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Rapper, 18, helps launch new platform for West Suffolk artists

A new arts showcase has launched to help artists hit by the pandemic.

The initiative is a joint venture between Moyse’s Hall Museum and The Apex venue in Bury St Edmunds.

The weekly online showcase will give artists based in West Suffolk the chance to spread their work via the two venues’ social media channels.

One of the first artists to demonstrate their talents, and who is also helping to launch the venture is rapper, Louis Myatt, 18, known as ‘LM’.

The Walsham-le-Willows and Chelmsford -based rapper, recently released solo music on a variety of platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

“I have been rapping for about two years now and it’s going well,” he said.

“I work solo and also as part of a collective called 12xclusive. Three of us rap while a fourth makes the beats.

“It’s been tough because we haven’t been able to get together during lockdown and instead recording our different parts at home.

“The showcase should be great and as one of the first artists to perform, I’m looking forward to it.”

Dan Clarke, heritage officer at Moyse’s Hall, said: “One of the worst hit sectors during the pandemic has been the arts, beyond doubt.

“We wanted to help in any way we could, and while still in lockdown, we decided to utilise our social media channels to help showcase and promote artists in the West Suffolk region.

“We already have quite a few lined up from actors, to musicians, poets, designers, illustrators and artists, and are always looking for more.

“People will be able to showcase their talents in a variety of forms from video to photos, recordings and biographies.

“People can keep up to date with who is performing or showcasing their work by visiting our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and the likewise, those for the Apex.

“It should be fun and we are pleased to do anything we can to support the arts sector.”

Any artists wanting to take part should email @daniel.clarke@westsuffolk.gov.uk

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