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Art inspired by Benjamin Britten at this year's SNAP

— June 2013

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SNAP is part of the Aldeburgh Festival

Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling, Sarah Lucas, Juergen Teller and Cerith Wyn Evans are some of the artists set to contribute new works inspired by Aldeburgh Festival founder Benjamin Britten in his centenary year.

This year’s SNAP exhibition, 8–30 June, is taking place as part of the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

SNAP is the ambitious contemporary visual arts component of the Aldeburgh Festival. SNAP was founded in June 2011 by artists Abigail Lane and Sarah Lucas, with the support and encouragement of Sadie Coles and Michael Craig Martin. The shows are developed and coordinated by Abigail Lane in association with Aldeburgh Music.

SNAP 8–30 June 2013

Open daily 9–30 June, 12 noon–7p.m. (closed 24 and 25 June)

Open Day 8 June, 12 noon–5p.m .

Snape Maltings. Saxmundham. Suffolk. IP17 1SP

SNAP Art inspired by Britten

For the first time, SNAP artists have beeb asked to respond to a brief. SNAP 2013 celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten, co-founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, by inviting contemporary artists to produce new works inspired or influenced by his life and work.

The Britten-inspired works are diverse. Whilst some offer a clear connection to his legacy, in others the link is less obvious. All are new works that address the ‘Art inspired by Britten’ proposition.

SNAP contributing artists

SNAP presents leading international artists alongside emerging talents, many with connections to the area.

SNAP 2013 will include works by Darren Almond, Don Brown, Glenn Brown, May Cornet, Benedict Drew, Roger Eno, Mark Fuller, Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling, Scott King, Emily Richardson, Abigail Lane, Simon Liddiment, Sarah Lucas, Julian Simmons, Cally Spooner, Juergen Teller, Gavin Turk and Cerith Wyn Evans. For details of the work they are showing this year, see our May 2013 Art News announcement of SNAP.

SNAP 2013

The SNAP 2013 exhibition brings together many of the artists who took part in its previous two shows. It also includes several other artists who have not shown as part of SNAP before. This is an ambitious exhibition with almost twice the number of contributors as in past years.

As in previous years, the works will infiltrate the indoor and outdoor spaces. There are no formal galleries. Derelict buildings and the developed areas are being used to animate the fabric of Snape Maltings and the Festival in unexpected ways.

Now in its third year, SNAP has become an integral part of the Festival’s visual arts programme.

This is a seminal year for SNAP. This year, we have given more direction by inviting artists’ responses to aspects of Britten’s life and work. The idea, as always, is to encourage artists to push their own boundaries. Sound, performance, sculpture, painting, installation and film will all be employed to this end. The spirit of the SNAP exhibition is to explore.
Abigail Lane

SNAP has gone from strength to strength since its inauguration three years ago. In this anniversary year of Britten’s birth, what better way to honour his extraordinary legacy which included many collaborations with visual artists, than this third incarnation of the exhibition, which invites contemporary artists to be inspired by Britten Jonathan Reekie, chief executive, Aldeburgh Music

See our earlier Art News item for more details

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