There has been a tremendous response to this joint project, organised by Ipswich Art Society and Colchester Art Society, to give our members the opportunity to meet socially and to work together. Over 200 artists have expressed an interest in taking part and the list is now closed. 

There are three or four exhibitions planned as part of the project, including the summer exhibition at Firstsite. Here are some important dates for you to note:

 The Firstsite exhibition will run from Saturday 18 July to Sunday 11 October 2020 

Submission days will be Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 

Hanging will take place on Monday 13 July 

There are also two events for participating artists which we hope that you will support.

The first meeting will be on Saturday 29 February, 2 – 4pm, at Firstsite in Colchester. At this meeting there will be a chance to hear more about the project and to meet as a group; talk, discuss and find answers to any questions that you may have. 

We would like to hold a second meeting at Flatford sometime in May for a big drawing day, when artists will be able to bring along their drawing materials, engage with the landscape and have a picnic.

In the meantime you might like to come along to the film Stour Surroundings, Artists of the Valley by artist Jevan Watkins Jones, showing at Firstsite on 30th January. The screening at  the University of Suffolk on 18th February is FULLY BOOKED - to be added to the waiting list please email

Best wishes,
Simon, Jude, Bryan & Stephen January 2020