Sax Arts Fest 2024

SAVE THE DATE 8th June 2024. Sax Arts Fest returns for an exciting day of art, music, community, free workshops, food & drink!

Thread Count

An exhibition of contemporary textile practice co-curated by Freddie Robins and The Art Station.

Launching Sat 8th June, 2024.

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PhotoShed 2024

PhotoShed is a new weekly photography session, led by photographer Richard Allenby-Pratt. Meeting on Fridays in Saxmundham.

Recommences Fri 9th Feb 2024.

Silhouette by Henry Driver

A first look at exciting new game Silhouette by Henry Driver, made in collaboration with students and alumni from West Suffolk College and University.

Wiggly Wednesday

Join Max and Jasmine from The Art Station at Saxmundham Library for a FREE creative session on Wednesdays 3.30-4.30pm, during term time. Materials provided.

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Art Station Film – February 2024

Art Station Film is back for an exciting progamme of events in 2024!
Starting with award winning film maker, photographer and sound artist, Bill Jackson.

Risograph Printing

The Art Station are the proud owners of a fantastic Risograph printer, find out more about the RISO printing process and upcoming opportunities to try it out.

New CMYK Workshop date just added!

Winter Celebration 2023

A FREE celebratory evening of performance, film installation, live music, and dance, in partnership with Saxmundham’s Victorian Xmas Fayre.

Fri 1st Dec 2023, 4 – 8 pm

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Welcome Walk

Join Ruel Fox and artist Anna Ilsley for a FREE creative and enjoyable walk at Minsmere Nature Reserve, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sat 21st October 2023.


Tilt, is a large-scale textile installation by Emily Cannell, which repurposes an ex-military parachute into a monumental shelter.

14th – 29th October 2023, Weds – Sun, 12 – 4 pm, at The Old Theatre in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Threads, Heads & Tails: Talk with Professor Freddie Robins and writer Julia Blackburn

A fascinating talk between Professor Freddie Robins and writer, Julia Blackburn. About our current exhibition ‘Head & Tails’, and Julia’s book about the extraordinary life of John Craske.

Heads and Tails Exhibition Open Day

Join Abigail Lane and The Art Station for drinks on Saturday 16th September, and see this fascinating exhibition, Heads & Tails.

Boy standing on the beach showing his yellow drawing of a shell sculpture to the camera.

Welcome Walk

Join Ruel Fox and artist Anna Ilsley for a FREE creative and enjoyable walk, along the Suffolk coastline, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Art + BUS = Tour 2023

Art + Bus = TOUR returns for 2023 with another unmissable day exploring contemporary art across three venues, in beautiful East Suffolk.

Summer Holiday Activites at The Art Station

Four days of music, dance with Dance East and creative making with The Art Station.

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Double Bill Art Station Film – July 2023

Art Station Film is a monthly film event showing artists’ film and moving image, programmed by filmmaker Emily Richardson in conjunction with exhibitions in the gallery.

Sax Arts Fest 2023

A new and exciting free festival of art and music is happening in Saxmundham. A joyful celebration of arts and culture in our historic market town, in East Suffolk.

Heads & Tails

A brilliant new body of work by Abigail Lane using thread, embroidery, the surface of textiles, cast forms, and constructed boxes. Art Station acknowledges the generous support of Henry Moore Foundation and East Suffolk Council, Shared Prosperity Fund who have funded this exhibition.

W i g g l y Wednesdays

Join Max at Saxmundham Library for our Wednesday after school drop-in club.

Running every Wednesday 3 – 5 pm during term time.

Just drop-in, no booking or materials required.


Player Piano

Player Piano is a group exhibition showcasing six UK based artists who explore different forms of technology in their work, curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight. Art Station would like to express our appreciation for funding from East Suffolk Council Events, Arts and Culture Grant (UK Shared Prosperity Fund).

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Art Station Film – April 2023

Art Station Film is a monthly film event showing artists’ film and moving image, programmed by filmmaker Emily Richardson in conjunction with exhibitions in the gallery.

Easter Holiday Activity Days!

Two full days packed with lots of new creative activities for children aged 7-13 yrs!
Come and have some fun!

Materials and lunch provided.


A fascinating exhibition exploring viewpoint, vision, ways of seeing – by two recent graduates Patrisiya Banova, Melisa Novotna – selected to exhibit through Art Station University of Suffolk Graduate Award. Art Station would like to express our appreciation for funding from East Suffolk Council Events, Arts and Culture Grant (UK Shared Prosperity Fund), and Arts Council England.

Community Coastal Walks

Two gentle community coastal walks with informative creative session led by artist Jevan Watkins Jones.

Family Walks

Gentle walks around our local area with artist Anna Ilsley followed by a creative session at The Art Station, materials provided.

Community Nature Walks For Adults

Join us for gentle walks around our local area plus a creative session led by artist Jevan Watkins Jones, materials provided.

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Art Station Film

Art Station Film is back for 2023!
A monthly film event showing artists’ film and moving image, programmed by filmmaker Emily Richardson in conjunction with exhibitions in the gallery.

