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Visual Arts Overview

Visual art has been at the heart of the Aldeburgh Festival since its inception. It was the desire of Britten and Pears that it would play a part alongside the music, hence the full title of The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts. From the stage sets, to the spaces in and around Snape Maltings, art has been married to the musical experience.

Britten and chiefly Pears collected artwork, living with it in The Red House and putting it into exhibitions in Aldeburgh. They were close friends with John Piper, Sidney Nolan and many others, and at times sold paintings to pay for students at Aldeburgh. Now their collection is preserved at the Red House by the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Ever since artists have exhibited and been commissioned to exhibit at Snape, notably pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Sarah Lucas.


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The Family of Man. Barbara Hepworth, 1970

The visual arts legacy continues and it’s not just the international stars of the musical world that wow audiences. From the new generation showcased in this year’s SNAP exhibition to the artists who came before, their names form a roll call of creative energy and vitality: John Piper, Howard Hodgkin, Maggi Hambling, Alison Wilding, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Don Brown and Juergen Teller amongst many others.


Visual Arts in the Press

Below you will find a series of links to various previews, reviews and articles all about Visual Arts here at Aldeburgh Music.

 Inspired by Britten

This year's SNAP: Art at the Aldeburgh Festival will celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten, co founder of the Aldeburgh Festival. Contemporary artists from both the SNAP 2011 and SNAP 2012 exhibitions have been invited to produce and contribute new works that are related to or inspired by Britten’s legacy.

For press articles relating directly to SNAP , please visit the SNAP website.

Read about SNAP in the Press


More Visual Arts Press

Sarah Lucas: 'Moving to the country was very magical somehow'. 29 May, 2011. Tim Lewis - The Observer

Against the Grain. June 3, 2011. Jan Dalley - Financial Times

Remembering an influential. June 4, 2011 Andrew Clarke - East Anglian Daily Times

Remembering John Craxton – an influential art giant and a lover of life. June 17, 2011. Ian Collins - East Anglian Daily Times