Shortlist announced for exhibition of Suffolk art

International artist, John D Edwards with Steve Oliver, MLM (Sponsor)
International Artist John D Edwards with MLM Chairman, Steve Oliver (sponsors) with John’s new painting and sculpture piece for the Exhibition named ‘Out of this World’ (Desert Visitors), which will be showing on 12th-15th November at Gallery 3.

National exhibition of art, From the Studio Floor, has announced the shortlist for its upcoming show in Suffolk after over 150 artists applied for their work to be featured.

Taking place at Gallery 3, Cornhill from 12-15 November 2015, the exhibition will be showcasing never-before seen works by the most promising art talent with a link to Suffolk. The shortlist has been revealed after artists who live, work or derive inspiration from the region were given the opportunity to submit a piece of work for inclusion in the show.

“We’re utterly thrilled with the amount of interest the show has generated. We’ve received such a high number of entries from both aspiring and established artists – and we hope this is the first of many exhibitions of its kind in the region,” comments Jessica Oliver, artist and curator of From the Studio Floor.

Due to the tremendous response, the number of artists that will be featured at the show has increased from 20 to 25, with selected works including a variety of paintings, sculptures, drawings, light installations, prints, landscapes, portraits, conceptual and traditional artworks.

International artist and curator of Ipswich’s ‘The Never-ending Mural’, John D Edwards joined artist and curator of the exhibition, Jessica Oliver, alongside sponsors, MLM, on the judging panel during the selection process.

“It’s a very exciting time for the art scene in Ipswich,” comments John. “The region offers a very high calibre of talent and this exhibition will be showcasing the works of artists with a link to Suffolk. The show is an ideal platform to show the community, businesses and fellow artists further afield and in London what the region has to offer. It demonstrates that artists can produce wonderful art wherever they are based.”

The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Ipswich-based MLM. Firmly embedded in the town for 50 years, MLM has grown into a national and international consultancy and has a strong culture of supporting community projects. Steve Oliver, Chairman at MLM comments: “It’s important for us to be supporting such an exciting event with some amazingly varied art. Our engagement with community-based arts projects goes back to our original sponsorship of ‘the Never Ending Mural’ in Ipswich, as well as City and Guilds London Art School undergraduate shows – and this exhibition allows us to work again with talented amateurs, professionals and post-graduates as part of our ongoing sponsorship of the Arts. We hope this project will inspire businesses, artists and the community to work closer together – the Suffolk art community has a lot to celebrate.”

The shortlist includes a wide variety of unseen works from artists including: Sarah Bale, Mark Batty, Estella Castle, Stuart Coy, Louise Craigie, John Dawkins, Jonathon Kennedy, Lloyd Evans, Emily Godden, Leigh Hammett, Ania Hobson, Spage Hopkins, Grace Kebby, Laura Leahy, Fabiana Di Mascio, Maria Marklove, Susie Mendelsson, Jason Nunn, George Sarson, Ben Tambaschi, Janice Williams, Michael Williams and Stephen J Worrall.

From the Studio Floor will premier on Thursday, November 12 and will be open to the public from Friday, November 13 until Sunday, November 15 at Gallery 3, Cornhill, Ipswich. Entry to the exhibition is free.