Wysing Arts Centre

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Wysing Arts Centre is a unique centre set on the eleven acre site of a former farm, eight miles south-west of Cambridge. It offers a year-round programme of exhibitions and installations as well as affordable studio space for emerging artists, and international artist residencies. It values innovation, experimentation and participation and aims to offer everyone opportunities to engage with and enjoy the best in contemporary visual art.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

During Exhibitions - see our website

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Davis Toop, Archives Unspooling 1, 1970/2015

The Practice of Theories

  • 14 February — 10 April 2016

The Practice of Theories brings together artists who seek to make visible the intangible and who share knowledge or complex theories through their work and working methods. With Andrea Büttner, Ami Clarke, Andy Holden, David Osbaldeston, Yuri Pattison, Heather Phillipson, Takeshi Shiomitsu, Erica Scourti, Cally Spooner and David Toop.

The exhibition launches our 2016 programme, Wysing Poly. Wysing Poly aims to provide an environment where practice and theory come together to support the development of new work.

Across 2016 the Wysing Poly programme will offer artists’ residencies, artist-led study weeks and study days, a Summercamp comprising of seminars and events devised in collaboration with artists and writers, alongside practical courses and workshops. Wysing Poly will take an open and pluralistic approach and intrinsic to it will be the contribution of individuals from outside the arts, through a public talks and events programme, to expand thinking and bring new tangents and ideas to the centre.

Wysing Poly takes as its starting point the Polytechnic; a word first used in 1832 when the Cornwall Polytechnic Society was founded to promote “many arts and techniques”. Subsequently, and in 1970s and early 1980s in particular, the Polytechnic (or Poly) offered a form of higher education that placed an emphasis on the practical application of ideas. In the early 1990s the word Polytechnic was phased out as the institutions became universities. Since then, the landscape of higher education across the UK has changed beyond recognition and in recent years it has become increasingly clear that many artists are looking to alternative learning programmes that are affordable and which sit outside mainstream education.

Wysing Poly aims to offer an alternative model for learning that contributes to this increasing number of learning and peer-support programmes.

A series of gallery exhibitions will take place across the year and contextualise the ideas being explored, The Practice of Theories is the first.

Suitable for

  • Any age





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Two Serious Ladies

Egg Tempera and India Ink practical course

  • 8 — 9 April 2016 10:30am-5:30pm

For the first in a series of practical courses as part of our 2016 programme, Wysing Poly, Wysing studio artist Soheila Sokhanvari will teach a two-day course on egg tempera and ink painting; both integral elements of her practice. As part of the course, Sokhanvari will be joined by Dr Spike Bucklow, Senior Research Scientist at Cambridge University’s Hamilton Kerr Institute, for an introductory talk into the history and associated symbolism of these ancient techniques.

During this rare opportunity, Sokhanvari will build on Buckow’s historical context, teaching participants how to make and then paint with egg tempera and charcoal-based India ink, using traditional methods whilst also giving an insight into their use in a contemporary context.

Over the course participants will gain an understanding of the history and tradition of these ancient techniques and by the end of the course will have acquired the practical skills and knowledge to be able to prepare and use the materials independently.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£180 / £126 students, unwaged and registered disabled



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Success of past art classes at Wysing Arts Centre


Wysing Arts Centre is committed to running high quality professional art classes for adults and children run by practising artists with an emphasis on process and learning and experimentation within the given medium.
Please keep in touch with us as classes and events are run across the year on an ad hoc basis until we reopen in September 2007.

How to obtain

Visit our website for more details or call us on 01954 718881

Wysing Arts Centre
Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge
CB23 2TX






01954 718 881

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