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Welcome to West Suffolk Arts Centre CIC

Our mission…

At West Suffolk Arts Centre our mission is to provide high quality arts engagement opportunities for all.

About

West Suffolk Arts Centre CIC (WSAC) was opened in 2004 by artist and writer, Leigh Driver, as a loose collective of practicing visual and literary artists committed to sharing their ideas and expertise with anyone who was interested!

Now in its 14th year and incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC) led by a dedicated team of volunteer directors, the recovery and harnessing of creativity remains at the heart of everything we do.

Until 2013 we were largely nomadic, specializing in delivering personal learning experiences both as a peripatetic art school and via the internet. This does not mean our travelling days are over, but we have been able to add even greater depth to our workshops by offering the option of a visit to our learning base.

Back story

In the early 1980s, Leigh trained in Fine Arts at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design under the excellent supervision of Graham Boyd. It was at this time she met professional photographer, and fellow WSAC director, Paul Cotter.

Talented visual artist, Emily Chapman joined WSAC in 2012 and, along with the remaining directors, Daniel Yeager and Stephen Lewis, has contributed expertise and enthusiasm to WSAC’s volunteer board.

Community Arts

Over the past fourteen years WSAC has established an excellent reputation for delivering high quality, accessible arts experiences for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and has worked on a number of successful community arts projects.

WSAC’s young filmmakers have worked on a number of projects producing a DVD of their film ‘Brandon: One Day in Summer‘ created for and supported by Forest Heath District Council. The documentary was a big hit at the First Brandon Film Festival, an event that they also curated. This led to the same team being asked to put together a video in support of the Brandon Town Team’s Portas Pilot bid 2012.

We also developed a programme of technology enhanced learning opportunities in the arts and successfully piloted an online drawing course.

Arts Award

Since its inception, the West Suffolk Arts Centre has successfully guided a number of young people working to achieve Trinity Guildhall Arts Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Our latest round of moderations will took place in the Spring of 2018.

Partners

Current and previous partners include:
• Smiths Row
• Activities Unlimited
• Anglia Community Leisure
• Forest Heath District Council
• Suffolk County Council
• Education Otherwise
• ISCRE

The legal bit…

West Suffolk Arts Centre was officially incorporated as a C.I.C. on August 15th 2011 and is a not-for-personal-profit organization..

Its executive directors are Leigh Driver (MD and Creative Director), Paul Cotter (Strategy and Development). Non-executive directors are Emily Chapman, Stephen Lewis and Daniel Yeager.

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