Art looks at memories of Ipswich

MEMORIES and moments in time all told through the medium of art.This is the concept behind a new exhibition at the Wolsey Art Gallery in Christchurch Mansions called Our Town: Ipswich in Art.

MEMORIES and moments in time all told through the medium of art.

This is the concept behind a new exhibition at the Wolsey Art Gallery in Christchurch Mansions called Our Town: Ipswich in Art.

The idea is to urge people from Ipswich to get out their paint brushes, take up their chisels and create art to represent their feelings about the town.

The gallery has chosen 23 paintings from Ipswich museums and galleries to give snap shots of Ipswich's social, economic and historical life.

People are being asked to take a look at the paintings and come up with their own personal take on them. It is not an exercise in copying but a chance to share your own creative memories.

"We want people to tell us about Ipswich through art. How it has changed and what it means to them.

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"It will be their own interpretations of the town and not just a copy of the 23 paintings. These are just inspiration.

"People can take aspects of the works and they can use any medium they wish.

"The idea is that we wanted to do something specifically about Ipswich and not just Suffolk and to get the people who know all about it involved. From painting, to sculpture and needle work, everything is welcome," said Charlotte Baker, who is helping to organise the exhibition.

It does not matter whether you are an established artist, a school group, nursery or simply a lone genius waiting to be discovered. The idea is that this is an exhibition accessible to everyone. Start thinking and get creating to become part of this important social and historical snapshot of modern Ipswich.

The 23 paintings will be on show in booklets. These can be found in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Library, the Tourist Information Centre, Civic Centre and the Suffolk Records Office.

Application forms will be available from these places and all works have to be delivered to Christchurch Mansions by March 2003.

If your work is selected it will be hung along side the original 23 paintings in the Wolsey Art Gallery in June 2003.

For further information please call the Wolsey Art Gallery on Ipswich 433554

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