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.
Nkisi @ Bold Tendencies (2015). Photo by George Howard.

Summercamp Symposia - 3 September

  • 3 September 2016 2-9:45pm

Two steps to the Left…
Saturday 3 September, 2 - 9.45pm

For the third and final event in our Summercamp series, artist Sonia Boyce has developed the day-long symposium and music event Two steps to the Left… in collaboration with current artist-in-residence Evan Ifekoya. The event sits within Wysing’s over-arching programme for 2016 Wysing Poly, which explores the legacy of the Polytechnic as a site of radical art practice in the UK in the 1970s and 80s.

In keeping with the theme of the radical art practice of the 1970s and 80s, Two steps to the Left… takes US artist Adrian Piper’s groundbreaking interactive performanceFunk Lessons (1982-85) as a point of departure, to explore dance and movement as a political act; asking what role does dance and music play in the creation of momentary communities, of dissent and assent.

Two steps to the Left… will include presentations, workshops and discussions including contributions from Ain Bailey, Adelaide Bannerman, Sonia Boyce, Yassmin V Foster, Evan Ifekoya, Melika Ngombe Kolongo and Zinzi Minott, and live music performances from Ain Bailey, Oretha, and Nkisi. Food will be available as part of the event.

The day will interrogate what societal codes and structures are either deliberately put in place or unconsciously adopted that both bond and exclude by:

Looking at experimental sonic electronica.
Inviting a space to feel and freeform with the body, rather than be choreographed.
Asking, who, how and if one might feel free to dance.
Taking into account the legacies of conceptual art in current art practices.

Sonia Boyce (MBE, RA) emerged as an artist in the early 1980s as a key figure in the Black-British art scene, with artworks that spoke about race and gender. Since the 1990s out of the spontaneous performances of others she uses the documented process to make multi-media artworks. Recent exhibitions include:Speaking in Tongues, CCA-Glasgow (2014);S/N: Signal to Noise, Whitney Museum of Modern Art/The Kitchen, New York (2015);Liberties – 40 Years Since the Sex Discrimination Act, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2015); and, All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Boyce is Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University, Chair of Black Art and Design at the University of the Arts London and is the Principal Investigator for a 3-year AHRC-funded project ‘Black Artists and Modernism’. In 2016, she was elected as a Royal Academician.

Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co-authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Recent exhibitions include A Quiet Violence of Dreams at Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Okun Song at StudioRCA, London, 2016; All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Embodied Spaces, FramerFramed, De Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam – both curated by Christine Eyene, Studio Voltaire OPEN, London, all 2015; and 30 years of the Future, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2014. Recent performances and screenings include Sticky Black: A Broadcast at Jerwood Space and A Score, A Groove, A Phantom: The Extended Play at Whitstable Biennale 2016. Collaborative projects include Collective Creativity: Critical reflections into QTIPOC creative practice and Network11. Ifekoya currently lives and works in London.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




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



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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