Arts and culture

Mid Suffolk and Babergh’s Culture, Heritage and Visitor Economy Strategy 2023 – 2028

This five-year plan sets out our ambition to shape the future growth and resilience of the Cultural, Heritage and Visitor Economy sectors across the districts. It outlines our priorities in partnership with cultural organisations, businesses, individuals, education and health partners. 

Read the 2023-2028 Culture, Heritage and Visitor Economy Strategy here 

Read Strategy progress to date March 2023 - February 2024 here


How do we we support arts and culture across the district?

  • We ensure villages and towns thrive through a collaborative approach. The creation of culture groups within our main market towns has made culture more accessible to all
  • Cultural Placemaking - the combination of assets of heritage, culture, people, buildings and landscape, to create places for people to fall in love with
  • We work with partners to build higher levels of cultural participation, and manage strategic programmes and projects
  • We support residents to start well, live well and age well, using culture to improve health and wellbeing
  • We develop innovative partnerships between cultural providers and educational institutions, which improve cultural education provision for children and young people
  • We offer fundraising and project advice and guidance
  • We offer capital and revenue grants

Which arts and heritage organisations and services do we invest in?

  • DanceEast the national dance development agency
  • Eastern Angles a touring theatre company
  • John Peel Centre for Creative Arts a multi-purpose arts venue in Stowmarket
  • The Food Museum the UK’s Food Museum with a mission to connect people with where our food comes from and the impact of our choices: past, present and future.
  • Wingfield Barns a community venue, studio and gallery complex in the heart of Suffolk
  • Creative Arts East an arts and community development charity
  • Orchestras Live the national orchestral development charity
  • Gainsborough House the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough and national centre for the exploration of Gainsborough’s art, 
  • Quay Theatre a professional theatre based in Sudbury
  • Sudbury Arts Centre a vibrant arts venue that's currently undergoing redevelopment until 2023
  • Screen Suffolk the official film office for Suffolk. Offers support from the initial enquiry stage, through to crew sourcing and permitting

Please email to learn more, or phone 01449 724638 (Monday – Thursday)

Suffolk Culture Network

The Suffolk Culture Network is for people delivering communications, marketing and audience development in the cultural sector.

Email if you would like to join the Suffolk Culture Network. 

Suffolk Cultural and Creative newsletter

The Suffolk Cultural and Creative newsletter is a fortnightly publication which aims to improve the sharing of information between:

  • arts practitioners
  • arts organisations
  • non-arts organisations
  • local government
  • regional and national bodies across Suffolk

Subscribe to the Suffolk Cultural and Creative newsletter

New Anglia LEP Culture Board's Manifesto 'Culture Drives Impact'

The manifesto, published by the Norfolk and Suffolk Culture Board, sets out how they intend to drive impact.

Read the 'Culture Drives Impact' manifesto