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The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition closed for the final time on 4 November but the online shop remains open for orders. Shop now at www.shop.made-in-suffolk.co.uk.

About the Exhibition

This special exhibition was exclusively curated for Ipswich Borough Council.

Ed’s father John Sheeran put together an array of private family photographs, unseen works of art and personal items relating to key moments in Ed’s life and career.

This must-see free exhibition gave visitors an unrivalled insight in to the making of Ed Sheeran, intimately portraying his creative and musical journey whilst celebrating his strong connection to Suffolk and its people.

Ed, Art & Music

Brought up in a creative environment, Ed saw being creative as a natural part of everyday life, and as fun. There was lots of drawing, painting, singing and music-making in his early life and the exhibition showcased the impact this creativity had on him, with various pieces of his own original artwork on display, including self-portraits and album covers. 

Portraits by Colin Davidson

In 2015, Ed welcomed the renowned Northern Irish painter Colin Davidson into his Suffolk home. Three superb drawings, five oil studies and two large portraits resulted. The National Portrait Gallery in London later acquired one of the large portraits, and the remaining nine pictures, never seen before, featured in this exhibition.

These exclusive works of art gave visitors a glimpse of the man behind the public figure, capturing the private, thoughtful and feeling Ed that the public never gets to see.

Photographs by Mark Surridge

Since Ed’s career took off in 2011, he has been photographed by hundreds of photographers around the world; but there have only been a handful who have been there from the beginning. Mark Surridge is one of them. He has an instinct for the right moment and the right shot, whether before, during or after a performance. This exhibition included a selection of Mark’s photographs that reveal what Ed, his team and his fans experience.

Ed Sheeran, aged 15, performing at Moon Fest, organised by the Moon and Mushroom Inn, Swilland, Suffolk, 27 August 2006 (Photo by John Sheeran, Ed's father)
Ed at Ipswich Music Day 2010
Studio of Colin Davidson, Bangor, Belfast, with Ed Sheeran 2 on an easel and portrait oil studies behind (Photo by John Sheeran)
Mark Surridge photograph: Press Photo Shoot, Chicago 2017

Christchurch Mansion

Situated in the stunning surroundings of Ipswich’s award winning Christchurch Park, this Tudor mansion boasts 500 years of history and is one of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings.

Surrounded by acres of rolling lawns, scenic wooded areas and a delicately created arboretum, Christchurch Mansion is the perfect place to visit to discover Suffolk’s County town.

Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the beautifully detailed Victorian wing and gaze at the fine collection of art from Suffolk artists including the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London.

Acknowledgements

The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Exhibition was organised by Ipswich Borough Council and curated by John Sheeran. The exhibition was sponsored by Aspall.