INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1
Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists
for Syllabus III; a peer-led alternative learning programme in its third year
that will support ten artists across ten months.
Starting in September 2017, Syllabus III will provide selected
participants with a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners.
Syllabus III will be co-developed with the artists selected to participate who,
with the support of staff and artists working with each of the partner
organisations, will have the opportunity to bring forward ideas to the
programme and actively contribute to its delivery.
Syllabus III aims to reach artists with a range of practices and
artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK. As organisations that seek to support artists from all backgrounds, we
would welcome applicants who identify as gender non-binary, or who come from
black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify as
If you would like to know more about the
Syllabus, we will have drop-in sessions available on the following dates and
Karst, Plymouth Sat 1 April,
3:30 - 5pm
Eastside Projects, Birmingham Tue 4 April, 6:30 - 8pm
Iniva, London Wed 5 April, 6.30 - 8pm
Voltaire, London Sun 9 April, 4:30 – 6:30pm
S1 Artspace, Sheffield Mon 10 April, 2 – 4pm
Studios, Gildengate House, Norwich Wed
12 April, 12 - 2pm
The individuals and organisations who have developed Syllabus III, and who will be involved with the programme across the ten months, are Ruth Claxton, Eastside Projects; Melanie Keen, Iniva; Louise Hutchinson, S1 Artspace; Laura Harford and Nicola Wright, Studio Voltaire; Helen Legg, Spike Island; Donna Lynas and Chelsea Pettitt, Wysing Arts Centre and Kirsty Ogg, New Contemporaries.
The programme leads who have been invited to lead the Syllabus III
programme throughout the year will be announced soon.
The Syllabus (2015) and Syllabus II (2016) involved contributions from
many artists associated with each of the partner organisations and applicants
to Syllabus III will have the opportunity to access similar networks.
Contributing artists have included Ruth Beale, Celine Condorelli, Andy Holden,
Richard Long, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Katrina Palmer, Rosalie Schweiker,
Richard Wentworth, Jonathan P. Watts, Keith Wilson and Rehana Zaman. With
additional input from Benedict Drew, Marie-Anne McQuay, Kathy Noble, Eddie
Peake, Marinella Senatore and Mike Sperlinger. Artist Milly Thompson and curator
George Vasey have been leading Syllabus II, engaging with and supporting the
artists over the course of the programme.
The programme will be structured around a series of sessions which all
participants will be required to attend. Some of these may be retreats lasting
up to four days whilst others may be shorter and in new locations. At the first
retreat at Wysing, artists and curators connected to the organisations will
work with the selected participants to devise and structure a curriculum that
will support individual and collaborative artistic development, and offer
access to networks and knowledge.
During periods between sessions, texts
and reading lists will be uploaded onto a shared drive allowing discussions and
curriculum development to be continued remotely.
The benefits of the programme include:
to shape and develop a collaborative, reflexive learning experience.
to develop a supportive network of peers.
staff at the partner organisations and access to the artists they work with.
programme of sessions at partner venues that offer time to come together to
discuss work and practice.
arts organisations, communities and networks in host cities across the UK.
one to one support and discussion throughout the programme
*Note that future dates are currently speculative and are subject to change after further discussion with the participating artists
21-24 Sep 2017
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
A four-day retreat, with onsite shared accommodation and food provided,
that will introduce participants and their work to one another. This session
will include an introduction to Syllabus III alongside introductions from staff
from the partner organisations. The majority of this session will include
presentations on participants work and by the programme leads and forward
planning of the curriculum for Syllabus III as a group.
3-5 November 2017
New Contemporaries, Newcastle upon Tyne
8-10 December 2017
Spike Island, Bristol
2-4 February 2018
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
27-29 April 2018
Studio Voltaire (non-London location)
25-27 May 2018
S1 Artspace, Sheffield
22-24 June 2018
20-22 July 2018
Final retreat at Wysing
The Syllabus costs approx. £3,000
per artist to deliver. We have secured Arts Council England funding to cover
much of these costs in 2017/18 so the cost to each artist will be £500
for the ten-month programme. The £500 can be paid in monthly instalments and
payments are made to Wysing Arts Centre who are co-ordinating the programme on
behalf of the partners. Additional costs to participants will include travel
and some accommodation which is estimated at an additional £500 per person.
Efforts will be made to ensure that low cost rail fares and accommodation can
be booked well in advance. The partners are happy to write letters of support
for participants who wish to make applications for professional development or
Applicants should have been out of formal
education for approximately 4 years and we are interested hearing from
applicants 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 would 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 development of the
curriculum for Syllabus III
Syllabus III is open to artists based in the
Applications may be made via video or audio,
to support those with dyslexia, rather than written form.
To apply, please provide:
A statement describing why you would like to
participate in Syllabus III (max 500 words);
Initial ideas for potential contributors or
content; what this could bring to Syllabus III and why it is important to you
and your work (max 500 words);
A general statement on your work (max 500
A current CV;
Please upload a selection of 10 images or a 5
minute showreel of relevant material. Please also provide links (vimeo/You
Tube/soundcloud etc) to full length versions of AV work and/or websites where
additional visual material can be found.
Applications that are not made via this
process will be ineligible.
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