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Applications are now open for AMPlify. We have developed this alternative learning programme for artists aged 18 to 25 years to test new approaches and ideas through workshops and talks, whilst also having time to develop their own work. This year AMPlify will take place entirely online, to explore how digital tools and games can be used to create and explore future visions of the world.

You can listen to an audio version of this text here.

If you would also like an informal phone conversation with a member of the programme team before applying for a residency, please book a time via Eventbrite here.

Apply via Submittable here.

The application deadline is
9am on Monday 5 October.

AMPlify

Participate in this online, alternative learning programme to:

- Have access to some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today who have experience in teaching.
- Participate in mentoring opportunities.
- Develop your ideas and create new work to showcase through the WysingBroadcasts.Art online platform.
- Develop knowledge of contemporary art practice with a focus on digital media and games.
- Meet and experiment with peers in a supportive environment.
- Have the opportunity to work towards a Gold Arts Award.

Artist Information: 

- This residency is for artists aged between 18–25 years.
- We are keen to support artists who have not previously had access to similar opportunities.
- Artists who want to test and share their ideas with others.
- Artists looking for inspiration to create new work.
- We will be looking to develop a group working across a range of creative practice with an emphasis on digital media and games.
- Artists will be expected to attend all the group sessions.

Timeline for applications:

- Applications are open until 9am, Monday 5 October.
- Applications can be made by individuals, or on their behalf from/with a trusted guardian or support worker.
- Shortlisting by Wednesday 7 October.
- Interviews will be held by Zoom on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October.
- Successful applicants will be informed of their place by Friday 16 October.

Application Information:

To apply via Submittable, you will need to include the following: 

- Your name, address, date of birth and full contact details.
- A brief explanation of why you would like to take part in the programme (max 500 words or video/audio of maximum 3 minutes)
- A brief description of yourself: This could include your work, your interest in the creative arts, your experience or areas of interest. You can include a link to your portfolio or an existing description, you may not need to write or create something new (max 500 words, link to websites, 5 images or one 5 minute video or audio)
- A summary of technology you have access to (laptop/tablet/computer, processing power, wifi bandwidth, any relevant software or hardware). This won’t affect your selection but we will use this to shape the programme to accommodate successful applicants.
- Information relating to your personal circumstances, if you feel these have acted as a barrier to you benefiting from similar opportunities or practising as an artist. This might include information on your financial circumstances, your cultural background, gender or sexuality, lack of access to formal arts education or details of any access needs. You can also submit this information in the form of an access document if preferred, e.g. www.accessdocsforartists.com.
- Applications may be made via video, audio or written form on Submittable.

We are interested in supporting artists and hearing exciting ideas, not in creating unnecessary work. We are happy to receive applications that are unpolished, unfinished, speculative or partially recycled from other unsuccessful applications. We are also happy to receive links to websites, or attachments and uploads of already existing material as a response to any of the areas outlined above, all of which can be added to Submittable. 

AMPlify aims to support artists with a range of practices and artistic approaches, and who bring a diversity of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives. We are particularly keen to support applicants who have not yet had access to similar programmes and artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, those living in rural Cambridgeshire and Fenland, those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We believe that a diverse cohort of artists makes a strong cohort and will use this information to ensure that a diverse range of artists are interviewed for this opportunity. We also want to ensure that we can support all of the artists on the programme and we ask applicants to make this clear when applying, if applicable.

We have produced a FAQ sheet of frequently asked questions.

Access

We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the work we do at Wysing. At the moment, our site is closed to visitors and our AMPlify is being presented online. This information sets out what we will do to make AMPlify accessible to as many people as possible. We invite applicants to specify their access requirements in their application. This won’t affect your selection, but we will use this information to shape the programme to accommodate successful applicants.

Sessions will take place online over 8 group sessions, lasting between 2 to 4.5 hours a day with breaks. There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the programme. In addition to the group sessions, there will be 3 hours of additional 1:1 mentoring with an artist, at times to be agreed between the artists. Sessions will be conducted over Zoom, and any additional online programmes or software will be decided on in order to accommodate access needs and technology participants have available. It is expected that you will develop new work between the sessions.

We recognise that everyone has a different life experience and may be struggling with challenges that are not always visible and we are open to new ways of working to help people engage with our work.

Please get in touch with us to let us know if there is something you need to be able to participate in AMPlify. For example: transcriptions, closed captions, subtitles, audio description, or short breaks. For any access requirements or queries please contact Lucy Shipp, Education Manager on education@wysingartscentre.org or call 01954 717108.

Outline

The opportunity is free and there are 10 places available. It will take place across 8 group sessions with breaks online on Thursdays between November 2020 and February 2021:

November 5: introductory group session, 15–17.00
November 12: Guest artist one session one, 10–12, 14–16.30
November 19: Guest artist one session two, 15–17.00
December 3:  Guest artist two session one, 10–12, 14–16.30
December 10: Guest artist two session two, 15–17.00
January 7: Guest artist three session one, 10–12, 14–16.30
January 14: Guest artist three session two, 15–17.00
January 28: group session, 15–17.00

In addition to the core sessions, 1:1 mentoring will take place across 3 dates to be decided by the artists involved between January and the end of March 2021. It’s expected that you will commit to attending all sessions, working with a group or individually between those sessions.

Guest artists and mentors:

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, artist working in video games, animation, sound and performance.

Robin Buckley (rkss), artist, electronic music composer and theorist.

Anna Bunting-Branch, artist working in painting, moving image and writing.

Artist mentors:

Laura Fox, artist, writer and composer working in sound, video and augmented reality.

Harold Offeh, artist working in performance, video, photography and social arts practice.

To read the artists full biographies, click here.

We are a group of 18-25 year olds who experiment with different ways of experiencing and making art, through organising and running projects and creative events for other young people. We work with Kettle's Yard and Wysing Arts Centre on activities including workshops, exhibitions, films, performances, live music and lots more!

If you're 18-25 years old, like being creative and want to meet people and learn new skills, Circuit is for you.

Circuit Cambridge

Circuit meets every Tuesday from 5.30-7.30pm. Sessions are usually held at Kettle's Yard, and sometimes at Wysing Arts Centre. Free transport to our sessions at Wysing is always available, just email education@wysingartscentre.org to book your place.

To find out more about Circuit Cambridge email circuit@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

Circuit are continuing to meet online during the COVID-19 pandemic.