Wysing is part of multiple national networks and provides consultancy and commissioning services to arts organisations, public sector and corporate clients.

The information on this page gives examples of some of our current partnerships and projects.

If you would like any further details, please contact Head of Partnerships, Chelsea Pettitt.

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Wysing is the chair and coordinator of the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN); a group of 19 contemporary visual arts organisations and individuals based in the eastern region of England. The network delivers collaborative projects, exploring new ways of working together to support artists, the arts infrastructure and reach new audiences for art in new ways.

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from ACE to deliver 'New Geographies' from 2017- 2020. See the Press Release here. This project has now been launched and you can follow the details on the dedicated website here.

Since 2009, ECVAN has achieved a successful programme of exhibitions, events, public talks, training workshops, staff development opportunities, knowledge sharing events, and the production of a print portfolio in 2011 supported by a network of patrons and region wide events. To find out more about the Eastern Pavilions Print Portfolio visit www.easternpavilions.org. We also delivered a symposium entitled 'Working Together' on 2 April 2016 at Focal Point Gallery. For more information, please click here. Highlights can be viewed on YouTube.

The full ECVAN Steering Committee can be found here. ECVAN is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) which represents and supports a diverse and vibrant visual arts ecology, embracing a broad range of artistic and curatorial practice across the nine English regions.

East Contemporary Visual Arts Network

Wysing Arts Centre takes the lead in organizing The Syllabus, a peer-led alternative learning programme for ten artists over a ten-month period delivered with our partners Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; New Contemporaries, national; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; and Studio Voltaire, London. It is generously funded by Arts Council England the Fenton Arts Trust.

Syllabus III cohort
Alumni of Syllabus II 2016
Alumni of The Syllabus 2015

Originally launched in June 2015, The Syllabus aims to reach artists from a wide geographic spread within the UK and, mindful of the current economic climate and changes within higher education, offers an intensive and cost-effective learning programme as an alternative to a master’s degree. The Syllabus provides selected participants with a series of intensive seminars at each of the partner venues lasting from two to four days; to encourage enquiry into individual participants’ work, offer practical guidance on surviving as an artist, and offer ongoing access to curatorial and other staff at the partner organisations.

Each seminar is themed and is developed with the participating artists, partners and the input of artists who have a connection to each of the partners and who continue to contribute to its development and delivery throughout the year. In addition, each participant is offered one on one support to enable their individual practices to develop, alongside access to a remote website where all documents and materials can be kept for reference. 

The Syllabus

Wysing has joined forced with Outpost and Open School East to launch a fundraising campaign to help establish a new network, which will connect and support artists across generations - The W.O.OSE Network.

As a partnership of three organisations who have extensive experience supporting artists, this is a unique opportunity to offer joined-up support for artists through a range of development, commissioning and mentoring programmes.

Our aim is that the network will enable a flourishing culture of connectivity where artists, curators and patrons can actively encourage and support the next generation of artists.

To set up the network and offer a range of opportunities, we need to raise £30,000. All funds raised will be matched by Arts Council England through their Catalyst scheme until 2019. 

To find out more details, please see the dedicated website www.woose.network 

The W.O.OSE Network

In 2010, Wysing was invited to join the prestigious Plus Tate network. Plus Tate aims to support the development of the visual arts across the UK, by fostering a climate where exchange and partnership can flourish.

Joining together to exchange ideas, knowledge, skills and resources, as well as programmes and collections, the Plus Tate partners enable audiences to engage with modern and contemporary art across major cities and rural communities.

Plus Tate now comprises 35 cultural institutions including Wysing and Tate galleries, and is a powerful group enabling new collaboration and change. For the full list of Plus Tate partners, please visit their website here.

Through Plus Tate, Wysing has access to shared training opportunities, special events and private views at Tate museums as well as shared funding opportunities. Wysing was one of five organisations that were part of the network in receipt of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver the youth arts programme, Circuit, in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge from 2014-2017.

For more information on Circuit, please see our website here.

Plus Tate

Wysing Arts Centre is pleased to be a partner in in the ARTISTS at RISK (AR) network coordinated by Perpetuual Mobile. AR is a human rights institution for visual artists and a platform dedicated to persecuted art practitioners. We cooperate with organisations such as PEN, SafeMUSE and ICORN (The International Cities of Refuge Network) to address the needs of persecuted artists and other art professionals. 

The work of AR encompasses mapping and advocacy of art professionals “at risk”, addressing their practical needs and advancing their artistic practice. Selected key figures are granted short or long-term residencies around Europe at so-called “AR-Safe Havens” - not as asylum seekers, but as invited and honoured visiting art professionals.

Starting in 2018, Wysing is pleased to host a three-month Safe Haven residency for an AR resident who is a target of politically motivated threats and persecution in their home country. Further details on the programme can be found on Perpetuual Mobile’s website here.


Wysing Arts Centre has been invited by the Papworth Hospital with Futurecity to contribute to their arts programme through the commissioning of an Artist-in-Residence for the hospital's impending move to Cambridge. The selected artist is Wysing studio artist Lucy Steggals and you can follow her progress here. 

Papworth Hospital, based in Papworth Everard since the early 1900s, is the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre. Its current site at Papworth Everard is its original one and as such holds deep significance. It history is supported by the existence of the Papworth Heritage Centre which aims to reflect people from Papworth Everard’s past, their names, memories, tales and the sense of community spirit alive in the village today. 

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with Skanska and HOK architects, has completed the design of the New Papworth Hospital due to open in April 2018. It will move from Papworth Everard, 15 miles northwest of Cambridge, to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at the southern fringe of the city. 

An arts strategy and programme has been developed by the Papworth Trust in consultation with Futurecity, an agency that delivers cultural strategies and projects for new developments and regeneration projects. The aim of the arts programme is to create an inspiring, high quality contribution both to the current and to the future life of the Hospital, and includes a campus wide Artist-in-Residence programme for which Wysing has been asked to act as consultant.

Papworth Hospital with Futurecity