Art Eat festival is a two-day festival taking place along the Ipswich Waterfront, celebrating creativity with visual art, street food and music. There will be plenty going on for every member of the family, from exhibitions and Art Fair to a Cake Art Competition and street food and craft markets. And even better, this large festival is free to attend! The festival takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019. On Saturday the opening times are from 11am to 7.30pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 7.30pm.
Art Eat Festival will be bursting with talent from a large range of fabulous artist. Festival Co-Director Iona Hodgson mentions she is ‘incredibly proud to be bringing so much high calibre art into Ipswich town, working with some incredible British artists’. See their website for the full line up, but some examples are EVEWRIGHT, John O’Connor, Zoe Power and Cydney Barrows.
Two murals are now showing around the Ipswich Waterfront and one more will be appearing soon. EVEWRIGHT worked with Ipswich Council for Racial Equality and residents of a local prison, they designed and painted a mural funded by Stop Loan Sharks. Community Muralist Zoe Power led nine workshops in collaboration with six charities. They gathered inspiration for a mural celebrating the spirit of Ipswich, which can now also be seen on the Waterfront. Lastly, Instagram start Artful Skecha collaborated with women and children at Guru Nanak Gurdwara and designed a mural in homage of Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. They will be painting their collaborative mural late August.
Furthermore, the festival will also include an Art, Print and Craft fair in the ground floor foyer of the University of Suffolk. It will host works of 50 (!) selected artists from Norwich, Chelmsford, London and local areas.
Two days of live sets and wordsmiths must be one of the highlights of this festival. A great time to support local up and coming artists, as well as locally based international artists. See their website for the full line up, but this includes Slow King, Darien Prophecy, Daniel Lee Harvey and lots more.
You will also find community music and workshop at the festival, how does a Chinese drum workshop sound for example? These will all be led with some fantastic local grounds, like Wooden Roots African drums, Suffolk Soul Singers, Ipswich Reggae Choir, Samboomba and more.
Food and drink
A Cake Art Competition will also take place at the festival. In collaboration with the Outrageous Cake Company, this competition is open to all Ipswich residents! It will be held on Saturday the 21st of September at Quay Place, open to the public from 10am to 3.30pm and the judging will start at 3pm. It will definitely show some fantasic cake designs and flavours.
Also happening on Saturday is a novelty gingerbread decoration workshop (for all ages). It will take place at Quay Place from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
And don’t forget to check out the 35 street-food traders and outdoor bars for some delicious food and refreshments.
Depending on what department you are looking for, the Art Eat Festival have email addresses available for you to contact. You can find them here. Getting in touch about trading at the fair, entering the art or cake competition or want to volunteer? Find the relevant forms on the ‘Get Involved’ tabs on their website.