1-3 October 2015
New Contemporaries, Nottingham

New Contemporaries’ retreat is the third in the year-long programme The Syllabus, focussing on The Archive. 

Working in collaboration with artists-run space Primary, New Contemporaries will host a two-day session at Nottingham Contemporary around archives, specifically artists’ use of archive and memory as material or mode of production. The session will coincide with the presentation of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 across Nottingham.

The Syllabus: New Contemporaries Retreat

Thursday 1 October
Session for Syllabus Artists

From 3-5pm, the artists will be given a tour of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 exhibition at Backlit, One Thoresby Steet and Primary. It will be led by Kirsty Ogg, Niki Russell and Andy Holden. This session will be an opportunity to reflect on the Syllabus artists’ practice in relationship to the work on display and will be followed by a dinner. 

Friday 2 October
​Session for Syllabus Artists
This day will comprise of two practical workshops foregrounded by presentations by the facilitators.

Morning session 10.00 – 13.00: Nayia Yiakoumaki, Archive Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London
This session will: share Nayia’s curatorial practice around the Whitechapel Gallery’s and other archives and present a practical workshop session identifying the potential of archive material for artistic practice.

Afternoon session 14.00 – 17.00: Barby Asante, artist
This session will: share Barby’s artistic practice and experience of working with archives and present a practical workshop session based on Barby’s research methods and approach to practice.

Saturday 3 October
Archive: In the making
Public Event, Nottingham Contemporary

This day-long event at Nottighman Comtemporary, hosted by Primary Nottingham, is open to the public and will explore the use of the archive as a source of material in relation to artistic practice. The day includes presentations and activity by artists Barby Asante, Ruth Beale, Goshka Macuga and Emma Smith.

For further information about this past event please visit Primary's website, here.

New Contemporaries is the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from British Art Schools. Since 1949 New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all.

Primary is an artist-led space that exists to support creative research and to develop new ways of engaging audiences. Offering dedicated artists studios alongside more flexible spaces, both within and outside the building, where artists from around the world can meet and work in the heart of Nottingham. Primary is a place where artists and the public can share, experiment and learn about contemporary visual art through an ambitious programme of events and activities.

Please note that we have selected the participants for this year's The Syllabus programme. To receive information on the next round of Open Calls for this and other programmes at Wysing, please subscribe to our e-bulletin, click here.