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Syllabus VI: Open Call

18 Feb-13 Apr 2020

Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire invite applications from artists for Syllabus VI; a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its sixth year that will support ten artists across ten months.

Syllabus offers time to come together with artists from across the UK to discuss ideas, work, life and approaches to practice.

Starting in September 2020, the Syllabus VI curriculum will be built around a series of six intensive gatherings, which the ten selected artists will collaboratively develop with curators and artists who work with the partner organisations, and two external Artistic Advisors – artist Jade Montserrat and curator Amanprit Sandhu.

Artists will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to rethink individual practices through an intensive programme of gatherings, hosted by the partner organisations.
  • Working together to collaboratively shape and develop a reflexive, collective learning experience.
  • Critical conversations about ideas and work in progress with a supportive, national network of artists, curators and organisations.
  • Becoming part of a new network of artist peers
  • Introductions to, and connections with, arts organisations, communities in cities across the UK and access to new networks, expertise and resources.
  • Two 1-2-1 meetings with the Artistic Advisors over the course of the year
  • One 1-2-1 meeting with a partner organisation.

Unlike in previous years, selected artists will not be asked to contribute financially to the Syllabus. As a result, we anticipate the gatherings will include more content generated by the cohort itself, and so are looking for participants who want to proactively bring forward ideas to the programme and contribute to its design and delivery across the ten months.

Syllabus VI aims to reach artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches and bring together individuals from across the UK who have not yet had access to similar programmes. We are particularly keen to support people who are currently underrepresented in the visual arts including artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, artists who identify as LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities. We ask applicants to make this clear when applying, if applicable.


Key individuals and organisations who will collaborate with the Syllabus VI artists, and who will be involved across the ten months, are Ruth Claxton, Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects; Sepake Angiama, Tavian Hunter, and Simina Neagu, Iniva; Laura Harford and Nicola Wright, Studio Voltaire; Carmen Juliá and Rosa Tyhurst, Spike Island; John Eng Kiet Bloomfield, Wysing Arts Centre. For Syllabus VI, artist Jade Montserrat and curator Amanprit Sandhu have been appointed as Artistic Advisors.

Previous iterations of Syllabus have involved contributions from a wide range of artists, writers and curators and applicants to Syllabus VI will have the opportunity to access similar networks. Contributing practitioners have included Larry Achiampong, Ruth Beale, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Celine Condorelli, Nav Haq, Nadia Hebson, Anthea Hamilton, Andy Holden, Evan Ifekoya, Shama Khanna, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Mark Leckey, Richard Long, Modern Clay, Sofia Niazi, Katrina Palmer, Holly Pester, Rory Pilgrim, Morgan Quaintance, Nicola Singh, Tai Shani, Rosalie Schweiker, Cally Spooner, Linda Stupart, Richard Wentworth, Jonathan P. Watts, Keith Wilson, DM Withers, Rehana Zaman and Andrea Luka Zimmermann. We have received additional input and support from John Akomfrah, Benedict Drew, Kathy Noble, Eddie Peake, Marinella Senatore, Yinka Shonibare and Mike Sperlinger and have arranged visits to Documenta Athens and Glasgow International. Artists Barby Asante, Sonya Dyer, Andy Holden, Milly Thompson, Jesse Darling, Harold Offeh and curators Helen Nisbet, Louise Shelley and George Vasey have led the Syllabus as Artistic Advisors in previous years, engaging with and supporting participating artists over the course of the programme.

  • Applications must be made online at Submittable here.

The deadline for applications is 12 midnight Monday 13 April 2020.

Interviews for Syllabus will take place on 11, 12 and 14 May.


Open Lunch Info Session at Eastside Projects, Birmingham – 1-2pm, 26 March 2020.

To book at telephone consultation with a Syllabus partner, click here