Ipswich Borough Council commissioned us to develop the design of a new mural for Maple Park in Ipswich, inspired by artwork created by children from the neighbouring Hanford Hall primary School.
The project was completed over 10 days October 2022 by local artist Jitka Schejbalova with the help from the school children and Art Eat volunteers.
The park was recently renovated and this mural adds a much needed final splash of colour to an area of the park, to further encourage local residents to enjoy the gorgeous space.
Image: A section of the mural taken by Raquel Sterling
After a successful mural project for our lovely clients at Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Colchester, we were commissioned to further develop the project extending the work onto adjacent walls and windows.
Working with lead artist Tom Knight and Adrian Leroy and Dan Budd from Colchester and Ipswich we delivered the next phase of of the project.
"I'm chuffed to bits with the results of the new mural work and how it encourages the public to engage with the artwork."
With the support of Cultural Recovery Fund from Ipswich Borough Council, Art Eat partnered up with Aspire Black Suffolk and Noise of Art to deliver Suffolk Creates, a networking event for local creatives with the aim of bringing the creative community closer together after the time spent in lockdowns and under restrictions.
The event, which was held at The Hold in Ipswich and was attended with many industries represented - art, music, photography, video games, design, marketing… It was a fun afternoon with music from DJs Ben Osborne and Daniel Lee Harvey, free drinks, and some speed networking games!
Contact us for any networking event needs, and we’ll be happy to help you deliver a connective experience for all attendees.
Thanks to funding from Suffolk County Council, we will soon be delivering street performance workshops, art workshops for three new murals and a 20th birthday celebration at the skatepark in May 2022.
We will also be working with local artists to revamp the Stoke Bridge Skate Park with new artwork, which will be revealed at the 20th birthday celebration, produced in collaboration with HOAX and Skate Suffolk. Check our blog for more details!
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Photo by Luke Dzundza.
Art Eat managed and delivered a mural project commissioned by Lion Walk Shopping Centre with the support of Our Colchester BID Recovery Fund, and in collaboration with artist Tom Knight. The 100m2 ceiling mural nestled between Red Lion Yard and Lion Walk is inspired by Colchester city itself, as well as its people and history.
“The design for Lion Walk is primarily intended to create a feeling of joy and optimism. It’s an expression of hope, looking to the future whilst leaning on the strong bedrock of our heritage and the important historical context of Colchester, its people and places.”
See our blog for more information. Photo by Robbie Waters at Optic Matter
For Halloween we delivered a range of performances at Lion Walk Shopping Centre, on their premises in Colchester’s shopping district.
With acts ranging from contortionism to tarot card reading, from stilt-walking to hand balancing, we pulled together an entertainments schedule at short notice which allowed us to work alongside incredible artists who really impressed the crowd and the client.
Do you need to add an elements of performance or spectacle to an event? We have an extensive roster of performance artists, visual artists, and musicians and can manage the bookings and programming for you. Contact us today to see how we can help.
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