Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Wysing.
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What goes on here?
On any given day, there could be artists at work in Wysing’s 20 studios, artists from around the world staying in the farmhouse, someone making music in the recording studio, a group working in the ceramics studio, a class of schoolchildren visiting an exhibition, students from an alternative art school sharing their ideas, people relaxing in the open air or learning new skills on an art course...
What is there to do?
You can visit our exhibition when it’s open or take a walk in the fields and woodland any time. Across the site, you’ll see artworks including Ben Wilson’s Treekeep, and Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser’s Amphis, a building that’s also a huge artwork made from reclaimed wood. You could pick up headphones from reception and be guided by artist Caroline Wendling, who has made an audio walk especially for the site. There are plenty of activities that happen throughout the year, including workshops, art courses, talks, and events for all ages.
Do I have to pay to visit Wysing?
The exhibitions and grounds are free to visit. Most of our events are free, too, and the ticketed ones usually have pay-what-you-can options. You do have to pay for the courses we offer, because these help to fund our programme.
How long has Wysing been open? What’s the history of the site?
Wysing Arts Centre was founded in 1989 by philanthropists Jenny and Terry Brooks, and artists Annie and Age Bunnetat. They wanted to make a place for artists to work and think freely, away from the pressures of everyday life. That mission continues, and Wysing Arts Centre has been open ever since. In 2008, new studios, a reception and gallery were added. Designed by architects Hawkins Brown, the project won a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects award. Before being an arts centre, Wysing was a dairy farm known as Wysing Grange.
Which buildings are the artists’ studios?
The newer, black building across from reception, a second behind the ceramics studio, and a third across the field behind Amphis. There are also studios in the black and orange building. Wysing holds Open Studio days each Summer, where you can meet the artists and learn what they’ve been up to.
How can I, or someone I know, get an exhibition or residency here?
Most people who do residencies at Wysing, or present exhibitions, are invited by the team, based on lots of research and advisor nominations. Occasionally there are ‘open calls’ for parts of the programme, including when studios become available. Wysing’s ceramics studio offers public membership.
I have access needs. How can Wysing support my visit to the site and participation in the programme?
There’s a sensory map of the site at reception you can take, and our exhibitions have a range of access points (see information inside the gallery). We can usually make adjustments so you can visit in a way that suits you best – please ask more about this at reception. Wysing’s site is still not fully accessible for people with physical disabilities, but we are working on it.
Do you have a cafe? Do you grow anything in your fields?
Not yet, but we’re working on it!
What’s the best way to find out about what’s coming up here?
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