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The Annual Ipswich Biennial is an assembly of artworks, exhibitions, workshops, films and talks taking place in July and August 2018. Making a virtue of limited means, the project is intended as a sensitive engagement with Ipswich, its rich history and an attempt to initiate and map a reshaping of civic visual culture.

This year the Biennial inhabits the civic wasteland, both interior and exterior, to present projects formed through collaboration. Working with individuals and local institutions it will platform ideas and aims to further growth beyond the duration of the event itself. Engagement with the biennial model is critical, outlining ideas of multiplicity yet slyly mocking the impact time based ‘events’ have on the cultural townscape. For Ipswich, the ‘annual’ and the ‘biennial’ need to coalesce, a more continuous effort to engage is necessary.

We Biennialists hope that continuous change through exhibitions, interventions and regular events can foster an expanding community of shared ideas. This first Annual Ipswich Biennial strives to create a context for art practice in a culturally undernourished environment, not as a spectacle every two years, nor as an exclusive yearly event, but as an ongoing, supportive and inclusive vessel.

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