Snape Maltings is a delight to visit for its architectural interest, its many galleries and exhibitions, and its important collection of sculptures, which includes works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Alison Wilding.
Visual art has been an important part of the Aldeburgh Festival since its inception. It was Britten and Pears’ belief that it should feature alongside the music, hence the full title Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts. From the stage sets, to works shown in spaces in and around Snape Maltings, art has been married to the musical experience.
The Red House
Britten and Pears acquired a significant artwork collection, which they hung at the Red House and exhibited in Aldeburgh. They were close friends with John Piper, Mary Potter, Sidney Nolan and many significant British artists, and at times sold paintings to help cover the costs of musical learning for young artists visiting Aldeburgh. Now their collection is preserved at the Red House by the Britten-Pears Foundation.