Wysing Arts Centre Bourn, Cambridge Building, English Architect, WAC Project Design
Wysing Arts Centre : WAC Bourn
Cambridgeshire Arts Centre design by HawkinsBrown Architects in southeast England, UK
post updated 22 Mar 2021 ; 14 Feb 2008
Wysing Arts Centre Building
Wysing Arts Centre Cambridgeshire Relaunches
Wysing Arts Centre (WAC), a thriving and visionary rural arts centre situated on the outskirts of Cambridge in Bourn, has relaunched following a £1.7million redevelopment programme with new buildings designed by HawkinsBrown.
Shortly after the relaunch principal funder – Arts Council England, East – announced a boost in core funding to the organisation, counting Wysing Arts Centre among the 35 centres of excellence in the region to benefit from a £32 million investment programme 2008-11.
The rural arts centre in Cambridgeshire has provided accommodation and support to artists since 1989 and has made a significant contribution to the UK’s visual arts output. With new facilities in place this Arts Centre will fast establish itself as a national and international centre of excellence for the development of artists, making an impact beyond its geographical location, as well as closer to home.
Main buildings, Bourn near Cambridge, UK, including reception, gallery, artists’ studios and offices, taken on 17 August 2019:
photograph : Jkcm, CC BY-SA 4.0
HawkinsBrown’s new studio-block and reception provide a striking yet sympathetic counterpoint to existing converted farm buildings on the centre’s 11.5 acre site in the heart of Cambridgeshire countryside. With a strong track record on other rural arts projects including the acclaimed Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire, Hawkins Brown were appointed in February 2004 after a high profile competitive interview.
The £1.25 million construction programme will ensure the long-term sustainability of this valuable regional arts centre, creating the ideal environment for artists to research, develop and produce work.
Wysing Arts Centre info from HawkinsBrown architects 140208
Building redevelopment architect : HawkinsBrown, an architecture office based in London.
Address: Fox Road, (near) Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX, UK
Contact WAC Bourn: 01954 718 881
This Arts Centre is a “registered charity that provides a range of programmes for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production, out of which emerges an ongoing programme of exhibitions, public events, activity for young people, families and schools.
Our large rural site near Cambridge includes a gallery, educational facilities, artists’ studios, project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse and a growing collection of outdoor sculpture.”
Location: Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX, south east England, UK
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