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
Cafe open weekly Monday to Saturday

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Anonymous, hobo symbols (written on the walls) without a key

Mene Mene Tekel Parsin

  • 21 May — 9 July 2017 *on now

Launch event: Saturday 20 May, 6pm-8pm
There will be live performances during the launch event by vocalist Elaine Mitchener, alongside exhibition artists Claire Potter and Gordon Hall who will be performing in the UK for the first time.

Mene Mene Tekel Parsin brings together works by international artists working across a variety of disciplines, who employ words and language to illuminate and obfuscate, fully cogent of the propagandist deployment of slogans and the seductively tall tales of advertising copy.

The artists are Sarah Boulton, Stanley Brouwn, Jesse Darling, Gordon Hall, Evan Ifekoya, Sulaiman Majali, Imran Perretta, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Özgür Kar, Claire Potter, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Hannah Weiner and Constantina Zavitsanos.

Mene Mene Tekel Parsin includes work that employs words and language to illuminate and obfuscate, fully cogent of the propagandist deployment of slogans and the seductively tall tales of advertising copy and the exhibition addresses legibility – hailed by internet utopians, mass-marketeers and contemporary designers as a democratising prerogative that has come to function as a form of surveillance both at border controls and in digital capitalism.

For further details, and to book tickets for the launch, please visit the website.

Curated by Jesse Darling and supported through public funding from Arts Council England.



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.

May Half Term Family Workshops

  • 30 May — 1 June 2017

Tuesday 30 May, Wednesday 31 May & Thursday 1 June 2017

Join us over half term for a series of art workshops inspired by Wysing's gallery exhibition Mene Mene Tekel Parsin. In these creative half-day workshops we will be work with artist Bettina Furnee to explore the gallery exhibition and make our own artwork using text, slogans and symbols. Join us for one, two or all three workshops.

Tuesday 30 May 10.30-12.30
Experimenting with text, instructions and word games we’ll create our own slogans and messages. Using paint, stencils and collage we’ll design and create our own posters that will be displayed around the site.

Wednesday 31 May 10.30-12.30
Exploring language and stories we’ll create our own characters and story boards. Using writing, drawing, and copying we’ll create our own booklet or comic, and combine all our stories together to create group zines.

Thursday 1 June 10.30-12.30
Working with symbols, codes and signs we'll explore secret languages and hidden meanings. Using painting, stencils, drawing and sewing we’ll create designs and messages on a cotton bag that can be taken home.

ALL WELCOME – BOOKING ESSENTIAL The workshops are suitable for 6-12 yr olds, and cost £8.50 per child per workshop or £21 for 3 workshops. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three workshops. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, adults are encouraged to join in.
Our on site café - Caféabantu @ wysing will be open from 10am to 4pm serving a great menu of drinks and snacks, including a children’s menu.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£8.50 per workshop per child, £21 for all three.



Blue Drawing

Exploring Through Drawing

  • 15 June 2017 10am-12pm

This course, led by Wysing studio artist Caroline Wendling, will study different ways of drawing, using both traditional and contemporary drawing techniques to explore different ways of seeing.

The course is both a one-off event and a taster session for a more expanded five-week course that is being developed by Caroline Wendling and which will start this September.

This two-hour session takes food as its starting point and will begin in Wysing’s onsite café, Café Abantu, with a practical exercise including drawing around food and objects directly onto a tablecloth. The next activity will involve exploring Wysing’s site through drawing activities. The course will end with a sharing and discussion drawings back in the café.

The course is aimed at people with no drawing experience who would like to try out different kinds of drawing techniques within a supportive group and who would enjoy the opportunity to draw outdoors.

Caroline Wendling has been based at Wysing for a number of years and she is an experienced art teacher; regularly running courses and workshops for adults and children at all levels of ability. In Caroline’s work she explores ideas of place and belonging through drawing, print and three-dimensional constructions, attempting to give material form to the complex interconnectedness of our internal landscapes in relation to the space we inhabit.

Course price: £15. Drawing materials provided. Food is available to purchase from the café. To book your place please visit Wysing's website.

Cafe Abantu is open from 9am to 4pm and the gallery exhibition Mene Mene Tekel Parsin is open from 12 to 5pm.





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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