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Wysing Arts Centre is a registered charity that provides a range of programmes for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production, out of which emerges an ongoing programme of exhibitions, public events, activity for young people, families and schools.

Our large rural site near Cambridge includes a gallery, educational facilities, artists' studios, project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse and a growing collection of outdoor sculpture.
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From the Ground Up: Jo Capper & Akil Scafe-Smith

Wysing Arts CentreJan 27, 2023

From the Ground Up: Jo Capper & Akil Scafe-Smith

From the Ground Up: Jo Capper & Akil Scafe-Smith

What role can cultural spaces that are custodians of land, like Wysing, play in fostering a sense of ownership in public space? How can the resources that the culture sector currently holds contribute better to grassroots justice work? What are the imaginative possibilities of divestment?

Catch up with the final archived part of our event 'From the Ground Up: The Gathering', July 2022, an event which takes Wysing’s rural context, abundant land and neighbouring Fenland (at risk due to climate change, and rich in histories of land-based struggle) as a rich context for thought and action about topics including land rights, ownership and access, sustainability, environmental time and crip time, growing, wildness and racial justice.

For a PDF transcript of the podcast, please click here.

Jo Capper is Grand Union (Birmingham)’s Collaborative Programme Curator. Capper is an artist educator with a strong desire to heal, restore and do good in the world, creating alternative cultural and living practices that start with simple acts of growing or sharing food - embodying the cultural specifics of human conviviality.

Akil Scafe-Smith is part of RESOLVE Collective, an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. Much of their work aims to provide platforms for celebrating local knowledge as well as organising and collaborating in communities.

Lucy Shipp was Wysing's Education Manager. 

Jan 27, 202351:55
From the Ground Up: Khairani Barokka, Bella Milroy & Hannah Wallis

From the Ground Up: Khairani Barokka, Bella Milroy & Hannah Wallis

Khairani Barokka and Bella Milroy in-conversation, chaired by Hannah Wallis

In this second archived event from our event 'From the Ground Up: The Gathering', join Khairani Barokka and Bella Milroy with Hannah Wallis for readings, an in-conversation and an audience Q and A. You can find out more about 'From the Ground Up' by clicking here.

A full transcript is available to read by clicking here.


If ‘normative time’ can be understood as artificial and possible to change, what can we learn from ‘crip time’ as a new way of understanding time that acknowledges different lived realities? Join Bella Milroy and Khairani Barokka in thinking through and with crip time in relation to rural contexts and anti-colonial praxis.

Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer and artist in London, whose work centres disability justice as anticolonial praxis, and has presented widely internationally. Okka is the new Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. Her latest book is Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches), shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize.

Bella Milroy is an artist and writer who lives in her hometown of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She works responsively through mediums of sculpture, drawings, photography, writing and text. She makes work about making work (and being disabled) and not being able to make work (and being disabled).

Dec 12, 202201:07:18
Earth A.D. In-Conversation
Nov 24, 202201:04:07
From the Ground Up: James Boyce & Elsa Noterman
Aug 13, 202201:01:50
Desktop Studio Visit: Maëva Berthelot & Coby Sey

Desktop Studio Visit: Maëva Berthelot & Coby Sey

Catch up with a very special Desktop Studio Visit to celebrate our gallery exhibition ‘A Tender Ascent’.  

Maëva Berthelot and Coby Sey were joined by Wysing’s Senior Curator of Programmes, John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, to discuss their exhibition ‘A Tender Ascent’ and the research and influences behind the collaboration. Using a number of references from the project as a framework for an informal chat, they touched on topics including the role of chance, role reversal and collaborating during Covid-19. 

The in-conversation event was followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.  

Click here to download a transcript of the event as a PDF. 

Click here to download a transcript of the event as a Word document. 

To find out more about ‘A Tender Ascent’, visit the exhibition website page here. 

To watch the Desktop Studio Visit back, please click here. 


