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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

MA Arts Practice Degree Show

23 August - 9 September 2016

We are delighted to present a curated exhibition of degree show work from nine final year MA Arts Practice students in the Waterfront Gallery and Waterfront Building 

The 2016 MA Arts Practice Degree Show Exhibition showcases a selection of work from this year’s graduating MA Arts Practice students: Lloyd Evans; Lewis Garrard, Stephen Neale Johnson; Mark Aaron Seaman; Joanne Versluys; Ben Wardle; Alexander Woolcock and Jeremy Young.

This is the first postgraduate degree show for the new University of Suffolk and presents a diverse selection of work that includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography and digital media. The exhibition marks the culmination of a rich and challenging creative journey of postgraduate study that each individual student has undertaken at the University of Suffolk.

The exhibition of work reflects the ethos of the MA Arts Practice course, it is not about creating uniformity, rather, it highlights a richly cadenced collection of work that allows unique moments for the viewer to go up close, step back, interact and question. All of the works that the students show here present a unique lens in which we can we look again at our view, and experience, of the world.

Dr Jane Watt, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and the current MA Arts Practice Course Leader says:

“One of the joys of teaching students on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees is to see how each student’s work and thinking develops throughout their studies. The current graduating cohort of MA Arts Practice students brought a wealth of professional experience and skills with them when they started the course, literally from A to Z: from art and design to zoology. I have been impressed how each student has not been afraid to make work that moves beyond their existing knowledge and understanding. They have all embraced working with different media and subject matter and have reflected on this at length in their studio, peer-to-peer discussions, tutorials, and public exhibitions as part of the course. This public exhibition of a small selection of their work is the very tip of a large body of work they have developed throughout their time with us and I hope it will also act as the jumping off point for the rest of their careers.”



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