Year 10 Work Experience at Wysing - Information for applicants 

Each year Wysing offers two work experience placements to year 10 students from state funded schools. 

No experience in the arts is necessary but it is important that you are interested in visual arts and have a desire and curiosity to learn and get involved.  

Work experience with Wysing is a great opportunity to get a sense of what it is like to work in a visual arts organisation. You will spend time with staff across our programme and operations teams, helping to support projects and events that happen at Wysing. 

It is important to note that we are not a gallery or museum, so if this is the sort of work experience you are after, we might not be the right fit for you. 

To Apply 

We want the application to be as straightforward as possible. We use a system called submittable to help us do this. In submittable, you can fill out the application form or you can upload your application in an alternative format. This can be a voice note, video or letter to answer the questions.  

If you have access needs, or need any help or support with your application, please get in touch via email to info@wysingartscentre.org 

All applications go through a selection process overseen by Wysing’s team. 

Applications are open from December to February. All applications are reviewed in March. We will email all applicants in March to let them know if we are able to offer them a place. We do not review applications outside of these dates, so please make sure you apply between December and February.

Wysing is a very small team, this is why work experience places are limited. We receive lots of applications and try to make our decisions as fairly as possible. We consider the answers applicants provide to offer the spaces we have available to those we feel this opportunity has the most benefit and meaning to. 

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SYLLABUS VII
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS 

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Art Exchange, PS2, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and TACO! invite applications from artists for Syllabus VII. Syllabus is a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its seventh year that will support ten artists across ten months. 

Syllabus offers time to come together with artists from across the UK to discuss ideas, work, life and approaches to practice.

Starting in June 2024 the Syllabus VII curriculum will be built around a series of six intensive in-person weekend gatherings and an online programme, which the ten selected artists will collaboratively develop with curators and artists who work with the partner organisations, the Syllabus Coordinator and this year’s Artist Advisor, Uma Breakdown. 

Artists will benefit from: 

  • The opportunity to rethink individual practices through an intensive programme of in-person gatherings and an online programme, hosted by the partner organisations.
  • Working together to collaboratively shape and develop a reflexive, collective learning experience.
  • Critical conversations about ideas and work in progress with a supportive, national network of artists, curators and organisations.
  • Becoming part of a new network of artist peers
  • Introductions to, and connections with, arts organisations, communities in cities across the UK and access to new networks, expertise and resources. 
  • Two gatherings at Wysing Arts Centre and gatherings at Eastside Projects, New Art Exchange and PS2.
  • An online programme convened by Spike Island
  • A gathering with this year’s guest partner, TACO! and associate partner, Studio Voltaire.
  • Two 1-2-1 meetings with Artist Advisor, Uma Breakdown, over the course of the year 
  • One 1-2-1 meeting with a partner organisation.

To support participation in Syllabus VII, artists will receive:

  • A bursary of £1,000 for accommodation and travel
  • An access budget for those who need it.

As in previous years, gatherings will include content generated by the cohort itself, and so we are looking for participants who want to proactively bring forward ideas to the programme and contribute to its design and delivery across the ten months.

Syllabus VII aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK who have not yet had access to similar programmes. We are particularly keen to support people who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts including artists those with Global Ethnic Majority heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, artists who identify as LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities. We ask applicants to make this clear when applying, if applicable.

BACKGROUND

In 2021, Freelands Foundation agreed a landmark £500,000 grant to fund Syllabus as part of its multi-million pound commitment to support the work of organisations addressing racial inequality in the arts. With this grant, the future of Syllabus is secure for the next ten years. 

Find out more about Freelands Foundation here.

We look forward to relaunching Syllabus in June 2024 with a newly expanded programme, including bursaries for artists, access costs for artists, an online programme, an annual guest partner, robust evaluation and a dedicated Syllabus coordinator.

PEOPLE 

Key individuals and organisations who will collaborate with the Syllabus VII artists, and who will be involved across the ten months, are:

  • Uma Breakdown, Syllabus VII Artist Advisor 
  • Wysing Arts Centre: Natasha Ruwona, Syllabus Coordinator; Rosie Cooper, Director
  • Eastside Projects: Ruth Claxton, Artist-Maker
  • New Art Exchange: Michael Radford, Head of Neighbourhoods; Saad Eddine-Said, CEO and Artistic Director
  • PS2: Ciara Hickey, Artist Development Curator; Jane Morrow, Creative Director (Acting)
  • Spike Island, Carmen Julia, Curator
  • Studio Voltaire, Maggie Matić, Curator (Studios and Residencies)
  • Taco!, Mat Jener Artist-Director; Gina Prat-Lilly, Artist-Producer

Previous iterations of Syllabus have involved contributions from a wide range of artists, writers and curators. Applicants to Syllabus VII will have the opportunity to access similar networks. Contributing practitioners have included Larry Achiampong, Ruth Beale, Monster Chetwynd, Celine Condorelli, Adam Farah, Nav Haq, Nadia Hebson, Anthea Hamilton, Andy Holden, Evan Ifekoya, Shama Khanna, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Mark Leckey, Richard Long, Modern Clay, Sofia Niazi, Katrina Palmer, Keith Piper, Holly Pester, Rory Pilgrim, Morgan Quaintance, Nicola Singh, Tai Shani, Rosalie Schweiker, Cally Spooner, Linda Stupart, Richard Wentworth, Jonathan P. Watts, Keith Wilson, DM Withers, Rehana Zaman and Andrea Luka Zimmermann. We have received additional input and support from John Akomfrah, Benedict Drew, Kathy Noble, Eddie Peake, Marinella Senatore, Yinka Shonibare and Mike Sperlinger and have arranged visits to Documenta Athens and Glasgow International. Artists Barby Asante, Sonya Dyer, Jade Montserrat, Andy Holden, Milly Thompson, Jesse Darling, Harold Offeh and curators Helen Nisbet, Amanprit Sandhu Louise Shelley and George Vasey have led the Syllabus as Artistic Advisors in previous years, engaging with and supporting participating artists over the course of the programme.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE 