Winter Celebration at The Art Station

Join us for the opening of our winter exhibition; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral 

Two live performances by our artist in residence Theo Alexander: 6.30pm & 7.30pm.

Art Station Film will also be screening a selection of beautiful handmade films selected by Emily Richardson.

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

A community exhibition, including pieces produced during workshops with local groups, as well as artists’ work – inspired by the 1950’s game show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral where a panel of experts were asked to describe and classify an artefact of unknown origin.

Curated by Annabel Dover & Karen Densham and opening at The Art Station on Friday 2nd December from 6-9pm.

Raku Firing at Butley Mills Studios

A very special afternoon of Raku firing at Butley Mills Studios, lead by artist Richard Oliver. 

Join us to find out more about the Raku firing process with hands on demonstrations plus a unique opportunity to tour the Butley Mills Studios and learn more about the artists working there. 

Space is limited, please pre-book your place.

Art + BUS = Tour 2022

Relax and sit back on the bus as Art Station takes you on this summer’s unmissable tour of contemporary art, navigating the beautiful East Suffolk landscape from Saxmundham to Lowestoft.

In Conversation at DIRTY WORK: William Cobbing & Clare Twomey

Join us on Sunday 4th September at The Old Theatre, Framlingham for an insightful discussion between artist and DIRTY WORK part ONE curator William Cobbing and DIRTY WORK part TWO artist Clare Twomey. 

Space for this event is very limited, please book ahead.


In DIRTY WORK Part TWO artists draw the audience into various forms of intimacy either through direct interaction or unspoken dialogue. Featuring a new participatory work by Clare Twomey and ceramic works by Karen Densham, Ali Hewson and Richard Oliver.

Launching at The Old Theatre, Framlingham on Sat 3rd Sept with live performances by William Cobbing, and running until Sun 18th Sept.


An exhibition of contemporary ceramic practice co-curated by William Cobbing and The Art Station.

Taking place across two venues and featuring artists including Clare Twomey, Nicholas Pope, Anne Wenzel and Ryan Gander – plus live performances, workshops and events happening throughout the summer.


DIRTY WORK Part ONE presents a diverse range of ceramic works, from sculpture to video, which push the boundaries of the medium in a subversive way.

Curated by William Cobbing and featuring works by Salvatore Arancio, Caroline Achaintre, Anne Wenzel, Ryan Gander and Nicholas Pope.

Launching at The Art Station on Thu 25th Aug with live performances by William Cobbing.

Summer Holiday Activities

Four fun-filled days of creative activities this August – join us for drawing / painting / collage / printmaking / music plus outdoor games and healthy food provided.

For ages 4 – 12, with free places available.


An exhibition of new and existing artist flags including work by Rose Finn-Kelcey, Don Brown, Abigail Lane, Graham Crowley, John Christie, Yoko Brown, Russell Marsh, Emily Cannell and Callum John.

Launching on Thursday July 7th and running until 14th August at The Art Station.

Half Term Activity Day!

For the May half term, we’re offering one full day PACKED with lots of new creative activities! Including drumming, drawing and Risograph printing! For ages 4 – 12 years.

Alexander Costello: A Priori

Alexander Costello fights paper. The bigger the paper, the harder it is to get his arms all the way around.

On Friday 20th May Alexander Costello performed A Priori ( Following Alex Costello’s ‘A Priori’ (or It’s Not About The Thing. It’s About All Of It And Doing Things) at The Art Station.

Following the performance the huge coloured paper forms are on view at The Art Station.

A colourful flag flying on a flagpole mounted onto a building with a High Street sign next to it

Saxmundham Flags Project

To celebrate 750 years of Saxmundham The Art Station will be flying a vibrant collection of new printed flags designed by local artists, community groups and schools, and displayed along Saxmundham High Street for the summer.

In Conversation at The Art Station

On Sunday 24th April The Art Station is welcoming a panel of talented creative women for In Conversation at The Art Station – with writer Emma Hill, architect Livia Wang and artists Annabel Dover, Fiona Grady, Mahal de Man and Helen Gilbart.

Easter Holiday Activities

We are running 4 creative activity days this Easter holiday for children and young people, with a packed schedule of fun activities and full lunch provided

Book of Hours I & II

A project by artist Helen Gilbart, consisting of nearly 800 small, mixed media paintings on playing cards made between the first lockdown in March 2020 and June 2021. Launching in April 2022, The Art Station is presenting the original work both physically and as a digital microsite

Fundraising Lunch for Ukraine

On Saturday 26th March The Art Station will be hosting a fundraising lunch in support of Ukraine, in partnership with Friends of Refugees Suffolk

Screen capture from Henry Driver's work "Unseeing and Unceasing"

Henry Driver: Unseen & Unceasing

An awe inspiring digital experience, inviting the viewer to explore vivid and complex visual environments and learn more about the nature of connectivity – on show in The Art Station lobby space until 1st April

Screen capture from Henry Driver's work "Unseeing and Unceasing"

Henry Driver: Unseen & Unceasing

On Friday 4th March, 2022 The Art Station will be launching a new digital work by artist Henry Driver. Unseen & Unceasing is an awe inspiring digital immersive experience, inviting the viewer to explore incredibly vivid and complex visual environments and learn more about the nature of connectivity.

