The My Place exhibition has been created by a group of local women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life who live in the Holywells area of Ipswich.
Most of them have never done any printmaking before and all of them have spent just 7 weeks, working in small groups at weekly half day workshops, to create the work for the My Place exhibition.
The women came together to learn the skills of printmaking in the conservatory at Holywells park, as part of the My Place Print Project, a creative collaboration between local arts organisation, Oyster Community Press CIC, area councillors, Dance East and three local charities. These are the St Lawrence Trust, The John Dorkin Charity and The Friends of Holywells Park.
The project aimed to provide an opportunity for twenty women to take part in an arts activity, learn new creative skills and at the same time, get to meet other women, so that they could explore together their roles in the home, their communities and the wider world, and share them with the public, through an exhibition of printmaking. The women have worked with Oyster Community Press since February on their creative techniques but also on how to use the art form of printmaking as a visual language to help them express their thoughts and feelings about what their ‘place’ in the world is.
The exhibition has a private viewing for 60 people, hosted by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Roger Fern at 6.45pm on Thursday 27th April and is open to the public from the 28th April to the end of May.