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


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Half Term Family Study Session

  • 31 May — 2 June 2016

Join us this half term for creative artist led workshops. During our three morning study sessions we will be researching, experimenting, and exploring materials, sharing creative ideas, and creating group artwork.

Tuesday 31 May 10.30-12.30
FOODSTUFF as TOOLS and MATERIALS - With artist Georgie Manly .

Wednesday 1 June 10.30-12.30
DIGITAL TOOLS and MATERIAL - Working with artist Jack Cornell

Thursday 2 June 10.30-12.30
NATURAL TOOLS and MATERIALS - Working with artist Caroline Wendling

The workshops are suitable for 6-12 yr olds, and cost £8 per child per workshop or £20 for 3 workshops. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult, parents and guardian are welcome to join in the activities.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£8 per workshop, £20 for all three.



Image Credit: Bradley Stephens

Circuit Unlocks Digital

  • 11 June 2016 4-9pm

Calling all 15-25 year olds, our young peoples' group Circuit, in collaboration with Young Art Kommunity at Firstsite in Colchester and in partnership with Cambridge Junction, have developed a free event of workshops, artwork and performances celebrating digital art. The event takes place at Cambridge Junction.

We are working with artists Antonio Roberts and Luca Mainini to deliver digital art workshops that use familiar technology, showing you how you can make your own glitch and GIF artwork.

The event also consists of a platform for young digital artists to exhibit and perform, alongside live music.

4- 7 pm

Drop in workshops: use every day technology to create your own glitch and GIF artworks.

7- 9 pm

A showcase of work by young artists, musicians, and performers.

The event is free but tickets must be booked through Cambridge Junction.

Get in touch at circuit@wysingartscentre.org

This event is organised by Circuit, the young peoples group at Wysing Arts Centre & Kettle's Yard, in collaboration with Young Art Kommunity, the young peoples group at Firstsite. Circuit is lead by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age



Image from Wysing Festival 2015

Wysing Polyphonic

  • 2 July 2016 12:30-11pm

Wysing Polyphonic is the seventh annual music event at Wysing and the first to be fully acoustic; with no microphones, speakers, backing tracks, laptops or electronics. A range of musicians and artists have responded to the parameters of the festival which will rely on their experimental approach to working with voice, instruments and objects.

Performances for Wysing Polyphonic include abstract sound experiments, drone, choral ensembles, improvised jazz, whistling, song, spoken word, and performances using ancient instruments.

Much of what will take place at Wysing Polyphonic will be improvised and completely unique to the festival and the specific surroundings and context of Wysing.The initial line-up includes:

Adam Bohman / Adam Christensen / Andy Holden / Barnaby Brown / Crispin Best / David Blandy / David Toop / Emma Smith / Evan Parker / Florence Peake / Jenny Moore / Jennifer Walshe / Keef Winter / Keiko Yamamoto / Linda Stupart / Larry Achiampong / Laura Cannell / Laura O’Neill / Megan Nolan / Natalie Price Hafslund / Pierre Berthet / Paul Purgas / Rachel Benson / Richard Dawson / Rie Nakajima / Sam Belinfante / Secluded Bronte / Verity Susman

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets start from £15, please see booking website for full details



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Moulding and Casting Materials Course led by Florian Roithmayr

  • 22 — 23 July 2016 10:30am-5:30pm

Friday 22 July & Saturday 23 July, 10.30am-5.30pm
12 places available, age 16+ and suitable for beginners. Materials included.
£160 / £106 practicing artists, students, unwaged and registered disabled

For the second in a series of practical courses as part of our 2016 programme, Wysing Poly, Wysing studio artist Florian Roithmayr will offer a two-day course on moulding and casting.
Moulding and casting are traditional sculptural techniques, but the imprint, the gesture informing moulding and casting can also be found in other art techniques and even in areas not often associated with art making such as construction work, archaeology or car-pimping.

This two day course will explore different processes based on the imprint, of the coming together of different matter and the consequences of their exchange. During the course, participants will work with basic materials including clay, plaster, concrete, wax and papier-mâché to develop an experience of the relationship between mould and cast: of form-giving and form-receiving. These materials and processes will be used in speculative, unpredictable ways to allow accidents and chance occurrences; allowing and inviting contaminations, reversals, decay and destruction. The focus will be on making through process rather than through resemblance.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£160 standard ticket, £106 concessions for practicing artists, students, unwaged and registered disabled



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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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