Your away day will be facilitated by CJ Mahony, a studio artist at Wysing. The workshop is inspired by community building practices, in which groups of people with common interests or goals come together to create a structure for common use. It also references rituals of creation, destruction, and renewal. In the workshop, participants will work together to build a physical structure that supports a collective aspiration.


First, the team will identify an intention together. They will then imagine placing it into a small object made of plaster. For the rest of the day, they will work collaboratively, guided throughout by CJ Mahony, to build an experimental temporary structure which will support and elevate their intention. The structure will be photographed, and then released, by fire.

Collaborative Construction Away Day

Materials: All materials provided.

Format: One day 10.00am-4.30pm with a break for lunch.  Suitable for groups of 6-12 people.

Lunch: We can discuss your catering needs with you but we recommend and can arrange catering from The Garden Kitchen in Cambridge. Tea, coffee and water are provided throughout the day. 

Fees: £225 per person

Safety Notes: Wear clothing suitable for messy work and footwear suitable for being outdoors on uneven ground.

Transport: We have ample parking on site. Public bus services run hourly from Cambridge (No. 18 from Drummer Street) to Bourn Village Monday to Saturday. Wysing is a 15-minute walk from Bourn, but please note this is along a busy road. Visit our website here for more transport information.

Accessibility: Please get in touch with us to let us know if there is something we can do to enable you to participate in our events. Email Lorna O'Brien, Deputy Director, lorna.obrien@wysingartscentre.org.

About the artist: CJ is a visual artist. Their work takes form as objects, installations, works on paper, speculative fiction and operates in cycles of iteration, learning, and integration. CJ has worked with National Theatre Scotland, Tate and the Mayor of London, National Trust, ITV, Opera North, Cambridge Junction and Kettles Yard. CJ has returned to Cambridge after living in Berlin, Glasgow and Toronto and has taught in institutions across the UK, most recently at Glasgow School of Art.