury St Edmund's.

MARTLESHAM ART GROUP with workshops and exhibitions in watercolour, pastels and oils from landscapes to still life. Annual exhibition in July at St Michael’s Church Hall, Martlesham. Open to new members fees about £44.00 per annum with meetings held at St Michael’s Church Hall, Martlesham, near Ipswich .

MELLIS ARTS came about in 2012 through the efforts of Sally Tyley and a small group of like-minded people. The local Railway Tavern offered their back room to the art club as a permanent gallery which is open whenever the tavern is open and now contains a lively mix of arts and crafts work by the members. The gallery has for sale original paintings in all mediums, prints, artistry in wool and quilting, metalwork, stained glass panels, ceramics and hand-made musical instruments.

METTINGHAM ART GROUP is run by its members with a professional tutor, currently Jenny Windle. A small non profit making group of amateur artists painting for fun. Absolute beginners to experienced artists alike, all are welcome. The Group meets for an art class at Mettingham Village Hall, Rectory Lane, Mettingham, Bungay, Suffolk from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Thursdays. They meet to support the members in the development, improvement and promotion of their personal artistic skills. You would be made most welcome, irrespective of ability.

NORWICH ART CIRCLE was founded in 1885 and in 1928 merged with the Woodpecker Art Club, originally Woodpecker Sketch Club formed in 1887, and was renamed Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle.

ORWELL ART CLUB on 14 June 1947, a group of artists, including the celebrated Dutch artist, Cor Visser [q.v.] founded the Rangers Art Club, as it was then known. For an annual subscription of 5/- (25p), the founder members would meet regularly to encourage the art of sketching and painting by informal expeditions, talks and demonstrations. In 1957, the club was renamed The Orwell Art Club and welcomes leisure painters of all ages and ability and continues the tradition of welcoming all, whether beginner or professional. The current membership of 120 includes complete novices as well as people who are tutors in adult education and operates on a non-selective basis, so that each member becomes, in effect, his own judge and jury.

OULTON BROAD ART CIRCLE founded in 1974 when Alice Welsh, with about 12 friends, held a meeting at the Welch’s home in Caldicott Road, Oulton Broad in early autumn of 1974. The First Meeting when Alice Welsh was chairman and Derek Plant the secretary who later relinquished the position, and the the first meeting was attended by Derek Knights, Derek Plant, John Holmes, Douglas Urquhart, Douglas Hosea, Harold Cushing, Alice Welch, Joan Tusting, Carolyn Reeder, Peter Fletcher, David Balder and others unknown. The First President was Jason Partner with Douglas Hosea, Chairman; Carolyn Reeder, Treasurer and Joan Tuting, Secretary.

PAINT CLUB EAST founded in 2012 is an Arts Council supported organisation for the professional development of painters in the Eastern region. Its aim is to develop dialogue across the East Anglian region around issues in contemporary painting. They have hosted talks by Rosie Snell, Marcus Harvey, Peter Ashton-Jones and Daniel Sturgis in two supporting venues-Firstsite and The Minories Galleries in Colchester.

RANGERS ART CLUB see ORWELL ART CLUB

SAXMUNDHAM ART GROUP is a small group of local people who get together and paint. Any medium and no teachers. Exhibition at Saxmundham Arts Festival in October. Meet every Thursday at the Conference Room, Saxmundham Library, Saxmundham.

SOCIETY OF EAST ANGLIAN WATERCOLOURISTS inaugurated in 2007 with the help and guidance of the Royal Watercolour Society and their then president Richard Sorrell, and has recently adopted the title of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists. Members are drawn from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The membership covers a wide range of abilities, including many professional painters and some who do not paint at all. It holds two exhibitions a year, one Member’s Exhibition and one Select Exhibition where an independent committee will have at least one member of the RWS on the panel along with two professional people from the world of the visual arts. There is the ‘President’s Award’ which is given by the President of the Royal Watercolour Society which guarantees the winning painting a place at the RWS Open Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery the following Spring. The exhibitions are held at the Edmund Gallery in Bury St Edmunds. The society runs one-day classes with tutors such as Richard Bawden RWS, Charles Williams RWS. NEAC, Olwen Jones RWS, Thomas Plunkett RWS, Geoff Pimlott RWS and others are drawn from the RWS, the New English Art Club and from our own professional members.

SOLE BAY GROUP was founded by Walter Francis Crittall and known as Mr. Pink living at Great Easton, Essex with a second home on the coast at Southwold, a favourite haunt of early and mid-20th century artists. Attracted by the philanthropy of Crittall and the fame of Clausen, many artists gathered around the two 'founders' in an informal painting group. SEE SITE UNDER PAINTERS for additional information and painters.

