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Waterfront Gallery

Welcome to the Waterfront Gallery at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich, an innovative and exciting contemporary exhibition space.

The Gallery is located within the main university Waterfront Building, facing onto the idyllic Ipswich Waterfront. Our exhibition space is adjacent to the vibrant Cargo Cafe, which offers a selection of refreshments to be enjoyed while experiencing the art and the impressive waterfront view.

Admission to the Waterfront Gallery is free and all are welcome, students, staff and members of the public alike. The Gallery is currently open from Monday to Sunday. For more information on our programme please visit the Forthcoming exhibitions.


In 2015, the Waterfront Gallery hosted a wide range of exhibitions. It started the year in reverse with an exhibition entitled 'Reverse' by Rimantas Plunge who leads the Contemporary Art Department at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania and finished the year with an international exhibition entitled 'Collateral Drawing' whichrevealed elements from the artists creative process that would otherwise remain unseen by the public alongside a finished artwork.

In 2016 our dynamic programme will continue to provide local audiences with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

The Waterfront Gallery is home to the 'East Contemporary Art: A Collection of 21st Century Practice which is housed at the university. The collection is the initiative of Robert Priseman and Simon Carter who set out to create a new contemporary art collection, distinct from the historic collections yet complementary to them. The university is proud to house this permanent collection that captures the diversity of practice in the region and re-affirms the importance of artists work to our creative journey. It signals the development of the relationships between artists and university academic staff and students and will impact on wider community engagement. It also has the potential to open discussion on practice and process, and provides a platform for wider arts debates. For more information about the collection please visit the East Contemporary Art webpages.

In 2016 our dynamic programme will continue to provide local audiences with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

Current Exhibition

Daryl Goodrich, Sports Film Director

6 October - 9 November

Few could have imagined that the 17 year old design student at Suffolk College in the early 1980s, would go on to be one the most influential and prolific sports film directors in the world. This is the success story of Daryl Goodrich, a metamorphosis from a determined creative talent of a youth, to the international award winning director that he is today.

Those awards are many : Named Best Director at the New York Film Festival in 2006. Best Director at the IVCA, 2005, 2008. Daryl was awarded the prestigious Judges Award from the Royal Television Society for his contribution to sports television.

His was credited with being in the top ten of the most influential people in securing the 2012 Olympic games for London, having directed the bid film ‘ Sport at Heart ’ and ‘ Inspiration’.

Daryl was the creative director for the world television feed of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, having previously worked on a  similar role at Athens 2004. He was the film director on Sochi's winning bid for the Winter Games in Russia - and also Qatar's successful campaign for the right to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

University of Suffolk is proud to welcome back one of its greatest Alumni for a retrospective exhibition of his work. The exhibition documents the transformation from student to budding designer, to the award winner that he is today. A collection of films, storyboard and scripts help to narrate the journey he has been on and the one still to come.

This exhibition will be supported by a public lecture on the 5 October , 14.00 - 15.00. For more information please contact the Infozone on 01473 338833



Gallery information


Gallery opening times

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00

Weekends 10.00 - 16.00

subject to change


Carol Gant - Arts Curator
T: 01473 338654