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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


Nature Studies

12 March - 20 April

"To Have risked so much in our efforts to mold nature to our satisfaction and yet to have failed in achieving our goal would indeed be the final irony." Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

The university is delighted to welcome Professor Kim Anno from California College of the Arts to Suffolk. Kim is a  painter, photographer, book artist and filmmaker/video artist whose work has been exhibited by museums nationally and internationally. 

Kims explains,

In this exhibition is a group of paintings, photography, video and books, I am examining the precarious dilemma of nature as we have entered the contested era of the Anthropocene. In the paintings,I chose to alter existing images made by steel engravings of the 19th century. Steel engraving is a technique first introduced in 1794 by Jacob Perkins on copper metal for bank note reproduction in America. Perkins brought this technique to London in 1818 and artists began to make engravings on steel to diversify the method of engraving on wood and copper. Engravings were in a sense their journalism of the day, a look at nature and significant historical events.

I chose to tinker with these sources because of my own desire for the past, and its romantic imagery of nature, which was an early clue that we as humans were editing the "natural “to fit our desire. Somehow we sought solace, science, and romantic illusions in our quest for understanding nature.

Darwin's observation, "Survival of the fittest" the visceral description of "natural selection" is not found in these images and yet it hovers in our consciousness. I tinker with nature to demonstrate a dystopian tool that rearranges my romanticism. The depth of loss appears in a tarnished mirror. This loss is not pointing to any single event, but perhaps it is like pages from some history book floating wholly from the sky, resulting from some catastrophic fire. 

The photography, books, and video are part of an on-going epic work that I continue to work on: Men and Women in Water Cities. The photograph of the kids in the water are shot at the same time I was in production for Water City, Berkeley. These young people are the inheritors of the situation. These projects involve participants from sea level rise affected areas as actors, and players adapting their games to the new "watery" world. Music and dance play a critical role in the videos, in that their cultural iconography are important tools. Public Celebration and sport are becoming more urgent in these works. The film/videos interact with sports games, dance, live performances with musicians, and recitation of iconic texts. In the video: Water Town: the young people are reciting a section of Oedipus Rex that refers to the environment. I thought of using the Oedipus as a tool for flipping the canonized text on its head, and it's a nod to the fact that what we are facing is indeed a moment of historical significance.

Kim Anno


Gallery information

Gallery opening times

Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00

subject to change


Carol Gant - Arts Curator
T: 01473 338654