About

DASH - Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists.

DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) is a Disabled led visual arts organisation. It creates opportunities for Disabled artists to develop their creative practice. These opportunities take many forms, from high quality commissions to community based workshops, the work it creates is centred around its vision and mission.

During the last twelve years DASH has undertaken truly ground-breaking work – projects that have challenged perceptions, fostered and mentored new Deaf and Disabled artists, encouraged professional development and helped to engineer change in the sector. 

In 2009, DASH began partnering with galleries to create artist commissioning programmes. From 2009 to 2018 fifteen artists were commissioned, three of the commissions became curatorial residencies. The first of these was realised with Disrupted at mac, curated by Noemi Lakmaier during her 12 month residency. Followed by Aidan Moesby's and Gail Howard's curatorial residencies as part of Tu Fewn, led by DASH with funding from Arts Council Wales. 

This work showed a thirst for leadership and representation of Disabled artists in the visual arts and led to the Curatorial Commissions programme, 2018 – 2021. The response from the partner galleries has been instrumental in developing the vision for the Future Curators Programme 2023-2026.

Closing Date is 5pm on Monday 6th September 2021.

For the Frequently Asked Questions, please visit DASH's website here.


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Applications are now open for AMPlify. We have developed this alternative learning programme for artists aged 18 to 25 years to test new approaches and ideas through workshops and talks, whilst also having time to develop their own work. This year AMPlify will take place as a hybrid programme, with an initial residency at Wysing in October followed by online sessions.

For an informal conversation about the programme please contact Lucy Shipp, Education Manager, on education@wysingartscentre.org.

If you would also like an informal phone or video conversation with a member of the programme team before applying, please book a time via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amplify-residency-consultation-phone-call-tickets-162676833789.

The application deadline is 9am on Monday 23 August.

Participate in this online, alternative learning programme to: 

  • Have access to some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today who have experience in teaching.
  • Participate in mentoring opportunities.
  • Develop your ideas and create new work to showcase through the WysingBroadcasts.Art online platform.
  • Develop knowledge of contemporary art practice with a focus on digital media and games.
  • Meet and experiment with peers in a supportive environment.
  • Have the opportunity to work towards a Gold Arts Award.



Artist Information: 

  • This residency is for artists aged between 18–25 years.
  • We are keen to support artists who have not previously had access to similar opportunities.
  • Artists who want to test and share their ideas with others.
  • Artists looking for inspiration to create new work.
  • We will be looking to develop a group of artists working across a range of creative practice with an emphasis on digital media and games.
  • Artists will be expected to attend all the group sessions.



Timeline for applications: 

  • Applications are open until 9am, Monday 23 August
  • Shortlisting by Wednesday 8 September
  • Interviews will be held by Zoom on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September
  • Successful applicants will be informed of their place by Thursday 16 September



Application Information:

  • Applications may be made via video, audio or written form on Submittable
  • We are interested in supporting artists and hearing exciting ideas, not in creating unnecessary work. We are happy to receive applications that are unpolished, unfinished, speculative or partially recycled from other unsuccessful applications. We are also happy to receive links to websites, or attachments and uploads of already existing material as a response to any of the areas outlined above, all of which can be added to Submittable. The link to Submittable is on our website.
  • Applications can be made by individuals, or on their behalf from/with a trusted guardian or support worker
  • AMPlify aims to support artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches, and who bring a diversity of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives. We are particularly keen to support applicants who have not yet had access to similar programmes and artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, those living in rural Cambridgeshire and Fenland, those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We believe that a diverse cohort of artists makes a strong cohort and will use this information to ensure that a diverse range of artists are interviewed for this opportunity.
  • We have produced a FAQ sheet of frequently asked questions which we hope will be helpful.
  • If you would also like an informal phone conversation with a member of the programme team before applying for a residency, please book a time via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amplify-residency-consultation-phone-call-tickets-162676833789.

