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Aid and Abet are six months into a year long residency with Cambridge University at the North West Cambridge development. The studio is at Gravel Hill Farm, on the site of a 150 hectare development on the outskirts of Cambridge. The plan is to build a sustainable, mixed use and diverse community. An ambitious long-term project focusing on design, urban planning and a fundamental appreciation of the natural environment – one third of the site will remain open space. Read More >

Posted: November 27th, 2014
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In 2013, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope took part in a dig during a residency with the department of Archaeology at Cambridge University. Their experience led to Tomorrow, Today in 2014 – a scale model of the NW Cambridge development using the ancient technique of “cob” building. Guthrie and Pope gathered a team of volunteers and built their model village over 6 weeks. Read more about this and other residency blogs here. Read More >

Posted: November 27th, 2014
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Graphic RCA: 50 Years traces the development of graphic design at the college through a timeline of work produced by students from 1963 to 2014. The exhibition includes some beautiful work by the big names. But beyond the celebrity seeks to demonstrate a fundamental and consistent self-questioning and an innovative approach within the school driven by staff and students to question what is graphic design. An attitude and approach that has been demonstrably carried beyond the college into the professional practices of its alumni. Read More >

Posted: November 5th, 2014
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Mimeographica Alphabetica – Fraser Muggeridge

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Graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge worked with secondary school students to re-imagine the alphabet using a mimeograph printing machine, stencil lettering tools and guides. Muggeridge and his studio are known for inventive exhibition campaigns with artists, festivals and galleries including Whitechapel Gallery. Read More >

Posted: November 4th, 2014
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Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 – 2010

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Polke’s work covers drawing, painting, print, photography, film, sculpture and everything in between. He seems to have had an endless appetite and energy, creating a vast body of work unrestricted by the established rules of convention. One process or practice bled into another, often building complex, layered and chaotic images. You could say he was a pop-artists, or a situationist, or an abstract expressionist, or a graphic designer. But from the show it seems he did his own thing, whatever he felt like, until he stopped doing that and moved on to the something else. Read More >

Posted: November 4th, 2014
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In 1954 Jim Ede, the founder of Kettle’s Yard, envisaged creating -
“a living place where works of art could be enjoyed… where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery.” Read More >

Posted: November 4th, 2014
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Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope’s show at Kettle’s Yard opened on Friday. There’s a lot to see – early online environments; video installations; “Tomorrow, Today” a model village made with volunteers over the Summer using the ancient cob-building technique (mud and straw); an honesty table where visitors can pay what they want for a variety of objects – vegetables, conkers strung on shoe-laces, homemade jam and rice bowls. Also, 3 feature-length films playing every day in a purpose built cinema room. Read More >

Posted: September 15th, 2014
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Last night the Grubby Mitts and Pete Um played at the Changing Spaces venue in Cambridge – an empty shop used for pop-up events and exhibitions. The event was organised with Aid&Abet and Bad Timing.

The Grubby Mitts are Andy Holden, Johnny Parry, Roger Illingworth, J.B MacDowell and John Blamey, with contributions from friends and musicians. The band are represented by their own label Lost Toys Records.

They describe their music as “post-MI!MS” (Maximum Irony Maximum Sincerity) referring to the artist’s manifesto signed by Andy and his friends which formed the subject of a show at the Zabludowicz Gallery in 2013. Read More >

Posted: July 31st, 2014
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On Monday the 7th of July, stage 3 of the Tour de France travelled very briefly through my home town on its journey from Cambridge to London. Anticipation has been building for months. The ultimate middle-class sporting event, visiting picturesque Essex villages and countryside in a regional tourism PR manager’s dream. Read More >

Posted: July 9th, 2014
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On Tuesday evening I travelled into London for the latest BBC Connected Studio studio briefing at Shoreditch Village Hall. Connected Studios are the BBC’s way of recruiting external designers to brainstorm and develop digital projects in support of programming. This event was to brief designers interested in taking part in a two day development workshop, building and presenting ideas for the latest One Planet landmark series broadcasting in 2016. Read More >

Posted: June 13th, 2014
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