JOIN our campaign to raise £30,000 to launch the W.O.OSE Network

W.O.OSE Supporters make donations which are vital to enabling the network to deliver new opportunities to artists at all stages of their career. These include:

  • An annual commissioning award worth £6,500 direct to the artist, including:
    • A residency at Wysing
    • A public programme at Open School East
    • A solo exhibition at Outpost
  • Mentoring for up to 6 artists per year 
  • At least two major networking and public events opportunities for artists per year
  • An online space for artists to connect to and find eachother

Your donation to the campaign means:

  • It is matched, £ for £, through Arts Council England.
  • You are directly supporting artists in opportunities to receive mentoring, make new work and allow them time and space for experimentation and discussion.
  • You help establish a more collaborative relationship between established arts practitioners and the next generation of artists.
  • You are at the vanguard of a new way of supporting emerging artists, rather than exhibitions or institutions, what’s more in burgeoning and increasingly influential arts scenes outside the capital.
  • Now, more than ever, we can work together to enable artists to explore, highlight and question the world we live in.

W.O.OSE Advocates are invited artists who share our belief in supporting and inspiring the next generation of artists through providing donations, connecting us to people in their network, mentoring, giving keynote talks, or coming to yearly networking events. 

They include Ed Atkins, Simon Bayliss, Mira Calix, Martin Creed, Benedict Drew, Eddie Peake, Elizabeth Price, Paul Purgas, Yinka Shonibare, Milly Thompson, Nik Colk Void and Mark Aerial Waller.

Artist Elizabeth Price has made a donation to the campaign and says:

"It has never been easy for young people from working and lower middle class backgrounds to become artists. It has always been a precarious career, hard to establish and difficult to sustain, especially if you have family responsibilities. It was hard for my generation, but I look around now at the prospects for younger artists and I have to say it looks virtually impossible. When you combine the costs of education with housing and studio costs, along with low wage, insecure employment on zero-hours contracts (even when working for Universities!) - it leads to the unavoidable conclusion that there is no realistic career route for most. That is why initiatives like this are so essential, providing a life-line of economic and peer support that will enable some, at least, to make it through. This is important, not just because individual artists will be able to fulfill their own potential, but also because art itself desperately needs a broader social demographic. The W.O.OSE Network provides a much needed focus, enabling established artists and the wider artistic community to come together and offer support to younger generations, in whatever way they can: providing time and expertise or through donations."

 

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.”

COMING SOON

W.O.OSE Fellows are artists and curators who will be able to join the network for £3/mth and gain exclusive access to the opportunities offered. These are: 

  • An annual commissioning award which includes
    • A residency at Wysing
    • A public programme at Open School East
    • A solo exhibition at Outpost
  • A mentoring programme (6 mentees are selected to have 3 mentoring sessions over the course of a year with selected W.O.OSE Advocates). 
  • Participation in our yearly one-night networking event, A Night at the W.O.OSEum. Bring and display your work in London for one night only and meet practitioners of different generations. 
  • Participation in a yearly Summer Camp alternately hosted in Cambridge, Margate and Norwich, where you can share and discuss you work with invited curators, W.O.OSE Advocates, other W.O.OSE Fellows, and W.O.OSE Supporters and hosts. 
  • Access to other networks across the UK 

Check back soon to join this new network.