Open Space

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

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.

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

Open Space Artists

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

A singer, songwriter and cellist of extraordinary versatility, Ayanna wrote and produced an EP on Open Space.More info

Bartosz Glowacki

Developing new repertoire and improving awareness of the accordion in classical music.More info

Bird Radio

Mikey Kirkpatrick set poetry by Walter de la Mare to music and recorded it as the album Oh, Happy England.More info

Born Mad

Director Rebecca Hanbury and composer Alex Groves lead a new experimental music theatre to its first production.More info