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Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

Exhibitions: FREE

(No booking required)

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders


Friday 24 July - Sunday 1 November 2020 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


River Stour from Shotley and Flatford (2020) Allan Williams

Ice Cream at Mistley Walls (2020) Bryan Rowland

Border Crossings (2020) Derek Chambers

Peace and Harmony (2020) Maggie Murphy

Return of the Little Tern (2020) Mary Wyatt

River Stour - Backwater (2020) Val Bonnett

Connected (2020) Dan Sceats

Stepping over the Stour (2020) Vrinda Read

The Stour at Manningtree (2020) Patricia Forrest

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

Over 120 members of the Art Societies have set out to examine their place in the landscape as they look across to the opposite side, and consider what borders mean more widely. What are borders? What are they for? What do they mean to people politically and emotionally?

Hung geographically to mirror the flow of the river, paintings, print, sculpture and textiles take you on a trip downstream, where you’ll encounter expressions of the landscape, and life that surrounds it. 

Artworks within the exhibition are for sale, with proceeds going to Firstsite and the artists – in support of the making and showing of future artworks and exhibitions.

If you are interested in purchasing an artwork, please contact us or speak to a member of our team during your visit.

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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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