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Wysing at 25: The Future

Wysing Arts Centre will be 25 years old in 2014. In 1989 four friends purchased what was then Wysing Grange Farm, after a long search across England, with the purpose of establishing a centre for artists. Two of the original founders remain on our board of Trustees.

Over the subsequent quarter century, Wysing has developed on the edge of Bourn village, nine miles west of the city of Cambridge, as a research and development centre for the visual arts.


2014 Residencies

Alongside working with a large number of extraordinary artists since the organisation's formation, individuals with specialisms from outside the arts have played an increasingly visible role within an ongoing programme of public talks and events. Recently, this has included contributions from scientists and academics in chemistry, logic, mathematics, music and psychology, historians and amateur historians, food specialists, cooks and bakers.

In 2014 we will acknowledge our birthday by looking at the potential of the future through what we know of the past; realised through a programme of residencies, artistic retreats, events, exhibitions and an innovative Futurecamp during the summer of 2014.

For Futurecamp, which will take place from 9 June to 15 August 2014, we will be inviting artists and specialists in the fields of science, politics, philosophy, economics and architecture to explore what the future might hold for the individual and for society. 

We are not putting out an Open Call for artists to be in-residence during the camp; on this occasion artists will be invited directly by Wysing to be in-residence. In February 2014 we will be putting out an Open Call for contributions to the Futurecamp, which might include an academic paper, workshop or a short event.

In May 2014 we will be putting out an Open Call for artists to apply to participate in residencies during the autumn of 2014, from 3 November to 12 December. Four artists will be selected for these residencies from applications via the Open Call.

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