While away a cold or rainy day with a visit to a museum or art gallery in East Anglia. Read our guide to the best art exhibitions taking place this winter.
Made in Suffolk, until 3 May 2020
Christchurch Mansion, Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE
People from all over the world have been coming to Ipswich to see the ‘Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk’ exhibition but one of them has come from closer to home. The singer-songwriter from Framlingham, Suffolk, wound up his record-breaking Divide tour in Ipswich’s Chantry Park at the end of the summer and has also been along to see the exhibition put together by his dad, John Sheeran, and Ipswich Borough Council. Ed began his singing career playing in pubs across the town and at Ipswich Music Day. The rest of the story is well-known.
Not so well-known are the dozens of personal family items forming part of the unique exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. Family photos, self-portraits, favourite guitars, early lyrics and school reports are all featured, along with stunning artwork by Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and a digital record of his journey to stardom.
The exhibition is on until 3 May 2020. It is free to attend but you do need to book your slot at www.made-in-suffolk.co.uk
Christmas Cracker 2019, 9 November – 24 December
Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ
The Christmas Cracker exhibition offers a constantly evolving display of original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media artwork, limited edition prints, photography and handmade jewellery by over 50 artists and designer-makers. Ideal if you are on the lookout for original art, jewellery or craft for loved ones this Christmas. www.byardart.co.uk
Acclaimed photography exhibition at Marks Hall Estate, 29 November to 23 February
Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1TG
The world’s leading garden photography exhibition is heading to Essex from 29 November to 23 February as the arboretum and gardens at Marks Hall Estate play host to the globally acclaimed International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Visitors will be able to explore some of the best images from IGPOTY, including the winning photo taken by British photographer Jill Welham.
The International Garden Photographer of the Year competition is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and focuses on garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.
To coincide with the launch of the exhibition, Marks Hall Estate has also launched its own photography competition. Amateur photographers of all ages are invited to capture the landscape, wildlife and architecture of Marks Hall Estate and the best photographs will win one of a range of prizes.
Entry to the exhibition is included in the standard Marks Hall Estate admission charge, and will be free to view for all Marks Hall Estate members. www.markshall.org.uk
May The Toys Be With You, 28 September – 24 December
Moyse’s Hall, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX
This Autumn, in a galaxy far, far away (also known as Bury St Edmunds), Moyse’s Hall celebrates its 11th annual Sci-Fi Exhibition with one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and memorabilia, ‘May The Toys Be With You’.
Visitors will be able to see a selection of a highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies on their doorsteps from 28 September – 24 December.
This adventurous exhibition is spread out across the various galleries in the museum, so that visitors also have an opportunity to see the historical collections housed in the 900 year-old building.
The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm with admission £5 for adults and £3 for children. www.moyseshall.org
Pageant Fever! St Albans Performs its Past, 15 November – 23 February
St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3DH
This exhibition tells the story of the St Albans pageants with objects, voices, pictures and film. It shows how the pageants were organised, and what they did with local and national history – and considers what they meant to the people of St Albans, then and now. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk
Art Fair East, 29 November – 1 December
St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU
Art Fair East, one of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside London, will return to Norwich, showcasing around 1,000 artworks. A range of contemporary art will be exhibited including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited-edition prints. Founders artists Will Teather and Brian Korteling, will both be exhibiting at the event. Entry £3.50, concessions £3. www.artfaireast.com
Christmas Exhibition, 7 December to 4 January
Thompson’s Gallery, 175 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AN
Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh are holding their annual Christmas exhibition which is packed full of works featuring new and existing artists. The show is a mixed exhibition to represent different media, styles and genre to make an appealing exhibition for everyone to enjoy.
There will be works by Ania Hobson, who has been earmarked as an artist for the future, as well as Scottish artist of the moment James Harrigan. The popular and talented sculptor Carol Peace has given work which show off her talent and the deep thought process that goes into her sculpting, both regarding the subject and the titles which accompany the pieces. There will also be work from other regional artists. www.thompsonsgallery.com