Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C


Sudbury: Gainsborough’s House benefits from exciting new initiatives

12:00 05 September 2014

Gainsborough's House preview of the coming season. Left to right, director Mark Bills and Sue Starling (marketing).

Gainsborough's House preview of the coming season. Left to right, director Mark Bills and Sue Starling (marketing).

A number of exciting initiatives designed to attract visitors to the birthplace of Suffolk’s most famous artist are already paying dividends.

Gainsborough’s House, in Sudbury, has been transformed into a vibrant centre for the arts, with bold expansion plans on the horizon.

Constantly changing exhibitions, loans of artworks from top national galleries and a revamp of the museum’s layout have seen visitor numbers increase by more than 20% in the past year.

The newly refitted Gainsborough’s House shop, which re-opened in July, has already become a hit with visitors and locals.

And with more collaborations planned involving musicians, art groups and local museums, along with a planned capital works programme to extend the building, the future of Gainsborough’s House looks bright.

According to director, Mark Bills, previously the maximum number of people who would visit the museum in a year was 19,000. But since August 2013, around 23,000 visitors walked through the doors of Gainsborough’s House.

Over the next two years, an area next door to the famous house will be used to extend the building and create a space big enough to house large scale exhibitions. In addition, there will be a selling gallery for work from the facility’s print workshop and a tearoom.

Mr Bills said: “It’s important that we up our takings because it’s about being sustainable for the future. We want to create somewhere where people can come and spend a day and have lunch. By introducing the different displays, we are also hoping to encourage people to come back to the gallery again and again.”

To help boost funds, Gainsborough’s House has just started a scheme where people can ‘adopt’ a painting by funding conservation work.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

An armed police officer was called to Kesgrave as a safety precaution after a report was received of an injured dog today.

Last week’s article was about Oak Hill, the outstanding property just off Belstead Road on Oak Hill Lane, built in 1860 on a plot of land sold by Peter Burrell of Stoke Park, recaps John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted.

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

A Suffolk-based charity auction which has attracted bids from all over the world and raised more than £870,000 since its inception is aiming to break the £1million mark for national and local charities this year.

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

The A12 is now running smoothly after severe traffic delays earlier at Feering, Essex, caused by a two-car crash.

Some stores display a polite notice next to initial merchandise asking shoppers not to rearrange the items to create rude words.

Hundreds of youngsters braved the cold October temperatures to celebrate all things autumn at the Holywells Park Apple Day.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24