It is impossible for anyone to predict with any certainty whether or not August is a safe month to hold MADE AT THE RED HOUSE. And, at the moment, everyone in the creative industries is hunkered down, isolated, and hopefully using the time to make new works.
After a discussion with the Britten-Pears Foundation, rather than simply call off this year’s residency, we are going to take a flexible approach. We’re a small organisation so we can afford to take last minute decisions, to be nimble.
Our plan is to:
a) keep accepting applications, until July 1st.
b) delay any decision until as late as possible, and certainly until the health guidelines are clear.
Given the current physical and mental health of the nation, we think the best we can offer to composers and creatives is the chance to breathe some fresh air, to look at the sea, to eat some good food, to re-commune with fellow artists and creative leaders… a light at the end of the grisly tunnel.
We are planning to return to Britten’s home for three weeks of artists residencies, starting on August 3rd 2020
The Artists Residency
We at WILD PLUM ARTS offer an ideal working environment for professional artists. We provide a creative work space – a “think” space. There is no obligation or expectation that the artists complete work while at the residency.
We offer free accommodation, meals, and private workspaces for up to six artists per week, in four houses belonging to the Britten-Pears Foundation – three next to The Red House itself, and the fourth at Imogen Holst’s House in Aldeburgh. Two of the houses present ideal opportunities for artists who are collaborating on a project.
Residencies last for six nights.
A day at The Red House follows a simple structure: breakfast and lunch are supplied to be eaten in the individual houses at the artist’s own schedule, and dinner is hosted by us in Home Reach, when we hope all the artists will join us. After a day of solitude we find it valuable to share not only food, but also ideas and experiences. Occasionally we invite people from the music industry to join us for dinner.
Thursday is a night off when everyone can either enjoy an evening in town, or cater for themselves with food we provide.
Much of the food we prepare comes from the kitchen garden of The Red House.
Between 9 a.m and 4 p.m., and again after 10 p.m., are “quiet hours” for artists to work without interruption. The extraordinary Britten-Pears archive is on site and available – Tuesday to Friday – to all artists. No routine is prescribed. A walk in the country or by the sea is encouraged. In 2019, special tours of The Red House were laid on for our artists, and we plan to repeat this.
WILD PLUM ARTS and the Britten-Pears Foundation hope that any work that is created or begun during the residency will acknowledge the support we have given by crediting the work as being MADE AT THE RED HOUSE.
Feedback from our 2019 residency
I was SO productive in that week.
The environment made productive work infinitely possible. It was especially refreshing not have the pressure of showing work in progress. This allowed me to get on with my composition and get it finished in my own way and own time. I found I was composing for the good of the work, not for the big reveal at the end of the day. I believe this is the reason I completed my work during the course of the residency.
Dinners were delicious – couldn’t believe how much love went into them.
The food, without a shadow of doubt, exceeded my expectations in every way. It was the most delicious, carefully crafted and healthy food I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
It was far, far better than I expected. It was a really pleasant surprise how the days worked around meals (this tiny element of structure was welcome) and how fabulous the meals were.
The environment is incredibly conducive to deep, productive creative work. We managed to ‘crack’ a number of questions we had worked on for months without making much headway. It was an unbelievably valuable week and our output is going to stand us in fantastic stead for many months to come. Being able to focus solely on writing, not locating a supermarket or negotiating the day-to-day demands of being at home, was so liberating.
For a first iteration of the project, there was already so much care, thought, and kindness rolled up into what was on offer, as well as passion and a lot of hard work: this was so clear from Day 1. I felt immensely valued and supported professionally and personally by both of you.
If you would like to support our work for the residency please visit our dedicated webpage: FEED A COMPOSER
Our artists for MADE AT THE RED HOUSE in 2019:
Laura Attridge, Toria Banks, Tara Creme, Stephen Crowe, Litha Efthymiou, Craig Gell, Alex Groves, Liz Johnson, Matthew Kaner, Arthur Keegan-Bole, Robert Laidlow, Katie Lam, Gemma McGregor, Lewis Murphy, Alex Parker, Jacqueline Saphra, Martin Scheuregger, Mark Simpson, Benjamin Tassie, Heloise Werner.
If you would like to support our work, please visit the SUPPORT US page.