Spring Talks

A series of talks will be held this Spring, ranging from well known artists sharing their work practices and current projects to art historians shedding light on influential artists and designers from the past.

The programme will be announced here in the New Year.

Join us for an interesting evening in a relaxed atmosphere, with refreshments,  

in the Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

Members and Friends free, non members £2.50.

previous Talks

Kate Bright

February 2018

Artist Kate Bright gave us an insight  into the development of her latest work, a commission by the Wivenhoe House Hotel to paint Wivenhoe Park in Colchester on the 200th anniversary of Constable's famous painting of the same subject.

“I grew up in Suffolk and, as a landscape painter, I am only too aware of Constable’s importance both as a ground-breaking Romantic painter but also as a local hero.”

Bright, who now lives in London, lectures in painting at The Slade School of Fine Art and specialises in landscape and the ideas of illusion and the desire for contact with the great outdoors.

Paul Bruce on William Kent

January 2018 

Paul Bruce revealed how, through travels abroad,  William Kent (1685-1748) came to play a leading role in establishing the Palladian style in this country. He designed the Treasury and the Horse Guards buildings in London and much of the interior of Houghton Hall, in Norfolk.

A polymath, he could turn his hand to painting, designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration, theatrical design, costume and landscape gardens.  Closer to home Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich holds many pieces of Kent’s furniture.

Glynn Thomas

November 2017 

Glynn Thomas took us back to his days as an illustration and printmaking student at Cambridge School of Art in 1962 - 67 which led to his teaching printmaking at Ipswich Art School in 1967 - 79. He is now a full time artist and his distinctive work can be seen in galleries, institutions and homes all over the world.


Glynn gave us an explanation of the various print techniques he uses and a demonstration of fine etching. After a break for refreshments we had the opportunity to ask questions and see some of his latest projects.