Wayward was initiated in 2005 by a group of BA graduates from the Fine Art department of Plymouth University. Aware of the risk of isolation as they moved on from university into their own creative practice across Devon and Somerset, Wayward aimed to maintain an informal network for mutual support. Wayward members work in all media including moving image, site-based installation and painting.
Wayward organises an annual programme of bi-monthly meetings between November and July. The meetings usually take place in Exeter. Meetings have included guest speakers on subjects as diverse as psychology and personal development to 'button sculpting'. A number of meetings each year are opportunities for members to discuss their personal practice and work. The group has experimented with different techniques of critical appraisal of work - helping to create an atmosphere of trust and openness. Social gatherings have been held at Christmas and in the summer, and included visits to exhibitions and galleries.
Collaborative creative projects between Wayward members have included artists' books, sound works and exhibitions.
In 2015 Wayward celebrated its 10th anniversary with a creative party in Budleigh Salterton.
This Wayward website aims to provide an introduction and explanation of the group and some details of members and their creative practice. It is updated annually.
Wayward membership has been maintained at about a dozen; some members have left the group and new members are generally invited to attend a couple of meetings before joining. A small annual subscription covers the cost of the website and the hire of a room for meetings.