Alde Valley Spring Festival Residencies

A small residency programme was started at White House Farm in February 2014 in association with the Alde Valley Spring Festival. The purpose of the residencies is to give artists, writers and musicians time off from their daily or weekly routines to rest, reflect and start new work. Residencies are by invitation only; enquiries are welcomed.

2018 Residencies

Drawing: TBC.
Painting : Bea Forshall.
Hedge Hut Painting Residencies : Tessa Newcomb, Becky Munting.
Sound / Music : Mira Calix [The No 2 Sound Residency]
Writing : TBC
Poetry : Tishani Doshi, Sean Hewitt [Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize Winner 2017]
Research : Wes Robinson Residency
Woodland Residency : Jennifer Hall.
Workshop Residencies : Jennifer Hall, Boris Aldridge, Lettering Arts Trust [Joe Hickey, Jackie Perkins, Ayako Furuno, Charlotte Howarth, Fiona Fawcett], Nienke Jongsma /Studio Vandertas, Jon Warnes, Otis Luxton, Jim Parsons, Eilidh Allan, Tobias Ford, Linda Farrow, Stephanie Bunn, Sarah Butters, Saul Hunt, Jason Gathorne-Hardy.
“Writing at Great Glemham” Residencies : Chris Agee; Otis Luxton.
Cill Rialaig Poetry Residency Exchange : Paddy Bushe.
Fidelity Cranbrook Residency Award for Painting : Freddy Morris & Alice-Andrea Ewing.
Song of the Howgills Part II : Tessa Newcomb, Sarah Butters; others tbc.

2017 Residencies

Richard Elliott; Roger Hardy – The Boundary Series.
Sculpture: Kabir
Hedge Hut Painting Residencies : Jelly Green, Tessa Newcomb.
Sound / Music : 
Writing : Helen Jukes [Blakenham Garden Residency].
Poetry : Paddy Bushe
Research / Exhibition : Kabir Hussain – Field TM 3361 2815 [Second Year + Exhibition]; Sarah Butters – Wool Residency.
Woodland Residency : Jennifer Hall.
Workshop Residencies : Jim Parsons; Owen McClatchey; Jonny Briggs; Raymond Hopkins; Otis Luxton; Tobias Ford; Stewart Goldie-Morrison; Dan Hussey.
“Writing at Great Glemham” Residencies : Alistair Carr; Aljos Farjon; Tessa Allingham; Jack Cooke.
Wildwood Residency – Part II : Synnove Fredericks
Fidelity Cranbrook Residency Award for Painting : -
Song of the Howgills Part II : Tessa Newcomb, Sarah Butters.


2016 Residencies

Painting: Melanie Comber, Richard Elliott, Ruth Stage, Tessa Newcomb.
Hedge Hut Painting Residencies: Jelly Green, Emma Green.
Sound / Music: Mira Calix [The No 2 Sound Residency]
Writing: Helen Jukes [Blakenham Garden Residency].
Woodland Residency : Freddy Morris.
Workshop Residencies : Jim Parsons; Owen McClatchey; Jonny Briggs; Raymond Hopkins; Otis Luxton; Tobias Ford; Stewart Goldie-Morrison; Dan Hussey.
Writing at Great Glemham” Residencies: Hugh Thomson; Richard Mabey; Ed Posnett; Paddy Bushe.
Cill Rialaig Poetry Residency Exchange: Paddy Bushe, Lavinia Greenlaw.
Fidelity Cranbrook Residency Award for Painting: George Farrow Hawkins & Ramsay Gibb.

2015 Residencies

Drawing: George Farrow Hawkins
Painting: Roger Hardy, Tessa Newcomb.
Sound / Music: Gwendolen Chatfield.
Writing: Chosil Kil; Hugh Thomson & Jasper Winn [Cumbria].
Research: Synnove Fredericks, Fran Crowe.
Poetry: Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.

2014 Residencies

Drawing: Clara Drummond
Painting: Melanie Comber, Richard Elliott, Ruth Stage, Tessa Newcomb
Sound / Music: Lily Hunter Green [The No 1 Sound Residency]
Workshop Residencies: Alex Johnson; The Artists and Bronze Casters from Butley Mills Studios [Alice-Andrea Ewing, Craig Hudson, Freddy Morris, Sarah Pirkis, Cat Vitebsky].
Fidelity Cranbrook Residency Award for Painting: Jelly Green


For more information about the residency programme and artists’ work please email :

  • Local Places to Stay :

    Good places to stay within 1 mile of the Festival and farm : Crown Cottages, Great Glemham; Stable Cottage, The Grove; Alde Garden, Sweffling Details>


  • Festival Exhibition opening times :

    Festival open every weekday except non-Bank Holiday Mondays. If you are coming in the middle of the day there are good local pubs in Great Glemham and Rendham.


  • Free Entry & Parking :

    Free parking and free entry to Festival Exhibition and Open Studios [@ weekends] – come by foot, bike or car share !

  • Harry Becker Exhibition :

    Archive Exhibition about Harry Becker in the Farmyard Classroom with works for sale in the barns.

  • The Festival Exhibition theme for 2018 : Claudius ~ Suffolk’s Roman Emperor!

    Celebration of portraiture, life drawing and the figure in the landscape

  • New works:

    New works by over 20 artists and makers in the Festival Exhibition.

  • Festival Talks:

    Festival Talks with Maggi Hambling, Simon Loftus and Charlotte Howarth.

  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison each Thursday evening in the farmhouse Dining Rooms from Thurs 26th April – 17th May. Book early to reserve places.


  •  Eat on the Wild Side :

    Cakes, pastries and pies made with foods from the farm’s market gardens, hedgerows, pastures and woodland. Served and on sale at weekends in Hedge Quarters’ Tea Rooms.


  •  NEW for 2018 :

    More pop up exhibition spaces in the barns for The Spring Festival Exhibition.

  •  NEW for 2018 :

    New Workshop Residency spaces – open at weekends from 21st April – 20th May.

  •  Spring Festival launches 21st April:

    The 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival launches on Saturday 21st April and runs until Sunday 20th May – come and visit us !


  •  NEW for 2018:

    Open Studios showcasing some of the best makers in Suffolk and UK : leather work, letter carving, chair-making, knife-forging, jewellery, tile-making


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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