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HEAD EAST – Ipswich PrintWeek – Events Programme, Lectures & Talks

Ipswich PrintWeek gets underway with a full programme of exhibitions, art clubs, open studios and taster sessions. Try lino cutting, printing and card making. Sit in on the ultimate ‘printmakers question time’ and watch a new civic artwork being printed for Ipswich and the Queen’s Jubilee by a 2-tonne road-roller!


Below is the current programme of events, exhibitions, and open studios not just in venues across Ipswich but beyond! For up-to-date information, please click here.


Ipswich PrintWeek 2022 Exhibition

The exhibition showcases the talent and skill of new and established printmakers who live within twenty miles of Ipswich. This is a great opportunity to both view and buy original artwork, at affordable prices. As we are not charging commission, your purchase of an original print will not only make an exciting addition to your home, but the full price you pay will go directly to the artist. So, you will be shopping locally to support the local economy and help our local artists to keep producing art that makes us happy.

The Gallery is situated on the Ipswich Waterfront overlooking the marina and has a café on the ground floor. Parking is nearby at the St Peters Dock Car Park.

Free entry. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
(The Whistler Gallery, Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs from 21 to 28 May)


Saturday Art Club Special with ‘Rock Paper Scissors’

Weekly art club for 5 to 10 year olds, having creative fun and exploring process art.

To find out more and to book places, click here
£5.00 per student. Please pay Rock Paper Scissors direct
(The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. Runs weekly on Saturdays)


Open Studios – to see printmakers where they work

Meet printmakers in their place of work, ask them about their practice, see what their studio is like and in some cases have a go at printmaking yourself.

Free events. Please arrange your visit with the studio direct.


Karin Klompe

Karen is exhibiting in Ipswich Printweek 2022. Join Karen in her little studio at the bottom of the garden, to see how she produces linocuts. She will have prints for sale. Visitors are welcome to text or email Karen prior to a visit. She will pop the kettle on!

Karin Klompe. 37 Dorset Close, Ipswich, IP4 3BJ, phone 07539419363
(Studio open 11:00 to 15:00. Open 22, 25 and 27 May)


Cuckoo Farm Print Workshop

During Ipswich Print Week we are celebrating our 30th anniversary and will be open for guided tours. Please contact us in advance to arrange the time of your visit.

Cuckoo Farm Print Workshop is a membership organisation situated among artists’ studios in old farm buildings on the outskirts of Colchester. We are near the park and ride site. We specialise in intaglio printing, (etching with aquatint), lino cut and collagraphy. We also have limited silk screen facilities. Depending on the skill of printers who may be in the Workshop when you visit, we can demonstrate various techniques and/or give people the chance to make a print. On some occasions we will be able to give one to one tuition at a basic level free of charge.

Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH, phone 07842287031.
(Time by arrangement. Open 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 May)


Pop-up Printmakers Studio Programme

Each event will have a different theme and be run daily by different artists.

Pop Up Studio, Emmaus Workshop, 1st Floor, Sailmakers Centre, 7 Tavern Street, Ipswich


22 May

Local Thought Press printmakers Sanira Emon, Kelly Burgess, and Vivien House, who make contemporary style lino prints, will be taking over the space to demonstrate their art and answer questions about their practice. You will be able to buy work directly from the artists.
The Thought Press is a group of printmakers who have got together to raise money for good causes.

Free Event. Open 10am to 4pm


23 May

Local printmaker David Stone who runs the Cuckoo Farm Print Workshop will be taking over this space with various members to demonstrate their art and answer any questions you may have about printmaking. Visitors are welcome to watch them making and printing lino cuts and basic Drypoint etchings and to buy directly from the artists

Free Event. Open 10am to 4pm


26 May

Printmakers Sanira Emon and Kelly Burgess will be in the space to demonstrate contemporary lino print techniques and answer questions about their work.

Free Event. Open 10am to 4pm


27 May

Local printmakers Evelyn Polk, a contemporary, abstract printmaker and artist who runs the Bury St Edmunds Print Workshop and Molly Wallis, a specialist in Mezzotints, will be taking over this space to demonstrate their art and answer any questions you may have about printmaking. Molly also supports endangered species of birds to be re-established and her work reflects this. Visitors are welcome to watch them at work, buy original prints directly from the artists or commission work.

