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.
Image from Wysing Festival 2015

Wysing Polyphonic

  • 2 July 2016 12:30-11pm

Wysing Polyphonic is the seventh annual music event at Wysing and the first to be fully acoustic; with no microphones, speakers, backing tracks, laptops or electronics. A range of musicians and artists have responded to the parameters of the festival which will rely on their experimental approach to working with voice, instruments and objects.

Performances for Wysing Polyphonic include abstract sound experiments, drone, choral ensembles, improvised jazz, whistling, song, spoken word, and performances using ancient instruments.

Much of what will take place at Wysing Polyphonic will be improvised and completely unique to the festival and the specific surroundings and context of Wysing.The initial line-up includes:

Adam Bohman / Adam Christensen / Andy Holden / Barnaby Brown / Crispin Best / David Blandy / David Toop / Emma Smith / Evan Parker / Florence Peake / Jenny Moore / Jennifer Walshe / Keef Winter / Keiko Yamamoto / Linda Stupart / Larry Achiampong / Laura Cannell / Laura O’Neill / Megan Nolan / Natalie Price Hafslund / Pierre Berthet / Paul Purgas / Rachel Benson / Richard Dawson / Rie Nakajima / Sam Belinfante / Secluded Bronte / Verity Susman

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets start from £15, please see booking website for full details



Image: still from the film 'Revenge of the Mikons' Frank Swider/Music Box Filmes

Summercamp Symposia - 16 July

  • 16 July 2016 12-5pm

For our first Summercamp event we have invited Professor Gavin Butt to develop and lead a day-long symposium, entitled Collective Creation between Welfarism and Austerity.

The symposium is developed from Prof Gavin Butt’s research on post-punk culture and British art schools and focuses on collective creation across art, music, and theatre, between the heyday of the Polytechnic until today.

The starting point is to address the importance of informal collectivities - bands and groups – in the production of experimental work, paying particular attention to artistic communalism and DIY as a means to produce new forms in the public sphere.
The day consists of three discussions panels; The Post-Punk Artschool; Ensemble creation between then and now; and From DIY to DIT.

12pm - Arrival. Wysing has a café onsite which will be open throughout the day for food and drink

12.20pm - Introduction to the day by Gavin Butt, Professor of Visual Cultures and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London.

12.30pm - The Post-Punk Artschool. This panel discussion will explore the formation of music bands, and the importance of banding together to make art, in the art school milieu of the late 1970s and early '80s. The panel will consist of two former art students, Green Gartside, the creative force of the left-wing-inspired post-punk band Scritti Polliti, and Kevin Lycett, co-founder of the Mekons, a shifting musical collective formed in Leeds in the late '70s. The session is chaired by Prof Gavin Butt.

1.45pm - Ensemble creation between then and now. This panel discussion will consider ensemble creation between then and now. The panel will include Claire MacDonald, co-founder of Impact Theatre Co-operative, which as a company fused text, music, visual and performance art and Chris Goode, lead artist of Chris Goode & Company and director of the performance ensemble Ponyboy Curtis. The session is chaired by Prof Gavin Butt.

3.00pm - Break

3.30pm - From DIY to DIT. This panel discussion will look at DIY and DIT infrastructure of contemporary art and music. The panel consists of writer Amy Spencer, author of the book DIY: The Rise of Low-Fi Culture, and representatives from the cooperatively-run social centre DIY Space for London, Colette Rosa and Charlotte Procter. The session is chaired by Wysing's Director Donna Lynas.

4.45pm - Closing remarks by Prof Gavin Butt

5.00pm - End

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+





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Moulding and Casting Materials Course led by Florian Roithmayr

  • 22 — 23 July 2016 10:30am-5:30pm

Friday 22 July & Saturday 23 July, 10.30am-5.30pm
12 places available, age 16+ and suitable for beginners. Materials included.
£160 / £106 practicing artists, students, unwaged and registered disabled

For the second in a series of practical courses as part of our 2016 programme, Wysing Poly, Wysing studio artist Florian Roithmayr will offer a two-day course on moulding and casting.
Moulding and casting are traditional sculptural techniques, but the imprint, the gesture informing moulding and casting can also be found in other art techniques and even in areas not often associated with art making such as construction work, archaeology or car-pimping.

