The Rural Assembly: Day 2

Wysing Arts Centre


    Moving Landscape, Vroenhoven BE 2010 © Wapke Feenstra, Myvillages

Past Event

This event was on Sat 22 Jun, 11am – 7pm

With a focus on artistic practice and experience in the rural, the second day provides a slower pace with walks, a collective lunch performances, screenings and seminars, featuring artists Ian Giles, Caroline Wendling, Jade Monserrat, Harold Offeh, Hansi Momodu-Gordon, Grace Ndiritu, Asuncion Molinos Gordo and farmer Simon Diss, collective Bureau d’Etudes, Grace Ndiritu, and Ismal Muntaha (Jatiwangi Art Factory).

The Rural Assembly draws on a series of public programmes and research that developed throughout 2018. It looks at contemporary artists and creative practitioners who are challenging the assumptions made about rural life and culture, providing a new vision of the countryside grounded in everyday experience and a critique of the rural-urban binary.

This culminating assembly considers how artists respond to the established and imposed divides between the rural and the urban. From re-imagined farming practices and food systems to architecture, community projects and transnational local networks, this three-day assembly brings together artists, curators, historians and critics to discuss the role of art in a rural context, inviting a critical outlook at our relationships with the rural today.


Travel Information

Coach Option + £10
Travel from London to Wysing Arts Centre and back

  • Coach Departs Kings Cross 9am. Arrives at Wysing Arts Centre 10.30am
  • Coach Departs Wysing Arts Centre 7pm. Arrives Kings Cross 8.30pm

Taxi Option + £8
Travel from Cambridge Train Station to Wysing Arts Centre and back

  • Taxis depart Cambridge Train station at 10am
  • Taxis depart Wysing Arts Centre at 7pm


Ticket Information
  • You must book a ticket for each individual date of the assembly if you want to attend the full programme.
  • Don’t forget to include a booking for the coach option for the day at Wysing if you require this service.
  • In early June, you will be sent a link for session registration, to secure your place on the limited capacity sessions, such as walks and seminars. This is at no additional cost.
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A leading practitioner of socially engaged art in rural areas. For over thirty years Wu Mali has developed a distinctive approach to working with communities across Taiwan.

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Fri 21 Jun, 11.30am – 6pm

Panels and seminars on embedded artistic practice in the rural, translocal networks, decolonising the rural and rural representations.