Halloween Half Term! Art Club for Kids

You asked for it, and here it is!… Half term art classes for kids this October!

At the amazing Waffle Shack in Felixstowe, we will be holding two extra art classes this October; Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27, 10:00 – 11:30. £15 per child. Ages 8-13 years.

We will be serving up delicious waffles alongside a spooky and autumnal themed art class!

Tuesday 25 – This class will be based on creating a watercolour haunted mansion with a few spooky additions!

Thursday 27 – This class will be based on pumpkin designs! Where we will create our own pumpkin artwork and decorate it using the medium of collage!

If you want to book, please click here to secure your place.

Applications are OPEN!

After the success of our first Art at the Beach event last month, we have two dates secured for 2023.

If you want to exhibit, please follow the link below to apply for Saturday 3 June 2023.

Applicants will go through a selection process for the June exhibition. Applicants will receive an automated email confirming acknowledgement of their application and can expect an answer in December 2022 regarding the status of their application. If you are successful, you will be emailed a link to make payment for your pitch.

Click the button below to read the full T&Cs and to apply.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your application!

Christmas Workshops

Christmas Workshops at The Waffle Shack!

Creative workshops for adults. All skill levels welcome. £25 – £45 per person. Ticket includes materials, hot drink and a slice of waffle cake! Workshops are held at The Waffle Shack, Felixstowe and spaces are limited. 18:30 – 20:00 on a Wednesday evening. Tis the season to be creative!

CLICK HERE to book.

  • 30 November – Wreath Making

This class will be led by our favourite florist in Felixstowe, Lisa, from ‘Pretty Little Flowers’. Create your own wreath in time for Christmas and learn some tricks of the trade. £45 per person.

  • 7 December – Macrame Christmas Decorations

This class will be led by macrame extraordinaire, Gemma Gilbert. This lady knows her stuff when it comes to macrame and we are very lucky to have her this Christmas season, helping us to create some new Christmas decorations for our trees! £35 per person.

  • 14 December – Christmas Collage

This class will be led by the incredibly talented, Thaksala Haylock, who will guide us through an evening of Christmas themed collage and baubles! £25 per person.

  • 21 December – Christmas Watercolours

This class will be led by local artist, Victoria Petchey, who will guide you through some easy watercolour techniques and help you to design a wonderful Christmas themed artwork using watercolours. £25 per person.

Frida Kahlo, was in Felixstowe!

This weekend, Frida Kahlo, was in Felixstowe!

It was carnival weekend in Felixstowe and what a glorious event it was! The theme for the carnival was ‘hero’s and villains’, so it was only right that I dressed up as my artistic hero, Frida Kahlo.

A huge thank you to the organisers of the event, the supporters and spectators.

Photo credit to Alan Boyle, Felixstowe News, Susie Sparkle and my parents 🙂

Thanks again,

Victoria

We are moving!

Dear friends, colleagues and customers of The Gallery Box,

I want to let you know that this summer, The Gallery Box will be departing from Beach Street Felixstowe. I have enjoyed my time at this exciting location, but it’s time for me to embark on a new chapter in my art journey.

I am passionate about art (it’s my life!) and I will be continuing to teach art classes, work on commissions and organise exhibitions, festivals and other art related projects. The only difference, for now, is that The Gallery Box will not be a physical shop. However, I will be posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook to let you know what I’m working on and keep you updated with art classes and other art related projects.

Thank you all for your support – please stay in touch and I look forward to working with some of you in the very near future!

Victoria 

Our first Sketchbook Club for adults!

Last night we had our first Sketchbook Club for adults at The Waffle Shack!

It was a very productive evening and everyone enjoyed learning something new at the workshop. We focussed on ‘seeing skills’ during the session, based on the book by Betty Edwards, called ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’.

Victoria Petchey, led the class by demonstrating and handing out examples of her own artwork, to show the process of how she creates her building themed illustrations. 

After drawing, inking and painting with watercolours it was time for waffles! Tracy cooked up a selection of her scrumptious waffles and crepes for those in the workshop, ranging from, Oreo crumble, Eton mess, Canadian cinnamon, choc banoffee, berry delight, lotus biscoff, zesty lemon and Bueno surprise!

