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​Suffolk Libraries seeks artist to transform Stowmarket Library garden

Suffolk Libraries is looking for an artist or organisation to lead an Arts Council-funded project to design and develop the outdoor space at Stowmarket Library.

The aim is to turn the space into a garden and attractive outdoor space for the local community to enjoy and be creative. At the moment the space isn’t used by customers and it’s hoped it can help to encourage visitors back to the library. Suffolk Libraries will also be working with two local charities Red Gables and Thrive @ the Mix on the project.

The new garden space will provide several functions including:

  • A shared workshop space to host activities and live events.
  • An interactive creative community hub which can be used in various ways
  • Somewhere to promote learning about environmental responsibility
  • A space which captures the ‘essence’ of libraries
  • Somewhere for everyone to read and relax.
  • Somewhere which is accessible to disabled people.

Summer Lambert is a Library and Information Advisor at Stowmarket Library and is leading on the project. She said:

“We are really excited for this project to begin! I hope that the courtyard will be transformed into a colourful, inviting and a relaxing community space for all ages to enjoy, whether it’s joining an activity, catching up with a friend or reading a book. I’m thrilled that we have been able to partner with other local organisations and that it will also give an artist the opportunity to get creative. I’m really looking forward to seeing the ideas they will come up with. Watch this space!”

Any local artists or organisations interested in finding out more can contact or download a detailed artist brief. The deadline for applications is 28 April. It is hoped the project will run from May to September 2021.