About Us

Our mission is to develop and manage BallroomArts to provide a distinctive historic location as a year round venue for the arts and events. As a commercial enterprise, BallroomArts has been redesigned and refurbished to provide two venues under one roof, with excellent access and facilities. BallroomArts benefits from the high volume of visitors to Aldeburgh, the Suffolk coastline and the region.
BallroomArts is owned and managed by Urban Resolve Ltd. 

Ballroom Arts Team

Tom Brent, MCSD, designer and artist is the Managing Director of Urban Resolve Ltd. Tom has over forty years of experience designing commercial and residential properties. Based in London and Suffolk, where he created Thorpeness Emporium and the Barnhall complex, Tom is now dedicated to developing Ballroom Arts in Aldeburgh to its full potential as a venue.

Eileen Haring Woods is an artist, curator and producer. Eileen has worked as a strategic consultant, creative director and originator of events for the arts, retail and leisure and council clients. For BallroomArts she is working with Urban Resolve Ltd to develop the brand, marketing and curating.

Helen Barker, Administrator. Helen is responsible for the administration of licensee agreements. Based in East Suffolk for most of her life, Helen manages the Thorpeness Emporium.

Urban Resolve Ltd will review all applications for art exhibits and all events to ensure the range and quality of work, for the benefit of both licensees and visitors. 

History of the Ballroom Arts site

BallroomArts takes its name from its previous life as a function room in the East Suffolk Hotel, an important historic commercial building on Aldeburgh’s High Street. The building dates from the early 19th century but was much altered in the 20th century. The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the East Suffolk Hotel’s license was issued in 1843. However, records show that Charles II stayed there in 1668.  

The building is linked by an archway to 152 High Street, now owned and operated by L’Escargot Sur Mer, the Aldeburgh base of the well known London restaurant, L’Escargot.

BallroomArts sits within the Aldeburgh Conservation Area and the Suffolk Coasts & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.