Wild Plum Arts has been invited by the Britten-Pears Foundation to host an artists residency at The Red House in Aldeburgh from August 5th until September 2nd this year.

We are offering accommodation, full board and private workspace for up to five artists at a time, 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. One of the houses presents an ideal opportunity for two artists who are collaborating on a project.

Residencies will be available in modules of a full week – Monday to Monday – at a maximum of two weeks’ stay.

The purpose of the residency is to create an ideal working environment for professional artists. A day at the Red House will follow a simple structure: breakfast and lunch will be supplied to be eaten in the individual houses at the artist’s own schedule, and dinner will be hosted by us in Home Reach (the largest of the houses), when we hope all the artists will join us.

Between 9 a.m and 4 p.m., and again after 10 p.m. will be “quiet hours” for artists to work without interruption. The extraordinary Britten-Pears library and archive is on site and will be available – from 1pm to 5pm Tuesday to Friday – to all artists. No routine is prescribed. A walk in the country or by the sea is encouraged.

The aim of the residency is to provide a creative work space – a “think” space – so there will be no obligation or expectation that the artists complete work while at the residency, but we 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.

  • We will prioritise applications by composers, at a professional level. We invite applications from composers of all musical genres, not specifically “classical.”  Librettists, or anyone proving their work is intended for use towards the creation of new music of any genre, will also be favoured.
  • We can accommodate one team of two collaborators (say, a composer and librettist), and applicants interested in this should apply as a team,  providing details of their collaboration.
  • During this initial residency, because of funding restrictions, we can only offer places to UK artists.
  • We cannot offer places to undergraduates.
  • We are unable to offer residencies to painters and sculptors. We do not have suitable facilities.
  • Sorry, no pets, children, partners or guests during the residency.
  • A residency  at the Red House is provided at no cost to the artist. However, we are unable to cover any other expenses, including travel to Aldeburgh. We will collect train passengers from Saxmundham, the nearest station. The use of Imogen Holst’s House is best suited to someone with a car, so applicants should inform us if they will be driving.
  • Unfortunately, at this time, there are no facilities for wheelchair users or artists with major mobility problems.
  • We cannot cater for people with severe food allergies. Wherever possible we will try to accommodate all dietary needs (vegetarian and vegan options will be available), but if this is not possible, we may have to ask a resident to self-cater.

To apply, please email a three-page PDF to wildplumarts@gmail.com
It must contain all the following information (collaborators should submit a joint application):

  1. An outline of the project you wish to work on at The Red House. The more detailed the information you can give us, the better.
  2. A short biography of no more than 250 words per applicant. Links to a website or sites which showcase your work are most welcome.
  3. A recent reference from one established figure. We also need the referee’s email address, with their permission.
  4. An outline of the facilities you would need for you work – e.g. internet access, piano/keyboard.
  5. Any dietary requirements.
  6. How you would plan to travel to Aldeburgh.
  7. The week(s) you would like to work at The Red House, and how many you would prefer (maximum TWO).

WEEK ONE: August 5 to 12

WEEK TWO: August 12 to 19

WEEK THREE: August 19 to 26

WEEK FOUR: August 26 to September 2

Specific questions can be sent to Wild Plum Arts by emailing prior to submitting your application:  wildplumarts@gmail.com

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 1st.  Successful applicants will be notified by MAY 3rd.

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