Young artist collective prepares for Suffolk launch event

A COLLECTIVE of talented Suffolk creatives will host their launch party in Ipswich tomorrow evening.

YOUNG ARTISTS IN SUFFOLK (YAIS) brings together Suffolk-based fashion-focused early-stage entrepreneurs and artistic young people who have their sights set on developing careers in the creative world.

The collective, which includes graduates, undergraduates, sixth formers and school-aged students, present their first YAIS showcase on Friday 16th August at 6pm at The Pacitti Company, in Ipswich.

Jade Benton, head of the YAIS team, said: “The event is going to present works from an eclectic mix of Suffolk’s young creative talent.


“We’ll be showing a combination of our Fashion Presentation – which is verging on a contemporary performance art piece, alongside the YAIS showreel.”

She added: “We are so excited that Suffolk has so much creative youth talent, and that we’ll be bringing this together under one roof for the event.”

Jade and the team have been supported by entrepreneurs’ lab, Shout About Suffolk, who have provided advice and mentoring to help grow the YAIS concept.

“We’re really grateful to the Shout About Suffolk team,” said Jade.

“They’ve really grasped what it is we hope to achieve for young creatives in the county and are giving us so much support, input, and contacts, to help us take our collective to the next level.”

Among those who will be showcasing their creative talent on the night as part of the Fashion Presentation, will be:

  • Francesca Palumbo – Francesca, a graduate with her own label was a finalist in Britain’s Top Designer 2018
  • Rohan Brooks – Rohan has just finished an Art Foundation and has received a place at Nottingham Trent to study textiles this September
  • Thomas Chin – Thomas has just finished his first year at Nottingham Trent and he’s studying Fashion

There will also be a class of ‘19 showreel edited together by Seb Franklin, which will feature multidisciplinary artists such as:

  • Lottie Armstrong – Fine artist Central St Martins student
  • Eve Bull – Graphic Artist
  • Charlie Armour Chelu – Graphic Artist, and Guardian Prize winner
  • Dora Densham Bond – Photographer, featured in Dazed & Confused magazine

A small percentage of profits raised from the launch will go towards Suffolk Mind– a charity that YAIS will be supporting throughout their journey.

Tickets will also be available on the door, for a donation fee.


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