The Cut is an urban-sized arts centre located in an old maltings building in Halesworth at the heart of the Blyth Valley. It was founded at the Millennium by the charity New Cut Arts and prides itself as being an entirely self-supporting hub for arts entertainment, education and entrepreneurship. The Cut and its café are open between 10am and 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, serving refreshments and light lunches. Events, workshops and other activities take place beyomnd these normal opening hours – consult the website (www.newcut.org) and seasonal programme for details.
The Cut puts on an annual programme of theatre, dance, music, cinema, live theatre screenings and fine art exhibitions, as well as regular classes and workshops in young people’s theatre and musical creation/performance; fine art; art appreciation; creative writing; poetry; contemporary dance and ‘healthy-body’ well-being’ classes. The Cut also provides ‘A’ Level Photography for a local High School in its Media Centre as well as opportunities for film-making and photography.
The Cut is the creative base for the regionally acclaimed’Halesworth Arts Festival’ (a whole fortnight of events every October) and the new and highly innovative ‘Ink Festival of New East Anglian Film and Plays’ (every April), as well as the celebratory ‘Suffolk Herring Festival’ (every Autumn). In December The Cut hosts a very popular ‘Christmas Bazaar’ weekend selling everything from crafts of every shade, antiques, bric-a-brac and vintage clothes.
The Cut is home to Suffolk ArtLink (an inclusive creative arts charity) and Mustard Creative (a graphic design and website company) as well as studio-based poets, fine art and textile artists, and a fine art print-maker. In addition New Cut Arts provides low cost photographic and video restoration and basic PC mentoring for the less than confident!
Finally, The Cut has established a ground-breaking partnership with UEA to host a monthly series of Science Cafés in which cutting edge science and technology is explained and subjected to public scrutiny and debate.