Maëva Berthelot is a choreographer, performer and teacher whose mode of working unfolds along the threshold between experimental, performative and collaborative approaches. After graduating in 2003 from the Paris Superior Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she has collaborated with artists and companies such as Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Clod Ensemble, Sharon Eyal, Rambert and spent six years as a senior member with Hofesh Shechter Company, contributing creatively as an original cast member in numerous pieces and as a teacher. Her work intends to instil a dialogue between material and immaterial realms, drawing attention to the tension between visible/invisible, conscious/unconscious and rehearsed/improvised. Whilst her research is rooted in a movement practice which is an ongoing inquiry into the themes of consciousness, transformation, healing, death and rebirth, her interest lies in creating cathartic spaces in which the emotional and sensational states related to loss, grief and change can be explored, processed and assimilated into conscious experience. 

Coby Sey is a vocalist, musician and DJ, who, after years spent buzzing around the DIY artist circuitry of South East London, has developed a distinctive presence as a performer and producer offering a shifting, disorienting vision of club music.  

A long-time collaborator with Mica Levi, Tirzah, Babyfather, Klein and Kwes, Coby’s recorded work– as best evidenced on the Whities 010: Transport for Lewisham 10′′ – spans the realms of live instrumentation, sample-based productions and experimental music, melding recognisable motifs of hip hop, drone, jazz, grime and more into a dubbed-out anaesthesia. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections c/o regular cohorts Ben Vince and Calderwood.  

Coby’s open-door approach to sharing and making music stretches to his work with London collective Curl, who release records and host events with a collaborative, improvisatory approach, as well as a regular slot on NTS which offers a portal into his appealingly murky musical world. 

May 23, 202259:16
'and then, a harrowing' Audio Tour

'and then, a harrowing' Audio Tour

Listen to an audio tour of Linda Stupart, Carl Gent, and Kelechi Anucha's exhibition 'and then, a harrowing' at Wysing. The tour features a described walkthrough of the exhibition given by Linda Stupart and Carl Gent, and explores some of the research and process that went into the making of the show and the artists' residencies at Wysing over 2020/2021.

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A harrow breaks up the surface of the earth or the skin, an agitation of soil that has been left dormant too long where the harrow can excavate whatever ghosts, traditions, memories, viruses, melodies and gestures have been buried. The gallery reverts to barn; the barn disintegrates back to soil.

Installed across Wysing’s grounds, gallery and Amphis building, the exhibition includes recent film, sculptural, and video work by Gent and Stupart and sound work by Anucha and Gent.

Nov 05, 202140:02
Desktop Studio Visits: Ain Bailey & Hannah Wallis
Aug 20, 202152:21
Caroline Wendling - Hypoteinousa

Caroline Wendling - Hypoteinousa

Caroline Wendling presents Hypoteinousa, a Test Space commission for Wysing Arts Centre. Taking its title from the Greek word meaning ‘stretching under’, Hypoteinousa is a sound walk through Wysing’s rural landscape. In dialogue with the nineteenth-century science fiction novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne), Hypoteinousa draws on Wysing's topography: a landscape shaped by its wildlife, ancient geologies, and the many voices of Wysing’s artists and their interventions at the site.

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Caroline Wendling is an Associate Artist and studio holder at Wysing Arts Centre.

Caroline was born in France and moved to Britain after completing her art studies at ESAD, Strasbourg and Edinburgh College of Art. Caroline's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imaging of sites. Daily rural walks from home to studio, at Wysing Arts Centre, feed her multidisciplinary practice. She creates artworks that are fragile and transient in the form of sensory walks/performances and events, blurring notions of audiences and performers. She also makes drawings, prints, objects and, more recently, moving images. She often works with collaborators, specialists in their fields such as children, chefs, musicians, foresters, and perfumers.