Nature Walks

A series of family friendly community walks followed by a creative workshop.
These sessions were led by local artists to inspire families to look at nature in a new and surprising way.
We are looking for funding to develop this workshop idea further.

The Art Station / First Light Festival Creative Residency 2022

The Art Station and First Light Festival are joining together for a new Creative Residency in 2022. Hosted at The Art Station in Saxmundham, this exciting opportunity will provide dedicated space and mentoring for an artist/creative in coastal East Suffolk.

Fiona Grady : Connection Points

Connection Points is a large scale public facing installation of coloured vinyl across the windows of the Art Station building, a former 1950s post office in a prominent position on Saxmundham High Street

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October Half-Term Art Workshops for ages 8+

Art Station is hosting some great hands-on creative workshops for children aged 8+ in October Half-Term 2021.

Hayfever Dream

Hayfever Dream was an exhibition of work by young creatives aged 16-24, curated and organised by our young work placement team to explore the joy and challenge of growing up in Suffolk.

For Suffolk Sake

A group exhibition of contemporary Suffolk-based artists who connected through our peer network crits led by artists Rebecca Riess and Alex Costello.

old telephone exchange switchboard

Saxmundham Telephone Exchange

Experience the past and future of communication technology in Saxmundham’s Telephone Exchange.

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PhotoShed was a men’s social group focused around photography. A pilot workshop which met on Thursdays at The Art Station, the group headed out to take pictures in the local area and share the results. We are looking for funding to develop this further.

Art + Station = Tour

A whistle-stop tour of contemporary art, heading up the beautiful East Suffolk coast by rail from Melton to Lowestoft.

Edgefield Dance Company Taster Workshops

Edgefield Dance Company invite you to take a leap into 2021 and join in with a fun taster workshop of dance, movement and form…


A new dance performance work by Edgefield Dance Company, as part of HERE exhibition.

OVER THE WALL is a short dance piece inspired by a photo by Don McCullin taken in 1971 “Gangs of Boys Escaping C.S. Gas Fired by British Soldiers, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.”


Our launch exhibition HERE celebrates new and recent work by emerging and established contemporary artists with a strong connection to Suffolk and East Anglia. HERE runs June 26th to Aug 15th.

Rachel House postcard titled Anticipation is So Much Better

The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place is a collaborative project and group exhibition curated by Ann-Marie James and Emily Godden. It combines mail art, a physical exhibition at The Art Station, an Instagram account and an online exhibition in a unique online environment.

Artist-Led Peer Crit and Network Groups

Artists with a mix of practices and career stages meet monthly in a supportive peer group to discuss and gain feedback on their work.


An online exhibition by Suffolk New College art students showcasing work in a variety of media including: printmaking, fine art, painting, fashion and textiles and photography.


A group exhibition by five final year BA (Hons) Fine Art students from University of Suffolk, showcasing new work by Shauna King, Ella Lockwood, Michaela Shorb, Elgin Thwaites, and Kieran Wilson through a virtual exhibition.


Beyond is a large suspended sculpture by Suffolk-based artist Fred Lankester. Installed in our ground floor entrance foyer, it is visible from outside, illuminated as night falls it creates reflections of light from Saxmundham High Street..

Art in a Bag

Art in a Bag is an Art Station project commissioned by a group of community organisations across Saxmundham, Aldeburgh and Leiston and funded by East Suffolk Community Partnerships.

Yoga Animals with Yoga Jo

Downloadable 10 minute videos for children 5-11 and families.
Create your yoga animal shapes and start the day with a stretch.

Artescape sessions

20-30 mins creative fun activities for children: make, paint, shape and draw!

Whispered Sculptures

Whispered Sculptures by artist and writer Maddie Exton follows the journey of a fictional sculpture through a game of digital ‘Chinese whispers’.


The old bank house flat, a former 1865 merchant’s house, became the location for UNBOXED. Artists were asked to work with, within and/or deliver works that could both be boxed and unboxed.

Jeanette Bolton-Martin

Camera Obscura

Mal Watson turned the station waiting room into a camera obscura viewed from the platform enabling station users to witness 24hours in the life of a rural station.

Ice Carnival

Clare Palmier and Jane Watt worked with Saxmundham Museum to use images from their archive of the market town in the nineteenth century. They created backlit silhouette and pinprick festive images on the station waiting room door.

Emily Godden

Using 360 filming, 3 Suffolk landscapes were created within the waiting room and experienced by the audience using VR headsets and projected as a live stream on the walls.

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

Artists Emily Godden and Ann-Marie James, have taken inspiration from Dr Seuss’s Oh The Places You’ll Go! to help you make your own mini arcade game using Microsoft MakeCode Arcade.

Printmaker wanted for new print space

The Art Station is looking for an experienced printmaker to join us in developing a new print space.