Ten artists have been selected for the fourth edition of Syllabus, an alternative learning programme developed through collaborations between various partner institutions across the UK, artistic advisors and the artists themselves.

Artists selected for Syllabus IV are: Scott Caruth, Libita Clayton, Jessica Coleman, Bettina Fung, Laura Hindmarsh, Beth Kettel, David Lisser, Alicja Rogalska, Kirsty Russell and Abigail Sidebotham.

They will work with a number of high-profile partner institutions, including: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol; and Studio Voltaire, London.

This year’s artistic advisors are artist, curator and a-n contributor Sonya Dyer, and curator Helen Nisbet.

The programme will begin in September at Wysing Arts Centre when the artists will come together to share their work and co-produce the year’s syllabus alongside the partners and artistic advisors. This will include drawing up a list of aims for the year and a way of working that suits the various members of the group.

They will then meet at various points over the year, with sessions featuring guest artists, curators, and writers who will deliver intensive workshops hosted by each of the partners organisations.

Explaining her hopes for the next ten months, selected artist Abigail Sidebotham commented: “For me, as an artist working in rural South West Wales and as a new parent with a small baby to care for, the most valuable aspect of Syllabus IV is the time and space to connect with peers and arts professionals across the UK to engage in critical conversation and work collaboratively to make things happen.”

The selected artists live and work across the UK, including: Pembrokeshire, Aberdeen, Tyneside, Nottingham, Cambridgeshire and London. Laura Clarke, curator at S1 Artspace, said this adds another dimension to the learning process. “The selected artists this year represent a great breadth of practices and interests,” she commented.

“They are each at a point in their careers where Syllabus can provide a useful platform for sharing knowledge, building a strong peer network across the UK and the opportunity to reflect on and develop their ideas.”

Previous editions of Syllabus have included contribution from Ruth Beale, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Céline Condorelli, Mark Leckey, Trevor Mathison, Katrina Palmer, Imran Perretta, Richard Wentworth and Rehana Zaman.

Projects resulting from previous years have included a week-long residency and group exhibition ‘The Opposite of Now’ and ‘Syllabus Mix’, a performance and screening evening, both held at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in London. There have also been group exhibitions at Wysing Arts Centre, and solo exhibitions at Grand Union and Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

For more information on Syllabus visit www.wysingartscentre.org/opportunities/syllabus

Libita Clayton, I’m not my. My…..my injuries are healed now, but I still don’t remember things, Fledgling, Octavia. E. Butler, 2005, 2018. 30 minute performance, live sonic mapping in collaboration with Chris Boyd, Royal College of Art, London. Image: Ollie Harrop

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