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‘Vibrant’ and ‘thought-provoking’ printmaking art exhibition at DanceEast at Ipswich Waterfront

PUBLISHED: 15:46 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 26 May 2017

The My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CIC

The My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CIC

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There is only around a week left to view a “vibrant and thought-provoking” art exhibition created by a group of amateur printmakers at DanceEast at Ipswich Waterfront.

The My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CICThe My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CIC

The free ‘My Place’ exhibition, located at the Whistler Gallery at Jerwood DanceHouse, was put together by a group of 20 women from the Holywells area of the town.

The group learned the skills of printmaking in the conservatory at Holywells Park as part of the My Place Print Project, a project organised by Ipswich-based Oyster Community Press CIC, DanceEast, councillors and three charities: the St Lawrence Trust, The John Dorkin Charity, and The Friends of Holywells Park.

Rachel Tarkenter, head of communications and development at DanceEast, said: “We are delighted to welcome this exhibition to the Jerwood DanceHouse.

“We work year round with lots of different community groups across the region, using the arts in projects that build lasting relationships, establish a sense of place, encourage ownership, and create a sense of pride.”

The My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CICThe My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CIC

The women signed up to the project in February and learnt how the art form of printmaking can be used as a “visual language to help them express their thoughts and feelings about what their place in the world is”, a spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “The result is a vibrant, thought-provoking and sometimes poignant exhibition, which is free to the public to enjoy.

“The project provided an opportunity for twenty women to take part in an arts activity, learn new creative skills and at the same time, get to meet other women, so that they could explore together their roles in the home, their communities and the wider world, and share them with the public, through an exhibition of printmaking.”

Alison Smyth, director at Oyster Community Press, said visitors “will be moved” by the exhibition.

The My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. L-R: Robin Gape, chair of friends of Holywells Park, Al Smyth, artistic director at Oyster Community Press CIC, Lorna Gough, non-executive director at Oyster Community Press CIC, Liz Harsant, trustee at St Lawrence Trust, Brendan Keaney, artistic director and chief executive of DanceEast, Alison Smyth, development director of Oyster Community Press CIC, Ipswich councillor Roger Fern. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CICThe My Place exhibition at DanceEast in Ipswich. L-R: Robin Gape, chair of friends of Holywells Park, Al Smyth, artistic director at Oyster Community Press CIC, Lorna Gough, non-executive director at Oyster Community Press CIC, Liz Harsant, trustee at St Lawrence Trust, Brendan Keaney, artistic director and chief executive of DanceEast, Alison Smyth, development director of Oyster Community Press CIC, Ipswich councillor Roger Fern. Picture: DANCEEAST / OYSTER COMMUNITY PRESS CIC

She said: “It was a privilege to work with our cohort of 20 women of all ages and backgrounds on this project.

“The women have worked hard to learn the art form of printmaking and we think the public will be moved by the work they have produced in just six weeks.”

The exhibition launched last month and will be on display until Sunday, June 4.


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