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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 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.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

More information about forthcoming exhibitions will be provided soon

Exhibition proposals

The University of Suffolk Gallery Advisory Committee announces a call for proposals for exhibitions at specific times during the year.

Proposals can be received from individuals as well as from groups, and all proposals will undergo a process of review and selection.

To request a proposal form please contact Dr Bill Teatheredge B.Teatheredge@UOS.AC.UK

Gallery aims

The gallery aims to:

  • Offer a diverse and dynamic arts programme available to all audiences.
  • Provide opportunitiesfor staff, students and artists from the region and beyond to exhibit within the Waterfront Building.
  • To create an out-reach programme that facilitates a broad community participation, including education, festivals and charities, as well as individuals .
  • Support artists and makers from all disciplines inall stages of their professional careers by offering significant exhibition opportunities. Stage up to ten exhibitions a year.
Contact information

Gallery opening times

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00 (subject to change)


Dr Bill Teatheredge  
E: B.Teatheredge@UOS.AC.UK

How to find us


At the University of Suffolk:

  • We encourage staff and students to work with us in developing our arts programme, which includes exhibitions of work from within the University as well as from regional, national and international artists.
  • We value the role that the Gallery can play in providing first hand access to and experience of art, and in creating an exciting focus for exhibiting work as it emerges.

Beyond the University of Suffolk:

  • The Gallery welcomes schools, colleges and other interested groups to participate in our programme of events.
  • The Gallery provides unique opportunities for teaching and learning within the context of real art processes and works.
  • A range of educational activities, including further study opportunities, can be designed to take place in the Gallery and in associated locations at the University of Suffolk. Furthermore, guided tours of the exhibitions can be arranged subject to planning.
Previous exhibitions