Wysing Arts Centre and Outpost are leading The W.O.OSE Network. Founded originally with Open School East, we came together after a year of conversations among ourselves, and with artists, to create a network to support and connect artists across generations. With support from Arts Council England's Catalyst scheme, every £1 we raise to make the network happen is match-funded so we need your help.
What connects our organisations is our commitment and experience in supporting artists at an early stage of their career, and the fact that we are each situated in burgeoning regional arts scenes.
We asked artists about what they felt would be most useful for them and the answers they gave were invariably: a network of peers, connections with more experienced artists, as well as with curators, opportunities for visibility, to exhibit and to survive as artists.
While we can’t alleviate the high costs of living in this country, we can help them gain exposure and develop their career in a connected environment, as well as opening our networks to them. This is what the W.O.OSE Network sets out to do.
Artist Yinka Shonibare has donated to the campaign and says:
“Artists at all stages of their career are looking to support each other and provide creative exchange and opportunities. At a time when artists are feeling increasingly isolated and unsupported, The W.O.OSE Network will provide time, space and money – all of which are under threat – to enable artists to fulfil their potential.”
Our vision is to:
- Create a connected and supportive network of artists across generations.
- Give time, space and money – all of which are under threat – to enable artists to fulfil their potential.
- Enable a flourishing culture of support where established artists and patrons can actively advocate the need to support the next generation of artists.
- Amplify mentoring, networking and exhibiting opportunities for artists at an early stage of their career.
- Ensure artists remain at the centre of everything we do.