Art and Artists – a holiday in Orford Suffolk

Suffolk has many connections in the world of art, artists from Constable through to Francis Bacon. The light spectacular and we have a wealth of subjects. Every corner you turn in the County you will find excellent work from local artists and those who travel far and wide to work here. It is a well known fact that visual art is closely linked to well being.

Maggi Hambling

Born in Sudbury Suffolk Maggi Hambling created the Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach. For more details on the work of Maggi Hambling please see

The Scallop by Maggi Hambling


Francis Bacon – Francis Bacon was a frequent visitor to Long Melford. where it is said they had lively weekends, away from London…

Francis Bacon Artist
Francis Bacon Artist

Two greats from Britain are, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough were both born and lived in Suffolk.

Mrs Constable in her garden

  Suffolk Open Studios

During June there will be over 130 artists and crafts people around the County who will open up their studios. For full details see

Sudbourne Park Printmakers (Open Weekends Only) 10.00am – 4.00pm – Weekends Only

Sudbourne Park Printmakers, 4, Bothy Yard, Sudbourne Park, Sudbourne, IP12 2AJ

waterlilies by Jocelyn Shove

See the workshop at Sudbourne Park Printmakers and see some of the artists at work producing original prints using the relief and etching presses. Framed and unframed prints and cards for sale.

Hackney Road Studio (Ali Hollingsworth, Jackie Dommett, and Debs Burrow)
Every weekend in June 11.00am-5.00pm
Hackney Road Studio, 1 Leeks Hill Villas, Hackney Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1NW


deborah Burrow
Deborah Burrow


Original paintings and cards by 3 artists to view in a friendly garden studio as part of Suffolk Open Studios.

Ali Hollingsworth, Jackie Dommett, and Debs Burrow will be presenting their work
call 0770 4849305

Mary Gundry (Open Weekends only)
11am to 5pm
Cherry Tree Cottage, Church Road, Blythburgh, IP19 9LL

Call 01502 478573  or email:

Rowe & Williams

Another gem to be found in Yoxford, about 20 minutes away from Keep Cottage, this gallery has a beautiful range of modern and contemporary art.

Call +44 (0) 1728 668027 or email  website:

Other places to see great work:

Bill Philpot

After leaving school Bill pursued a long and highly successful career as a commercial artist working in London on many of the British advertising industry’s major award-winning campaigns for such brands as VW, Audi, Levis and Marlborough.
During this time he became an admirer of the graphics and typography of that wonderfully creative period of the nineteen twenties and thirties that became known as Art Deco, particularly the work of the great poster designers like A. M. Cassandre and George Hamel (Geo Ham) in Europe, Frank Newbould and Tom Purvis in England.
His interest in this work eventually led, in the late nineteen eighties, to commissions from Christies Auction House to produce a series of art deco styled posters for sales of their classic cars in London and Monaco. These posters have since become classics in their own right.
Having left the advertising industry behind Bill now  works from his studio at home in Suffolk, where he lives with his wife, an art teacher.
Poster by Bill Philpot
Gentlemans Wager by Bill Philpot

Sue Bennett

Sue is a local artist and can be found on

Roy Connelly

Landscape artist Roy Connelly works directly from life, always painting on location. His subjects include Suffolk, London, Cornwall and Venice. He has sold at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and shows regularly with commercial galleries and the major national art societies at The Mall Galleries in London.

In lives in Suffolk with his wife, the novelist  Victoria Connelly – Only an hour from Keep Cottage.

Pin Mill by Roy Connelly for Keep Cottage
Thames Barges at Pin Mill by Roy Connelly



Crooked House Gallery

The art gallery is in a famous medieval building showing contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, sculptures, stained glass and prints. or call 01787 247865

Angel Gallery

Is in Lavenham based in a 15th Century Grade II historic wool merchant’s residence. Hosting exhibitions by local, national and international artists and permanent collections are held of the work of Leslie Gibson A.R.C.A. and costume drawings from the 1930’s by Mary Wild A.R.C.A. or call 01787 248417

Lavenham Contemporary

Exhibitions by Paul Evans or call 01787 249451 


Serena Hall Gallery
Art by the sea, shows modern and contemporary British art by established artists and young professional artists. or call 01502 723887.

Southwold Gallery
Southwold Gallery exhibits artwork by a range of local respected artists and the gallery is constantly changing. or call 01502 723888

Buckenham Galleries
A leading contemporary art gallery , which holds 8 major exhibitions a year for specially selected artists, alongside on-going exhibitions of work by gallery artists. or call 01502 725418


We have so much for established artists and keen amateurs alike, so pack up your easel, paints and pencils then head on down to Suffolk.

In case you need extra supplies the art trading company is a great place to visit is

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