I’m vaguely ashamed to say that today was the first time I’ve visited Ipswich Art School since it opened as a gallery in 2010 after years of no-one really knowing what to do with it. Tucked in next to Ipswich Museum off a main thoroughfare in Ipswich, it is a marvellous building, purposefully built as an art school, with an amazing glass ceiling in the central atrium that floods the space with natural light.
Currently on display is Revisitations, an exhibition of work from the Saatchi Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery first supported the opening of the Ipswich Art School with work for it’s initial exhibition two years ago, and it is good to see the link continuing. In the current show, I particularly liked Brian Griffiths’ Boneshaker, above, entirely made out of old furniture, and Aleksandra Mir’s Newsroom, made of giant drawings from New York newspapers from 1986–2000 and 2007.
Other highlights include Spartacus Chetwynd’s spooky life-size costumes:
And Bedwyr Williams’ Walk a Mile in my Shoes, which made Claire laugh out loud several times. Visitors are invited to try on items from his personal size 13 shoe collection.
Other artists exhibiting include: David Batchelor, Steve Bishop, Matthew Darbyshire, Tessa Farmer, Guerra de la Paz, and Bedwyr Williams. The show continues until 26 August, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.