From Cerith Wyn Evans and Maggi Hambling to Sarah Lucas and Ryan Gander, 16 artists have responded to the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth at this year's Aldeburgh Festival, which the composer founded in 1948. Here are a few of them...
A radio station local to Snape has been instructed by Cerith to transmit a Britten work, The Spacious Firmament on High. Documentary evidence of the transmission will be printed. A neon sign depicting the speed at which sound travels at sea level is also being shown in the main concert hall.
© Ben Westoby, courtesy White Cube Gallery
The film relates to the story of the architect HT 'Jim' Cadbury-Brown’s proposed memorial to Benjamin Britten on Aldeburgh Beach, recreating a sound experiment. A related sound installation will be sited at the Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout.
© Emily Richardson
In collaboration with Sarah Lucas, the performance Fuller has in store on the Hepworth Lawn is accompanied by the soundtrack of the Britten folksong, Sally In Our Alley. The next performance will take place on Saturday June 22. The props are in situ for the duration of the exhibition.
© Mark Fuller. Photo: Chloe Fuller
Situated outdoors on an external wall, the Concert Hall becomes a pertinent location for a figure enraptured by the music he is hearing - but that we are not.
© Juergen Teller. Photo: Owain Thomas, courtesy Aldeburgh Music
These two large phallic casts are positioned among the existing stored materials and machinery within a derelict space at the Maltings. Two large concrete marrows are also on the Hepworth Lawn.
© Sarah Lucas. Photo: Owain Thomas, courtesy Aldeburgh Music
These painted portraits of Benjamin Britten holding his conductor’s baton are discarded, with the palettes used to create displayed on the wall instead. Abstract portraits of the composer, the palettes are circles of mirrored glass, 40cm in diameter, hung as an installation in the main concert hall foyer.
© Ryan Gander. Photo: Jason Manning, courtesy Aldeburgh Music