In 2019, Wysing Arts Centre will reach its 30th anniversary. As part of a series in which we will be interrogating the role of Wysing in addressing the urgent societal issues of our time, we want to re-visit the 2014 programme Futurecamp, which was part of our 25th anniversary programme and within which we explored the subjects ‘Psychology and Behaviour in the Digital Age’; ‘Art and Education’; ‘A Post-Gender World’; ‘Activism, Economics and Politics Today’; and ‘Environmental and Social Consequences’. 

Some of these areas of enquiry have been increasingly discussed in the mainstream media in the subsequent five years, in particular debates around gender, the environment and education. Whilst the political shifts that were identified in the programme have come about, it did not anticipate the speed of global political change. And we are conscious that we did not directly address issues of race and racism in the programme, or anticipate the global rise of extremist right wing views. 

We want to take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary to explore in detail what we over-looked in 2014. To ask where we are as a society now, what the arts now needs to do to address some of these issues, and where Wysing needs to concentrate its focus over the next five years.

It is expected that the residency will generate a series of public symposia during May 2019. These will be recorded and distributed online through podcasting and other methods.

The Curator in-Residence fee is £5,000 for a two-month residency. There is an additional budget for the symposia and other outputs. It is expected that the Curator in-Residence will stay at Wysing to undertake some research alongside working remotely. The residency can take place any time from January 2019 to May 2019 and the Curator in-residence will have access to free on-site accommodation and a studio, curatorial and technical support, and will be able to book the use of a vehicle and Wysing’s recording studio if applicable. 

Please read these guidelines before making an application: 

Profile of Curator 

We are keen to hear from applicants who can bring cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme. We are particularly keen to work with a Curator of colour on this programme and are happy to receive applications from individuals and curatorial collaborations.

To Apply 

Applications are made online via Submittable. Once you have set up an account you are able to return to your application any time up until the deadline which is midnight on 30 November 2018. It is recommended that you apply with enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline. 

You will need to provide: 

1. A statement on your work, why you are interested in being the Curator in-Residence (max 1,000 words). 

2. An initial outline of how you would approach the residency and present the research (max 1,000 words).

3. Six images/video/texts of relevant material. 

4. A current CV. 

5. Your proposed residency dates or research periods

We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded onto video and uploaded onto Submittable, instead of written applications. We are able to provide a range of workspace and accommodation and if you have any access or other needs that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact Head of Operations, Ceri Littlechild, on 01954 718881. 

Information on the Futurecamp programme can be found on our website here.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 2 December 2018.

The 2019 Curator in-Residence is supported by Art Fund.


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