Open Space

Bespoke support for innovative and ambitious emerging artists and ensembles for up to three years.

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Through a series of artist-led residencies, the scheme offers the flexibility to explore and create new works, try out new collaborations and experiment with new ways of working, away from the pressures of everyday life as a professional musician. This unique opportunity allows participants to become part of the Snape Maltings family, to experience Snape’s creative campus on a regular basis and to make use of our expertise and vast array of contacts.

Each ensemble or individual is allocated a budget which can be used flexibly in discussion with the Producer, for example to cover accommodation and travel or hire of equipment, or for external consultants – however, ideally this budget is not used to cover artist fees.

Applications will open in the new year. For more information contact us by email at

Open Space is made possible through the generous support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


An ensemble in residence scheme for emerging and new groups of different sizes and from different genres. Open Space – Ensembles will provide time and space for groups to mature artistically, and will also offer performance experience through our programming when appropriate. A bespoke development programme will be devised with each group.


A residency scheme for an individual musician to develop a new innovative project. The project can be collaborative and involve musicians from any genre, or artists from any art form. We will accept three projects per year on average.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from artists with strong collaborative aspirations, who are willing to take risks and whose artistic ideas would benefit from an Open Space residency.