Surprising art at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel

UCS art student work at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich

UCS art student work at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich

Waterfront hotel’s fine collection of art and curios

Alex Osborne, Ipswich artist

Alex Osborne, Ipswich artist - Credit: Archant

Ipswich has a tremendous art history, from the days of Constable and Gainsborough, and up to the present with the likes of inspirational Maggie Hambling.

The traditions of the Ipswich Art School are carried on at through Suffolk New College and University Campus Suffolk.

The Waterfront UCS building is now home to regular contemporary art exhibitions (you can call in when you are passing).

And the award-winning Salthouse Harbour Hotel is another place where there is a changing display of artistic pieces, paintings and curios.

In the window of the reception hall at the moment there is an seriously large set of scales that came to Ipswich via a Norfolk post office.

Also,in the passageway by the main reception door, there is an enormous portrait of a girl in sunglasses.

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Checking it out I was told the portrait is by third year UCS fine arts student Alexander Osborne and the model was his friend, Holly.

It is a stunning work of art.

Sonia Colchester, sales and marketing manager for the hotel, said: “Every year we hold an open submission competition with UCS for art students to submit ideas for the wall. Alex was the winner with his photography portrait, printed on lino, and fixed to the wall.”

Alex Osborne said he was very pleased to have been selected.

“Basically it is a digital collage and I had to work with some very large files. There are photographs of the views in the reflections on the sunglasses.”

Alex has a busy time ahead with his 7,000 word dissertation to write and also having to present his proposals for his final degree show.