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Art Inspired by Suffolk
A new exhibition of heritage paintings to open at Wickham Market

‘Art Inspired by Suffolk’ is an exciting new Exhibition, open to the public at the East Anglian Traditional Art Centre in Wickham Market from Saturday 25th May through to the 8th June.  It celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Ipswich Fine Art Club, which is still thriving today as the Ipswich Art Society.


More than sixty drawings and paintings will be on display. The works, which date from 1850 to 1950, are by Suffolk artists who were members of the Ipswich Fine Art Club and include John Duvall, John Moore, George Thomas Rope, Robert Burrows and the Smythe brothers, Edward and Thomas.


A further selection of pictures from various collections will be offered for sale and will be available, with others, throughout the summer.


John Day, of the East Anglian Traditional Art Centre comments, “We will be displaying these marvellous paintings by artists who enjoyed depicting Suffolk people in their towns and in the countryside. The pictures provide an insight into both rural and urban regional history.  It is fascinating to contrast the considerable changes seen in some areas whilst others have remained relatively unaltered over the intervening years.”

To view the catalogue as a PDF click HERE

Exhibition Announcement

Thomas Churchyard

Genius or Gifted Amateur?


Assessing works by the Churchyard Family

An exhibition to be held in the autumn at The East Anglian Traditional Art Centre

We are accepting works by Thomas Churchyard to be for sale alongside others from established Collections, including a group from a Churchyard family member.

Rope George Thomas
Chrome. W.H
Stannard J
Smythe E.R
Moreton Cavendish
Stark AJ
Stannard A
Stannard A det
Smythe ER Travellers
H Becker Scythe
G T Rope Nr Snape
G T Rope Shepherds Cott hi copy
Art Centre
Cotman ME ship

Welcome to the EATAC website.

Our objective is to promote interest in the Fine Art produced by the Norwich School of Painters and Suffolk Artists working between 1750 and 1950.  This time period encompasses many East Anglian masters, commencing with Gainsborough, Crome, Cotman and Constable.

The rise of impressionism going into the twentieth century produced the innovators Arnesby Brown and Munnings, whilst later Seago rounded off what is one of the most impressive lists of British Artists. Many other notable painters lived and worked in this attractive and predominantly rural area within this period.

The Centre offers a professional in-depth assessment process to fully evaluate the traditional works from the region, as well as conservation advice and a sales service.

We look forward to hearing from you,

John Day

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The History and Objectives

The Centre was founded in 2017 by John Day, to promote Traditional East Anglian Art. It houses his extensive library, the archives of many artists and The Day Collection of East Anglian Art. This material has been assembled over the past 50 years by the Day Family and items are available for loan to Exhibitions,  and it is intended the archives will be available for reference purposes in the future.


A team of specialists and enthusiasts has been assembled to research and document the ​works in the Collection, also to investigate other paintings and drawings brought to us.


The website gives enthusiasts a chance to learn about and participate in projects relating to Traditional Art in the Eastern region.


We intend to establish a comprehensive calendar which will develop into a useful facility for those seeking information about the region’s events related to Art.


An illustrated brochure is available through the link below or alternatively we would be pleased to send one to you by post or email on request to

The Centre is an independent concern which works with all sectors; public, private and commercial, with a mandate to increase awareness of the many talented artists who worked in the area within our period and to encourage involvement through research, learning and collecting.

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