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Last night was the launch of GRAVEL notes from the other side of the fence, a show of residency projects at Habitation, the North West Cambridge Art Programme. The site is open to the public this Friday and Saturday (29-30th May) with film screenings and presentations by residency artists.

Gravel Hill Farm stands with one foot in its previous life, the other in its new role as a centre for an emerging community with both new and re-purposed farm buildings: barns have become performance halls, the farm house is now offices, and a cottage is used as artist accomodation. New buildings include offices, a community centre, and artist studios. There’s new concrete, pea-shingle, roads, footpaths, cycle racks, fencing and planting but much of the original farm infrastructure remains. The layout is still farm-like, there are feed troughs in the barn, cattle railings, five bar gates, barbed wire and straw bales. Read More >

Posted: May 29th, 2015
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Pint of Science is a 3-day series of talks by scientists, in pubs, aimed towards the non-scientific community. The festival began three years ago and now takes place across 50 cities in 9 countries. Cambridge Creative Network worked with the Pint of Science team to pair each speaker with an artist to create work in support of their subject for display at the talks and towards a group show in the newly refurbished St Barnabas Church. Read More >

Posted: May 22nd, 2015
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Aid & Abet launched their new exhibition space ELAN with Expanded Studio Project – Variety Show XIII – 26 artists from Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and Primary Studios in Nottingham were paired through a lottery system. Their 13 outcomes were displayed and performed over a weekend. Read More >

Posted: April 26th, 2015
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David Kefford and Sarah Evans of Aid & Abet are nearing the end of a year long residency at the North West Cambridge Art Programme studio space on the site of a major new housing and community development by Cambridge University. Read More >

Posted: April 21st, 2015
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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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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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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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Last week I spent the morning with a group of forty design students in their second year at the London College of Communication. I gave a modified version of the Cambridge Creative Futures talk from March, interspersed with questions and discussion. The students are preparing for their year in industry and are in the process of applying for work placements, attempting to get funding for their projects, and working out how to fund themselves while they intern. Read More >

Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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BBC Connected is a new initiative which brings groups of people together to discuss possibilities and develop specific projects. Last week I joined a digital creative workshop at Shoreditch Village Hall in Hoxton Square, exploring new genres and territories that the BBC could move into online. Read More >

Posted: April 13th, 2014
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Last week I took part in the Creative Futures event, organised by Creative Front and held at the Junction in Cambridge. I was there to give a masterclass on “Research: what it is, who it’s for, and what’s in it for you.” The day consisted of short talks from a variety of designers, a series of materclasses, and a keynote speech from Wayne Hemingway. Read More >

Posted: March 31st, 2014
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