Syllabus III – Open Call

Deadline: 23 April 2017


Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus III; a peer-led alternative learning programme in its third year that will support ten artists across ten months.

Starting in September 2017, Syllabus III will provide selected participants with a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners. Syllabus III will be co-developed with the artists selected to participate who, with the support of staff and artists working with each of the partner organisations, will have the opportunity to bring forward ideas to the programme and actively contribute to its delivery.


* Syllabus III is open to artists based in the UK.
* Applicants should have been out of formal education for approximately 4 years and we are interested hearing from applicants who have not progressed through formal art training routes.
* We aim to establish a cohort that represents a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic practices and would welcome applications from a wide geographic spread across the UK.
* We are looking for applicants who want to both develop their own work and actively contribute to the development of the curriculum for Syllabus III


The programme will be structured around a series of sessions which all participants will be required to attend. Some of these may be retreats lasting up to four days whilst others may be shorter and in new locations. At the first retreat at Wysing, artists and curators connected to the organisations will work with the selected participants to devise and structure a curriculum that will support individual and collaborative artistic development, and offer access to networks and knowledge.

During periods between sessions, texts and reading lists will be uploaded onto a shared drive allowing discussions and curriculum development to be continued remotely.


* The opportunity to shape and develop a collaborative, reflexive learning experience.
* The opportunity to develop a supportive network of peers.
* Contact with staff at the partner organisations and access to the artists they work with.
* An intensive programme of sessions at partner venues that offer time to come together to discuss work and practice.
* Connections with arts organisations, communities and networks in host cities across the UK.
* Opportunities for one to one support and discussion throughout the programme


The Syllabus costs approximately £3,000 per artist to deliver. We have secured Arts Council England funding to cover much of these costs in 2017/18 so the cost to each artist will be £500 for the ten-month programme. Additional costs to participants will include travel and some accommodation which is estimated at an additional £500 per person. Efforts will be made to ensure that low cost rail fares and accommodation can be booked well in advance. The partners are happy to write letters of support for participants who wish to make applications for professional development or travel grants.


For more information about Syllabus III, and how to apply please read the Syllabus_applicant_info_2017_1

This year we are also running a series of drop in info sessions across the UK. Come along and find out more:

Karst, Plymouth – Sat 1 April, 3:30 – 5pm
Eastside Projects, Birmingham – Tuesday 4 April, 6:30 – 8pm
Iniva, London – Wed 5 April, 6:30 – 8pm
Studio Voltaire, London – Sun 9 April, 4:30 – 6:30pm
S1 Artspace, 21-24 South St, Park Hill, Sheffield – Mon 10 April, 2 – 4pm
Outpost Studios, Gildengate House, Norwich – Wed 12 April, 12-2pm

You can read all about the first two years of the Syllabus HERE