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Studios from Silos

An exhibition was held at The Whistler Gallery DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane  Ipswich IP4 1DW

2019 is the 10 year anniversary of DanceEast moving into the Jerwood DanceHouse.  As part of their celebrations they invited Valerie Irwin to exhibit some of her drawings from the Change in Charcoal Collection which specifically tells the story of the new build of the Jerwood DanceHouse.

49 drawings, 33 framed and 16 unframed, were displayed in the Whistler Gallery through out the summer. For the first time drawings exhibited were for sale in order to raise funds for the preparation of the 4,500 drawings,  archiving and copying all, the purchasing of archival dust free ring binder boxes and other storage material for  the preservation  and safeguarding  of the collection,  which is  being gifted to The Hold, the new Suffolk Records Office.


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


Ipswich Art Society member Mark Beesley has won the prestigious Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, for his drawing 'Mock Tudor'.


The Summer Exhibition, now in its 250th year, is open to professional and amateur artists who, if successful, get to see their work hung alongside that of Royal Academicians like David Hockney, Peter Blake and Tracy Emin. This year around 20,000 works were submitted, of which less than 1000 were hung; they were selected by a jury of RA members under the overall direction of Grayson Perry. 

There are 10 prizes awarded for works in different categories; the Hugh Casson prize is for £5000. Sir Hugh Casson was an eminent architect who co-ordinated the Festival of Britain in 1951 and was also a well-known illustrator and President of the Royal Academy.