Wysing Arts Centre

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






01954 718 881

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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.
The Grantchester Pottery, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow,  2013. Photo: Max Slaven

The Influence of Furniture on Love

  • 14 September — 2 November 2014 *on now

The Influence of Furniture on Love with An Endless Supply, Ruth Beale, Juliette Blightman, Ben Brierley, Céline Condorelli, Luca Frei, Seb Patane, Florian Roithmayr, Phil Root, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner, The Grantchester Pottery, Philomene Pirecki , Elizabeth Price, Jess Flood-Paddock, Gil Leung, Mark Aerial Waller, Neal White and Lisa Wilkens.

The Influence of Furniture on Love is an exhibition in Wysing Arts Centre’s 17th century farmhouse. The title of the exhibition is taken from an unpublished essay by economist John Maynard Keynes entitled “Can we consume our surplus or the influence of furniture on love” (1909), a handwritten copy of which is held in the archives of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. In the essay, Keynes discusses whether it is possible for the rooms within which we live to “suggest to us thoughts and feelings and occupations?”

Suitable for

  • Any age



Installation view from The Influence of Furniture on Love, Wysing Arts Centre, 2014. Photo: The Grantchester Photographic Society.

Artist Led Dinners

  • 1 November 2014 6-9pm

To accompany the exhibition The Influence of Furniture on Love, being held in Wysing's C17th farmhouse, we have invited three artists to host dinners that will bring some of the conversation that takes place in farmhouse during artists' residencies and retreats into the public realm. The dinners will take place in Wysing's gallery and there will also be an opportunity to visit the exhibition during the evening.

11th October 2014
Artists Ruth Beale and Giles Round will host a dinner of local artisanal produce alongside dishes made from seasonal and foraged ingredients. The dinner will take place in Wysing's gallery, amongst the contents of the farmhouse removed for the exhibition. Interventions will include salon discussion topics with each course and a reading by artist Anna Barham of John Maynard Keynes' essay Can we consume our surplus or the influence of furniture on love. King's College Cambridge have given us special permission to have this unpublished essay read aloud.

The evening will begin with tea served in Wysing's farmhouse at 6pm, followed by dinner in the gallery.

Giles Round is the co-curator of our current exhibition The Infleunce of Furniture on Love. Artist Ruth Beale has been running Miss B's Salons since 2008, roundtable discussion events that blur the boundary between public conversation and intimacy, formality and informality. Past events have included haircutting, play recitals, drawing workshops and giant books.

1st November 2014
Artist Philomene Pirecki will host a dinner themed around the colours black and white. Beginning with all white food, through to combinations of white and black, the dinner will culminate with an all black dessert. A selection of readings, screenings, and sound related to perception and colour will accompany the evening.

Philomene Pirecki’s practice includes painting, photography, drawing, slide projections, sculpture and text. She has contributed the works White Wall, Wysing Arts Centre farmhouse (14:26, 14:39, 14:18, 14:29, daylight, 9-8-14), 2014, Emulsion and acrylic paints, machine mixed and mixed by eye, 2.3m X 5.5m and Reflecting Studio White Wall, daylight, 15:43, 14-6-14 (2nd Generation), 2014, Colour C-type photograph to the exhibition The Influence of Furniture on Love.





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