Suffolk gallery lets art lovers get up close with artists

The Cut Arts Centre at Halesworth in Suffolk has launched a programme that will make access to the gallery and its growing archive more intimate.

The Cut has successfully fundraised to acquire new streaming equipment and training with grants from the East Suffolk Communities Bounce Back Fund and Arts Council England.

As part of the initiative ten local artists are being invited for online interviews and live streamed tours of their studios which will stay on The Cut website. Gina Medcalf, Mary Webb, Coco Crampton, Fabian Peake, Charles Hewlings, and Johann Don-Daniel are confirmed for the project along with Bill Jackson, the last artist to exhibit at The Cut before the current lockdown.

Since 2003 the gallery has shown more than 200 artists and 15 group shows, and the plan is also to create a comprehensive online digital archive of the work, as well as giving continual updates of forthcoming exhibitions.

The lead on the project was taken by local artist Kasia Posen. “It will be exciting to begin collating an accessible record of the exhibitions that have taken place at The Cut over the years, and also have the chance to explore past and present exhibitors’ current studio practice through our online interviews and studio tours. Watch this space” she said.

The Cut was founded in 1998 by at artists’ co-operative, PanTeknikon, and set up in a derelict maltings. The building was owned by a printworks which sold it to the co-operative, now called New Cut Arts, a year later. Ownership passed to NCA in 2001. The first Halesworth Arts Festival was held there in 2002, and a year later a refurbished and extended The Cut was opened by the actor Alan Bates.

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