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Tue 20 Jun

Artists Appointed for New Commission in Mid-Suffolk

We are delighted to announce that artists Elizabeth Cooke and Jacquie Campbell have been selected to lead on ‘Communities Connected’, a new project in Stowmarket.

The artists will work alongside a group of older men to create art and explore issues of isolation. The project is motivated by strong evidence connecting older people, rural settings and feelings of loneliness in Suffolk. This new project will shape Smiths Row’s future work with new artists and audiences in more public settings.

Elizabeth Cooke and Jacquie Campbell commented;

“This summer we’ll be inviting men from around the Stowmarket area to help set up a practical art group. We’re looking forward to working with them to find out more about how they might want to take part in making art. As we get older ourselves, we’ve become curious about whether a ‘life with art’ can contribute to ageing actively and well.”

Natalie Pace from Smiths Row stated:

As artists and educators, Elizabeth and Jacquie have lots of experience working within the community, of working with older groups and deep knowledge of the region. I am excited to see how the project will develop.