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13 July to 23 August

We invite applications from artists aged 18-25, to take part in the third Leverhulme Arts Scholarship Summer School at Wysing Arts Centre, from 13 July – 23 August 2015. Taking Wysing’s artistic programme across 2015, The Multiverse; a theory that proposes the potential for multiple universes, as a starting point, we are particularly interested in hearing from artists whose work sits between artistic disciplines, or who have a strong transdisciplinary approach to their practices. 

The deadline for applications: midnight Monday 20 April 2015

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship Summer School

The Summer School offers an opportunity to work alongside other artists and peers to critique, discuss and develop individual art practices, and make new work with the opportunity for a public presentation at Wysing. The programme also offers opportunities for discussion and research visits.  

During the Summer School Wysing will be hosting the arts organisation Electra in-residence and there will be an ongoing events programme curated by Electra that participants will be able to attend. Electra curates, commissions and produces projects by artists working across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts. At the heart of their practice is a process-based relationship between artist, curator and audiences, which seeks to give the projects space to find their own rhythm, public outputs, and discourse.   Electra's core aim is to foster a dialogue between a range of disciplines of contemporary artistic practice, to provide a platform for debate and engaged dynamic investigations of urgent social, political and cultural questions. Projects include: Someone Else Can Clean Up This Mess (Flat Time House, 2014-15); Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic (Tate Modern, 2012); Sound Escapes (Space 2009); The Wire 25 (2007).

The Summer School includes:
• A six week programme including workshops and  mentoring sessions by artists Jesse Darling, Joey Holder, Irene Revell, Florian Roithmayr and Caroline Wendling.
• Shared studio space and access to Wysing’s site.
• Access to Wysing Curatorial and other staff
• Sessions introducing the themes of the Multiverse alongside the Multiverse events programme curated by Electra.
• Research trips.
• A daily group lunch will be held in the shared dining room, providing opportunities to informally meet staff, studio artists and visiting artists.
• Opportunities to curate a public event.
• Opportunities for public presentation of new work developed during the Summer School.
• Opportunities to undertake and complete Silver or Gold Arts Award.

Please note the Summer School is free to attend but does not include meals or accommodation. Scholars will each receive a bursary of £400 to contribute to travel and accommodation costs.

*Contributors and Artists may be subject to change.

Key Dates:
A shared studio and work spaces will be available for the duration of the summer school, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 9.00pm. The only compulsory dates are the introductory workshops but we expect scholars to attend as many days as possible in order to create a discursive community that will benefit everyone.

Compulsory introductory Sessions -Week 1  
Monday 13 July  10am - 4pm   
Tuesday 14 July 10am - 12.30pm 
Wednesday 15 July  10am - 12.30pm
Thursday 16 July 10am - 12.30pm
Friday 18 July   10am - 4pm  

Weeks 1 & 2 Getting Started
Weeks 3 & 4 Studio practice & workshops  
Weeks 5 & 6 Developing work for the public presentation

Weekly artist-led workshops and artist talks take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

20-23 August: Summer School Public Presentation at Wysing Arts Centre, the format and details of the public presentation will be developed during the summer school.


How to apply:
We accept applications through our online Submittable application webpage (scroll right).To apply, you will need to provide us with the information listed below (you can save and return to your application at any time up until the deadline). Please contact us on  01954 718881 if you require any support using the application website.

Please provide:

  • Your name, address , age and full contact details
  • A statement on why you would like to take part in the programme and how you would aim to respond to the theme of The Multiverse (max 500 words)
  • A general statement on you and your work (max 500 words)
  • A selection of 6 images or other relevant material.

Deadline for application:  midnight Monday 20 April 2015

Interviews will take place at Wysing Arts Centre on:  Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May