Commissioners include Kettle’s Yard, 2019, Whitechapel Ga

Jun 29, 202130:05
Desktop Studio Visits: Crystallmess
Jun 14, 202158:15
Desktop Studio Visits: Ruth Angel Edwards

Desktop Studio Visits: Ruth Angel Edwards

In our first Desktop Studio Visit with Ruth Angel Edwards, hear more about the research and references that have shaped and come out of her residency at Wysing over the past year through a conversation with Wysing's curator John Eng Kiet Bloomfield. Ruth Angel Edwards' ongoing residency at Wysing has included various collaborations and investigations, to produce sound, radio, video works and research.

Desktop Studio Visits are a new strand in our online events programme aimed at highlighting research from recent artists-in-residence and platforming new works in progress. 

To view a transcript for this episode, please click here for a PDF in 14pt with 1.5 line spacing: 

Or click here for a Word document: 

Ruth Angel Edwards explores the dissemination of ideology through pop culture, drawing from sub and counter cultural movements both past and present, as well as the conditions which give rise to them. Individualism, the body, gender and sexuality, consumerism and spirituality are recurring themes in her work; hedonism, spectacle and dissent are deconstructed and reformed to create communicative works across a variety of media. For the past few years her 'ENEMA' series of installation works have used fan fictional narratives staged within dens

May 12, 202101:05:22
A Lament for Power: In-Conversation with Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, and John Eng Kiet Bloomfield

A Lament for Power: In-Conversation with Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, and John Eng Kiet Bloomfield

In collaboration with Art Exchange, we presented A Lament for Power: Screening and In-Conversation with artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, and John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, Curator / Acting Head of Programme at Wysing.  

The screening and in-conversation took place on 3rd February 2021, and this podcast is a recording of the in-conversation.

The event began with a screening of A Lament for Power, the outcome of a nine-month residency by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy at the University of Essex, exhibited at Art Exchange in 2020. This ambitious new film explores the ethics of scientific discovery and the complex relationship between science, politics and race in our age of avatars, video gaming and DNA Ancestry testing. This was followed by an in-conversation between the artists and John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, with an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, UK) is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2018). He completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. He lives and works in Essex, and has been a tutor on the Photography MA programme at Royal College of Art since 2016. Achiampong currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D. 

David Blandy (b. 1976) lives and works in Brighton and London. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and The Slade School of Art. Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the multiple cultural forces that inform and influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer and role playing games, geopolitical events and climate cataclysm. His works move between performance, video and installation. 

Mar 02, 202155:20
Victoria Sin - The Miracle Body

Victoria Sin - The Miracle Body

This mix is a collection of ambient tracks, samples, and sketches with writing in progress reflecting on the experience of taking things day by day and sitting in the experience of your body in a constantly changing world. The mix title is inspired by the penultimate track The Miracle Planet by Yoichiro Yoshikawa.

Track list:

星の誕生 (Birth Of Galaxy) – Takao Naoi
楽園 (Paradise) – Takashi Kokubo
High Flying – Hiromasa Suzuki
Dans Le Grand Bleu – Jun Fukamachi
Aloe Extract Sound – Momoe Soeda
Deep Echoes – Hiroshi Yoshimura
Vivaldi (Vivaldi Mix) – Hiroshi Yoshimura
The Miracle Planet (Main Theme) – Yoichiro Yoshikawa
380 Million Years On The Earth – Yoichiro Yoshikawa

Victoria Sin (b. 1991, Toronto CA) is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing, and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification. Drawing from close personal encounters of looking and wanting, their work presents heavily constructed fantasy narratives on the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.

Find out more on our broadcast site, WysingBroadcasts.Art

Jul 28, 202050:02
Rebecca Jagoe - Shiten Mouth Ful of Tordes

Rebecca Jagoe - Shiten Mouth Ful of Tordes

The following work is a podcast which combines text work, research, and musings, examining gut health and herbal cure associated with laxatives. Grounded in a Western medicinal history, the podcast is structured around a piece of writing called It is proven, a fictional response to the medieval Welsh medical text The Physicians of Myddfai. The podcast also brings in Hildegard von Bingen’s writings on the stomach, astrology as a form of medicine, and a reading list of medieval to Renaissance medical writings.

