Wednesday 1st February 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017
Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, began their romantic relationship in 1939 but it was illegal until the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967. This exhibition focuses on key works by Britten that highlight his relationship with Pears who was also his muse, collaborator and recital partner, and the wider cultural, political and legal situation faced by gay men
in the 1950s.
Tuesday 21st March 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017
Valerie Potter has selected and curated the current exhibition of Potter’s work in Britten’s Library. She married Potter’s youngest son Julian in 1961 and as a regular visitor to the Red House and the Red Studio knew both Britten and Pears.
The art selected show the breadth of her work from the 1950s to the late 1970s, much of which was commissioned or given to Britten and Pears.
Image: Portrait of Peter Pears, 1952, by Mary Potter © The estate of Mary Potter. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017
Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017
To mark the publication of Judith LeGrove’s book Geoffrey Clarke: a sculptor’s materials there will be an exhibition exploring the full range of Geoffrey Clarke’s work from stained glass to sculpture, jewellery to textiles, land art to medals. The exhibition will be in the Archive Reading Room within view of his sculpture Sirens.
Two Troughs & Flat Bar (1964). Photographer: Douglas Atfield.
Friday 27th October 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017
Come and view items from the Britten-Pears Foundation collection relating to Britten’s works for radio dramas. Highlights include scores that Britten composed and text material for, among others, The Dark Tower, King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone and The Rescue, showing an intriguing facet of a comparatively little-known side of his career.
Image: Inscription by T.H. White in Britten’s copy of The Once and Future King.