June 24, 2011 in inspiring places
Last weekend we fled London to visit friends in Suffolk. It’s a lovely part of the country, beautiful coastline and countryside and lots of arts, crafts and antique shops to browse whilst eating fish and chips and ice cream by the seaside. While we were there we went to Snape Maltings in Saxmundham where our friend Ben has an inspiring new photography gallery. If you like fine art photography take a look at the Atlas Gallery website, Ben’s London and Snape galleries show a who’s who of influential photographers.
The Maltings is a great place to visit – art, culture, history, food and and a bit of shopping all in the amazing surroundings of (mostly) restored 19th century warehouses by the river and surrounded by stunning scenery. There is a music performance hall, lots of art exhibitions and sculptures by artists including Barbara Hepworth and Gary Hume. Have a look at their website for more info.
They currently have lots of exhibitions running as part of SNAP Art at the Aldeburgh Festival which is on until the 26th June. The giant silhouette on the wall above is by Simon Liddiment and I particularly liked the Johnnie Shand Kydd exhibition. I couldn’t help but take photos of the huge black and white prints wallpapered to the crumbling walls of a roofless, four story high, junk-filled warehouse that has been left in its state of disrepair. It was stunning.
This is only on until Sunday so don’t miss out if you are anywhere close by.
Aldeburgh town is on the seaside close by and is lovely too with the most delicious ice cream shop and a great beach for pebble collecting!
Have you been? I can’t wait to go back!
Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.
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