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Public Projects Ongoing

Syllabus

2015 – 2033

BACKGROUND

Syllabus is a national, collaboratively-produced alternative learning programme for artists which runs over a ten month period and is developed collaboratively with participants, the partner institutions and artistic advisors.

Syllabus was initiated in 2015 by Eastside Projects, Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge) Spike Island (Bristol), Studio Voltaire (London), New Contemporaries (London) and S1 Artspace (Sheffield). Iniva (London) and The NewBridge Project (Newcastle) have also been partners in the project.

In 2023 Wysing Arts Centre secured a landmark grant for Syllabus of £500,000 from the Freelands Foundation to enrich the support available for artists across the next ten years, funding bursaries and access costs for artists, a new online element, an annual Artist Advisor position, robust evaluation and a dedicated Syllabus coordinator.

 

SYLLABUS VII (2024–25)

Partner organisations for 2024–5 are Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, New Art Exchange (Nottingham), PS2 (Belfast) and TACO! (Thamesmead).

They will work with Natasha Ruwona – the new Syllabus Coordinator – and Uma Breakdown – this year’s Artist Advisor – and the ten participating artists to deliver Syllabus VII from June 2024, co-developing a roaming programme of intensive gatherings across the UK as well as an online programme of activity and support.

The ten artists participating in Syllabus VII are Alexis Parinas, Katrina Cobain, Moira Salt, Omid Asadi, Maggie Campbell, Michael m, Natasha MacVoy, Sahjan Kooner, Sophie Gresswell, and Yoojin Lee

 

SYLLABUS VI (2020-21)

Thirteen smiling people sitting on brick steps by the canal

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

The artistic advisers were Jade Montserrat and Amanprit Sandhu.

Syllabus VI gathered in Birmingham in September 2021 to explore the city, share work and think about working together. Workshops were led by Harun Morrison, Modern Clay and Samra Mayanja. The weekend was co-programmed by James Clarkson, Lauren Craig, Elsa James, Bettina Furnée, Helen Hamilton and Eastside Projects.

Syllabus VI was delivered by Eastside Projects, Wysing Arts Centre, Studio Voltaire, Spike Island and Iniva.

 

SYLLABUS V (2019-20) 

Syllabus V artists: Sophie Blagden, Juliet Davis-Dufayard, Yuxin Jiang, Hwa Young Jung, Sarai Kirshner, Jack Lewdjaw, Sarah Maple, Duncan Poulton and Aliaskar Abarkas.

Artistic advisers: Barby Asante and Louise Shelley

 

Details of Individual Retreats

19–22 September 2018 Wysing Arts Centre MORE

31 October – 3 November Eastside Projects MORE

6–9 December Newbridge Projects MORE

Syllabus V was delivered by Eastside Projects, Wysing Arts Centre, Studio Voltaire, Spike Island, Iniva and Newbridge Projects.

 

SYLLABUS IV (2018–19)

Syllabus IV artists: Scott CaruthLibita ClaytonJessica ColemanBettina FungLaura HindmarshBeth KettelDavid LisserAlicja RogalskaKirsty Russell and Abigail Sidebotham.

Artistic Advisors: Helen Nisbet and Sonya Dyer

 

Details of Individual Retreats

20–23 September 2018 Wysing Arts Centre MORE

6–9 December 2018 hosted by Spike Island MORE

1–3 February 2019 hosted by Studio Voltaire MORE

26–29 April 2019 hosted by S1 Artspace MORE

7–9 June 2019 hosted by Iniva MORE

1–5 August 2019 hosted by Eastside Projects MORE

 

SYLLABUS III (2017–18)

Syllabus III artists: Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton.

Lead artists: Jesse Darling and Harold Offeh.

Syllabus gathered in Birmingham from 1–4 February 2018. Across the weekend we worked with Rosalie Schweiker, Sofia Niazi, Holly Pester and Harold Offeh. They showed new poster works at Recent Activity during Digbeth First Friday on 2 February, which responded to provocations set by Eastside Projects and Recent Activity.

Details of Individual Retreats
2–24 September 2017: Hosted by Wysing Arts Centre MORE
3–5 November 2017: Hosted by New Contemporaries MORE
8–10 December 2017: Hosted by Spike Island MORE
1–4 February 2018: Hosted by Eastside Projects MORE
26–29 April 2018: Hosted by Studio Voltaire MORE
24–27 May 2018: Hosted by S1 Artspace MORE
21–24 June 2018: Hosted by Iniva MORE
17–22 July 2018: Hosted by Wysing Arts Centre MORE

 

SYLLABUS II (2016–17)

Syllabus II artists: Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Nika Neelova, Tom Smith, Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Thomas Whittle and Laura Wilson

Lead Curator/Artist: George Vasey, Milly Thompson

Details of individual retreats:

8-10 September 2016: Hosted by Wysing Arts Centre MORE
13–16 October 2016: Hosted by New Contemporaries MORE
9–11 December 2016: Hosted by S1 Artspace MORE
3–5 January 2017: Hosted by Eastside Projects MORE
7–9 April 2017: Hosted by Studio Voltaire MORE
8–11 June 2017: Hosted by Spike Island in Athens MORE
22–25 June 2017: Hosted by Wysing Arts Centre MORE

 

SYLLABUS I (2015–16)

Syllabus I Artists: Simon Bayliss, Noel Clueit, Susie Green, Mathew Parkin, Rory Pilgrim, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Tom Salt, Lucy Steggals, Tom Varley and Rafal Zajko

Lead Artist: Andy Holden

Details of individual retreats:

15–18 June 2015: Wysing Art Centre MORE
31 July–2 August 2015: Spike Island MORE
1–3 October 2015: New Contemporaries MORE
4–6 December 2015: Eastside Projects MORE
6–7 February 2016: S1 Artspace MORE
15–17 April 2016: Studio Voltaire MORE