The Syllabus


The Syllabus

Applications for Syllabus III are now closed, please check back for announcement soon.


Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and Wysing Arts Centre, invite applications from artists for Syllabus III: a peer-led alternative learning programme in its third year that will support ten artists across ten months.

Starting in September 2017, Syllabus III will provide selected participants with a series of intensive sessions led by each of the partners. Syllabus III will be 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.

Syllabus III aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK. As organisations that seek to support artists from all backgrounds, we would welcome applicants who identify as gender non-binary, or who come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify as disabled.


Syllabus I & II

Tyler Mallison, Prime Arcadia, 2014-15, installation view of ‘Fingers Crossed II’, The Engine Room, AWOL Studios Gallery & Project Space, Manchester (UK) 2015

Ten artists have been selected for Syllabus II, a national programme delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Contemporaries; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol, and Studio Voltaire, London, working in partnership. It provides an alternative learning programme for artists over a one-year period which is peer led and developed collaboratively with the artists and partners. This year, we are pleased to announce additional support from The Fenton Arts Trust in the form of bursaries for the artists.

The selected artists are: Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Nika Neelova, Tom Smith, Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Thomas Whittle and Laura Wilson.

The artists are based across the UK – Sussex, Essex, Edinburgh, Warwickshire and London - and represent a wide range of ages and experience, coming from across the globe. Their work includes painting, sculpture, music, publishing, installation and performance, alongside cross-disciplinary and curatorial practices.

Starting at Wysing in September 2016, the artists will come together to share their work, and co-develop the year’s syllabus alongside the partners. Meeting every two months, the cohort will invite guest artists, curators, writers and other practitioners to deliver intensive seminars at each of the partner venues. Artist Milly Thompson and curator George Vasey will lead on the delivery of the programme across the ten months. The first year of The Syllabus in 2015 saw guest artists including Barby Asante, Céline Condorelli, Andy Holden, James Langdon, Richard Long, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Richard Wentworth and Rehana Zaman.

After the pilot year of The Syllabus in 2015, which has already seen ten artists develop a strong peer support network and create new opportunities, the partners invited applications for year two through an open call. Following an interview process that sought to select artists from a wide range of backgrounds and whose work reflects a range of interests and practices, the partners are delighted to announce the second cohort of the programme. The cohort of artists for Syllabus 2015 were Simon BaylissNoel Clueit, Susie Green, Mathew Parkin, Rory Pilgrim, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Tom Salt, Lucy Steggals, Tom Varley and Rafal Zajko.