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 The title of the exhibition is taken from an unpublished essay by economist John Maynard Keynes entitled “Can we consume our surplus or the influence of furniture on love” (1909), a handwritten copy of which is held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.





Ashlar Wallpaper 2011, An Endless Supply

The Big Draw: Free Family Workshop

  • 25 October 2014 12-4pm

Come and work with artist Jack Cornell who will help us have fun with drawing and think about homes and rooms as spaces to design, care about and be influenced by. We will create paper room sets, dynamic floor plan drawings, plan, design and make patterns for walls and fabric and explore the exhibition The Influence of furniture on Love in the farmhouse and the gallery.

We will use all types of paper, pens and pencils, string, stickers and tape to draw out extraordinary ideas and make new artworks together.

This family workshop will be supported by Bryony Graham Wysing’s Producer, Children and Young people Programme and is also an ideal day to visit Wysing if you are working towards Arts Award Bronze, Silver or Gold; bring your portfolio to share your own work.

The workshop is a FREE drop in session running from 12noon- 4pm - stay for as short or as long a time as you like. Feel free to bring a lunch picnic and stay all afternoon.

So that we can plan the day we would be grateful if you would book a space via our Eventbrite page, using the URL listed.

Arts Award Support Sessions at Wysing are kindly supported by Cantab Lettings.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Notices no 6 2014, The Grantchester Pottery

Autumn Half Term Family Workshops

  • From 28 October 2014
  • From 29 October 2014
  • 30 October 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Tuesday 28 October 10.30am – 12.30pm
Do you have a favourite room to be in, a special chair to sit in, cup to drink from? Working with artist Lisa Wilkens we will think about rooms and space and how we use them. Lisa will tell us about her artwork in Wysing's current exhibition and how she makes artworks. We will create our own series of drawings, a hand-made book for your own book shelves at home, and make a notice board full of ideas and designs for new artwork, furniture, furnishings and things for the spaces we live, work and play in.

Wednesday 29 October 10.30am – 12.30pm
Working with Wysing artist Jackie Chettur we will look at and think about the art in the farmhouse. Can you read a room; imagine a story in a space? Do walls have ears? Playing with ideas about walls, colour and paper Jackie will help us build a sculptural model house then we will colour and print the walls with our own colour schemes, mixes and words with mono print.

Thursday 30 October 10.30am – 12.30pm
Tour the farmhouse exhibition with artist Lisa Wilkens to explore artworks on kitchen counter tops, bathroom window sills, corridor floor boards, chimney corners and curtains. Take inspiration from words, signs and patterns all over the house on the walls, floors, doors and windows. We will work with Lisa to make our own designs, signs and stamps to hand print fabric and paper that can be made into new art pieces to be hung in your own home.

Places are limited, booking essential. Cost: £8 per workshop, all three workshops £20
Suitable for all ages, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to join in the activities.

Access to the farmhouse is via steps to the ground floor and a small narrow stair case to the first floor rooms. Please contact us in advance if you will need assistance.

To book your place please visit our Eventbrite page using the url listed.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£8 per workshop, per child.
£20 for all three workshops.



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