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Tiny Art Around Town Project Launches

A community project which will see people create mini art works to go on display in 40 pop-up exhibitions, has launched in Bury St Edmunds.

The Tiny Art Around Town project which launched in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, coincides with one of the UK’s biggest exhibitions of contemporary art, Mutiny in Colour, which is being held at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket and Haverhill Arts Centre with each venue displaying different pieces.

Over the summer, Tiny Art will see residents and visitors to Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Newmarket, create business card sized pieces which will then go on display in various locations around the town centres.

Tiny Art Around Town is a community project based in west Suffolk. Jac Campbell, is coordinating Tiny Art Around Town along with her fellow artist, Tom Ogden.

One of those locations is The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, which is now displaying Tiny Art created at Saturday’s launch by West Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Ian Shipp, and Mark Cordell of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, which has supported the project.

Chief Executive Mark Cordell said: “I’m no Banksy but I am delighted to be one of the first of the Tiny Artists to create work to go on display in the town. It’s fantastic to have works by Banksy, Grayson Perry and Blek le Rat for anyone visiting our town centre to come along and enjoy.

“And the Tiny Art project adds to the excitement as it means we can all get involved and create our own small pieces of artwork to go on display in shop windows and other locations around the town centre.”

West Suffolk Council which runs Moyse’s Hall Museum and The Apex, initiated the Mutiny in Colour exhibition with support from Brandler Galleries, and is a partner in the Tiny Art project.

Cllr Shipp said: “It’s a great to have Mutiny in Colour in West Suffolk this summer. Our brilliant mix of leisure and cultural activity is one of the things that makes West Suffolk such an attractive place to live and work.

“All of the partners have worked to keep admissions costs as low as we can, and by bringing this to West Suffolk, we are making it more accessible so it can be enjoyed by residents as well as visitors.

“Hopefully people will go the exhibition in the three towns and feel inspired to create their own pieces of Tiny Art to go on display. There will be lots of people who are far better artists than me and if I can do it anyone can, so come along and join the Mutiny.”

Tiny Art Around Town will launch in Newmarket on Saturday 15 July and Haverhill on 22 July and will run until the end of August.

It follows on from the success of a similar project in 2021 during the Moments exhibition at Moyse’s Hall, when residents created art on unused pizza boxes which were displayed in town centre shop windows.

Art lovers can follow a Tiny Art map trail showing the location of the 40 galleries across the three towns. These can be downloaded via social media or collected in person from Moyse’s Hall Museum, The Apex, the National Horse Racing Museum and Haverhill Arts Centre, as well as from the various Tiny Art Galleries themselves.

All the latest news about the tiny galleries and other Mutiny in Colour community events will be shared via Instagram @artaroundtownwestsuffolk.

People can also book for Mutiny in Colour at www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/mutiny.

West Suffolk Council is supporting the exhibition at Haverhill Arts Centre with £24,307 from the money it was allocated from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

Pictured:  Cllr Cliff Waterman, leader of West Suffolk Council with Mark Cordell, Cllr Ian Shipp, Jac Campbell and Tom Ogden of Tiny Art Around Town.

Posted 11 months ago