Escalator Retreat

1 Mar 2011 – 4 Mar 2011

Wysing Arts Centre

Cambridge, United Kingdom


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  • 18 or 18A from City Centre to Bourn
  • BR Cambridge Station ( 8 miles)

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Unrealised - Unrealisable our seventh Escalator event at Wysing Arts Centre - will focus on projects which have not been made, can not be made, do not exist yet, or have failed. This four day assembly will explore artworks and projects which lie on the threshold between made and unmade, exist as ideas, partial expression or incomplete ideas. There will be the opportunity to propose projects and discuss these themes and each others practices with artist and curator peers in an open and engaged environment. The event will be attended by students from the Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art MA as well as specially invited contributors and will include a daytrip away from Wysing. To date over 60 artists and curators have attended Escalator events at Wysing, with contributors including Charles Avery, Adrian Searle, Alexandre Singh, Laure Provost, Neil Cummings, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Renault Proch, Maria Fusco, Mike Sperlinger and Frances Outred, amongst many others. Here is what some previous Retreat participants had to say about their experience: It was a wonderful and diverse group of people, gathered in an important and vibrant arts centre ... I was truly energized, because of being together with like-minded people, supportive of each other and the input of subjects related to the theme and contemporary art ... I think that in art in the UK there is not a space for this type of dialogue and it is very much needed ... All sessions were delivered to a high standard, were well programmed and contextualised, and really made us think. The event Unrealised - Unrealisable is open to any visual artist or curator living and working in England. 10 artists and curators will be invited to attend the assembly following a selection process (details below). Five places are reserved for those from the East of England region. There is no charge for participating in the assembly. Dates The assembly will take place from 1-4 March 2011. The deadline for applications is Friday 11th February 2011, 5pm How to Apply There is no form to fill in to apply for the assembly. Instead we ask you to answer the following three questions in your application and also to provide us with the information listed below. Please keep emailed applications below 3mb in size and call Wysing's reception to confirm receipt. We are very happy to receive MP3/4 files or CDs/DVDs instead of written applications. How is this assembly relevant to your practice at this time? (max 200 words) What do you think you can bring to the assembly? (max 200 words) What would you want to get out of the assembly? (max 200 words) Please also provide: A short statement on your practice (max 300 words) A current CV with short bio A selection of 6 images or other material that represents your practice (CDs, DVDs, etc) Additional information: If you wish to apply for a bursary (see below) then please include this information. If you would like to apply for accommodation please include this information. Please also include information on any dietary requirements or access needs. Selection Procedure Following submission, assembly participants will be selected by Wysing's Curatorial Team. Selection will be based on proposals received following the Call for Participation and will be based on the information provided as described in How to Apply. Accommodation Wysing can provide free accommodation in a nearby hotel. All rooms are twins and we are not able to offer individual rooms. Artist Bursaries A small number of bursaries are available to any applicant in need of financial support to attend the assembly. Those wishing to apply for a bursary are invited to write no more than 250 words on how much financial support they would need to enable them to attend the retreat and what the money would be used for. Further information The assembly free to participants. Meals are also provided free of charge. For any specific information please call 01954 718881 or email>


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