Culture LAB opportunity – Suffolk Libraries

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Culture LAB: Arts in the Community

A week-long, mixed discipline residency with Suffolk Libraries, working in partnership with Metal.

Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August 2018

Ipswich County Library

In April 2018, Suffolk Libraries were awarded NPO status by Arts Council England. As part of their first year of the Suffolk Libraries Arts Programme, Metal are working alongside them.  In July/August they are inviting Suffolk artists to take over the top floor of Ipswich County Library to explore the role creativity plays as catalyst for nurturing confidence and wellbeing in young people. The week will use Metal’s Culture LAB model, tried, tested and improved with the input of artist’s over the last ten years.

The LAB will explore the role of arts in the community but will also provide artists with an opportunity to research and develop their own ideas and practice, with the opportunity to present concepts of a ‘blue-sky’ community programme to stakeholders and the general public.

Suffolk Libraries is made up of 44 individual libraries across the county and as part of this creative process each artist will be matched with a library to explore its history and understand the landscape of its community and asked to incorporate this narrative into their practice.

Following the residency, artists may be approached by Suffolk Libraries to be commissioned to deliver pilots of their projects from September 2018.

There is a fee of £500 for the week, with accommodation and food also covered for the week.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 June 2018 at 5pm and applicants will be notified of our decision on Monday 2 July 2018



Images are from a zine workshop led by artist, Lu Williams with students from Sybil Andrews Academy, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Zine Brand Workshop 14