The Art Station is a non-profit arts organisation, developing a new workspace for the creative industries in Saxmundham and as a base for an arts programme for the local community and coastal Suffolk.
We started offering the local community, contemporary art installations and an-all ages art education programme in June 2017 with plans to develop Saxmundham station building as a new arts venue. Tragically, in Feb 2018 a devastating fire destroyed the building and we had to go back to the drawing board.
We’re now excited to be developing the first floor of the amazing 1954 post office into a new creative space for local artists, makers and tech developers alongside an exhibition/event space and other facilities.
Our new space will become a supportive network right in the high street of this historic market town, where an increase of economic and cultural activity will have a positive impact. The arts programme will also offer work experience, internships and volunteering – engaging young people with their future; the high street, town and wider opportunities.
We will be adding information to the website over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, questions or would like to get involved, please get in touch.
“The LEP regards the project as having significant social impact through creating cultural and enterprising activity, volunteering and work experience opportunities within the town and surrounding areas. It will have a positive impact on the high street of Saxmundham bringing creative vibrancy to this location.”
Iain Dunnett, senior growing places coordinator, new Anglia LEP
We’d like to thank and acknowledge the capital funding from our funders: New Anglia LEP, Magnox Socio-Economic Fund, East Suffolk Council ( CIL), Scarfe Fund, Cooke Family Trust, and all our local supporters who have helped to fund the refurbishment via our crowdfunder. Also our current funding towards activities from Arts Council England, East Anglian Arts Fund, East Suffolk Council ( Enabling Communities) Magnox Socio-Economic Fund ( NDA).
We’d also like to acknowledge previous funders who have supported our early development: Arts Council England, Adnams Community Trust, Suffolk Community Foundation, Suffolk Coastal Enabling Communities Fund, Scarfe Trust, Saxmundham Town Council, Suffolk County Council Locality Budget, School of Social Entrepreneurs ( East), StartEast, Power to Change.