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
During Exhibitions - see our website
Cafe open weekly Monday to Saturday
Andromedan Sad Girl
- 8 October — 3 December 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.
Autumn Residency Event
- 2 December 2017 1-6pm
Join artists in residence Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance for an event that includes the live recording of a radio show exploring the highs and lows of art and culture in 2017, screenings and presentations, and a live DJ set.
To close their residencies Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance have devised an event that shares some of the works and ideas they have been developing at Wysing.
12pm: Gallery and Cafe Abantu open.
1pm: Welcome and event introduction.
1.10pm: Morgan Quaintance will stage a live recording of 'Studio Visit', a one-hour interviews-based radio show broadcast monthly on Resonance 104.4FM. Featuring a panel of invited artists, curators and critics, this special end-of-year episode, titled 'That Was the Year That Was', will survey the highs and lows of art and culture in 2017. Followed by a discussion.
2.30pm: Break with food and drinks available to purchase.
3pm: Maryam Monalisa Gharavi will present the work Eva's Face (video installation, 2017) that explores one woman's experience with facial paralysis. The work exists in a larger constellation of Gharavi's recent film works concerning the instrumentalisation of the face in ways of knowing, corporeal encounters between self and other, and ultimately, the limits and freedoms of embodied personhood. This will be followed by a discussion.
4.15pm: Break with food and drinks available to purchase.
4.30pm: Imran Perretta will perform a live DJ set, surveying forms of experimental UK bass music including new tracks written during his residency period at Wysing.
5.30pm: Food and drinks available to purchase.
The exhibition Andromedan Sad Girl will be open throughout the event, 12-6pm. Cafe Abantu is open from 10am to 4pm.
- Not suitable for children
Free to attend, tickets available for transport from Cambridge Station
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