104, St Helens Street
the best art for your home or business
The Freudian Sheep Contemporary Art Gallery, in Ipswich, England exists to promote visual art by increasing wider public engagement. We help emerging artists in the Anglia Region and beyond, by enabling them to exhibit with experienced artists and to get their art seen by a wider range of people than the traditional art audience provides.
We happily accept submissions from artists interested in interpreting any of our themes, or exhibiting off-theme art which is now also accepted every new month.
Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org and enclose examples of your art or a link to where we can see it, plus a little about yourself.
Gallery for hire:
The gallery is no longer for hire except for in exceptional circumstances. If you think your circumstances are exceptional, then please do get in touch.
See Hire the Gallery for more details.
WANT TO SPONSOR THE SHEEP? We're always happy to hear from patrons who have an interest in helping visual art to survive & thrive. Artists rely on goodwill, and often do a great deal for their communities in return for little other than thanks. The gallery sometimes feels a bit like that - and since we exist to help these artists, a bit of help is very much obliged. In return, we'll promote you/your business (should you wish) on our website/social media and in the gallery. Contact us at: art @freudiansheep.co.uk. We'll of course be delighted to hear from you.
The Freudian Sheep - just up the road from The Regent Theatre, Ipswich. Come and see us every month.
at The Sheep
EXHIBITIONS during September
The art of gallery owners
Eleanor May & Ian Moss
September 8th - September 17th
GALLERY CLOSING EVENT SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 3pm-6pm(ish)
ALL WELCOME - INVITE YOURSELVES &
THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED!
The Freudian Sheep art gallery is staging the final exhibition before it closes to the public with the show beginning quietly on Thursday 8th September, and running until the ‘closing view’ event on Saturday 17th September, after which the gallery will close. Gallery co-owners, Eleanor May and Ian Moss are using the entire gallery for displays of their own artwork for the first time since the gallery opened in December 2013. Not only that – as a parting gift to regulars and newcomers, they’ll be substantially reducing the prices on most of their art, so plenty of amazing deals are to be had.
Ian trained as an artist at the North Essex School of Art, Portsmouth, and Suffolk University, and worked for many years in various therapeutic art environments in learning difficulties and mental health establishments, as well as community art projects. Eleanor also trained at the North Essex School of Art, before going on to become a painter of murals and trompe l’oeil. In 2013, they believed that Ipswich could sustain an art gallery – thus they took out a 3 year lease on a rather sad looking grade II listed building. It was the most affordable suitable building around at that time, and they felt that it being so close to Suffolk New College and the University, it surely couldn’t fail to attract visitors. After spending quite a large sum of their own money on refurbishing the building and making it fit for purpose – installing gallery lighting and hanging systems etc. they opened with their first show ‘Counting Sheep’ in December 2013. Counting Sheep featured over 20 artists they’d hand-picked from around the region, some of whom have continued to exhibit since.
Over thirty exhibitions, over 150 artists, and over 1500 artworks later, it has become apparent to Eleanor & Ian that it would be a location that would be unlikely to ever generate enough income from sales of art, hence they have decided to close down the gallery there. Despite that, there has been a great deal of positivity around The Freudian Sheep, and regular visitors and artists have shown their sadness at the decision as well as their support for any future ventures.
To build on that positivity and further utilise the skills they’ve developed, Ian is currently working with a small team to put together an artist-led space. This team ‘The Freudian Sheep Artists’ is actively seeking redundant large buildings that can be brought back into regular use. The hope is to acquire the use of a building that is unlikely to be used for a while and needs some refurbishment, and in return for a peppercorn rent/zero rent the group would redecorate, heat and generally look after the space for the owners. The development of ‘artist pods’ in which emerging artists can develop in a supported nurturing environment will be high on the agenda, as will all forms of creative workshops for the wider community. Gallery spaces will be central to the plans too. With a larger team, a wider skill set, and a community philosophy, Ian believes that The Freudian Sheep Artists can attract not only more artists and visitors from around the region, but also attract the kind of funding that has thus far been unavailable to them. There’s potential for it to become a visitor attraction as a place to experience all forms of creativity, and thus could become self-sustaining quite quickly.
Meantime, Eleanor is taking more of a back seat and will be less involved, other than with exhibition hangs and creative decision-making. She is putting together an entirely new wing of The Freudian Sheep business ‘The Freudian Sheep Interiors’, which will exercise her existing abilities in all forms of painting & decorating, including murals & trompe l’oeil – and will have access to a wide range of fantastic art from The Freudian Sheep Artists for clients wishing to express their tastes still further. Eleanor’s skills in textiles designing/making will also come in handy.
So, come along to see the final exhibition, ‘Au Revoir’ at The Freudian Sheep in St. Helens Street –and visit on closing day if you can, when there’ll be drinks, chat, art, and music – plus the chance to purchase many of the gallery fixtures & fittings. Eleanor & Ian have well over 100 artworks for sale too – from small and large paintings to sculptures & clocks, from assemblages to designer crochet.
The gallery closing event is on Saturday 17th September from 3pm-6pm(ish). Everyone is welcome (no invite necessary). Complementary drink/light snacks provided – donations gratefully accepted for further drinks, or you can bring along your own. The gallery enjoys people remaining for the duration.
Open Weds-Fri 10-2
Opening Saturdays 3-6
A 'Bid System' remains in operation for those who would like an artwork but can't stretch to the full asking price. If the art remains unsold at the end of the exhibition, your 'cheeky' bid will be run past the artist and if they're happy with it, then you have yourself a piece of great art at a price you can afford. Worth a punt if you can risk the chance it may be sold during the show - and artists are very happy to receive offers.
The Sheep are always pleased to see children & young people at the gallery for their exhibitions, and would like to hear their views on the art too.
Parking Saturdays all day in Rope Walk (New College car park) £3 all day. Weekdays park in the nearby streets - times range from 30 minutes free to 2 hours free. Town & Waterfront/Marina just 5 minutes walk.
A visit doesn't necessitate a purchase. Come and have a look - plenty of others do.
We have been a gallery that sought to provide fantastic contemporary art to all, without unnecessary exclusivity. We like to work with other galleries/art organisations for the good of art and artists. Once everyone has art on their walls at home & work and has visited an art gallery, we'll rest a little better at night. Until then, we are Batman; all of us are him. Art can do that.
See you on the other side.
The Id Gallery upstairs
WE'RE CLOSED UNTIL WE RE-OPEN SOMEWHERE ELSE.
We hope to excite you some more in due course ...
Art by Ian Moss
Art by Eleanor May
Art by Ian Moss
Art by Eleanor May