This podcast contains mature language and references to eating disorders, including restrictive and bingeing behaviours, and makes reference to fatphobia. The discussion and works included centre on digestion and excretion and discuss physiological and bodily processes and fluids graphically and in some detail.

Download a transcript to this work at:

Rebecca Jagoe’s practice examines how within European culture, the notion of femininity has historically been shaped at the meeting point of medical discourse and fashion aesthetics. Spanning sculpture, performance, text and drawing, their practice is project-based, and often rooted in one aspect of their own neurodiversity or experiences of mental or physical illness. They have recently shown work at CCA Goldsmiths and Jupiter Woods; their writing has recently been published in The Happy Hypocrite; and after co-editing the anthology ON VIOLENCE with Sharon Kivland, they are currently editing the forthcoming ON CARE together.

Find out more on our broadcast site:

Jul 28, 202001:29:55
Wysing 30th Anniversary Podcast: Taylor Le Melle
Apr 24, 202022:53
Wysing 30th Anniversary Podcast: Donna Lynas
Apr 24, 202025:08
Wysing 30th Anniversary Podcast: Terry Brooks
Apr 03, 202021:20
Wysing 30th Anniversary Podcast: Jenny Brooks
Mar 30, 202024:44
Possibilities of Rural Belongings - Jade Montserrat, Harold Offeh, and Hansi Momodu Gordon
Sep 18, 201901:01:00
Farmhouse Podcast: Anna MacMahon and Salote Tawale

Farmhouse Podcast: Anna MacMahon and Salote Tawale

Our programme of residencies, retreats, exhibitions and events bring many fascinating artists, thinkers, musicians and curators to Wysing each year. Many of these stay in our 17th century farmhouse, the beating heart of our site. The farmhouse has long been a site of exchange, best encapsulated by the kitchen table where ideas are shared over a meal and by a conceptual work in the house by artist Ruth Beale, which asks residents to leave a book as a contribution to a growing library. In this new podcast series, we will be taking inspiration from this role the farmhouse plays to focus a conversation on the idea of exchange, asking visitors to talk about something they've brought to the house and something they're taking away with them when they leave.

In this first episode, we caught up with summer artists-in-residence Anna MacMahon and Salote Tawale to chat about their collaborative project focusing on queerness, family and food; their reflections on the Cambridgeshire landscape and the importance of bathing to good hosting.

The Farmhouse podcast was recorded in Wysing's Polyphonic Studio by Wilf Speller. Music is by Alice Theobald's Taking Stock With Alice project, which provides free music for not-for-profit creative use.

To view a PDF transcript of this podcast, please click here: 

To view a word document transcript of this podcast, please click here: 

Aug 15, 201833:50
more of an avalanche: Roundtable Discussion
Apr 14, 201854:34
more of an avalanche: Elijah
Apr 14, 201816:05
more of an avalanche: Phoebe Collings-James
Apr 14, 201814:21
more of an avalanche: Leah Clements
Apr 14, 201812:03
more of an avalanche: Raju Rage and Trishna Shah
Apr 14, 201817:32
more of an avalanche: Nick Aikens and John Bloomfield
Apr 14, 201830:54
Studio Visit: Highlights of 2017

Studio Visit: Highlights of 2017

As part of our final event of 2017 with residency artists Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance, Morgan staged a live recording of 'Studio Visit', his Resonance 104.4FM radio show, available to listen back to here.

A panel of guests included writer John Douglas Millar; independent curator, writer and educator Shama Khanna; independent curator and writer Amanprit Sandhu and artist Erica Scourti were invited to contribute to this special end-of-year episode, titled 'That Was the Year That Was'. The panel surveyed the highs and lows of art and culture in 2017 before engaging in a discussion with a live audience.

PDF transcript available here: 

Word document transcript available here:

Dec 02, 201759:59