Escalator Retreat

6 Jun 2011 – 8 Jun 2011

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Wysing Arts Centre

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Travel Information

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

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Wysing Arts Centre invites applications for the artistic retreat Homework In Homework our eighth Escalator retreat at Wysing Arts Centre, we invite artists and curators to reflect on their practice, the means and methods of their production and consider new or alternative ways of working. Participants will first attend the retreat at Wysing for three days on the 6-8 June, then return to present ideas for a new project for group discussion, again at Wysing, two weeks later. The first three days (part 1) will consist of an assortment of talks, presentations, discussions and workshops from specially invited contributors as well as an afternoon of presentations from participants on their artistic/curatorial practices. Participants will then be asked to return on the 24 June (part 2) to present a new work or project made since the first three days (either in production, newly produced or as a proposal) for group discussion and critique. To date over 70 artists and curators have attended Escalator retreats 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 after the retreat, 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 retreat Homework is open to any visual artist or curator living and working in England. 10 artists and curators will be invited to attend the retreat following a selection process with five places reserved for those from the South East and East of England regions. There is no charge for participating in the retreat. For information on how to apply visit:


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