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.

Big Draw Workshop - Space Lab

  • 1 October 2016 12-4pm

Inspired by the gallery exhibition, scientific studies and sci-fi stories we will use light, sound and sculpture to ‘draw’ fantastical and hybrid forms, creatures and machines to inhabit our sci-fi space.

This workshop is suitable for all ages and is free to attend. You are welcome to drop in at any time, activities will take 20 minutes to 1 hour +. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Our SPACE-LAB workshop is part of The Big Draw – the world’s biggest drawing festival. This year's theme is 'The STEAM Powered Big Draw', with a focus on bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths

Suitable for

  • Any age




Print Making Course by Lisa Wilkens plus studio visit with Kip Gresham

  • 7 — 8 October 2016 10:30am-5pm

Friday 7 October–Saturday 8 October, 10.30–5pm
8 places, age 16+, no previous knowledge required, materials included.
£160 / £106 - 50% of places at concessionary rates for artists, students and those with a disability

The reproduction of images or text through printmaking has a long-standing tradition reaching back to 618 AD in China. Today, printmaking practices range from highly skilled craftsmanship to simple methods that can be employed at home.
This two-day course offers the chance to learn two printmaking techniques whose roots can be found in traditional printmaking. Replacing expensive and heavy machinery with portable equipment such as table-top presses and everyday household materials, participants will be instructed in the creation of versatile lithographic and intaglio prints. Through discussions and practical work, the course will enable participants to develop a broad range of prints individually as well as to engage in collaborative making and to explore and challenge concepts around editions, authorship, originals and multiples.
On the second day, the practical course will be complemented by a visit to the Print Studio, Toft, run by Kip Gresham.* Participants will have a unique insight into the professional field of creating artist editions; renowned print-maker Kip Gresham has worked with artists Stephen Chambers, Andrea Büttner, Paul Coldwell, John McLean and many others and will expand on his experience of working with artists in the context of printmaking.
*The Saturday morning session will begin at the Print Studio, Toft, CB23 2RL. Please let us know if you are unable to make your own travel arrangements between Toft and Wysing for the afternoon’s session.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£160 / £106 - 50% of places at concessionary rates for artists, students and those with a disability




Pop up art workshops

  • 8 October 2016 2-6pm

Young people will be sharing skills to help others to create artworks. Come along to make art, watch performances, relax in a creative place and eat free food! There will be grafitti, dance and we have designed and built a pavilion to be decorated on the day.


Graffiti with Girton Youth Project. Create your own stencils and play with different styles of spraying.

Dance with Sin Cru. Get inspired by young hip hop dancers and try out their moves yourself.

Photography with Charlie Bryan. Look for the unusual in ordinary surroundings using instant cameras and photo printers.

Make food sculptures with artist Sam Curtis and young people.

Experiment with cool stationery and have a go at creative writing.

No previous creative experience is necessary and you can make art to take home with you.

Location: Brown's Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Rd, Cambridge CB4 1RU

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • Any age




Half-Term Workshops

  • 24 — 26 October 2016

During three morning study sessions led by artist Chooc Ly Tan we will be exploring science, technology and the environment to make our own artworks and we will work together to create immersive environments.
Suitable for 6-12 year old children
Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult

24 October 10.30–12.30
SCULPTURE LAB; Creating sculptures & exploring found objects to create an immersive environment
Tuesday 25 October 10.30–12.30
PATTERN LAB; Using photography, film and projection to create an immersive environment
Wednesday 26 October 10.30–12.30
SOUND LAB; using sound, light and projection to create an immersive environment

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£8 per workshop or £20 for all three.
Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult

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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