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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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Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001. What’s the point of it? at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery is the first retrospective of his work which is described as playful, thought-provoking, surprising, humorous, uplifting and joyous. Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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Richard Deacon is know for his interest in materials and their manipulation – pushing the fabrication of his work to an extreme. Particularly his laminated wooden pieces which are joined together with glues and resinous substances which ouse from between thin strips of wood joined together in complex linear structures (or screwed, bolted, pegged, plated). Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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Yesterday I joined a day long coach trip to Bedford organised by the Zabludowicz Collection titled Last Stop for the Good Old Times. The tour supports the current show at the gallery by Andy Holden. M!MS stands for Maximum Irony Maximum Sincerity, an artist group co-founded by Andy and four friends in 2003. The group created a manifesto which states “Let us not be ironic about our sincerity, let us be sincere about our irony.” Read More >

Posted: November 21st, 2013
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A debate at the Cambridge Union Society, part of the university’s Festival of Ideas“A highly informative debate, where a panel of speakers discuss how and why the arts and technology sectors should work together to enhance the cultural life of Cambridge.” Read More >

Posted: October 30th, 2013
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The Foundling Museum and Art on the Underground hosted evening discussion, with cultural historian and broadcaster David Heathcote, Matilda Pye of the V&A, historical consultant and author Dr Jacqueline Riding and the artist Mark Wallinger. Read More >

Posted: October 17th, 2013
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Raven Row steadfastly refuse to put on a dull show. Their latest is no exception. The lower gallery houses a Öyvind Fahlström’s The Little General (Pinball Machine) – a 20ft raised pool containing a montage of images and signs with GI Joe doll, brain and foetus incased within perspex boxes beneath the water. Read More >

Posted: October 17th, 2013
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A Way of Life – Matthew Darbyshire

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A good time to see Matthew Darbyshire’s installation covering the windows at Kettle’s Yard is during evening traffic as bikes and cars stream past, stop at the traffic lights, queue for a few minutes before moving on. He has designed a series of lifestyle magazine covers inspired by the collection and “in homage to Jim Ede”, the gallery founder. Read More >

Posted: October 11th, 2013
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