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Funding Successes for Art Eat Festival Community Murals

Funding Successes for Art Eat Festival Community Murals

Funding Successes for Art Eat Festival Community Murals

Art Eat Festival has been awarded grants from Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund, Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund and The Women’s Centenary Fund to produce three community murals in Ipswich as part of ART EAT Festival which will take place on the Waterfront on September 21st and 22nd 2019.

Women and children at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Ipswich enjoyed art workshops with artist Artful Skecha in December last year. Participants helped design a mural in homage to Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, a prominent suffragette and unsung hero. Art Eat festival plans to arrange for this mural to be painted in the Spring.

People in Ipswich will have the chance to help paint two of the three murals. Design workshops open to the public will be led by Bristol artist Zoe Power. Local organisations Emmaus Suffolk, 4YP, Inside Out, Suffolk MIND at Quay Place, YMCA Trinity Group and Suffolk County Council are taking part in the project. High hopes are that the mural will create a positive, uplifting message which is relevant to people’s lives for everyone to enjoy.

Mural Design Workshop Dates

Mon 27th May 11-1 / 2- 4pm - Quay Place, Key Street

Tue 28th May 2 - 4pm - Quay Place, Key Street

Tue 28th May 11- 1pm - 4YP, Lower Brook Street (for 12 - 25 year olds)

Wed 29th May 11 - 1pm - 4YP, Lower Brook Street (for 12 - 25 year olds)

Wed 29th May 2 - 4pm - Emmaus at The Dales, Dales Road

Fri 31st May 11-1 / 2 - 4pm Inside Out at Gippeswyk Hall, Gippeswyk Ave

The workshops will be open to the public, book your place though search Art Eat.

Art Eat festival organisers will also be looking for volunteers to help paint the mural in June.

Mural Artist Zoe Power says; “I’m very excited to be working with Art Eat Festival. It’s extremely rewarding working with local people to create a bright and positive landmark for the community to take pride and ownership in”

Allan Williams, Artist from Inside Out says; “For us this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of how creative activities can help with mental health and wellbeing”

Alice Firbank from 4YP adds; “We’re thrilled to be a part of ART EAT. Research suggests that involvement in arts and culture can be life-

changing for young people’s health and wellbeing, so we’re really excited about the opportunity for young people to be involved in a project which will enable them to create a unique piece of art to be enjoyed by the whole community for years to come. Having artwork feature in the festival mural will also help us raise awareness of some of the issues most relevant to young people today, particularly mental health”

The project’s aim is to address and raise awareness of local issues as well as improve public spaces. A third mural will be designed and painted in HM Warren Hill Prison.


The mural project with celebrated artist Everton Wright is about to start at Warren Hill Prison, and the results will be out in the open on Ipswich Waterfront.

Producers of Art Eat Festival secured funding from Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund and Ipswich Borough Council to work with Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality and run 10 design workshops with prisoners at Warren Hill Prison.

Everton Wright will lead the mural design and paint sessions in the prison and the mural will be installed near Ipswich Waterfront in the Spring.

ART EAT festival producers hope the workshops and the finished mural will raise awareness of the dangers of borrowing money from loan sharks, and encourage the reporting of loan sharks.

ISCRE and the Illegal Lending Money Team have identified that people in prison and their families are most at risk from loan sharks, this project is an educational opportunity for prisoners at Warren Hill and through the project they will help warn people not to borrow from illegal money lenders. Through this project participants and the general public will be deterred from borrowing money from loan sharks. Participants will gain information about alternatives such as credit unions.

ART EAT co-producer Daisy Lees says “The Stop Loan Sharks Mural is a creative and vibrant project which will have strong educational and preventative powers as well as positively enhancing our public space. There’ll be an emphasis on creating street art for the town which is beautiful, despite the ugly themes. We’ve engaged a professional artist to work in the prison to design and paint a mural to be installed on Ipswich

Waterfront. Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have been very supportive, we really hope the town will like the finished works”

ART EAT Festival also invites everyone to take part in the festival production and attend their monthly Open Access Community Meetings, the next one is Tuesday 26th March, 5pm, upstairs at Ipswich County Library. Everyone is welcome to come and share their ideas in an informal setting.

Art Eat co-producer Iona Hodgson says “The festival is about our community, these meetings are for discovering and sharing the festival, and offering inspirations and contributions. We look forward to welcoming you there”

Participate in ART EAT community projects and ART EAT Festival, a street food and art festival for everyone on Ipswich Waterfront, September 21 & 22, 2019. Facebook: @ARTEATevents


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Article by Art Eat Events C.I.C

Creative event production and arts management company based in Suffolk. We create events and festivals celebrating art, food and music with community and education at the heart of our business. We are a community interest company and we specalise in delivering vibrant and creative happenings that bring people together.