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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 2016, the Waterfront Gallery hosted a wide range of exhibitions. It started the year hosting the international exhibition entitled 'Collateral Drawing' which revealed elements from the artists creative process and featured works from many internationally acclaimed artists including Glenn Brown, Gillian Carnegie and Ryan Gander. The year finished with a series of exhibitions showcasing the young creative talent within our region.

In 2017 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 2017 our dynamic programme will continue to provide local audiences with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

Current Exhibition

Arts and Humanities End of Year Show 2017

The Department of Arts and Humanities are proud to be hosting the annual End of Year Show in the Arts Building, Waterfront Building and the Waterfront Gallery at the University of Suffolk. You are invited to share in the celebration of our graduates’ achievements and we look forward to presenting work from the following courses:

•           BA (Hons) Dance

•           BA (Hons) Digital Film Production

•           BA (Hons) English

•           BA (Hons) Fine Art

•           BA (Hons) Graphic Design

•           BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Graphic Illustration)

•           BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

•           BA (Hons) Photography


Dr Lisa Wade, Head of Arts and Humanities welcomes you to enjoy the End of Year Show at the university in 2017:

Once again, our End of Year Show represents the efforts and achievements of our student community across a broad range of disciplines.  Creativity and Critical Thinking form the basis of our student endeavour and we are pleased to share the final results with you all. Do come and join in our celebrations as we congratulate our lively student community on the fulfilment of their academic journey this summer.

BA (Hons) Digital Film Production

Ground Floor Film Studio

Arts Building

Work from the Final year Students reflects high levels of engagement with fiction and documentary forms, experimenting with a number of styles taken from the past and the present with an eye to the future. Digital Film Production at UOS takes pride in training students a range of technical skills that are relevant to contemporary practice accompanied by high levels of critical thinking and creativity

Hing Tsang

Senior Lecturer


BA (Hons) English

Arts Building

2nd floor, University of Suffolk Arts Building


Final level English students do not show their work in the same way as the people in the Arts areas do but we very much appreciate the opportunity of an End of Year Show to display the quality of our students’ writing from all levels. This is a chance to present some of the creative work completed in modules such as ‘Reading and Writing Poetry’, ‘The Short Story’, ‘Learning English’, ‘and ‘Scriptwriting’. Graphics and Art students have illustrated and interpreted work by English students, using a variety of media. There will also be anthologies of poetry and short fiction edited, designed and published by the student writers themselves. We will also have copies of the winning entries for the 2017 Student New Angle Prize (SNAP) which was set up in partnership with the Ipswich Institute.

Gill Lowe, the English BA Course Leader, says, ‘We have been really impressed by the creativity of our current cohort of students and are keen to show off their talents in this celebratory way. We are pleased that we had a good response from Graphics and Fine Artists so that we are able to continue to work together. We always look forward to seeing the work produced as a result of this annual collaboration.’

Gill Lowe

Course leader


BA (Hons) Fine Art

Ground Floor and 2nd floor

Arts Building

This year’s BA Fine Art Show is entitled “Blue Shift paradigm”; Blueshift describes how light changes as objects in space (such as stars or galaxies) move closer or farther away from us. This concept is key to charting the universe's expansion.. If an object moves closer, the light moves to the blue end of the spectrum, as its wavelengths get shorter. The students have embraced this concern and made work that challenges the commonly held tenets of Fine Art, expanding their universes to encompass a myriad of disciplines.

This is reflected in the philosophical remit of the BA Fie Art. The students embrace the idea of multi-disciplinarity within Fine Art, exploring the edges of the known. Education allows students to gain the tools that will support these students throughout their lives.  Learning never stops and the BA Fine Art is the first step on that journey

This year students have worked with an obvious passion and desire to improve. Fine Art is at the avant-garde of change, it is supposed to be challenging and monumental.  It is supposed to ask and be asked challenging questions.

The Fine Art students have had the opportunity to work on research projects in the Czech Republic, formulating responses to an abandoned communist prison and then curating an exhibition.

There has also been the opportunity for students to engage with a  vibrant and wide ranging visiting lecturers programme; from sculptors to sonic artists, from performance artists to film makers.

It has been a pleasure to work with the Fine Art students this year, and we as a Fine Art Team, wish them every success in the expanding universe that is their future.

Vicky Cull MA

Acting Course Leader of BA and MA Fine Art and Arts Practice.


BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Graphic Illustration)

1st floor

Arts Building

The Graphic Design and Graphic Illustration show at the University of Suffolk has developed a reputation for showcasing exciting and professionally realised work, demonstrating students’ ability to progress into employment straight from their degree.

Exhibited work will include final projects alongside the students’ professional portfolios which demonstrate the skills and creativity they have been honing over the duration of the course. There will be a showcase of work created for projects with BBC Worldwide, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Think BDW, who will each be judging students’ work and rewarding placements to those demonstrating outstanding creative problem solving.

Course Leader Nigel Ball says: "It is immensely rewarding knowing that this year’s student cohort will be the first graduating with degrees from the University of Suffolk and that their hard work culminates in the inaugural End of Year Degree Show of the first university in Suffolk. They have been part and parcel of this institution’s journey and the work they have on display will reflect the contemporary world both are routed in. This year we have the greatest number of students exhibiting from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Graphic Illustration) course than in previous years, and as a result, they will be showcasing their work in a dedicated space alongside their Graphic Design peers. All students will be demonstrating their highly employable skills and readiness to leave the university and go directly into the workplace. There is little doubt in our minds that the students leaving us in 2017 will go on to do great things in the world of professional graphic design and illustration. We wish them all the best for their futures.”

Nigel Ball

Course Leader


Jemma White Student of the Year

Jemma White Student of the Year 


BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Waterfront Gallery

Ground Floor

Waterfront Building

‘Identities of Place’

The new IA&D programme at Suffolk celebrates its second year of running with a curated show in the Waterfront Gallery. The exhibition presents a spectrum of architectural and spatial design projects in a range of scales from urban interventions to interior moderations within the region of East Anglia. Each project attempts a unique approach to define an identity of place in the chosen site, be it part of a city, a modern landmark, or a medieval ruin. The consideration of social agendas is prominent in all projects, which highlight issues of contemporary lifestyle and the pathogenies of the architectural landscape within the region. This year the show also presents two interactive installations produced in the context of the module ‘Debates on Contemporary Practice’ and sponsored by the University of Suffolk Foundation Board, entitled ‘Immersive Distillation’ and ‘Haptic Dominance’. Selected projects and research work will travel to Interior Educators annual show Free Range in Brick Lane London 13-15 July 2017.

IA&D at Suffolk focuses on the merging of culture, the arts, and architecture under the symbiosis of theory and practice. It is open to creative individuals that have a keen interest on 3D design, space and place making, and architectural design. Course leader Dr Liana Psarologaki says: ‘this year’s graduates are a group of incredibly committed young professionals with strong design skills and technical capacity, but most importantly an extraordinary sense of creativity and critical thought. The show presents an indicative sample of socially, environmentally, and spatially conscious designs that challenge the envelope to create qualities of place. The team and I wish all graduating students all the best in their future careers’.

Dr Liana Psarologaki

Course leader



BA (Hons) Photography

Waterfront Foyer

Waterfront Building

The students’ end of year show will be exhibited at the University of Suffolk and 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London (23rd-29th June).  It is accompanied with a full colour exhibition catalogue.

Both shows mark the culmination of a sustained period of academic and visual inquiry made over the duration of the last year.  Supported through this creative process by both tutors and visiting practitioners, each individual body of work is borne out of the students’ intellectual and aesthetic curiosity and utilizes a range of photographic practices, processes and applications.

The resulting body of images depicts a diverse array of photographic tropes including the political and social landscape, memory, trauma and loss through to portraits exploring both collective and individual identity.  

In conjunction with the photography team, Steve Macleod, the course’s Visiting Professor and the Creative Director of Metro Imaging, London, will choose a student from the exhibition to receive the annual Metro Award.  This prestigious award offers the recipient twelve months of bespoke mentoring at Metro Imaging under the guidance of industry specialists in order to develop a body of work for publication or exhibition.

Course Leader Mark Edwards states ‘perhaps this year, more than any other, there seems to be a greater degree of shared sensibility mapped across a wide range of subject matter.  The work is often quiet, contemplative, challenging and in places poetic.  Underpinning all the work from concept through to the final presentation is the student’s professionalism.  This, together with the nature of the work, is a credit to themselves and the university and makes a significant contribution to the reputation of the course.  We wish each of them all the best in their future careers.

Mark Edwards

Course Leader


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Adriana Gomes Student of the Year

Adriana Gomes Student of the Year







Gallery information

Gallery opening times

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00

Sat 10.00 - 16.00

subject to change


Carol Gant - Arts Curator
T: 01473 338654