14th January 2022

In 2018 the Chief Executive of the Britten-Pears Foundation, Sarah Bardwell, heard about our ambitions to start an artist residency and invited us to host a trial-run at the Red House the following August.  We jumped at the chance, and so began MADE AT THE RED HOUSE. The experiment succeeded beyond our wildest expectations and – despite the massive challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic – we returned to Aldeburgh for the following two years. By the end of August 2021, we had hosted three month-long residencies, cared for 60 creators, and firmly established our claim to provide a unique experience amongst UK creative retreats – a “think space”, with no demands on the artists, and provided at no cost to them.

We – Lucy Schaufer and Chris Gillett – are freelance artists who run WILD PLUM ARTS pro bono and sometimes we have to make difficult choices about balancing our performing work with the work of the company.

For 2022, we have decided to pause our current collaboration with BRITTEN PEARS ARTS and instead celebrate MADE AT THE RED HOUSE for the fantastic success it has been. We are enormously grateful to BRITTEN PEARS ARTS for the massive support they have given us, and for the many deep friendships we have forged there.

This doesn’t mean an end to WILD PLUM ARTS residencies! It is simply a pause. We will announce our next “think space” as soon as we can.

In the meantime, WILD PLUM ARTS is busy commissioning new work and getting it performed, with several large projects in the pipeline. 

To everyone at BRITTEN PEARS ARTS, past and present – Sarah, Roger, Lucy, Ella, Nick, Chris, Simon, Penny – thank you, it has been an enormous privilege. We treasure the legacy we’ve created together and look forward to collaborating with you again soon.