How to apply:

Please apply via Submittable with the following information

  • Your name, address, date of birth and full contact details
  • A brief explanation of why you would like to take part in the programme (max 500 words or video/audio of maximum 3 minutes)
  • A brief description of yourself: This could include your work, your interest in the creative arts, your experience or areas of interest. We are happy to review a website, portfolio or description created for a previous project or opportunity. You may not need to write or create something new. (max 500 words, link to websites, 5 images or one 5 minute video or audio)
  • A summary of technology you have access to (laptop/tablet/computer and, if possible, information on processing power, wifi bandwidth, any relevant software or hardware). This won’t affect your selection but we will use this to shape the programme to accommodate successful applicants.
  • Whether you require the travel bursary to take part. A travel bursary, approximately £25 per person, can be offered to those who require it. The bursary will be offered to all those who request it.
  • Information relating to your personal circumstances, if you feel these have acted as a barrier to you benefiting from similar opportunities or practising as an artist. This might include information on your financial circumstances, your cultural background, gender or sexuality, race, disabilities, lack of access to formal arts education or details of any barriers to access. You can say as much or as little as you want in this section, and in your own words.
  • Information about any access requirements you may have. This won’t be used for selection, but will ensure we can make adjustments to the programme to accommodate successful applicants. We also want to ensure that we can support all of the artists on the programme and we ask applicants to make their access requirements clear when applying, if applicable. You can also submit this information in the form of an access document if preferred, e.g. www.accessdocsforartists.com.



Access

We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the work we do at Wysing. AMPlify will take place as a hybrid online and in-person residency. This information sets out what we will do to make AMPlify accessible to as many people as possible. We invite applicants to specify their access requirements in their application. This won’t affect your selection, but we will use this information to shape the programme to accommodate successful applicants.

In person sessions will take place on site at Wysing Arts Centre, and artists will stay at the Farmhouse. On site there will be access to the Polyphonic Recording studio. You can find full access information about our site here: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/images/uploads/PDFs/Wysing_Accessibility_Guide.pdf

Sessions will last a maximum of 2.5 hours with breaks. There will be a maximum of 8 participants on the programme. In addition to the group sessions, there will be 3 hours of additional 1:1 mentoring with an artist, at times to be agreed between the artists. Sessions will be conducted over Zoom, and any additional online programmes or software will be decided on in order to accommodate access needs and technology participants have available. It is expected that you will develop new work between the sessions.

All sessions online will be captioned, and transcripts will be available after the session. There will be breaks built into all sessions.

We recognise that everyone has a different life experience and may be struggling with challenges that are not always visible and we are open to new ways of working to help people engage with our work.

Please get in touch with us to let us know if there is something you need to be able to participate in AMPlify. For example: transcriptions, closed captions, subtitles, audio description, or short breaks. For any access requirements or queries please contact Lucy Shipp, Education Manager on education@wysingartscentre.org or call 01954 717108.

Outline

The opportunity is free and there are 8 places available. It will take place in person at Wysing in October and online on occasional Thursdays between October 2021 and April 2022:

The first session of the residency will include an induction welcome session and an opportunity to meet other artists participating in AMPlify. During the course of the residency there will be a range of workshops and talks that will explore the work of different artists and different media, to provide the opportunity to test and experiment with your practice through collaborations. Each lead artist will lead one workshop to introduce a new idea or approach.

All sessions online will be captioned, and transcripts will be available after the session. There will be breaks built into all sessions.

  • 14 October, 3–5pm, introductory session, online
  • 22–24 October, residency at Wysing including workshops 1 and 2
  • 25 November, 3–5.30pm, workshop 3, online
  • 16 December, 3–5.30pm, workshop 4, online
  • 6 January, 3–5pm, mentoring session information and next steps, online
  • January – March, three 1-2-1 mentoring sessions to take place between artists, arranged individually
  • 28 April, 7–8pm, online showcase of final work on WysingBroadcasts.Art


In addition to the core sessions 1:1 mentoring will take place across 3 dates to be decided by the artists involved between January and the end of March 2022. It’s expected that you will commit to attending all sessions, working with a group or individually between those sessions. Between sessions we will encourage participating artists to collaborate through informal online sharing sessions over Discord and Zoom.


