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A short video by Theronda Hoffman

Theronda  is making paintings of hares everyday during the lockdown, changing the masks with a positive message on them.

It is a demo and then a talk of not more than 60 seconds long.

Click here to view

New Podcast


New Podcast from IAS member Hannah Aria

Listen to this new podcast containing interesting discussions about arts practice and equal access.

New Artist's website

Sue Arnold

Dear Friends

My new website is complete and live and I invite you to take a look.

I have been painting for about five years, falling under the spell of oil paint with its beautiful texture and colours. I am largely self-taught, attending local classes, reading and experimenting. Recently I have been on courses at the wonderful School of Painting at St Ives in Cornwall, home to so many great 20th century British artists, and this year at the Norfolk Painting School which has helped me to develop my brushwork and technical skills.

My professional background is in Conservation of Prints and Drawings.  Following a degree in History of Art with conservation training at Camberwell, I worked in various galleries and studios in London and Suffolk conserving prints, drawings and watercolours.  

I now paint mostly still lifes in oils and am inspired by forms, their interrelationships and how light and colour play across their surfaces.  Remaining grounded in close observation and figuration, I am working to develop towards a more intuitive investigation of shape, colour, tone and light, finding inspiration in Matisse and Bonnard among many others. Above all the mystery and joy of perception and the power and beauty of colour keep me excited and compelled to paint.


From Visual Artists Association

Opportunity for Artists

I am writing to you as part of the Visual Artists Association (VAA), a professional body for artists of all levels across the UK. 

During the current climate we want to offer support to artists and the art community.

You can find more information on our website here:

This may be of interest to share with your group, for those looking for advice on growing an art business, to distributing and selling art, with mentoring and peer support. There are also a number of online resources to access when you become a member.

If you have any questions do get in touch.

Kind regards,

Barbara Hedley

Visual Artists Association

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Top floor, 9 Abbey Square, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2HU


Opportunity for Artists at DanceEast

There is an exciting opportunity for artists taking place at DanceEast at the end of the month.

Mark Bruce Company will be performing their latest work Return to Heaven on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March. In addition to their performance, they are also opening up their company class to the public on Saturday 28th March. During this class, guests will be free to sketch, paint, or simply observe the company as they dance and rehearse - perfect for dance students, artists, and anyone interested in peeking behind the scenes.

The company class is free to attend, but does need to be booked in advance. Bookings can be made online, or by calling our Box Office team on 01473 295230.


Derek Chambers

Jackdaw Magazine Jan 2020


Bible in Art Exhibition

An opportunity take part in this one day event next year.

March 7th 2020

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich

Subjects can be anything from the St Matthews Gospel  

There is no hanging fee

And no commission.


Mike Smith

07941 309521


Change in Charcoal


Valerie Irwin Archive Project

An artist's response to the demolition and construction at Cranfield's Flour Mill at the Ipswich Dock between 2004 and 2009.

This powerful piece of art amounts to 4,050 drawings and 25 sketchbooks. Many of these were quick responses, gestural, action and multi-layered as well as observational drawings.

The Valerie Irwin Archive Project charity intends to raise funds to ensure public access to the collection through the including:

  • Costs involved involved in preservation of the drawings
  • Purchase of archive suitable storage files and boxes
  • Cost of digitising particular selections and sequences of drawings which would be of particular interest to the public.

All work with cataloguing, packing, oral history compilation and organisation will be conducted by volunteers under the guidance of the Suffolk Record Office.

Below are a few images from the collection showing a mixture of  construction and demolition. 

For further information and to contribute to this archive visit