For Benjamin Britten – one of the foremost composers of the 20th century – a quiet place to compose was absolutely essential. He was fortunate enough to achieve this for most of his life, spending his last two decades at The Red House, down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

This creative retreat at The Red House is open to women members of the Royal Society of Sculptors to spend time in Suffolk on a peaceful, creative retreat. The residency takes place in two, two week blocks. The first being 31 October-13 November 2022, the second block being by arrangement with Britten Pears Arts in January/February 2023.

The selected sculptor will receive a £1,000 stipend to cover food, transport and materials for the total four weeks, supported by the Fedora Gleichen Fund.

The retreat is for professional purposes only and not for personal or family holidays. Accommodation at Red Studio is self-catering and there is no smoking and no pets allowed.


The Red House, Aldeburgh is part of Britten Pears Arts a registered charity that grew out of the work, music and lives of Benjamin Britten and his life partner Peter Pears. The charity’s activities include running the famous Aldeburgh Festival, presenting a year round programme of musical events in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, extensive health and wellbeing work and a broad ranging education and community programme.  It maintains and develops The Red House as a major heritage site and as well as the permanent galleries, holds exhibitions and events, to encourage children and adults to learn more about the life and work of Britten and Pears. The Red House is a mix of classic 1950s/60s interiors, formal and cozy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are ideal for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk.

At the Red House there is also a vast collection of manuscripts, documents, artworks, and multi-media materials held in a purpose built archive. Access is available by appointment to researchers and drop in for visitors from Tuesday to Saturday during seasonal opening hours.


Dr Hannah Higham


Dr Hannah Higham joined the Henry Moore Foundation in May 2016 as Curator of Henry Moore Collections and Exhibitions. Previously she has worked for Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norfolk and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham. She was awarded her MA from the Courtauld Institute on German Art and Cultural Politics 1890-1945 and her PhD, which focused on Florentine Renaissance sculpture at the turn of the sixteenth century, from the University of Birmingham. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on both Henry Moore and the subject of sculpture.

Laura Ford


Laura Ford studied at Bath Academy of Art between 1978-82 including a period at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York before joining the postgraduate sculpture course at Chelsea School of Art in London. While still a student, she participated in the 1983 survey exhibition, The Sculpture Show at The Serpentine and Hayward Galleries alongside artists including, Richard Wentworth, Tony Cragg, David Nash and many of her tutors. 27 years later she participated in The British Art Show 5 alongside a new array of British artists that included Phyllida Barlow, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy and Susan Hiller, Tracy Emin and Sarah Lucas. In 2005 she represented Wales in the Venice Biennale. Her work is represented in many public collections including; Tate, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Government Art Collection, Potteries Museum, National Museums and Gallery of Wales; Museum of Modern Art, University of Iowa; Arts Council of Great Britain; Contemporary Art Society; Unilever plc; Penguin Books; Oldham Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The Meijier Gardens, Grand Rapids USA and The Gateway Foundation, St. Louis, as well as numerous private collections. Her sculptures are faithful representations of fantasy with sometimes bitter sweet and menacing qualities mixed with tenderness. She uses humour and an acute observation of the human condition to engage with wider social and political issues. Her work is intensely crafted but playful, and she has used a range of media to realise her work including, drawing, painting, performance, set design and has increasingly taken on the challenge of public art alongside museum and gallery shows. Photo credit: YU Qiao

Sarah Bardwell

Executive Director of Britten Pears Arts

Sarah is the Executive Director of Britten Pears Arts having been the Chief Executive of the Britten-Pears Foundation for four years. Sarah led the project to merge the Foundation with Snape Maltings to become Britten Pears Arts. Previously she was the Director of Handel House Museum where she led its transformation and capital development project to become Handel and Hendrix In London. She has worked at English National Opera, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC and the Royal Albert Hall.


The entry fee is £5.00

This opportunity is open to women members of the Society only. Individuals or collaborative groups/partnerships can apply.


To apply please provide:

  • Five images of recent work
  • A CV of no more than two pages long
  • An artist’s statement (200 words)
  • A short proposal outlining your interests and intentions for working at the Red House (200 words)


Deadline for applications31 August 2022, 5pm
Winners announcementw/c 26 September 2023
Residency takes place31 Oct-13 November 2022/ second block held January/February 2023

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