Dear Members and Friends,
I do hope this finds you well. We are living through a strange time in our history. Quite fundamental adjustments are being made in all quarters and by all individuals during our protracted period of isolation. Naturally, this will have a significant impact on the activities of Ipswich Art Society this year.
You will remember that we had to cancel the AGM. We had hoped that things would return to normal soon after, but it now is obvious that we are in this for a good portion of the year.
The decisions regarding the remainder of our activities are therefore as follows:
Annual Open Exhibition: Unfortunately this will be cancelled this year. This is the first time since the war that this has happened, but it is inevitable. The exhibition venues are closed for the foreseeable future, and the risks of a last minute cancellation are very high. This would then waste the considerable effort required in re-planning for what was to have been a different venue this year – and close to impossible whilst the committee is unable to meet in person, and unable to liaise with the venue.
Borders exhibition (joint with Colchester Art Society and Firstsite): The plan was for a series of events around the exhibitions. This has been seriously affected, and a separate briefing letter has been sent to the artists who have volunteered. It is also available to download from the Borders page.
Small Works autumn exhibition in Woodbridge: We are hopeful that we will be able to go ahead with this exhibition, which has been such a success in the last two years. We will update you if anything changes.
Anna Airy Award Exhibition: We are holding a decision on this in abeyance until we have been able to be in contact with the schools.
I and the committee send our very best wishes.
Chairman, Ipswich Art Society