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CANCELLED: Hesse Lecture: Frances Spalding

Tuesday 23 Jun 2020 11am

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

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All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.

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Sea Interludes: maritime themes and seaside associations in mid-20th century British art and culture

The sea, John Piper wrote, is a ‘powerful emotional agent’ in English art. This was a controversial remark in 1933. Cities, not the seaside, had long been regarded as generative environments for new art and for intellectual communities. The notion that desolate beaches, cliffs, harbours, the crying of marsh birds, or the swagger and gaiety found in coastal resorts, might inspire modern artists and musicians surprised many.

Art historian, biographer and critic Frances Spalding explores these ideas in reference to the work of artists.