Key dates:

  • 14 October, 3–5pm, introductory session, online
  • 22–24 October, residency at Wysing including workshops 1 and 2
  • 25 November, 3–5.30pm, workshop 3, online
  • 16 December, 3 –5.30pm, workshop 4, online
  • 20 December, mentors chosen and allocated
  • 6 January, mentoring session information and next steps
  • January – March, three 1-2-1 mentoring sessions to take place between artists, arranged individually
  • 31 March, deadline to send through completed final work
  • 14 April, deadline to send through completed showcase of final work
  • 28 April, 7–8pm, online showcase of final work on WysingBroadcasts.Art



Lead artists will be announced weekly from 19 July. Please visit the Wysing website to view full information here: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/opportunities/young_people.



Staff

Chloe Page, Digital Producer

Chloe joined Wysing in January 2020, after graduating from an MPhil in Criticism and Culture at the University of Cambridge in 2019, where she was researching digital technologies, coding, and new media in literature. Alongside this, Chloe is co-founder and co-organiser of two ongoing arts event series across London and Cambridge, plant! and XD, working closely with DIY Space for London and focusing on experimental arts, music, and digital aesthetics. She has previously been involved with Resonance Extra, Balamii Radio, and London-based queer arts and events collective TREMORS TV. She also makes sound work informed by the relations between virtual and material.

Chloe is interested in the potentials for digital broadcasting technologies to create communities and expand access to Wysing, as well as the use of digital media to bring Wysing as a physical space into the virtual.

Lucy Shipp, Education Manager

Lucy Shipp joined Wysing in July 2018, having previously worked to develop projects and relationships with schools and young people across the University of Cambridge Museums. In 2016-17 Lucy was part of the Engage Extend Leadership programme. She has been working in museum and gallery education since graduating from University College Falmouth in 2010. She has previously held positions at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Tate and the V&A.

Lucy is passionate about the positive benefits of accessing and participating in the arts, working to create opportunities for access and raise wider awareness of the positive benefits of arts engagement.

We are currently inviting applications for artist studios at Wysing in Cambridgeshire . We have affordable studios available to licence for up to five years. Alongside the studios, onsite facilities include free wi-fi, access to a ceramics studio and music recording studio, access to a kitchen and meeting area, and ample parking. 


About Wysing

Wysing’s thriving cultural campus of ten buildings across an 11-acre rural site hosts experimental residencies for UK and international artists, and delivers a critically acclaimed public programme of gallery exhibitions and events, including conferences, symposia, workshops and a highly regarded experimental music festival.

Wysing offers a unique environment for artists, providing space for personal development and artistic experimentation and enquiry with an ongoing and innovative programme of events, exhibitions, studio provision, retreats and residencies, and unique programmes for young artists. Wysing’s large rural site near Cambridge comprises artists’ studios, education studios, a gallery and project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse and outdoor sculptures and structures.

Strawbale Studio 3 or 5

This ground floor building is aimed at early stage artists and was designed to be as affordable as possible. It therefore does not have central heating or running water (toilet facilities are in nearby buildings), but does have plenty of light, electricity and wi-fi.

Each studio has a floor area 17.40 m²

Each studio is £97 (inc VAT)  per calendar month, plus bills

One available from August 2021, one available from September 2021. 


Strawbale Studio 7

This ground floor building is aimed at early stage artists and was designed to be as affordable as possible. It therefore does not have central heating or running water (toilet facilities are in nearby buildings), but does have plenty of light, electricity and wi-fi.

Floor area 34.80 m²

£194 (inc VAT)  per calendar month, plus bills

Available from August 2021 


Top Barn Studio 5
This is a first floor studio with stairs access (no lift is available in this building). The studio block has a dedicated toilet, central heating and free wifi.

Floor area 19.7 m²

£149.72 (inc VAT)  per calendar month, plus bills

Available from September 2021



Further Information

Please read the Wysing Studio Policy before making an application.  

Wysing Studio Policy

Wysing Arts Centre provides affordable, subsidised, studios to visual artists who support Wysing’s values and ways of working. Wysing’s ethos as an organisation is one of artistic enquiry and experimentation and this ethos is applied to the studios.  