The programme will be structured around a series of gatherings which all participating artists will be required to attend. During the first retreat at Wysing, Syllabus artists, individuals connected to the partner organisations, the Syllabus Coordinator and the Artist Advisor will collaborate to identify broad themes. These will form the starting point for an evolving, responsive curriculum that will support individual and collective artistic development and provide access to networks and knowledge across the next ten months. Subsequent weekend gatherings will be hosted at partner venues in August, September, November and Januaryusually running from Friday to Sunday. The Syllabus will conclude with a final gathering at Wysing in March.

Syllabus VII will foreground the skills, talents and experiences of the cohort itself as a key resource. We are looking for artists who are able to take an active role in leading and contributing to elements of the curriculum, from sharing skills and experiences to organising workshops and leading reading groups for the wider group.

During periods between the gatherings, an online programme will maintain contact between artists, and the Artist Advisor will support and advise participating artists through a series of planning sessions and 1-2-1 conversations.

COSTS 

Access to the Syllabus VII programme is free. 

Each participating artist will receive a £1,000 bursary towards travel and accommodation. Sessions are planned well in advance to give time for participants to book this at a low cost. 

In addition, we have ringfenced an annual budget to support access costs across the cohort W. If you wish to apply for access costs as part of Syllabus VII, please make this clear in your application.

The partners are happy to write letters of support for participants who wish to make applications for professional development or travel grants. 

Here are links to some funders who have supported previous participants: 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

  • Applicants must have been out of formal education for at least 4 years. We are also interested in hearing from artists who have not progressed through formal art training routes. 
  • We aim to establish a cohort that represents a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic practices and welcome applications from a wide geographic spread across the UK.
  • We are looking for applicants who want to both develop their own work and actively contribute to the collaborative development of the curriculum for Syllabus VII. 
  • Applicants are expected to make a significant contribution to shaping the programme and must commit to attending all gatherings and retreats.
  • Syllabus VII is open to artists based in the UK
  • Applications may be made via video or audio, rather than written form.

We are currently inviting applications for new members of our Ceramics Studio at Wysing in Cambridgeshire. Our public access programme offers members access to the studio for a 1-day membership (8hrs per week) or a 2-day membership (16hrs per week) with a monthly subscription.


About the Ceramics Studio

Our ceramics studio was originally founded in 2014 by Grantchester Pottery and has a range of equipment including moulds, wheels and two kilns. Historically, the space has been used primarily by Wysing studio and residency artists, but we'd like to invite people who live locally to enjoy the space too. 

The studio will be open to members from10.00am to 8.00pm Tuesday - Friday and10:00am – 6:00pmthe on Saturday – Sunday. You can access the studio for either up to 8 or 16 hours per week depending on your membership. 

The room can support up to a maximum of 5 people working at any one time. 

Some basic materials will be available to buy at cost in the studio, but you can also bring and store your own clay at Wysing as part of your membership. 

If you'd like to come and see the space before applying for membership, please get in touch to arrange a visit by emailing info@wysingartscentre.org. 


About Wysing

Wysing believes in the transformative social and personal benefits of art and creativity, and that a more just world can only be achieved if everyone has equal access to the time and space needed to imagine it. Wysing provides accessible opportunities and resources to think and create, outside the habits of daily life. We support artists to develop their talent; we advocate for the immense value they have in the world, and we work to create the conditions necessary for them to have sustainable careers.


Membership Options

1-day Membership 

£140 per month, paid by direct debit on the first day of the month. Cancel any time with 30 days notice.

£800 for six months, paid upfront

£1,500 for one year, paid upfront.

2-day Membership

£210 per month, paid by direct debit on the first day of the month. Cancel any time with 30 days notice.

£1200 for six months, paid upfront

£2250 for one year, paid upfront.


About How We'll Select Members

The studio will not be staffed by a technician during all of the public access times (although we will have technicians working regularly on firings). Given this, we're expecting all members to have a good level of understanding and experience of working with clay - this includes knowledge about the health and safety within a ceramics studio and the responsible handling of toxic materials (i.e. glazes). 

Although we have four wheels in the studio, we won't be able to get through the firing requirements if we have too many throwers. So we'll need to balance our memberships to include a range of practices. 


How to Apply 

Please use this form to send us some further information about your experience of working with ceramics, the kind of work you make and any information you want to share about how membership to the studio will benefit you and your practice. 

If you would prefer to submit your application in audio or video format instead of written format this can be uploaded.

The application currently has a rolling deadline - you can apply anytime. Spaces are limited, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid disapointment.


What Happens After I've Applied

The Wysing team will take a look at your application. If you've been selected, we'll be in touch with you to let you know how to book the space and to arrange a health and safety induction first of all. You should be able to access the studio a month after being selected.

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