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19th November 2017

New Ipswich art gallery opens


Members of a Suffolk led artist group are set to display their work at a new gallery on Thursday [DEL March 6].
 
Artists from the collective DIG! will hold a contemporary art exhibition at The Freudian Sheep in Ipswich.
 
This Way Up exhibition features work from a range of artists, who have worked on various projects together.
 
Ian Moss, a founding member of DIG!, set up The Freudian Sheep with his partner and fellow artist Eleanor May to promote talent in the region.
 
He said: “The exhibition will celebrate the work of DIG! to date and reflect its growing membership numbers.
 
“The artists are a mix of graduates, undergraduates and talented creative people who chose not to take the academic route. We also have some experienced artists in our midst, which gives the group a bit of balance.”
 
The group have previously displayed their work at Kerseys solicitors’ office but decided they needed a permanent base to regularly exhibit.

The team will continue to exhibit at the practice in Lloyds Avenue in April and May and have thanked the staff for all their support.
 
Anthony Wooding, a budding artist and managing partner at Kerseys, said he was excited to see some of his artwork in a gallery for the first time.
 
He said: “There is a range of work, both figurative and abstract, from some very talented artists.

“I believe some of the artwork, which is reasonably priced, will be a great investment as some of the young artists are definitely going places.
 
“The Freudian Sheep is a new gallery but already it is doing a huge amount to support arts in Ipswich.”
 
DIG! was set up in December 2012 for artists looking to work together. To date it has 35 members and hopes to reach 60 in the upcoming months.
 
The name comes from the phrase ‘Dig where you stand,’ which was favoured by Jayne Knight, arts development manager at Suffolk County Council.
 
The group’s philosophy is to work from their base to help other like-minded artists and people in the surrounding communities.
 
The event, at the gallery in St Helens Street, will open on Thursday, March 6, from 5.30pm to 8pm. It will run until Friday, March 28.

·  For more information on the event or to join DIG!, visit www.freudiansheep.co.uk or call 01473 254 964. Free parking is available in Rope Walk, opposite Suffolk New College.

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