Art in the heart of the Suffolk Coast – Art Galleries and Exhibitions

Suffolk’s fabulous arts centres and galleries make for a perfect day out this Autumn.

From Constable to Orwell to Sheeran, Suffolk is a real hub when it comes to literature, music and the arts. As the seasons change our little haven in the heritage coast countryside lights up with colours and landscape to charm even the most stoic of art critics, join us for a stay and you can be part of this breath-taking change in the seasons. Crisp leaves underfoot, windy walks on the beach and some of the best art exhibitions in the country make for a perfect weekend getaway this Autumn.

All topped off with a nice hot cuppa tucked up in one of our comfortable cosy self-catering cottages at the end of each day. Bliss.

We’re here to suggest some of our favourite Art Galleries to visit in Suffolk this Autumn, but there will be plenty more information included in your welcome pack for more to see and do nearby!

5 Fantastic Suffolk Art Galleries

Ipswich Art Gallery

Interior Shot of Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery holds all year round displays and showcases internationally acclaimed exhibitions. Housed in an old Victorian school building it’s a fabulous platform for local artists to display their work.

The Gallery is currently hosting Cabaret Mechanical (ends 3 Nov 2019). They create extremely clever, mechanical sculptures. From quirky designs to automated contraptions straight from fairy tales the hands-on element of the art makes this a fun visit for everyone in the family whether they are art fans or not! Fantastical and sometimes downright bizarre you’ll be laughing with delight as you make your way through their mechanical world.

The interactive display is even combined with experimental workshops so you can learn all about this fascinating kinetic art for yourself.

The Art Gallery is located next door to Ipswich Museum so make sure you don’t leave without checking out Wool-I-am – the Ipswich Museum’s woolly mammoth!

The Maltings Gallery

Interior shot of the Maltings Gallery Snape Malting

Snape Maltings, one of the UK’s leading creative campuses has no less than four separate Art galleries on site. Maltings, Quay, Lettering and The Pond Gallery.

Space is dedicated to local and East Anglian Artists, from nationally acclaimed big names to rising local stars. Suffolk’s rich creative story is truly showcased among its walls.

Some exhibitions are brief and fleeting whilst others stay for full seasons at the Galleries. Take a look at their website for full details of what’s on while you’re visiting. You won’t be disappointed.

You can spend a whole day at Snape Maltings, it’s far more than simply music and art, enjoy river trips, nature tours, shopping and even a food hall showcasing our wonderful local produce.

Snape Maltings is just minutes away from our luxury accommodation here at Mollett’s Farm and we always relish the opportunity to show off this world-class arts centre, right on our doorstep.

Wolsey Art Gallery at Christchurch

Ed Sheeran Exhibition at Wolsey Art Gallery

Another Ipswich Art Gallery to include on a day trip to Ipswich Town. Housed in the stunning Christchurch Park this gallery holds the largest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London. This is unsurprising as both artists lived in the area and were heavily influenced by our stunning scenery.

Christchurch Mansion, museum and gallery even featured in our recent blog post about the Historic Hidden Gems on the Suffolk Heritage Coast – take a read now to find out more! Right now at the Gallery is the exhibition Made in Suffolk – a free exhibition curated by John Sheeran, proud father of, you guessed it, Suffolk’s most famous Ed. It focuses on the singer songwriter’s deep affection for his home county and features portraits, paintings, photographs and even the artist’s handwritten lyrics in a poignant, fascinating insight into the rise and rise of Ed Sheeran.

The Southwold Gallery

Painting of Southwold Art Gallery

The beautiful little seaside town of Southwold is always a delight to visit. It’s home to a famous lighthouse, an award-winning pier and also a fabulous art collective – packed full of art, ceramics, glass, jewellery and sculptures from exclusively Suffolk artists. The result is practically a virtual tour through the familiar colours, shapes and patterns of this part of the world. The Southwold Gallery is a veritable treasure trove; the kind of gem you dream of finding on holiday. With prices to suit all budgets you’re sure to leave with the perfect piece to remember your magical time with us.

George Farnham Gallery


This unassuming shopfront in Saxmundham houses a stunning collection of art. This intimate eclectic collection is heavily influenced by the characters of its owners and their delightful chocolate spaniel, George Farnham.

Regular exhibitions change every two months or so and showcase hand-selected artists from around South East England. Pieces are usually by an artist with a direct connection to East Anglia or nearby London and the effect is an iconic and diverse range of art, of every possible medium, which really reflects our beautiful home county. Pieces are all accessible and they even have gift vouchers available if you wish to your give loved ones an opportunity to purchase a piece of art for themselves.

October in Suffolk is always stunning. Our beautiful granary cottages and fully accessible stable studios are the perfect place to enjoy the change of Suffolk seasons and spend some time re-energising for the busy winter months. Whether you’re here to make some art of your own or admire the beautiful colours of nature around you, you’ll have a stay you’ll remember for years to come.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for other exciting things to during your visit to the Suffolk Coast.

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