The challenges of last year led Art Eat to design a simple event that could take place in a Covid safe way, (although thankfully things had eased by the time the project took place).
We came up with the idea of a town centre wide exhibition displayed in the windows of independent businesses accompanied by a series of intimate live music concerts. The project was a great success, and promoted both artists and small businesses in the town as well as bringing people back into Ipswich.
Find out more HERE
Art Eat were approached by the Ipswich based Caribbean Street Food business Coconut & Lime to bring a mural idea to life. For this commission we chose the talented Catalina Carvajal who worked with our client to develop this stunning design which was completed this summer prior to the truck's busy event schedule.
"It was a great pleasure to allow Catalina to design and paint the Food trailer. She was very professional and understood my vision. Catalina is a wonderful charming woman, she is one of the best artists I have worked with."
Another mural has been created on Ipswich Waterfront which was designed, developed and delivered in collaboration with Ghanian artist Edward Ofosu, Mexican artist Raul G. Loya and residents at HMP Hollesley Bay prison.
The mural was inspired by the much anticipated Power of Stories exhibition opening soon at Christchurch Mansion which features costumes from the Marvel Studios Black Panther movie and was produced in association with Aspire Black Suffolk. See our blog post for more information. Photo by John Ferguson
In response to restrictions and the new normal where events have been impossible, we built an online art shop on our website to support artists we love, who are in turn supporting community art projects by selling on our site.
Click through to the Art Shop page, to browse the lovely work from many talented people.
We commissioned British artist EVEWRIGHT to lead 16 young people to design a new mural through online workshops, producing an exciting collaborative and creative activity during summer 2020 in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Art Eat initiated, fundraised and managed this community mural which was created with young people supported by 14 local youth and community organisations in the area in association with the Ipswich and Colchester Museum Service.
Head to our blog post to see a video about the project.
Art Eat 19 was a two-day visual art and street food festival celebrating all things creative and delicious with taste, sight, and sound sensations all along the Ipswich Waterfront in Suffolk.
Thousands of visitors from across Suffolk and East Anglia enjoyed the vibrant, colourful, tasty, fun-packed and feel-good weekend which took place on the 21st & 22nd September. More Info
We are always planning events and projects and hope to bring exciting Art Eat events and happenings back to Ipswich in 2022.
In 2019 we commissioned Bristol-based mural artist Zoë Power to delivering art workshops to the local community, inspiring the design of this mural on Quay Street in Ipswich, Suffolk.
We worked with six mental health, homelessness and young people's charities and engaged with over 100 people to take part in the workshops. Volunteers supported the paint up, which took 11 days to complete and many, many litres of paint kindly donated by Kent Blaxill.
Art Eat was awarded a grant from Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund to work with artist EVEWRIGHT and the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality to deliver mural design and painting workshops at a local Prison.
The mural was designed and painted in the prison and then transported and installed onto hoardings near Dance East on Ipswich Waterfront.
We were awarded a grant from The Women's Centenary Fund to celebrate the life of the Sikh Princess, Sophia Duleep Singh, who was a prominent suffragette.
We worked with Sikh artist Artful Skecha who led mural design workshops with women and children at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Ipswich, resulting in this impactful commemorative piece.
In 2019 textile artist Cydney Barrows decorated the iconic building Custom House on Ipswich Waterfront as part of the programme for Art Eat Festival.
The installation used brand colours and was in place for two weeks in the lead-up to the festival.
Many thanks to Arts Council of England for awarding us the funding for this project.
We organised an art, print and crafts fair in the University of Suffolk. Attended by over 40 independent artists and makers, the fair took place during the Art Eat Festival weekend in September 2019.
Art Eat are committed to platforming visual artists and we curate exhibitions and art events as part of our ongoing programme.
Find out more about the artists who exhibited at this fair in 2019 here
Many of the projects Art Eat design and deliver include art workshops both on and offline.
We have an extensive network of experienced art workshop leaders and facilitators.
Have a look at some of the artists who delivered workshops as part of our festival here