Since it was launched in 2009, Escalator Visual Arts at Wysing has helped over 200 artists and curators to develop their work, develop new partnerships and reach new audiences.
Alongside retreats, spaces on which are specifically reserved or artists and curators with a particular connection to the east and south-east regions, we also organaise Masterclasses, mentoring programmes, international research trips, funding and support with 'spin-out' projects emerging from retreats and support with securing Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts funding.
We organise three retreats a year. One retreat a year is curated by the Royal College of Art's MA Curating Contemporary Art students as a formal part of their MA programme and has an academic focus. Wysing Curator Gareth Bell-Jones teaches on the MA programme as part of his role. One retreat focusses on subjects such as 'colour' or 'materiality'. One reatreat is curated in collaboration with an artist; last year Mark Tichner curated the retreat And if it was it can't be is, info here. And this year Ryan Gander is developing a retreat for February 2014.