The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth has successfully fundraised £16,000 for new streaming equipment and training, and resource for a visual art project with grants from the East Suffolk Communities Bounce Back Fund and Arts Council England (ACE). 

The Cut Digital Archive will be an online resource for The Cut audiences to engage with the gallery spaces and artists in the region during times when they can’t visit The Cut, or the building is closed.

Over 200 artists have shown at The Cut and there have been 15 group shows since 2003. Not all of them have adequate archiving. The Cut hope to develop and produce a comprehensive archive and build on it with the continual addition of upcoming artists and exhibitions. The Cut will acquire images, articles and publications of previous exhibitions, to create an online digital archive.

Artist Coco Crampton’s ‘Golden Girl’ work

Ten local artists will be invited for online interviews and live-streamed tours of their studios. These will sit on The Cut website with provision within the ACE funding to upgrade the site. Artists Gina Medcalf, Mary Webb, Coco Crampton, Fabian Peake, Charles Hewlings, and Johann Don-Daniel are confirmed for the project along with Bill Jackson, the last artist to exhibit at The Cut before Lockdown 3.

Kasia Posen, local artist and lead on the project said, ‘It will be exciting to begin collating an accessible record of the exhibitions that have taken place at The Cut over the years, and also have the chance to explore past and present exhibitors current studio practice through our online interviews and studio tours. Watch this space!’

Mary Webb’s Chattel House Series

The Bounce Back Fund also provides training for The Cut staff and volunteers and it’s hoped that the camera equipment will allow live events to be streamed to people that feel uncomfortable with indoor events or those that can’t attend. 

The Cut has curated three online exhibitions since the first lockdown, with the latest, Figuratively Speaking, online now and the fourth, A Sense of Place, online end of February. 

Learn more about The Cut’s exhibitions here: