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Suffolk Libraries Arts Programme

In summer 2017, we were awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status and £740,000 from Arts Council England to help young people develop arts and culture activities in libraries from 2018-22. We were offically granted NPO status in April 2018.

Meet Melissa Matthews, our art programmes coordinator

Melissa Matthews

Melissa joined us in April 2018 to oversee our Arts Council England funded young people's arts project. Since then, she has been working with staff and partner organisations to develop the programme.

Email arts@suffolklibraries.co.uk if you'd like to find out more about the scheme.

The story so far

Over the past few months, we have:

  • Welcomed art progammes coordinator Melissa Matthews to oversee our countywide arts programme.
  • Worked with partner organisations to develop the project. We are also collaborating with well-established national arts organisation METAL in the first year of hte programme.
  • Young people making a zine for the Suffolk Libraries arts programme
  • Worked with young people and education professionals to develop ideas for, activities and branding of the programme. Young people will continue to be involved with the project's evolution as the Suffolk Libraries Youth Arts Council.
  • Empowered our staff to develop and deliver their ideas at an 'Arts Bootcamp'.

Culture Lab

A zine made by young people for Suffolk Libraries arts

We have invited 10 artists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds for a week-long residency at Ipswich County Library. During this pilot, from 30 July - 3 August, these artists will focus on engaging people aged 11-25 from all walks of life through exploration and experimentation with different media.

On Thursday 2 August at 7pm, we will be holding a public event at Ipswich County Library. We will be officially launching the arts programme, unveiling its name and branding and inviting the public to meet the 10 artists in residence and hear about their practice. Email Melissa at arts@suffolklibraries.co.uk if you would like to come.