Arts organisations

This page carries links to numerous arts organisations, both national and local, as well as arts venues in the county.

Aldeburgh Music:

Aldeburgh Music Club: Founded by Benjamin Britten, it is one of the leading choirs in East Anglia with over 100 voices.

Arts Council England East: Regional office for Arts Council England.

Arts Intelligence: A specialist recruitment service, providing a dedicated leadership appointment service for arts organisations.

Arts Professional: An arts management magazine, it includes headlines, downloads, and information on jobs in the industry.

artworks: artworks is a dynamic art group of thirty contemporary East Anglian artists. It was established in 2000 and the annual showcase exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk has proved to be an exciting cultural event in the East Anglian art scene. artworks members are professional exhibiting artists and established in their creative fields. Our artists are based across the East Anglian region, from North Norfolk to Essex, from the east coast of Suffolk to the heart of the Fens. artworks is committed to promoting excellence and artistic diversity in the work of its members and delivering this unique asset of our group to the wider community

Atrium Studios: Starting in September 2011, new affordable studios on the UCS campus in Ipswich. For further details contact Carol Gant at UCS

Artworks: Established in 2000, Artworks is a professional group of thirty East Anglian based artists comprising painters, sculptors and printmakers working in a wide range of styles and media.

Community Music East: Offers multimedia and music activities for all ages and abilities.

Creative Arts East: Takes professional theatre, music, cinema and arts events to rural and disadvantaged communities in Norfolk and Suffolk.

 DanceEast: The national dance agency for the Eastern region, based in Ipswich.

 Eastern Angles: The rural touring theatre company for the eastern region.

EastFeast  : is a team of professional gardeners, artsits and teacjers that help schools deliver more effective learning.

Enyan – English National Youth Arts Network: is a membership body designed to create connections throughout the diverse youth arts sector at national, regional and grass roots levels. Fisher Theatre, Bungay: Runs a varied programme of film and live performances.

 HighTide Festival Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre company that sources, develops and produces emerging playwrights from around the world, the productions premiere in the annual HighTide Festival Season in Halesworth. 

Inside Out Community Arts in Mental Health: A community of people on a creative journey of self discovery and recovery through the arts. Suffolk residents can participate in their free workshop programme that includes singing, film, photography and much more.

Ipswich Regent and Corn Exchange: Originally a cine-variety hall, and at one time owned by The Rank Organisation, the Ipswich Regent is now funded by Ipswich Borough Council, as part of its arts and entertainment portfolio that also includes the Corn Exchange and Ipswich Film Theatre.

John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, Stowmarket: A huge initiative to help local artists and audiences, providing a massive community resource with plans to refurbish Stowmarkets Corn Exchange.

King’s Theatre, Newmarket: Run by the NOMADS – Newmarket Operatic, Musical and Dramatic Society – the theatre provides country and western music, opera, musicals, plays, festivals, and children’s shows.

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft: Offers a programme of live theatre and great cinema.

New Wolsey Theatre:

Nia Project is a cultural, arts and heritage project. Focusing on an inclusive cultural awareness programme embracing cultural diversity from an Afro-centre perspective.

Noise Solution: A social enterprise using music and technology to engage with young people. Our client group tend to be young people who face educational challenges. They might be in non mainstream education, NEET or involved with the criminal justice system. Noise Solution work on a one to one basis and have a hugely successful track record of engaging with this client group. For further details see contact or go to   

Nutmeg Puppet Company: Produces original & entertaining shows and workshops for all ages and abilities, inspired by environmental issues, history & legends.

Obelon Art & Puppetry Company: Performs shows using an exciting mix of actors, puppets and masks and also runs arts projects in a wide range of educational and community settings, often encompassing other art forms such as dance, music, and storytelling.

Orchestras Live: Their vision is to enable the widest range of people to have inspirational experiences of high quality live orchestral music.

Poetry Trust: One of the UK’s flagship poetry organisations, delivering a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses and publications.

Punch Studios: is a new recording studio in Ipswich. Using a blend of vintage, analogue and digital equipment.

Red Rose Chain: An independent film and theatre company with a strong sense of community at the heart of everything they do.

Saatchi Gallery, Ipswich: Ipswich Art School re-opens as a contemporary art gallery, with a ‘first for Ipswich’ exhibition from the world renowned Saatchi Collection.

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge: Situated in the grounds of Woodbridge School. this state-of-the-art building seats up to 350 people and boasts a versatile performance area.

Smith’s Row (formerly Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery): A contemporary art gallery and craft shop, running a full programme of exhibitions plus outreach and educational projects.

Sound Sense: A professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians. 

Suffolk Artlink: A registered charity aiming to improve the quality of life of some of Suffolk’s most vulnerable people through the provision of creative activities.

Suffolk Digital Cinema Network: A non-profit association that encourages community film screenings across the county of Suffolk, England. Any group based in the county can apply to join.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds: A brand new venue in Bury St Edmunds, situated in the arc shopping centre in the heart of the town, and planning to host a variety of music, entertainment and corporate events, offering the local community entertainment and the wider environs a unique and exciting space from which visitors can see a great selection of artists and bands.

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds:

The Cut, Halesworth: Offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and Art Exhibitions.

The Junction, Cambridge: One of the most diverse cultural venues in the UK, it is a vibrant centre of contemporary culture and registered charity with a uniquely varied programme.

The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft: Transforming the community through the arts.

The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe: Providing quality entertainment beside the sea since 1909.

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury: Runs a varied programme of live performance, film and  music.

Tilted Productions is an Ipswich-based touring arts company, combining contemporary dance and circus, physical theatre and performance art.

Waveney and Blyth Valley Arts a lively collective of arts organisations and artists developing creative projects in this patch – for more information Jan Dungey, Secretary, by ringing her on 01986 895227 and see Launch summary

Wingfield Barns Arts Centre: Wingfield Barns CIC is a newly formed, social enterprise committed to delivering a cultural, educational and artistic programme to both the immediate and wider community.

Wysing Arts, Cambridge: A research and development centre for the visual arts, supporting artists to maintain their careers, as artists, and explore new ways of working together and with audiences.