SOUTHWOLD ART CIRCLE commences in 1945 with the launch of a summer art exhibition by Southwold and District Art Group in the old Drill Hall later the exhibition moved to the large ground-floor room at the Homestead on South Green but in 1961 the exhibition returned to the Drill Hall. In 1966 the activities of the Art Group, including the exhbitions, were taken over by the Southwold Art Circle which had been founded in 1960.

STOWMARKET ART CLUB was founded in 1959/60 when ten painters gathered at the 'Royal Oak' to discuss the possibilities of forming an art club. The first actual meeting took place in February 1960. The club has grown over the years and has moved venues several times but now meets at Hillside Recreation Centre, Combs Ford, Stowmarket. The Club provides the opportunity for Artists of all abilities to meet up with others who share their enjoyment of painting and drawing. Membership ranges from novices to professional Artists.

SUDBOURNE PARK PRINTMAKERS was founded in 1992 by artist and printmaker, Gareth Jones. With expansion, the group moved to its present premises in Sudbourne Park in 2002 and became a co-operative and has facilities for etching, woodcuts, mono-prints, lithography etc.. The artists in the group display a diverse range of techniques and many are established artists whose work is exhibited and sold nationally and internationally. The work of the group can be seen at two annual exhibitions. One in the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh and the other at the Sudbourne Park workshop. Open to new members.

SUDBURY CREATIVES has been set up to encourage more interaction between creative people in and around Sudbury. Members can create their own webpage on the site and upload their own biography, pictures and captions for others to view. It also acts as a ‘showcase’ for local talent. An online gallery of work to encourage awareness of who’s doing what, and to whom, out there. And it is designed to work at both professional and amateur levels.

SUFFOLK ART SOCIETY grew from modest beginnings when Ronald McCausland-White owner of the Phoenix Art Gallery at Lavenham who in 1954 started a small art club which continued to meet and occasionally exhibit there until 1960. That year the club adopted the Suffolk Art Society name and a formal constitution. A committee was elected and it was decided to operate independently of the gallery and from then onwards, election to membership has normally been by annual selection from applicant artists. The Society's first President was sculptor Thomas Baylis Huxley-Jones (1908-1969) for be followed by painter Edward Messon (1910-1983). The Society holds regular annual exhibitions at various locations in the county and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004.

SUFFOLK FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION held its [first] exhibition on Wednesday 27 August 1850, at the New Lecture Hall of the Mechanics' Institution, Ipswich. At two o'clock in the afternoon, there was a private view for subscribers, when upwards of 100 were in attendance. At 8 o'clock in the evening, the Converzatione took place, which lasted until nearly eleven o'clock, affording much gratification to those by whom it was attended. Lighted up with gas, the hall had a brilliant appearance. Other than this newspaper advertisements, little is known. See the list of exhibitors under Suffolk Fine Arts Association.

SUFFOLK GROUP. Mike Kelly on retiring from his art school job in Warwickshire to Walberswick in Suffolk in 1983, discovered five of his former fellow students as well as a growing network of other artists thought of forming a group of professional artists. Following discussions with like -minded artists, the Suffolk Group was formed at the end of 1990.

SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS started in 1991 is an association of Suffolk artists who have been opening their studios to the public. From a small gathering of friends to an annual membership of over 130 individual artists with the aim to promote the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in Suffolk. Member's own studios are open to the public for at least one weekend in June. They finish the year with a weekend Autumn exhibition in November, which provides the opportunity to exhibit and view members' latest work. To promote these events 30,000 full colour artist directories are produced and distributed throughout Suffolk. The organisation is run by artists for artists. Members' become part of a mutually supportive group which gives artists the chance to make friends and work co-operatively with like minded people.

WAVENEY & BLYTH ARTS is a new arts organisation launched in November 2010. Over 80 creative individuals and members of arts organizations. For more information please contact the Secretary

THE WAVENEY SPRINGS ART COLLECTIVE was formed in 2008 so that artists and makers living and working within approximately a 15 mile radius of Diss could come together to share ideas, give workshops and exhibit as a group. Our name is derived from the fact that we bridge the Norfolk/Suffolk border from both sides of the Upper Waveney Valley.

WOODBRIDGE ART CLUB was founded in 1968 and in 1974 found premises in the Old Granary complex which were opened in November 1976 with its own gallery and studio plus a pottery kiln. The ethos of the club is to encourage amateur artists of whatever standard but membership is limited to 200 members. Weekly meetings every Wednesday evening with the opportunity to attend art classes, have exhibition space for own work and the use of studio facilities, pottery wheel and kiln. Annual exhibitions from Easter to September, every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday