Take a curated walk around independent shops and creative talent in Ipswich
By Iona Hodgson, Festival Director, Art Walk Ipswich
Imagine for a moment that sense of wonder you feel when you discover something. The subtle pleasure that arises when our eyes are opened to new places, new people, new things. This is precisely what the Art Walk Ipswich, starting Saturday July 24, promises visitors who take the plunge. A very unique opportunity is on offer, a chance to take part in this free curated walk which promotes talented local artists as well as taking you on a tour of some of the most vibrant and inspiring independent businesses that Ipswich brims with.
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For those of you that don’t know it, Ipswich is an exciting and diverse town, at the heart of Suffolk, its cultural offering has ballooned over the past decade and it now sits conformably on the map of ‘must visit’ destinations in the region. Art Walk Ipswich is designed to attract visitors back into the town, through great art from an array of local artists. It’s very easy to take part, just download a map (or pick one up wherever you see an Art Walk sticker) and let yourself be led through the ancient streets, quiet corners, and bustling hubs of independent commerce. On your way round you can enjoy a vegan breakfast, get your beard trimmed, browse a book shop, buy some gifts, treat yourself to a beauty treatment or grab a drink. All the while, looking for that perfect piece of art that you fall in love with and supporting the local community.
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For newbies to Ipswich, the Art Walk is a chance to get to know the town, for regulars, it’s a chance to reconnect. Town centres need us more than ever, and no-one can deny that we all need to get our more now that life is getting back to normal. The best thing is that this walk will also be good for you, estimated walking time is between 1-2 hours and the route can be done by foot, bicycle or in a wheelchair. All the art is displayed on the ground floor and can be seen through the windows. So, get your friends or family together and make a day of i
If you are an art fan, are looking for something special to brighten up your home, or want to support local artists, all the artwork on display will be available to buy directly from the participating businesses.
Music fanatics who have been driven crazy by the lack of live concerts, will be pleased to know that there is also a programme of five intimate concerts from a selection of exceptional musicians taking place on various dates during the Art Walk. Only 20 tickets per concert will be available at a cost of £5 plus booking fee, so we encourage you to book as soon as you can if you want to catch the concerts.
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On Saturday 24th July 6.30-8.30pm Harry Kalampakakis will be playing a live gig at On The Huh, 3A St Peter’s Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF. Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter and Bluesman who specialises in rock and blues with a very melodic twist. Harry has released two albums & performed more than 2000 live performances on guitar and harmonica.
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On Wednesday 4th August 6.30-8.30pm, Sefo Kanuteh will be playing his Kora at The Green Room, 18 St Margarets Green, Ipswich IP4 2BS. Playing music which has been described as mesmerising and magical. His compositions on kora (22 string west African harp) are a melodic mixture of highly-valued traditional pieces interwoven with styles from every continent. Sefo is a contemporary Mande musician from a Jali family. Sefo’s music sings of his life, family and freedom.
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On Saturday 7th August 6.30-8.30pm, Darien Prophecy will be rocking his reggae beats at Shadow Gallery Barber, 14 Orwell Place, Ipswich IP4 1BB. Darien Prophecy’s album ‘Natural Vibes’ brought him recognition across Europe, America and parts of the Caribbean, staying at Number One in the Reggae France charts for several weeks. He toured extensively with Innerheart Band, performing alongside celebrated artists such as Freddie McGregor, Earl 16, Anthony Johnson, Lovella Ellis and Dawn Penn. Born in Jamaica, Darien lives in Ipswich now, this concert will be a dedication to love and peacefulness, the ultimate message in Darien’s music.
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On Wednesday 11th August 6.30-8.30pm, Corina Piatti will be playing a gig at Hullabaloo, 14 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich IP1 1XB. Corina is a singer-songwriter and a musician, a Tango and Bossa Nova/Samba Singer and Guitarist. In 2018, she was second best Latino Vocalist in the U.K., nominated by Lukas Awards. Corina will be accompanied by Ipswich’s very own Jon Hall, live from Hullabaloo.
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Saturday 14th August 6.30-8.30pm, Emma Buckley will be delivering her fresh talent at Rockafella Industries, 8 Eagle Street, Ipswich IP4 1JB. Emma has honed and mastered finely crafted lyrics and catchy hooks. Following her success in Nashville’s “Bluebird to Bluecoat” songwriting competition she stunned audiences on her UK headline tour with Charlotte Eriksson (The Glass Child) and went on to support the likes of Lucy Spraggan in 2017. Emma picks up her guitar and sings with her haunting, soulful voice and we are directly transported to her world.
The Art Walk Ipswich 2021 opens on July 24 and runs everyday for three weeks until August 15. Information about participating artists, a downloadable map and concert ticket links can be found www.arteatevents.com/artwalk. Follow @arteatevents for news and updates and don’t forget to tag us in your pictures and posts!