With its high, beamed roof and wooden interior, the Jerwood Kiln Studio is a beautiful and deceptively large space, highly valued as a working space for artists as well as a flexible performance setting. As such, the Studio has been in constant use over the last decade, and it remains central to the creation and showcasing of new artistic work at Snape Maltings. The generosity of the Jerwood Foundation was a vital factor in the success of the campaign, both the grant itself and the support and involvement offered throughout the process.
Roger Wright CBE, Chief Executive Snape Maltings
In 2005 Snape Maltings (then Aldeburgh Music) embarked on an ambitious capital campaign to convert a derelict maltings building into studios, performance venues and much-needed office space. The Jerwood Foundation played a major role in the campaign from the outset, awarding a generous pledge of £500,000 that enabled the creation of the Jerwood Kiln Studio, completed in 2009.
Designed by Haworth Tompkins, the Jerwood Kiln Studio is a 10 x 9m versatile space; large enough to accomodate groups of instrumentalists, chamber and music theatre rehearsals, workshops and residencies. It is also fully equipped for video and electro-acoustic installations and is ideal for intimate performances with an audience capacity of 75.
The relationship between the two organisations has been enhanced through the support of Jerwood Arts for the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme. which has nurtured the next generation of opera creators since 2007.
Horse Whisperer performed inside Jerwood Kiln Studio, Festival of New, Snape Maltings, 2018. Photo: Matt Jolly