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Contest launched for Snape Maltings sculptural installation

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Aldeburgh Music has launched an open design competition for an outdoor sculpture for children at Snape Maltings in Suffolk

The contest seeks ideas for a new £50,000 vantage point overlooking the marsh landscape which already features works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas and Alison Wilding.

The project – backed by Suffolk Coastal District Council – is planned to complete in time for the 69th Aldeburgh Festival which will be held at the historic arts complex in June 2016.

According to the brief: ‘The winning entry may take the form of a viewing platform, an optical device, a moving structure or a technological marvel.

‘The sculpture must be self-supporting and designed so that it can be put up and taken down annually, with the prospect of touring the region in the future.’

Judges include Aldeburgh Music chief executive Roger Wright; artist Ryan Gander; and architects Sam Price and Patty Hopkins.

Wright said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to create a wonderful sculpture, inspired by the tradition of children climbing on the site’s existing artworks.’

He continued ‘We hope that, after its initial siting at Snape Maltings, other destinations will host the new work and that it will tour the area.’

Constructed in the 1800s, the iconic complex was originally used for malting barley for the brewing industry but was shut down in the 1960s.

The buildings overlooking the River Alde were later converted into a concert venue for the Aldeburgh Music Festival and the complex now features several shops and restaurants.

Haworth Tompkins has completed several projects at the former maltings including a £450,000 café, a £6.5 million residential scheme and a £5.5 million creative campus.

The firm’s £155,000 Dovecote Studio rehearsal room at Snape won the 2010 AJ Small Project Award.

Proposals for the latest installation should pay close attention to the Equality Act 2010 and submissions must feature sketches and a 200 word description.

Three shortlisted teams – set to be revealed on 15 August – will receive £1,000 each to develop their ideas.

A winner – planned to be announced on 5 October – will receive a £15,000 prize and the commission.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Tom Taylor
Competition project manager
Email: ttaylor@aldeburgh.co.uk





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