View the gallery from your PC, laptop or even your mobile!

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If you can’t get down to the gallery to see the balloons for yourself, don’t panic!  Carl Lamb of Ambient Light has created a Google 360* tour of the exhibition.  You can virtually walk through the exhibition and see everything on your screen.

To take a look yourself click here.

The exhibition is open until Monday 7th August at The Waterfront Gallery within the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building and is free to visit.

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The Balloons have arrived!


With only a couple of weeks to go, nearly 14,000 balloons have been delivered to VIP Balloons ready for the big build!

The Inflated Inspirations exhibition plans to use approximately 10,000 of the balloons delivered in a number of different ways.

There are 600 modelling balloons; 180 foil balloons; 4,000 11″ and 8,000 5″ “normal” balloons; 950 Quicklink balloons that tie at both ends; 250 16″; ten 36″ and even one that is 5’6″.

These balloons will be used in a number of different ways to create several different designs.  We plan to use traditional techniques that turn columns of balloons into tree trunks, modelling balloons will be twisted into creations and foil balloons will be re-shaped using a heat sealing machine to produce a giant crossword.  The baby balloons will be put together to create a massive pixelated version of an oil painting as well as joining the Quicklink balloons together to make a building.  The giant 5’6″ balloon?  Well that will be used to create something really special!

We are still looking for people to join us for the big build.  We will be running hands-on workshops where four leading industry experts will be leading you in creating the designs.  The workshops will be suitable for anyone aged 18 or over.  No experience in working with balloons is needed.  To book onto the workshops click here.



Meet the Balloon Artists

The exhibition of balloon art will be created by many artists, some who may never have worked with balloons before, who will take part in three days on hands-on workshops led by four leading Balloon Artists.

Balloon Artists

If you want to take part in the event, we still have spaces on the workshops and you can find out more details by clicking here.

Here are each of the Balloon Artists…

Samuel Stamp-Dod, CBA


Samuel Stamp-Dod, CBA has won several awards for his balloon art at international competitions and strives to be innovative with his customer’s designs ensuring he delivers the ‘wow factor’. He has worked in the education sector before turning his ‘hobby job’ of ten years into a full-time career in 2013
Samuel decided to create ‘Inflated Inspirations’ as he wants to open people’s eyes to how balloons can be used as a medium to create art and cannot wait to see what people’s reactions to the exhibition are

Natalie Saunders

Natalie Saunders describes herself as always having been a bit ‘crafty’. Sixteen years ago her friend asked her to decorate her wedding with balloons. She’d never touched a balloon before but gave it a go! A few months later she got herself trained as a balloon professional and hasn’t looked back since
Natalie has had the pleasure of working on some amazing jobs including Harrods window displays and the Big Brother House. She recently helped on an art exhibition called Cherophobia which was supporting an artist ten feet from the ground with 20,000 latex balloons!

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In a relatively short career, Mike Hurst, CBA has built a home-based business into a small retail shop in Northamptonshire, attended conventions in foreign countries, become a certified balloon artist, travelled to Israel to teach balloon personalisation and will soon be running a class in his home town how to make large scale balloon numbers. He also recently won a competition for deliverable balloon bouquets and will go on to represent the UK in the worldwide final.

lucy hennessy

Up until 2013 Lucy Hennessy, CBA taught City & Guild Balloon Display levels 1,2,3 at Capel Manor College and now, as well as running ‘Balloon Power’ she is also an instructor for Qualatex throughout the world.
She has been working with balloon since 2001 and won several awards for her designs and creations including some for her large sculptures at IPS and winning NABAS Decorator of The Year in 2006
Lucy has also been involved with designing some of the décor for the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Christmas Parties

Introducing Emily Godden

Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work.  We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.

Image Emily Godden

Photo credit: Emily Godden, Rhizome 2.0, SPILL Festival of Performance 2016, produced by Pacitti Company. Photo by Christa Holka.

Emily Godden’s practice is currently focused around printmaking stretched into its broadest sense of existence to explore, document and translate both physically and naturally occurring traces through the medium of print.
In recent work she has used virtual reality as a mechanism to transmit data and communicate traces to exploit the essence of print in a post-digital landscape.

I enjoy the challenges of site specific work as well as creating works outside of the typical studio environment. My current practice develops my research into Printmaking 2.0 to negotiate new media and digital technologies within old print technologies such as etching.

At present I am researching the notion of the melted matrix within printmaking to develop works that situate the body between the print and the screen. Working with the body as both a source of data and means of data capture I am forming the creation of Live printing to use the information superhighway to stream live prints through the Internet to explore the connected post-human body.

Introducing Luke Mayo

Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work.  We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.

Image Luke Mayo

Luke Mayo has a strong, deeply-felt passion for expressing himself through writing. This self-expression generally takes the form of poetry, with occasional ventures into short stories. Luke enjoys setting his work to a rhyme scheme, taking the lead from comic writers such as Spike Milligan and Eric Idle.

Luke got involved with Pop My Mind in his final year of an English degree at the University of Suffolk (formerly University Campus Suffolk) Ipswich. Having undertaken the degree, and immersed himself into Pop My Mind, Luke has found new ways to embark on many writing activities. Pop My Mind, in particular, has given Luke an opportunity to consistently hone his creative voice and technique.

Luke seeks to continue his creative pursuits in the future, looking for other opportunities to share his writing with others.

His piece, ‘The House of My Mind’ will be used to inspire one of the build structures within the design.

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