This two day course will explore different processes based on the imprint, of the coming together of different matter and the consequences of their exchange. During the course, participants will work with basic materials including clay, plaster, concrete, wax and papier-mâché to develop an experience of the relationship between mould and cast: of form-giving and form-receiving. These materials and processes will be used in speculative, unpredictable ways to allow accidents and chance occurrences; allowing and inviting contaminations, reversals, decay and destruction. The focus will be on making through process rather than through resemblance.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£160 standard ticket, £106 concessions for practicing artists, students, unwaged and registered disabled



Furtherfield, Image courtesy of Spiralseed

Summercamp Symposia - 6 August

  • 6 August 2016 12-5pm

For our second Summercamp series we have invited Furtherfield to develop and lead a day-long symposium, entitled Do It With Others - Art and Solidarity in the Age of Networks.

Furtherfield create online and physical spaces and places for different kinds of people to come together to get involved with contemporary arts and digital technologies. It was founded by artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett in 1996. Furtherfield is a dynamic, creative and social nerve centre where upwards of 26,000 contributors worldwide have built a visionary culture around co-creation – swapping and sharing code, music, images, video and ideas.

Do It With Others - Art and Solidarity in the Age of Networks will explore art as a commons (defined as the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society) in the age of networks and neoliberalism. It will ask how practices, circulation, appreciation and stewardship of arts be emancipated for all. Presentations and discussions include work drawing on the summer programme at Furtherfield's Gallery and Commons lab, exploring tensions between digital inclusion and cultural diversity in the digital global hegemony.


12pm- Arrival. Wysing has a café onsite which will be open throughout the day for food and drink

12.20pm - Introduction to the day by Ruth Catlow
The first part of the day will address the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society.

12.30pm - Marc Garrett, Unblocking proprietary systems. Marc Garrett, presents his research into different types of grassroots culture and the ways in which they actively re-examine, critique, and hack their way around the controlling conditions of black boxes, proprietary systems and techno-cultural production. These cultures (their tactics and strategies) return control to the users and remodels relationships between the individual and the institutional edifice: in academia, in the arts, technological fields of practice, and as part of everyday life.

1pm -Tim Waterman, Situating the Commons.Tim Waterman, landscape architect and theorist, will discuss how the negotiation of the commons takes place in two distinct realms that are increasingly reaching into and shaping one another: the long history of the landscape commons both in cities and in the countryside, and across digital networks. In both realms we find the continued project of the enclosures, appropriating forms of collectively-created use value and converting it, wherever possible, into exchange value.

1.30pm - Ruth Catlow, DIWO to DAOWO - Collaborative arts and the blockchain. The DIWO (Do It With Others) campaign for emancipatory, networked art practices was instigated by Furtherfield in 2006 and it is informing an artistic engagement with new blockchain technologies; to organise, cooperate, p2p and at scale to transform approaches to contemporary economic and social challenges.

2pm - Open discussion moderated by artist and curator Gretta Louw

2.30pm - Break

This part of the day will draw on the summer programme at Furtherfield's Gallery and Commons lab, exploring tensions between digital inclusion and cultural diversity in the digital global hegemony.

3pm - Gretta Louw, Networking the Unseen. Networking the Unseen, which is currently on view at Furtherfield gallery, is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in contemporary art. Featuring art works – installations and digital media – made in collaboration with artists from the Warnayaka indigenous art centre in Central Australia. Artist and curator Gretta Louw, will discuss postcolonial digital arts practice in relation to the exhibition and event series that brings together concepts and experiences of remoteness and marginalised cultures, with art-making in contemporary society.

3.30pm - They Are Here, Finsbury Park Network. Combining DIY digital culture with socially engaged activity, Helen Walker & Harun Morrison of They Are Here are collaborating with local residents and organisations across Finsbury Park. Working with recently published open source software, they will establish an online network independent of cellular networks and the World Wide Web. They are exploring ways of integrating this network with local community garden activity; enabling data from these microhabitats to affect the communication system.

4pm - Open discussion moderated by Ruth Catlow

4.45pm - Closing remarks by Marc Garrett

5pm - End of the day

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age





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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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