Borough Council proud to support ‘Our Place in Time’ artwork

Published18th May 2023

As part of Ipswich Print Week – a local festival of printmaking by Oyster Community Press CIC – Ipswich Borough Council is pleased to support the creation of a new wall-hanging by local art students.

Grant-funding to support the ‘Our Place in Time’ Big Print event will see the second of three twelve foot long, civic wall-hangings printed this Saturday 20 May for display in Ipswich this summer, by art students from four local schools - St Albans Catholic High School, Ipswich Academy, Copleston High School and Suffolk One Sixth Form College.

The new wall-hanging will be printed outside the University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront, at 12 noon, using a road roller to print lino cuts produced by 60 young Ipswich artists onto a twelve-foot wall-hanging with linocut artworks inspired by collections in Suffolk Archives.

Councillor John Cook, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Sport says:

“Last year’s Ipswich community ‘Our Place in Time’ wall-hanging on display at The Hold was seen by 28,000 visitors over the summer. We look forward to seeing the results of this year’s lino art by young Ipswich artists as the second of three wall-hangings being created.

We’re so pleased to support this celebration of local art as a community project. Creativity on this scale is a fantastic way to engage young people, coming together to create something special for our town as a legacy, capturing our place in time right now.”

Funding from Suffolk County Council and the Evdemonia Fund also supports the creation of this new wall-hanging, that will be on display at The Hold this summer, before being archived as part of Suffolk Archives permanent record collection with the artwork created last year.

Photo opportunity: Saturday 20 May when The Big Print takes place at 12pm. Please contact Alison Smyth on 07990 553662 or email to confirm attendance.

The new wall-hanging created will unveiled at The Hold at the end of June 2023, with another wall-hanging created next year as the third in the series.

A free week-long exhibition of printmaking, including work from 40 printmakers who live or work within 25 miles of Ipswich, can be found the Whistler Gallery in the Jerwood Dance House (DanceEast) building on Ipswich Waterfront from 20 May until 27 May, 10am to 5pm.