Tickets are on sale for more Sketchbook Club workshops, but spaces are limited! 

Local collage artist, Hannah Tooke, will be hosting the next class and will be focussing on collage using hand painted papers. Her work is stunning and you can see more of her work here.

The Sketchbook Club in July is now fully booked, but don’t worry, we have more coming up and Hannah is back in October, click here to book.

Thank you to everyone who attended the first workshop and we look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Victoria and Tracy

‘WAMFEST’ Art Competition – under 18s

WAMfest is soon approaching, with the aim of showcasing the work of talented women in the arts and music.

To celebrate this amazing event, The Gallery Box is holding an open call for creatives, of all ages and different abilities, to enter their work into the exhibition for the month of September. The theme is ‘Women’ and more details can be found by clicking here.

ALSO… We are holding an art competition for under 18s! It’s free to enter and you can download the entry form here. Simply print the page, enter a drawing or painting into the empty frame and drop it into ‘The Gallery Box’, ‘The Waffle Shack’ or ‘Shore Coffee’, at Beach Street Felixstowe. Address: Beach Street Felixstowe, Micklegate Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2GN.

We look forward to seeing what you create!

Download the entry form below:

Late Night Shopping

Opening Hours & Late Night Shopping

From Friday 18 December (tonight!) Beach Street Felixstowe will be having its first late night shopping event. Open from 5pm – 9pm.

We also have a raffle! The tenants at Beach Street have created a wonderful hamper that can be won by purchasing a strip of raffle tickets. Tickets are being sold by all of the Beach Street traders and all proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to the following three charities:

Level 2 Youth Project
Cancer Research UK
CLIC Sargent

For more details, please see posters below.


News

The Gallery Box officially opened on Friday 4 December 2020 and what a busy weekend it was! 

There is a wonderful array of artworks to purchase from local artists in store and here’s a list of who’s exhibiting their work this month:

Mikaela Rackham – Photographer
Joe Davey – Artist
Robert George – Painter
Louise Craigie – Abstract Painter
Rachael Marsh – Knitter
Thaksala Haylock – Typographer/Artist
Amy Marie Gladding – Photographer
The Codiwomplers – Willow Weaver
Felicity Knights – Embroiderer

For more details on their work, feel free to visit the gallery and see their beautiful artworks for yourself! You won’t be disappointed. 


Open Call – ‘My window’


As mentioned in the last newsletter, The Gallery Box is having it’s first open call exhibition in January 2021. The theme is ‘My window’ and there has already been a lot of interest from artists throughout East Anglia. 

This isn’t just a chance to display your work in a new and exciting art gallery, but to showcase your work alongside other local artists, feel part of an artistic community and sell your work, not to mention automatically be in with a chance of winning one month of exhibition space at The Gallery Box free of charge, or you could win £50 cash! 

Remember, places are limited for this open call so make sure you read all the details on the website and deliver your work/s on the first day of submission to avoid disapointment.

Delivery of artwork/s:
Saturday 2  – Sunday 3 January 2021, 10am – 4pm

Submission fee:
£10 per artwork submitted (cash only at time of submission), maximum of two artworks per artist

Size of work:
Strict size policy for submitted work/s. Artwork/photography/chosen medium, must fit within an 30cm square space (this does not include any additional frame you may choose to use). Sculpture or 3D works – 30cm square and will be exhibited on pre-existing shelving at The Gallery Box.

Location:
The Gallery Box, Beach Street, Micklegate Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2GN

Date of exhibition: 
Thursday 7 – 31 January 2021, Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Date of exhibition: 
Thursday 7 – Sunday 31 January 2021, 10am – 4pm, Thursday – Sunday

Theme:
‘My window’

Competition prizes: 

  • ‘The Gallery’s Choice’ – Exhibit at The Gallery Box for one month free of charge
  • ‘The Public’s Choice’ – £50 cash prize


For all the details, click on the tab at the top of this page, ‘Open Call’ for all the details.