Studios are leased to artists who want to use the opportunity of being at Wysing, for up to five years, as a way to move their practices forward. To secure and maintain a studio at Wysing, artists need to commit to engaging with Wysing’s artistic programme, through attending events and exhibitions, and being open to playing a role in educational and other programmes. Being a studio artist at Wysing is more than simply licensing space; it is a commitment to being an active contributor to the Wysing artistic community.


Studios are licensed for up to five years*, to enable a large number of artists working across a range of media to benefit from the subsidised rents and access to Wysing staff and programmes.  

Subsidised studios at Wysing are for visual artists who are: 


  • At Wysing as a developmental opportunity 


  • Committed to critically engaged contemporary visual art practice 


  • Establishing a career as a professional artist  


  • Committed to at least two days/ 16 hours per working week (excluding weekends) to using their studio. We understand that artists may need to be away from studios to undertake commissions and residencies but ask that Wysing is kept informed of long absences. 


  • Exhibiting or engaging in opportunities (exhibitions, projects, residencies) regularly, nationally and internationally 


  • Committed to constructively participate in the active artistic community at Wysing 


  • Keen to allow visitors to the site access to their studio 


  • Willing to participate in opportunities to promote Wysing and its activities, when appropriate. 


Wysing subsidises the studios through its Arts Council England funding, to enable rents to remain low. Wysing is an educational charity and a not-for-profit organisation and as such studio artists are currently exempt from paying business rates. Studios therefore cannot be used as a registered business address or to undertake solely commercial activity.  

Lease period

Leases are reviewed annually at review meetings with a curator. Studios leases will only be secure if artists are able to demonstrate their usage of the studio, their commitment to the organisation and with Wysing Arts Charity’s core values and organisational objectives. The time a studio will be rented to same artist is up to a maximum of five years.

Studio meetings and support

Wysing Arts Centre’s curatorial staff can provide up to two formal review meetings per year to artists licensing studios. This is an opportunity for critical feedback, professional development and mentoring. The meetings will also include a review of how the studio is being used; in line with this policy. Specific advice may also be available. 

In addition, Wysing offers support to studio artists through access to facilities and equipment, opportunity to build artistic networks, work opportunities (for example, leading workshops on our education programmes) and occasionally through Test Space, which is a public programme for studio artists to try out new ideas and directions. Wysing's exhibitions and other public activities are part of Wysing's programme of support for artists on residencies at the Centre. 


The culture of Wysing

Wysing’s staff team have worked hard to create an atmosphere where artists are encouraged to push their practices and take creative risks. Additionally, artists participating in residency and other programmes are encouraged to join studio artists and staff at social times, such as lunch times, to informally network. The culture of the centre is one of dialogue, discourse, collaboration and enquiry. 

We also have a Code of Conduct, which everyone who works at Wysing is committed to.  


Lease termination

Wysing aims to avoid having inactive subsidised studios at any time. If an artist does not adhere to the studio policy and the values and aims of the organisation, articulated through the artistic programme, their lease will be terminated with one month’s notice. If an artist wishes to leave their studio before the end of the term of their lease, they are required to give one month’s notice.  

Sub-letting

Because Wysing is establishing itself as an active community of artists who will be selected on both the quality of their work and their commitment to being positively engaged in the community, sub-letting to other artists is prohibited.

*From January 2017 a small number of artists annually will be invited to apply to join a new initiative: Studio Programme Associates. Artists will have been identified by Wysing staff through ongoing discussion.

Applying

To apply, you will need to provide us with the information listed below, each as a separate document:  

Your name, address and contact details and details of which studio/s you would be interested in leasing: 


  • A statement on your practice (max 300 words). 


  • A description of why you would like a studio at Wysing and what you could bring to the Centre and artist community (max 300 words). 


  • A CV. 


  • A selection of up to 10 images of your work (or other relevant material such as video, or send a document with links to websites hosting material such as Vimeo or Youtube). 


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

The deadline for applications is midnight on 15 August 2021.

An informal interview and site visit will be scheduled for successful applicants in August.   

Wysing Arts Centre