13 July to 23 August

The third Leverhulme Arts Scholars Summer School at Wysing Arts Centre, with Scholars Chris Alton, Calum Bowden, Gordon Douglas, Henry Driver, George Harding, Emily Hawes, Steph Li, Helen Savage, Sophia Simensky, Ben Tupper, Jules Varnedoe, Nathaniel Whitfield took place 13 July-23 August 2015.

Click on the image above for a slide show of the artists' final presentation of work at Wysing.

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship Summer School

The Summer School is aimed at artists aged 18-25. This year scholars’ work sits between artistic disciplines and they have a strong transdisciplinary approach to their practices.  Scholars will take Wysing’s artistic programme across 2015, The Multiverse; a theory that proposes the potential for multiple universes as a starting point for their artistic research over the six week summer school.

The Leverhulme Arts Scholars 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 scholars 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 offers:
• A six week programme including workshops, mentoring sessions and talks by residency and studio artists including Irene Revell, Director of Electra.
• 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.

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.

Introductory Sessions during 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:

Week 1:
13 July, Irene Revell, Electra Residency Presentation 
14 July, Caroline Wendling, Artist Led Workshop

Week 2:
21 July, Irene Revell Artist-led Workshop
22 July, Irene Revell, Mentoring

Week 3:
28 July, Florian Roithmayr, Artist-Led Workshop 
29 July, Florian Roithmayr, Mentoring  

Week 4:
5 August, Joey Holder, Artist-led Workshop 
6 August, Joey Holder, Mentoring

Week 5:
11 August, Jesse Darling, Artist-Led Workshop
12 August, Jesse Darling, Mentoring

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.

The Summer School is free to attend but does not include meals or accommodation. Scholars will each receive a bursary to contribute to travel and accommodation costs.

Leverhulme Arts Scholarships and Summer School are part of our Wysing Young Artists programme.