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Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus IV; a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its fourth year that will support ten artists across ten months.

Starting in September 2018, the curriculum for Syllabus IV will be built around a series of six intensive gatherings, which the ten selected artists will collaboratively develop with curators and artists who work with the partner organisations, alongside two external Artistic Advisors. This year artist Sonya Dyer and curator Helen Nisbet will be the Artistic Advisors. Syllabus IV participating artists will bring forward ideas to the programme and actively contribute to its design and delivery across the ten months.

Syllabus IV

Syllabus IV aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK. We are particularly keen to support applicants who have not yet had access to similar programmes and artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who are facing barriers due to difficult socio-economic situations, and artists who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We ask applicants to make this clear when applying, if applicable.

The individuals and organisations who will collaborate with the Syllabus IV artists, and who will be involved across the ten months, are Ruth Claxton, Eastside Projects; Melanie Keen, Stephanie Moran and Simina Neagu, Iniva; Laura Clarke, S1 Artspace; Nicola Wright and Jenny Cooper, Studio Voltaire; Vanessa Boni, Spike Island; John Eng Kiet Bloomfield and Chelsea Pettitt, Wysing Arts Centre. For Syllabus IV, artist Sonya Dyer and curator Helen Nisbet have been appointed as Artistic Advisors. 

Previous iterations of Syllabus have involved contributions from a wide range of artists, writers and curators and applicants to Syllabus IV will have the opportunity to access similar networks. Contributing practitioners have included Barby Asante, Ruth Beale, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Celine Condorelli, Nav Haq, Nadia Hebson, Anthea Hamilton, Andy Holden, Shama Khanna, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Mark Leckey, Richard Long, Sofia Niazi, Katrina Palmer, Holly Pester, Rory Pilgrim, Rosalie Schweiker, Cally Spooner, Richard Wentworth, Jonathan P. Watts, Keith Wilson, DM Withers and Rehana Zaman.

The programme will be structured around a series of gatherings at the partner venues which all participants will be required to attend. Some of these will last up to four days, whilst others may be shorter and they will be hosted in a variety of locations across the UK. During the first retreat, artists and individuals connected to the partner organisations and the Artistic Advisors will collaborate with participating artists to identify broad thematics. 

They will collaboratively devise and structure a curriculum that will support individual and collective artistic development and provide access to networks and knowledge.

Artists will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to collaboratively shape and develop a reflexive learning experience.
  • The opportunity to develop supportive networks of artists, curators and organisations.
  • An intensive programme of gatherings at partner venues that offer time to come together to discuss ideas, work and approaches to practice.
  • Introductions to, and connections with arts organisations, communities and networks in cities across the UK.
  • Opportunities for one to one support and critical conversation throughout the programme


*Note that these dates are currently provisional and are subject to change after further discussion with the participating artists

20-23 Sep 2018 - Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
A four-day retreat, with onsite shared accommodation and food provided, that will introduce everyone who will be involved in Syllabus IV to one another. Led by the Syllabus Artistic Advisors this gathering will enable selected artists, curators and programmers from the partner organisations, to come together, share practice and begin collaboratively planning the curriculum for Syllabus IV.

7-9 December 2018 - Spike Island
1-3 February 2019 - Studio Voltaire
26-28 April 2019 - S1 Artspace
7-9 June 2019 - Iniva
1-4 August 2019 - Eastside Projects


Syllabus IV costs artists £500 for the ten-month programme. There will be additional costs related to travel and some accommodation, but sessions are planned well in advance to give time for participants to book low cost travel and accommodation.

The overall cost to deliver Syllabus IV is £50,000 per year. The direct costs of delivering the programme are £23,000 of which £18,000 has been raised from Arts Council England. The remaining £5,000 is made up from fees from the ten participating artists. The remaining £27,000 is the contribution in-kind from the partner organisations to enable the programme to happen.

Over the past two years we have raised additional funds to reduce the £500 fee to participate and are currently fundraising to offer one or two free places.

The partners are happy to write letters of support for participants who wish to make applications for professional development or travel grants.


Applicants should have been out of formal education for at least 4 years. We are also interested hearing from artists who have not progressed through formal art training routes.
We aim to establish a cohort that represents a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic practices and welcome applications from a wide geographic spread across the UK.
We are looking for applicants who want to both develop their own work and actively contribute to the collaborative development of the curriculum for Syllabus IV
Syllabus IV is open to artists based in the UK
Applications may be made via video or audio, to support those with dyslexia, rather than written form.

Applications for The Syllabus are now closed. Interviews for The Syllabus will take place the first week of June.

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Biographies of Artistic Advisors

Sonya Dyer is an artist, writer and occasional curator. Her research-based, post-medium practice utilises dialogical platforms, reproductive technologies and moving image. Dyer is concerned with modes of social organisation, the inter disciplinary and the performative, exploring how subjectivities and alliances are formed, particularly across cultures and temporalities. Recent projects include The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle), Into the Future (Primary, Nottingham), At the Intersections (Nottingham Contemporary), Platform: In the Making and The Paul Robeson Research Station, (both Site Gallery, Sheffield). Dyer is a previous artsadmin Artist Bursary Scheme recipient, and was a 2011-12 Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program Fellow.

Helen Nisbet is Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt in London, where her exhibitions include solo shows by Mark Leckey, Helen Cammock and Flo Brooks and she has held a number of events exploring writing, frienship and political defiance through readings, screenings and be performance. She is a member of the Acquisitions and Advisory Committee for the Arts Council Collection, a Visiting Lecturer at the RCA, a selector for Glasgow International 2018 and she curates independent and collaborative projects across the UK and internationally including a new project worth g39 in Cardiff and UK/ID, an ongoing project by the British Council in Indonesia. Previously she has worked with organisations including Arts Council Collection, Open Source and the Contemporary Art Society.