The extended residency programme at Britten Pears Arts brings together a variety of development opportunities for interesting artists and researchers across our two sites at Snape Maltings and The Red House. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or more intense development time, our Creative Retreats and Residencies are designed to enable creativity and opportunities to re-focus.

The programme provides a safe and supportive environment to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to take risks. The focus of our residencies is to give performers, creators and collaborators the space to develop new ideas, skills and ways of working that will enable a step-change in your career, or reveal new insights about music’s place in the world. Creative Retreats provide a peaceful change-of-scene, to hunker down and write or create individually or in small groups.

Britten Pears Arts is uniquely positioned between Snape and Aldeburgh in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired many of Benjamin Britten’s great works and ideas. The extended residency programme draws on Britten and Pears’ vision for invaluable artist development opportunities, and there is a range of amazing projects that come out of the programme and go on to be successful and life-changing for the people involved.

As we emerge from the pandemic, and whilst restrictions are in place, we will work with you to ensure you and your collaborators are able to work safely on one of our sites.

Applications are now closed. Apply now for the new Art Station / Britten Pears Arts Residency

Introducing the shortlisting panel

Ruth Montgomery

Through her work as a professional musician, Ruth proves that music is not just auditory in nature. Born deaf in a musical family and having studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music for her B.Mus honours degree in music and flute performance, she is a flautist, music teacher and workshop practitioner. As a visionary artist and Clore Leadership fellow, she has also developed professional relationships with arts, music and media organisations nationally and worldwide.

Ruth founded Audiovisability in 2016 to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing artists, primarily by using visual arts and music. Audiovisability is a charity that brings the highest quality of classical and non-western traditional music to deaf people. They recognise the innate talent of deaf musicians through the forging of partnerships, music education, and innovative thinking.

Anil Sebastian

Anil Sebastian is a multi-disciplinary artist, member of the Icelandic band Hrím, co-founder and director of London contemporary voices choir and creative director of sonic agency DLMDD.

Laura Lewis-Paul

Laura Lewis-Paul is the Founder and Creative Director of Saffron- a music tech initiative taking an intersectional approach to redressing the gender imbalance in music tech . With over 8 years working in the Creative and Music Industries, Laura has specifically focussed her work in and around building communities and specialising in the developing of underrepresented communities.

The growth, experience and persistence in this area further exemplifies her want for social justice and change in the music industry, with a specific focus on gender and race. Saffron launched initially as a record label in Sept 2015. The company has now gained a reputation for leading the way for women, non- binary and trans folk to get involved in music production, sound engineering and Djing.

The music tech industry has a staggeringly low percentage of women, comprising of just 5% in the music tech industry, 2.6% of producers are women and less than 1% are 'women of colour'. Saffron is therefore working alongside global music tech companies, such as Spitfire Audio, Pirate Studios, and music educational institutions to increase that statistic by creating educational opportunities for women, non binary and trans folk.

The companies aim is to challenge the current music tech industry landscape and make a future industry that is inclusive and diverse.

Explore past Residencies

We are so grateful to our supporters, without whom none of our work would be possible. Visit Support us to find out how you can help.

Supporters contributing towards Residencies include

Genesis Kickstart Fund and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.