An inspirational art project has found a second temporary home at One. The project called Eye for Ipswich saw over 20 local people create works of art that are interpretations of how they perceive the largest town in the county. Funded by the Arts Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, ‘Eye for Ipswich’ worked with many people who had little or no experience of printmaking before.
Students and visitors to One have been greeted by a series of prints that have been created by residents from the Norwich Road area of the town.
The whole project was overseen by Oyster Community Press CIC. They designed the project and taught participants printmaking skills. A representative from Oyster Community Press CIC, Alison Smyth, explains: She said, “This is the second home for the exhibition. We approached One and they were keen to get involved. At One, you have all sorts of people from lots of different communities all coming together to learn under one roof. Therefore, we thought that this project had a nice synergy with One’s aims and ours. The hope was that the new intake of students, staff, existing students and visitors will look at this and enjoy the 28 interpretations and from the feedback we have had that is definitely the case.”
“The project itself is all about community cohesion. People have certain preconceptions about the area where these people live (Norwich Rd) and we wanted to dispel some myths. Everyone involved had a different background.”
“Overall, this is all about trying to demonstrate that the world is actually quite a good place. We often take for granted the place where we live but some of the stories of the people involved and why they came to live in Ipswich are extraordinary. Ipswich is a great place. It’s vibrant and full of different cultures and this exhibition helps demonstrate this.”
Director of curriculum at One, Jake Robson, said, “We are delighted to be associated with this wonderful exhibition. It’s thought provoking on so many levels and it’s a pleasure to be involved.”
Deputy Principal, Jenny Milsom, added, “We work with the community on a number of projects throughout the year and this is an example of one such project. It’s diverse, engaging, powerful and promotes the town of Ipswich in a positive way. We recognise those qualities as they are the same qualities that were always aspire to be at One.”
The exhibition will be taken down on 6 October 2016. To see it, you can visit the reception area of One in Ipswich. You will just need to sign in at reception if you have no connection to One.