1. Early Days

2. In High Street

3. Special Exhibitions

4. End Of An Era

5. End Of An Era 2

6. New Beginnings

7. Consolidation

8. ART at St Nicholas

9. Postscript

9 Postscript- events since 1999

Unfortunately, although Art at St. Nicholas got off to a marvellous start, it was not to continue. In February 2000, Ipswich Borough Council unexpectedly received an offer for the building which had been empty for many years prior to the Art Society's involvement. They accepted the offer. Although the Society could have insisted on remaining for the rest of the short-term lease that had been agreed the previous year, it was decided that the resources of the Society were better used in other ways and the building was relinquished immediately. Saint Nicholas has been taken over, together with the adjacent Churchgate office block, by the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich and is to be used for conferences, exhibitions and administrative purposes.

Gill Thomas took over the chair from Myra Finch in September 1999. Her particular policy is to re-establish the Society's old links with Ipswich School of Art, which has now evolved into the Department of Art and Design at Suffolk College. Many of our members have attended classes at Suffolk College and a considerable number have been or are tutors there. She is also concerned to strengthen our existing links with Christchurch Mansion. Works by our members past and present have been exhibited there both in the Wolsey Gallery and in the Room Upstairs. Work by our members forms a significant part of the Collection at the Mansion, and at the Wolsey Gallery we all benefit from being able to see exhibitions known throughout the country for their excellence. Our three institutions, the Art Society, Suffolk College and the Mansion all offer varied arts opportunities in the district and collaboration enriches all.


Thanks go to all the members and supporters of the Society and the "Club" who over the years have been contributors, subscribers and patrons. They have made the past 125 years of the Society's history possible and meaningful and it is they who will make the Society's future progressive and significant.

Also many thanks to Adrian Parry for his archival skills and dedication and to Gill Thomas, David Thompson, Myra Finch and Richard Pinkney for their work on this publication.

Credit for extra material to update this on-line version goes to Gill Thomas and Myra Finch. Thanks also to the Ipswich Museums Service for allowing us to reproduce the work of some illustrious past members of the Society. Christchurch Mansion houses Ipswich Borough Council's excellent collection of fine and decorative arts. The Suffolk Artist Gallery displays work by notable Suffolk artists including an outstanding collection of works by Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. Many works in the collection are by past members of the Ipswich Art Society. Free entry. Tel 01473 433554.