Free Event. Open 11am to 4pm

Pop Up Studio, Emmaus Workshop, 1st Floor, Sailmakers Centre, 7 Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk
(FREE Events. Run 22, 23, 26, 27 May)


Tasters at Tower Street

Join Oyster Community Press for a taster session in Linocutting at their Ipswich studio and spend a relaxing morning, designing and hand printing your own work. You will learn about the reduction method used by professional printmakers and use it to create a unique 2-colour linocut to take home and show off! No previous experience of art or printmaking is necessary to enjoy Linocutting with us, but you must be over 16yrs old as we use sharp tools.

FREE to attend 10:00 till 13:00. Book via email Runs 25 & 26 May
(Tower Street Print Studio, Tower House, 17 Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE)


Monoprinting Cards

No experience of the arts or of printmaking is necessary to take part in this creative session where you will learn how to use the printmaking technique of Monoprinting to make your own unique greetings cards. Spaces are limited to 10 people per session and must be booked by emailing stating how many places you would like.

FREE event. 10am to 12 noon. Booking in advance required.
(The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich. Runs on 23 & 24 May)


BBC Radio Suffolk Tuesday Takeover show 24 May 18:00 till 20:00

Tune into the Jon Wright show to hear all about the Our Place in Time Jubilee Printmaking Project from local participating schools, listen to some printmaking inspired tunes and generally find out about what’s happening and where during Ipswich PrintWeek 2022.

Free event on the radio 6pm to 8pm
(BBC Radio Suffolk, 18:00 to 20:00. Runs 24 May)


Printmakers Questiontime, 26th May

Our aim is to have a lively and interesting discussion that will look at printmaking’s place in the arts, its commercial role, and the future of printmaking in a digital world.

The debate will be chaired for us by Dale Devereux Barker, RE who will take questions on hot topics related to printmaking from the printmaking community, students, and members of the public and invite our panellists to answer them.

We are delighted to have on our panel, Monica Petzal, printmaker, journalist, broadcaster, lecturer, and owner of the Printroom Gallery in Sweffling, Clare Curtis, printmaker and illustrator who has work in the V&A, and lives in Felixstowe, Terry Gravett, ARE, printmaker and lecturer at numerous universities in Ireland, now based in Ipswich who also has work in the V&A, and Rob Ramsden, printmaker, illustrator, author of children’s books and a lecturer in graphics at the University of Suffolk. Questiontime will be useful to anyone studying art who is considering a degree course or a career in the arts. The bar is open after the event until 9pm for those who want to continue the discussion.

To buy tickets please email

This is a ticked event that must be booked in advance. £5. 00 adults, £2.50, concessions.

Price includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink on arrival.
(Conference Suite, The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich. 7.00 – 9pm. Runs Thurs 26 May)


Our Place in Time Jubilee Print Project – the Big Print finale

To finish this year’s Ipswich Printweek 2022 on a high note, we are working with secondary schools and the Rock, Paper, Scissors Saturday club, on a new arts and heritage project called Our Place in Time, which will involve us printing a new civic artwork for Ipswich to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee, with a 2-ton road roller!

Sixty GCSE and A level students are currently in the process of creating a large linocut made up of their own designs. These will be printed onto cloth using the road roller outside the University building at the Waterfront. Members of the public are invited to join in with this event as the historic artwork is being made outside. If it rains, we will print the cloth outside the café at The Hold where there is some shelter.

The printed cloth will be made into a large civic wall-hanging which will be on public display in The Hold before it is archived in their permanent collection as a public record of what their recollections of 2021 and what that year felt like, from the perspective of the young people involved in its making. We will film the wall hanging being printed and the film, along with photos of the making of the wall hanging will be featured in The Hold from the 16th of June, as part of the Our Place in Time exhibition. We will make two further wall-hangings over the next two years, which will look at the events of 2022 and 2023 through the eyes of teenagers living in Ipswich.

Free event. 12 noon.
(Outside main University of Suffolk building at The Waterfront. Saturday 28 May)



Most activities are free but there will be timed sessions to book for a number of these. There are a couple of ticketed items too. To join the Saturday Club, Rock, Paper, Scissors click here. All other bookings either for free/timed sessions and paid for bookings can be done via email:

Oyster Community Press CIC is at the Tower Street Print Project, 17 Tower House, Ipswich, IP1 3BE


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