The Network will be made up of W.O.OSE Fellows, W.O.OSE Advocates and W.O.OSE Supporters, creating a flourishing culture of connectivity where artists, curators and patrons can meet, exchange ideas, discuss work and have access to exclusive opportunities and events.
Our consortium has secured seed funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme to administer this campaign, which means any donation is matched £ for £. As a partnership of three organisations who have extensive experience supporting artists at a key stage in their career, this is a unique opportunity to amplify the impact of our work.
Wysing Arts Centre is a progressive arts organisation that develops new ways to support artists and enable art and ideas to reach a wide range of people in unexpected ways. Integral to the organisation’s ethos is the provision of space, support and finance to enable artists to progress their ideas, and artists at all stages in their lives are able to participate in a range of programmes that are developed in response to their needs. Wysing’s large rural site near Cambridge includes onsite accommodation in a 17th century farmhouse, artists' studios, a gallery and educational facilities, a range of project spaces and a ceramics studio.
OUTPOST is an artist-run gallery, based in Norwich, committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. Since its founding in 2004, OUTPOST has established itself as a leading centre for artist activity in the east of England, currently producing a core programme of 7 exhibitions per year. Alongside, OUTPOST facilitates a programme of offsite projects, events and produces a series of artist editions.
OUTPOST operates a Membership scheme which is open to anyone to join. Members are encouraged to submit material to the members’ archive, and to be considered for various artist opportunities. The membership provides a critical network for a community inside and beyond Norwich, who in turn create a diverse, informed, and engaged gallery audience. The gallery is run by a Steering Committee of up to eight members, with a limit of two years service.
Open School East is a space for artistic learning that is experimental, versatile and highly collaborative. We run two mutually reinforcing strands:
- A free year-long artist development programme – the Associates Programme;
- A multifaceted programme of events, activities and training, free of charge and open to all.
Open School East works to develop the talent of artists at an early stage of their career and to equip them with the tools to become resourceful and self-sufficient. Central to Open School East’s approach is a commitment to foster cultural and social exchanges between artists and the broader public. We do this by opening our programmes outwards, responding to our locality and providing an informal environment for the sharing of knowledge and skills across all communities and generations.
Open School East was founded in 2013 in East London and relocated to Margate, Kent in 2017.