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During 2017 Wysing will be exploring ‘many voices’ across all our programmes under the over-arching title Wysing Polyphonic. We invite artists, musicians and writers to apply to be in-residence within the Wysing Polyphonic context. 

To set the context, we have invited three artists to be in-residence: US based Iranian artist and writer Maryam Monalisa Gharavi; Mumbai based artist Pallavi Paul; and London based artist Tai Shani. A further six artists will be invited to be in-residence through this open call for applications.

Open Call for Residencies in 2017

Wysing Polyphonic
During 2017 Wysing will be exploring ‘many voices’ across all our programmes under the over-arching title Wysing Polyphonic.

Through residencies, exhibitions, events, study weeks and study days, we will work with a range of artists to explore a diversity of contexts and positions to help better understand the role of art, artists, and arts organisations such as Wysing, at this moment of global political change.

Throughout 2017 we will provide both a platform for many voices, in particular those that have the potential to be over-looked in the current political rhetoric, alongside a range of ways that those voices can be heard. Building on a number of events during 2016 that explored alternative sites for community and activism, we will be seeking to work with artists whose work, or whose networks, empower and support diverse communities of interest. We will also be further exploring the role of radio, broadcasting, sound and listening.

Other Developments in 2017
The exhibition All Channels Open will launch the Wysing Polyphonic programme and will bring together artists who were in-residence during 2016 through a synchronised arrangement of projectors, monitors, objects and surround sound in Wysing’s gallery.

In early 2017 we be will launching our first vinyl record on our new label, also entitled Wysing Polyphonic, by the band Ectopia who are artists Jack Brennan, Adam Christensen and Vicki Stieri.

Further expanding on the theme of many voices, Wysing’s annual music festival, which returns to early September 2017, will be programmed for the first time by a range of invited international collectives and contributors.

And we are excited to have been awarded funding by the Foyle Foundation to build a recording studio at Wysing in the summer of 2017. The studio will allow us to commission new works for recording and broadcasting as well as being a resource for artists and musicians. 

Residencies
Through this Open Call we are inviting artists, musicians and writers to apply to be in-residence within the Wysing Polyphonic context. We are particularly looking for artists who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme, and who will enjoy participating in events as part of our public programme.

The amount of funding we have for residencies is £4,000 for each artist, to cover: an artist's fee, materials and travel, plus free on-site accommodation during the period and a free studio.

There will be three residency periods:

20 March – 14 May 2017
3 July – 20 August 2017
16 October – 10 December 2017

Please read the following guidelines before making an application.

Profile of Artists
We are particularly looking for artists, musicians and writers who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme, and who will enjoy participating in events as part of our public programme

To Apply
Applications are made online via Submittable. Once you have set up an account you are able to return to your application any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Monday 16 January 2017. It is recommended that you apply with enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline.

You will need to provide:
A statement on your work, why you are interested in Wysing Polyphonic 2017 and what you can bring to the programme (max 1,000 words).
Six images of your work, or other relevant material.
A current CV.

We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded onto video and uploaded onto Submittable, instead of written applications. 

We are able to provide a range of workspace and accommodation and if you have any access or other needs that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact us on 01954 718881.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 16 January 2017.

To apply you will need to set up a profile on Submittable, click here.