Wysing Arts Centre
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.
Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective
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Cafe open weekly Monday to Saturday
Andromedan Sad Girl
- 8 October — 19 November 2017 *on now
Andromedan Sad Girl is the first major collaborative exhibition by artists Florence Peake and Tai Shani. Through ambitious new sculptural works and wall paintings, the artists will create an immersive and imaginary site of a lost pre-symbolic civilization.
In creating these new works, Peake and Shani are interested in exploiting the fluidity and speculation of lost civilizations and their mythologies. They will take an archaeological excavation as a point of departure to imagine and represent a non-hierarchal pre-historical civilization.
The installation, which will transform Wysing’s gallery in its entirety, will privilege sensation; sculptures will be formed of voluptuous fabrics and will incorporate flocking techniques to create soft and sensuous objects. Using multilayered elements, including sound, the exhibition will transport the visitor to an entirely coherent alternative reality.
October Half Term Workshops
- 25 — 28 October 2017
25, 26, 27 & 28 October, 10.30am-12.30pm
Join us over half term for a series of workshops inspired by our new exhibition Andromedan Sad Girl. Working with Circuit Conductors, we will explore the exhibition, make artwork together and have fun.
Circuit Conductors are a group of young people who are trained and experienced in leading arts workshops for children and other young people. The Conductors all have their own practices as artists, curators and/or museums educators and have been supported through a programme at Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard. This Summer they led a series of exciting and popular children’s activities at a range of venues around Cambridgeshire. The Conductors will be taking inspiration from Andromedan Sad Girl to help children access ideas, experiment, create, express themselves, and enjoy contemporary art.
Wednesday – Artefacts, relics and untold stories.
Come and discover strange and mysterious objects within our current exhibition and explore ideas of lost civilisations and future worlds. Piece together the untold stories by constructing artefacts, sculptures and statues of your own undiscovered civilisation.
Thursday – Human(ish)
Everyone wonders what it would be like to be a bit more like another animal. Why not see? Watch yourself slowly transform into a new creature through photography and collage in our Human(ish) workshop.
Friday – Whose future? Your future...
How do you imagine the future? What do you think it will look like? Can you predict what you will be doing? In this workshop participants will explore these ideas through activities such as costume making, performance and photography. Using the artworks made in the session, we will create a collaborative time capsule together as a way to preserve our new world.
Saturday – Dance & Draw
Using our own bodies, dance and shadows we’ll create a mural. We will paint and draw life-size figures that parade along the wall, experimenting with paint and texture.
ALL WELCOME – BOOKING ESSENTIAL. The workshops are suitable for 6-12 yr olds, and cost £8.50 per child per workshop or £30 for all 4. You are welcome to attend one, two, three or all four workshops. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are encouraged to join in!
£8.50 per workshop, per child, or £30 for all 4 workshops
Andromedan Sad Girl Performance Event
- 4 November 2017 6-8pm
Live performance event
Saturday 4 November, 2-5pm
Please note that this event contains adult content and is not suitable for under 18s.
As part of their exhibition, Florence Peake and Tai Shani have developed a live performance event, followed by an in-conversation with Dr Amy Tobin on future feminisms and the collaborative nature of the exhibition.
Peake and Shani will perform two separate works simultaneously.
The first, a reading from Tai Shani's on-going project, Dark Continent Productions an experimental and expanded adaptation of Christine de Pizan's 1405 pioneering feminist book, The Book of the City of Ladies, within which Pizan builds an allegorical city for notable women drawn from a medieval conception of history, where fact, fiction and myth are blurred, will be performed by actress Maya Lubinsky. At the same time, Peake will perform with dancer Eve Stainton - interpenetrating waves of energy constellating in time and space, a vocal and movement score that demonstrates some of the methodologies used in the wall paintings and looks at penetration from an energetic perspective and how bodies are porous to their environments.
Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Please see the Wysing website for full details.
Tickets are free, but booking essential. Transport from Cambridge available.
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
01954 718 881