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New Community Arts Centre to Transform Ipswich's Westgate Ward
08 April 2016

Ipswich's Out Loud Music Community Interest Company has secured a grant of almost £50,000 from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps transform lives through grants for community and environmental projects across the UK as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 

The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Cultural Facilities theme, will provide an inclusive, safe and engaging cultural, music and media venue open to all.

Named South Street Studios, the venue will provide an environment for all areas of the community to access, allowing a diverse range of multimedia opportunities to ensure music and the arts remain accessible to everyone; regardless of ability, financial circumstance or cultural background.

The venue will be based in the Westgate Ward of Ipswich, close to the town's main centre and will be fully accessible to wheelchair users; the building already housing Ipswich's only accessible Changing Places Facility. As a multi-purpose space, South Street Studios shall cater for music, film, photography, dance and drama workshops; as well as becoming a hub for other community groups such as yoga and Pilates classes.

It will also provide a high quality live music venue (80-100 capacity) for Ipswich, aiming to reinvigorate, energise and inspire 14-18 year olds within the area. A professional green-screen suite will also be open to film & photography students, bands, groups and businesses to access the facilities for an array of productions.

Evenings will be available to rent for rehearsal space, events, gigs, comedy, poetry, clubs and societies; with the weekends providing further workshops and events for the community.

Joe Bailey, Director said:

Thanks to the generous grant from Biffa Award we’re now able to create South Street Studios, a vibrant, engaging music and multimedia venue. It will be an amazing community asset and will provide an exciting space to engage the local community with music, radio and much much more. We’re thrilled, thank you!

Cad Taylor, Director of Ipswich Community Media said:

The South Street Studios venue will provide a vital link to our local community. It will provide a safe, yet engaging space, where we and other organisations can offer our services to the wider community. We have a diverse and vibrant multicultural community here in Westgate Ward who will benefit from a creative hub of this kind, so they can showcase music, stories, films and other activities that help to connect us all. This is massive for Ipswich and we can’t wait to use the facility.


Gillian French, Biffa Award, said:



“Once completed South Street Studios, will be a real asset to the area, providing the opportunity for local people to gain new skills and embrace their creativity. This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help create industry leading cultural facilities.”