Pasture is a new project space initiative by painter Ruth Philo and sound recordist Stuart Bowditch based in Braybrooks, an old dairy in Ballingdon, next to the ancient water meadows in Sudbury, Suffolk. We offer a space for artists, musicians, writers and other creatives to come and think, make work and immerse themselves in the surrounding landscape. Set in the Stour Valley, historically inspirational to artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Cedric Morris, Lett Haines and John Nash, we aim to nurture and inspire work by creative people responding to the local, social and political landscape of today.
Sudbury, a historic market town famous for its silk industry and with its fair share of independent bakers, brewers, artists, artisans and crafts people, is 1 hour and 20 minutes from London by train. Access to the countryside is easy on foot or by using our double kayak or cycles.
Braybrooks originally a shop built c.1820, was part of an old dairy complex. It has now been restored as a house, comprising of a large kitchen (formerly the shop), sitting room, bedrooms, bathrooms, studio, milk room, garden and cartway. We have sleeping capacity for 6 people. Residents will have use of their own bedroom and bathroom together with a creative studio space.
The studio is a large space on the second floor over the cartway, originally used for milk storage and production. It can be used for creative work and has a painting wall, table, studio equipment and internet.
A separate small ground floor space adjoining the cartway that can also be used as a studio space, with a desk, painting wall and internet.
There is a small walled garden with mainly edible plants and herbs that works as an outdoor room, with space to cook, eat, work and socialise.