Exhibition marks first birthday of Ipswich-based art movement Pop My Mind

Pop My Mind founder Oliver Squirrell with 'popping' artwork started by Adam Riches

Pop My Mind founder Oliver Squirrell with 'popping' artwork started by Adam Riches - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people turned out to mark the first birthday of Ipswich-based art movement Pop My Mind (PMM) at the end of last month.

A three-day exhibition was held to mark the milestone at Little Dodnash Farm in Bentley on July 23 and 24, and was based on work from the group’s online platform.

The movement sees one artist upload their work, such as a drum beat, the first lines of a story, a minimalist sketch or short video sequence, to which other artists respond in whichever medium they wish - known as ‘popping.’

Oliver Squirrell, a musician and photographer, set up the online platform for painters, film-makers, musicians, poets and creative artists.

Mr Squirrell said: “It was incredibly humbling to see so many people share in the celebrations of PMM’s first birthday.

“Little over a year ago the project wasn’t much more than an idea and now it is a reality.”

The event was sponsored by Kerseys Solicitors, Source One, Hughes and Sumaridge Estate Wines, and featured 40 works from local and international artists, including paintings, photography, sculpture, film, installation and audio tracks.

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International contributors included Dutch artist Sander Steins and Hong Kong based artist Joanne Chan.

Anthony Wooding, Kerseys managing partner and published artist, said: “It was a fantastic celebratory event.

“It is great to support an arts platform which has great ambition as well as commercial acumen and potential.”

Pop My Mind is based in Ipswich, but includes an international community of artists. Its aim is to inspire creative talent and push the boundaries of artistic practice.

The project also wants to encourage collaboration across a diverse community.