John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

Mark Mitchels
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 20 Jun 18

(Rearranged from March 14)
Tickets £5.00 Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The man who gave his queen 'a glorious victory' is considered to be England's finest general. Even the Duke of Wellington acknowledged his supremacy. Mark will tell the story of this charismatic man who began his career in the royal bedrooms!

RHS Gardens, Wisley

Tue, 26 Jun 18
8.30am. - 6.00pm.

Fully booked, waiting list in operation.

Enjoy a day at Wisley - flagship of the Royal Horticultural Society and one of the UK's most visited and best loved gardens, covering 240 acres. Highlights include the Glasshouse, Battleston Hill, the Rock Gardens, and the wonderful water gardens of "Seven Acres". Cost £30 per person

National Gallery: Monet & Architecture

Tue, 24 Jul 18
8.30am. - 6.00pm.

waiting list in operation

Visit the first Monet-only exhibition in the UK for almost 20 years. Spanning the artist's long career from it's beginnings in the mid-1860's to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912, the exhibition offers a completely new angle on one of the greatest painters of all time. Cost £35 per person.

Stamford & Deene Park (Northants.)

Wed, 15 Aug 18
8.30 am. - 6.00pm.

Time to explore, and have lunch in, the attractive market town of Stamford before visiting Deene Park, the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years - including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade. A guided tour of the house is included, with free time to explore the gardens. Cost £30 per person.


Printmaking: An Introduction to Dry Point and Collograph

Amy Drayson

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 02 Jun 18
10.00am - 3.30pm

Cost (including lunch): £29.00 Member,
£34.00 Non-member

An opportunity to try intaglio printmaking using collography and dry point techniques. We will use dry point plastic and card to make and print small linear drawings. We will make simple collographs using collage related techniques to create small textured blocks that we can print from. The workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone who would like to try these accessible and immediate forms of printmaking.
Please bring ideas to work from, an apron and rubber gloves. Please bring your own craft knife and cutting mat if you have them, or they can be supplied by the tutor. All other materials and equipment are supplied and included in the cost.

Suffolk Book League - Author's Talk

Ross Raisin

Reading Room, 15 Tavern Street

Wed, 06 Jun 18

Tickets £8 on the door (£4 SBL members)

Ross Raisin is a novelist originally from Yorkshire, with a postgraduate Creative Writing degree from Goldsmiths. His latest novel A Natural dives into the heart of a professional football club: the pressure, the loneliness, the threat of scandal, the fragility of the body and the struggle to conform, both on and off the pitch.

Painter's Day - Watercolour Workshop

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 16 Jun 18
9.30am - 3.30pm

Cost (including lunch) £26.00 Member, £31.00 Non-member
Waiting list in operation.

This workshop will focus on the absolute essentials of working with watercolours. All the basics will be covered and a few useful tricks explored too. You will learn how to apply, modify, agitate and manipulate the watercolour media to create images with different characteristics, and learn how to refine and enhance your skills.
No previous experience is required, but for those with some experience it will be a comprehensive exploration of the key techniques to build on what you may already know. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the methods and media and open tasks will help you focus on and explore your own interests.
Suitable for all ability levels. Please ask for the materials list. Some specialist materials will be provided by the tutor and included in the cost.

British Jazz Explored

Martin Hathaway

Reading Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sun, 24 Jun 18
15.00 - 16.30

Tickets £8 (£7 for Institute Members

Part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival

An illustrated lecture providing a whistle-stop tour of British jazz since the war, including Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton, Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, Norma Winstone, John Surman, Courtney Pine, Loose Tubes, the young British jazz 'collectives', Yazz Ahmed and many more!

Martin Hathaway, saxophonist, composer and educator, is a highly respected member of the British jazz scene and professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has performed with many of the country’s leading musicians including Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick, Stacey Kent and several Dankworths.

An Evening with the Harbour Lights Trio

Reading Room

Wed, 27 Jun 18
19.00 - 21.00

Tickets £9 (Institute Members £7.50)

Enjoy a performance by local band Harbour Lights in the atmospheric surroundings of the Reading Room.

Harbour Lights' material will feature local traditional songs and tunes and they will talk about the historical development of some of their favourite instruments - concertina, melodeon, cello, harmonica and guitar.

Be prepared for some audience participation!