23 September 2020

 We’re looking forward to greeting the Syllabus VI artists for a socially-distanced meeting at Wysing.  

The selected artists for Syllabus VI are: James Clarkson, Lauren Craig, Ufuoma Essi, Bettina Furnée, Olga Grotova, Helen Hamilton, Elsa James, Freya Johnson Ross, Daniel Trivedy and Sam Williams. 

Syllabus VI is set to be markedly different from previous iterations of the programme. This year, the programme partners decided to make Syllabus free-to-access and to reframe much of the programme activity around contributions from the participating artists. Syllabus has also shifted to a hybrid online/offline model to contend with the challenges of Covid-19, with the programme consisting of multiple online meetings and shorter in-person gatherings at partner venues. 

This first weekend is themed around Conditions of Working and programmed by Artistic Advisors Jade Montserrat and Amanprit Sandhu.

Saturday 5 September and Friday 11 September

Online presentations from artists and partners, led by Jade Montserrat and Amanprit Sandhu.

Friday 23 September

Following an introduction from the artistic advisors about the chosen theme, 'conditions of working', Jade Montserrat will lead a group discussion of the Alice Walker text 'In Search of Our Mother's Gardens'. After lunch, Wysing's curator John Eng Kiet Bloomfield will lead a walk to nearby Bourne, giving the artists time to discuss plans for the year in pairs. Jade and Amanprit will close the day with a open discussion about these plans.

Saturday 24 September

In the morning, Jade and Amanprit will introduce the concept of embodied practice, before Amanprit leads the group in a reading of bell hooks 'All About Love'. After lunch, the group will work in pairs to brainstorm the conditions for working that they can create collectively over the coming months. The day will end with a silent walk around Wysing's site and and a closing discussion.

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October

Online planning sessions led by Jade and Amanprit.