The Syllabus is a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme which aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from a wide geographic spread across the UK. It is delivered through a partnership between Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire.
Launched in 2015 each Syllabus supports ten artists across ten months with a programme centred around a series of intensive gatherings which are delivered by artists, curators, writers and other practitioners and hosted by each of the partner venues.The Syllabus is selected through an Open Call.
Syllabus IV (2018–19)
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. Syllabus IV participating artists will bring forward ideas to the programme and actively contribute to its design and delivery across the ten months.
The Syllabus IV External Artistic Advisors are Helen Nisbet and Sonya Dyer:
Sonya Dyer is an artist, writer and occasional curator. Her research-based, post-medium practice utilises dialogical platforms, reproductive technologies and moving image. Dyer is concerned with modes of social organisation, the inter disciplinary and the performative, exploring how subjectivities and alliances are formed, particularly across cultures and temporalities. Recent projects include The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle), Into the Future (Primary, Nottingham), At the Intersections (Nottingham Contemporary), Platform: In the Making and The Paul Robeson Research Station, (both Site Gallery, Sheffield). Dyer is a previous artsadmin Artist Bursary Scheme recipient, and was a 2011-12 Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program Fellow
Helen Nisbet is Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt in London, where her exhibitions include solo shows by Mark Leckey, Helen Cammock and Flo Brooks and she has held a number of events exploring writing, frienship and political defiance through readings, screenings and performance. She is a member of the Acquisitions and Advisory Committee for the Arts Council Collection, a Visiting Lecturer at the RCA, a selector for Glasgow International 2018 and she curates independent and collaborative projects across the UK and internationally including a new project worth g39 in Cardiff and UK/ID, an ongoing project by the British Council in Indonesia. Previously she has worked with organisations including Arts Council Collection, Open Source and the Contemporary Art Society.
Syllabus III (2017–18)
The Syllabus III artists are from many areas of practice including photography, painting, sculpture, installation, writing, performance, poetry, and interdisciplinary and collaborative work that defies a genre. They live and work across the UK, including Cardiff, Folkestone, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Norwich and St. Ives. They are Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton.
Syllabus III will be developed collaboratively with the participating artists, partner institutions and lead artists, who this year are Jesse Darling and Harold Offeh.
The Syllabus will gather in Birmingham from 1–4 February 2018. Across the weekend they will be working with the Eastside Projects team, Rosalie Schweiker, Sofia Niazi, Holly Pester and Harold Offeh. They will also be showing new poster works at Recent Activity during Digbeth First Friday on 2 February, which respond to provocations set by Eastside Projects and Recent Activity.
Read the Syllabus III Press Release HERE
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
Syllabus II (2016–17)
Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Nika Neelova, Tom Smith, Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Thomas Whittle and Laura Wilson have been selected for Syllabus II. Syllabus is being 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. During periods between seminars, texts, reading lists and informal meetings allow discussions and Syllabus development to be continued remotely.
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)
Simon Bayliss, Noel Clueit, Susie Green, Mathew Parkin, Rory Pilgrim, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Tom Salt, Lucy Steggals, Tom Varley and Rafal Zajko were selected for the first year of The Syllabus in 2015 which was delivered by guest artists including Barby Asante, Céline Condorelli, Andy Holden, James Langdon, Richard Long, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Richard Wentworth and Rehana Zaman.
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