Throughout 2018 we will host artists in-residence working across a range of practices who will be developing new work within an atmosphere of collaboration.

Artists will be working from Wysing over multiple visits across the year, and many will be bringing an existing group or peer network with them. Others will be using the opportunity to convene a new group, or to be in-residence with their children.

The selected artists work across a range of media and disciplines including visual art, writing, choreography, dance, music and sound, and in their work address issues such as family, disability, race and racism, gender, identity and sexuality. The artists will be travelling to Wysing from across the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. 

Cover image: Last Yearz Interesting Negro/ Jamila Johnson-Small

2018 Residencies Part One (alphabetical A-M)

The 2018 artists in residence are:

Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother.
Leah Clements with Rebecca Bligh, Uma Breakdown, Elena Colman, Alice Hattrick and Lizzy Rose.
Phoebe Collings James and Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small.
Brandon Covington Sam-Sumara, aka N-Prolenta.
Julia Crabtree & William Evans.
Formerly Called (Tamar Clarke-Brown, Ibrahim Cissé, Atum Farah, Cédric Fauq, Georgia Lucas-Going, Elijah Maja, Olu Ogunnaike, Cindy Sissokho, Kefiloe Siwisa, Dominique White and others).
Anna McMahon and Salote Tawale.
Joe Moran and collaborators.
Sonic Cyberfeminisms (Annie Goh, Marlo De Lara, Jane Frances Dunlop, Natalie Hyacinth, Miranda Iossifidis, Frances Morgan, Shanti Suki Osman and Marie Thompson).
Tessa Norton and family.
Nastja Säde Rönkkö and family.
Rachael Rosen and collaborators.
Tito Valery
Liv Wynter and collaborators.

Camae Ayewa will be in-residence ahead of Wysing’s 2018 music festival at which she will be performing. Ayewa is a poet, a musician performing under the name Moor Mother, and co-founder of the Black Quantum Futurism collective. 

Leah Clements and collaborators Rebecca Bligh, Uma Breakdown, Elena Colman, Alice Hattrick and Lizzy Rose will form a new network of art practitioners who identify as ‘crip’, disabled, or otherwise non-conforming to standard ideas of good health.

Phoebe Collings-James and Last Yearz Interesting Negro/ Jamila Johnson-Small will create a collaborative work embodied through a symbiotic relationship between dance, music and sculpture, asking what an anti-assimilationist practice might look and sound like in 2018.

Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana, aka N-Prolenta, will produce a monograph that will incorporate fifteen short essays. Sam-Sumana was recently commissioned by Rhizome and the New Museum for First Look: New Black Portraitures, an online exhibition interrogating the genre of portraiture in relationship to Blackness.

Julia Crabtree & William Evans, previous residency artists returning to Wysing to work with invited collaborators to expand upon key themes from recent research including botany, fungal ecologies, co-evolving, feminist sci-fi, bodies and critters. Their residency has been supported with a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England in partnership with Cell Project Space.

Formerly Called (Tamar Clarke-Brown, Ibrahim Cissé, Atum Farah, Cédric Fauq, Georgia Lucas-Going, Elijah Maja, Olu Ogunnaike, Cindy Sissokho, Kefiloe Siwisa, Dominique White, and others) will meet at Wysing across several retreats to reinforce their existing network of People of Colour operating within the visual arts. 

Anna McMahon and Salote Tawale will research and develop new UK networks, including accessing collections of Fijian cultural objects held in Cambridge University Museums and developing a podcast series through interviews on gender, race, post-colonial theory, queerness, family, and food.