Wysing Arts Centre is a registered charity that provides a range of programmes for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production, out of which emerges an ongoing programme of exhibitions, public events, activity for young people, families and schools.
Our large rural site near Cambridge includes a gallery, educational facilities, artists' studios, project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse and a growing collection of outdoor sculpture.
From the Ground Up: James Boyce & Elsa Noterman
From the Ground Up: The Gathering ArchiveJames Boyce & Elsa Noterman in-conversation
Revisit some highlights from our mini-festival 'From the Ground Up: The Gathering', which took place on 16 July 2022.
Fenland communities fought to keep their common land for over a hundred years. Strategies to quash these lively resistance movements in the 17th century became a blueprint for Britain’s Imperial project. Access to space in Cambridgeshire remains contested; the countryside and parts of the City are inaccessible to many. How can we learn from the past, change structures of ownership and control, to re-shape access to public space and the land? Join James Boyce, award-winning author of Imperial Mud: the Fight for the Fens, 2020, in conversation with Dr Elsa Noterman, Junior Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Geography at Queens' College Cambridge. The conversation is chaired by Rosie Cooper, Wysing's Director.
You can find the talk as a video on our Wysing Broadcasts site by clicking here.
Please click here for a PDF transcript of the talk.
Desktop Studio Visit: Maëva Berthelot & Coby Sey
Catch up with a very special Desktop Studio Visit to celebrate our gallery exhibition ‘A Tender Ascent’.
Maëva Berthelot and Coby Sey were joined by Wysing’s Senior Curator of Programmes, John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, to discuss their exhibition ‘A Tender Ascent’ and the research and influences behind the collaboration. Using a number of references from the project as a framework for an informal chat, they touched on topics including the role of chance, role reversal and collaborating during Covid-19.
The in-conversation event was followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.
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To find out more about ‘A Tender Ascent’, visit the exhibition website page here.
To watch the Desktop Studio Visit back, please click here.
Maëva Berthelot is a choreographer, performer and teacher whose mode of working unfolds along the threshold between experimental, performative and collaborative approaches. After graduating in 2003 from the Paris Superior Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she has collaborated with artists and companies such as Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Clod Ensemble, Sharon Eyal, Rambert and spent six years as a senior member with Hofesh Shechter Company, contributing creatively as an original cast member in numerous pieces and as a teacher. Her work intends to instil a dialogue between material and immaterial realms, drawing attention to the tension between visible/invisible, conscious/unconscious and rehearsed/improvised. Whilst her research is rooted in a movement practice which is an ongoing inquiry into the themes of consciousness, transformation, healing, death and rebirth, her interest lies in creating cathartic spaces in which the emotional and sensational states related to loss, grief and change can be explored, processed and assimilated into conscious experience.
Coby Sey is a vocalist, musician and DJ, who, after years spent buzzing around the DIY artist circuitry of South East London, has developed a distinctive presence as a performer and producer offering a shifting, disorienting vision of club music.
A long-time collaborator with Mica Levi, Tirzah, Babyfather, Klein and Kwes, Coby’s recorded work– as best evidenced on the Whities 010: Transport for Lewisham 10′′ – spans the realms of live instrumentation, sample-based productions and experimental music, melding recognisable motifs of hip hop, drone, jazz, grime and more into a dubbed-out anaesthesia. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections c/o regular cohorts Ben Vince and Calderwood.
Coby’s open-door approach to sharing and making music stretches to his work with London collective Curl, who release records and host events with a collaborative, improvisatory approach, as well as a regular slot on NTS which offers a portal into his appealingly murky musical world.
'and then, a harrowing' Audio Tour
Listen to an audio tour of Linda Stupart, Carl Gent, and Kelechi Anucha's exhibition 'and then, a harrowing' at Wysing. The tour features a described walkthrough of the exhibition given by Linda Stupart and Carl Gent, and explores some of the research and process that went into the making of the show and the artists' residencies at Wysing over 2020/2021.
Click here to find a transcript of this podcast: https://wysingbroadcasts.art/discover/and-then-a-harrowing-audio-tour
A harrow breaks up the surface of the earth or the skin, an agitation of soil that has been left dormant too long where the harrow can excavate whatever ghosts, traditions, memories, viruses, melodies and gestures have been buried. The gallery reverts to barn; the barn disintegrates back to soil.
Installed across Wysing’s grounds, gallery and Amphis building, the exhibition includes recent film, sculptural, and video work by Gent and Stupart and sound work by Anucha and Gent.
