We invite proposals for the evaluation of the Syllabus programme. We envisage an Evaluator setting up an overarching framework for evaluation and providing reports at key milestones over the programme’s ten years. We see this role as offering a wider perspective on the programme, informed by sector knowledge, and working in tandem with the detailed perspective of the Syllabus Coordinator. Our aim is for the Evaluator to devise an in-depth evaluation methodology that evidences impact, on participants and the arts sector more widely, over the course of the programme and beyond.

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hrs per week. Some evening and weekend working necessary with hours claimed back under Wysing’s TOIL system. 

Working location: Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, CB23 2TX 

Salary: £25,500 to £27,000 per year (dependent on experience)

Contract: Permanent, subject to review in the first three months 

Reporting to: Deputy Director 

Application deadline: 5pm Monday 11 September 

Full details of the role and responsibilities here: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/images/uploads/Wysing_Site__Technical_Manager_Info_Pack.pdf 

The main responsibilities of the Artist Advisor are to support the cohort of ten Syllabus artists, with programming advice, mentoring and facilitation. The Artist Advisor will work very closely with the Syllabus Coordinator throughout the programme, but will offer a perspective from outside the partner organisations.

The main responsibilities of the Syllabus coordinator are to provide pastoral care, mentoring and central coordination of the programme. This offer of consistent and focused support is enabled by the Freelands Foundation grant and aims to build on the support that has to date been offered by Wysing’s Senior Programme Curator and the annual Artist Advisors.

The Syllabus Partners (Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire) invite Expressions of Interest from organisations to join Syllabus as Permanent Partners or as Guest Partners.

Syllabus has secured a landmark grant of £500,000 from Freelands Foundation which will enrich the support available for artists across the next ten years, funding bursaries and access costs for artists, a new online element, an annual Artist Advisor position, robust evaluation and a dedicated Syllabus coordinator. Syllabus will resume activity from June 2024.

Permanent Partners

We are looking for two new UK-based Permanent Partners to join the existing consortium of Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridgeshire), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Spike Island (Bristol) and Studio Voltaire (Associate Partner, London) and help deliver and shape Syllabus

Permanent Partners commit to involvement for at least three years and contribute to Syllabus in the following ways:

  • Hosting Syllabus activity developed in collaboration with the ten Syllabus artists, Artist Advisor and Syllabus Coordinator. Partners rotate programming across a four year cycle hosting 3 x three day physical gatherings and 1 x online programme across this time. 
  • Gatherings are co-produced with participating artists, but build on partner organisation's programmes, 'personalities' and research interests and so are an opportunity to explore and expand on shared areas of interest together. Find previous examples here: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/archive/retreats/2020
  • Identifying a lead member of staff to attend the first and final Syllabus gatherings at Wysing (1 day each gathering)
  • Work with the other Syllabus partners to plan and evaluate the programme by attending at least 4 planning meetings annually (3 online and one in person).
  • Supporting the annual artist recruitment process by reviewing applications (one day) and joining one of the interview panels (one day).
  • Supporting the marketing and communications strategy for the programme, through digital marketing and sharing news of Syllabus opportunities through your networks.
  • Hosting two studio visit with Syllabus artists each year (these can be on or offline and are one hour each)

Permanent Partners receive an annual budget of £2,400 if hosting an offline gathering or £750 to host an online gathering.

We imagine the majority of this budget will be spent on delivery, and that most staff time will be provided in kind. In our experience, gatherings offer a professional development opportunity for participating staff and networks of local artists as well as the Syllabus cohort, creating opportunities to connect with artists and to think through ideas collectively. 

To make participation possible for a range of organisations, we do not ask for a cash contribution to the programme.

We are looking for partners who:

  • Centre artists
  • Bring experience of designing and delivering artist development programmes
  • Bring experience of co-production and collaboration with artists and others
  • Demonstrate a meaningful commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Have organisational models, geographical locations or existing artist support activity that complements the offer from our existing consortium of partners
  • Connect into networks of artists who have not historically participated in the programme (e.g by working in regions not currently covered by the current consortium of partners)

Guest Partners

We are also looking for a Guest Partner to join the seventh Syllabus from June 2024 to March 2025.

Our intention is that this role encourages participation from organisations that would not be able to commit to joining as a Permanent Partner, but who would like to be involved in the programme. We encourage Expressions of Interest from the UK and overseas from a wide range of organisations including biennials, festivals, those working outside the visual arts, smaller scale organisations, individuals artist-led groups and collectives. 

The Guest Partner will:

  • Contribute to one Syllabus cycle (Syllabus VII) which runs from January 2023–April 2025
  • Develop and deliver a programme contribution (a gathering, trip, exchange etc) in collaboration with the ten Syllabus artists, Annual Artist Advisor and Syllabus Coordinator.  Examples of previous gatherings can be found here: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/archive/retreats/2020
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of the programme by joining occasional online meetings with Syllabus Partners (maximum of  3 over a year).
  • Supporting the marketing and communications strategy for the programme, through digital marketing and sharing news of Syllabus opportunities through your networks.

The Guest Partner will receive a budget of £2,000 for programming costs.  You may be able to use space at Studio Voltaire as a base for  your programme contribution. Please indicate if this is of interest in your EOI.

We are looking for a Guest Partner who:

  • Can offer insight,experience and perspectives not provided by the current consortium of partners.
  • Brings criticality and new models to Syllabus and wants to test, challenge and surprise both partners and participants.
  • Is interested in collaboration, co-production and sharing knowledge and learning

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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