Thursday 1st March 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018
The first sale of one of Philip Sutton’s pictures through a commercial gallery was in 1955 to Peter Pears, who was initially drawn to Sutton’s rich and vibrant colour palate. In total Pears and Britten collected seven oil paintings by Sutton and these will be displayed together for the first time in Britten’s Library. The story of the connection between Pears, Britten and Sutton will be illustrated further with drawings and correspondence from the Britten-Pears Foundation archive.
Tickets: included in admission charge
Tuesday 6th March 2018 to Saturday 10th March 2018
A nationwide festival which will re-examine the notion of ‘Civilisation’ as originally suggested by Kenneth Clark in his BBC TV series. As part of this festival, we have a Reading Room exhibition exploring this project and tracing the working relationship between Britten and Kenneth Clark himself. We also look at how our collections explore the link between ‘high’ culture and rootedness in a particular locale via East Anglian paintings and Britten’s ‘Suffolk opera’ Peter Grimes.