Desktop Studio Visits: Ain Bailey & Hannah Wallis
Revisit sound artist and DJ Ain Bailey in conversation with curator Hannah Wallis for the third in our series of Desktop Studio Visits. Desktop Studio Visits are a new strand in our online events programme aimed at highlighting research from recent artists-in-residence and platforming new works in progress.
Discussion focused on the development of Version, Ain Bailey’s current exhibition at Wysing Arts Centre, curated by Hannah Wallis as DASH Curator-in-Residence. The in-conversation event was followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.
The artists Ain Bailey mentioned at the end are: Phoebe Collings-James, Adam Farah, Jimmy Robert, Jasleen Kaur, Rehana Zaman, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Helen Cammock, Remi Graves, and Junior Boakye-Yiadom.
Please click here to read a transcript of this podcast as a PDF in 14pt 1.5 spacing: https://wysingbroadcasts.art/discover/desktop-studio-visit-ain-bailey-and-hannah-wallis/DSV%20Ain%20Bailey%20Hannah%20Wallis%20Transcript.pdf
Please click here to read a transcript of the podcast as a .docx file: https://wysingbroadcasts.art/discover/desktop-studio-visit-ain-bailey-and-hannah-wallis/DSV%20Ain%20Bailey%20Hannah%20Wallis%20Transcript.docx
To watch this conversation and to find out more, visit our Broadcasts site here: https://wysingbroadcasts.art/discover/desktop-studio-visit-ain-bailey-and-hannah-wallis
Caroline Wendling - Hypoteinousa
Caroline Wendling presents Hypoteinousa, a Test Space commission for Wysing Arts Centre. Taking its title from the Greek word meaning ‘stretching under’, Hypoteinousa is a sound walk through Wysing’s rural landscape. In dialogue with the nineteenth-century science fiction novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne), Hypoteinousa draws on Wysing's topography: a landscape shaped by its wildlife, ancient geologies, and the many voices of Wysing’s artists and their interventions at the site.
Click here for a PDF transcript: https://wysingbroadcasts.art/discover/hypoteinousa/Text%20version%20(1).pdf
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Caroline Wendling is an Associate Artist and studio holder at Wysing Arts Centre.
Caroline was born in France and moved to Britain after completing her art studies at ESAD, Strasbourg and Edinburgh College of Art. Caroline's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imaging of sites. Daily rural walks from home to studio, at Wysing Arts Centre, feed her multidisciplinary practice. She creates artworks that are fragile and transient in the form of sensory walks/performances and events, blurring notions of audiences and performers. She also makes drawings, prints, objects and, more recently, moving images. She often works with collaborators, specialists in their fields such as children, chefs, musicians, foresters, and perfumers.
Commissioners include Kettle’s Yard, 2019, Whitechapel Gallery, 2019, Wysing Arts Centre, 2019. In 2020, she was the recipient of a 40 days residency at Nene Park, Peterborough. Community projects include Peterborough Present 2018-2020, Bedford Creative Arts 2019-2021 and Deveron Projects 2014-2021. In 2016 she received the Commendation for Art in Public Spaces for White Wood from the Saltire Society, Edinburgh.
Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, translated by Robert Baldick, Puffin Classics (1994). We acknowledge the copyright holder as the rights owner of this text.
Benjamin Britten, 'Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings', Prologue (Op.31, 1943). We acknowledge Boosey & Hawkes as the publishing rights holder of this work.
With thanks to Timothy Brown (French Horn).
Image: Caroline Wendling
Supported by the Cultural Recovery Fund and Arts Council England
Desktop Studio Visits: Crystallmess
Desktop Studio Visits are a new strand in our online events programme aimed at highlighting research from recent artists-in-residence and platforming new works in progress.
For this event, Crystalmess (Christelle Oyiri-K) was joined by Wysing Curator and Acting Head of Programme John Eng Kiet Bloomfield to discuss a recent residency at Wysing. Using a number of artefacts from the residency as a framework for an informal chat, they touched on Christelle’s experimentation with sound synthesis and field recordings from a research trip to Guadeloupe and Martinique and work developing a new body of work exploring the intersection of anti-environmentalism, state secrecy and institutional racism.
Content warning: this conversation includes discussion of racism, miscarriage, and rape.
Click here for a transcript of the event as a PDF in 14pt 1.5 line spacing.
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