Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, invite applications from artists for Syllabus IV; a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its fourth year that will support ten artists across ten months.

Starting in September 2018, the curriculum for Syllabus IV will be built around a series of six intensive gatherings, which the ten selected artists will collaboratively develop with curators and artists who work with the partner organisations, alongside two external Artistic Advisors – Sonya Dyer and Helen Nisbett. Syllabus IV participating artists will bring forward ideas to the programme and actively contribute to its design and delivery across the ten months.

Syllabus IV aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK. We are particularly keen to support applicants who have not yet had access to similar programmes and artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who are facing barriers due to difficult socio-economic situations, and artists who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We ask applicants to make this clear when applying, if applicable.

If you would like to know more about Syllabus IV, there are drop-in sessions across the UK during April – including one at Eastside Projects on 12 April – find out more HERE.


The Syllabus IV programme will be structured around a series of gatherings hosted by the partner organisations which all participants will be required to attend.

During periods between the gatherings, materials will be made available through a shared online resource, and the Artistic Advisors will support and advise participating artists through a series of planning sessions and 1-2-1 conversations.

Artists will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to collaboratively shape and develop a reflexive learning experience.
  • The opportunity to develop supportive networks of artists, curators and organisations.
  • An intensive programme of gatherings at partner venues that offer time to come together to discuss ideas, work and approaches to practice.
  • Introductions to, and connections with arts organisations, communities and networks in cities across the UK.
  • Opportunities for one to one support and critical conversations throughout the programme


  • Applicants should have been out of formal education for at least 4 years. We are also interested in hearing from artists 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 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 collaborative development of the curriculum for Syllabus IV
  • Syllabus IV is open to artists based in the UK


The Syllabus represents an investment of around £5,000 in each artist from the partner organisations. We have secured Arts Council England funding to cover most of these costs in 2018/19. The cost to each participating artist is £500 which can be paid in monthly instalments. Additional costs to participants will include travel and some accommodation which is estimated at an additional £600 per person for the whole programme.


Find more information on the programme and full application details HERE and an FAQs sheet HERE

Find out all about previous iterations of the Syllabus HERE