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What’s On: Pop Up Art Cambridge

An exciting new collaboration between Denis Martin, owner of Minuteman Press, and local artist Jo Clark has seen the transformation of the printer’s Victoria Road location in central Cambridge over recent weeks into a pop-up art gallery. The reimagined indie shop, which is open now until the new year, showcases a wonderful collection of Cambridgeshire based artists’ works for sale.

Pop Up Art Cambridge (154-156 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ) is serving local artists a much sought after opportunity to sell their artwork and wares by occupying prime retail space in the centre of the city. Since launching earlier this month, the shop has been open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10-5PM but additional opening hours and late night shopping events will be coming very soon!

This community art project has been made possible due to the relocation of Minuteman Press to new premises. Owner Denis Martin has said: “When we relocated our printing business next to the Cambridge Science Park, we left a big, beautiful space which we knew lent itself to being used for something special. Having worked with Jo over several years she was a natural choice to approach with this concept.”

Talking of the project, he adds: “In a short space of time, we have created an oasis of art. We are particularly proud to have the opportunity to highlight the exceptional talents of the Cambridge creative community.”

Image by Pop Up Art Cambridge

Pop Up Art Cambridge is proud to be host to over 20 local artists, designers and makers. Jo Clark, who is a local artist herself and whose work is sold in all parts of the UK and beyond, says: “This was something I had been thinking about for a long time. When the opportunity arose, it was too good to miss. This big and bright space has meant that we have been able to assemble a gallery full of the best of Cambridge across a wide range of arts and crafts. The Cambridge creative community has been amazing, and many people helped to get us to this stage. We are now ready to unveil a vast array of original pieces with price points to suit all pockets.”

You can expect to find painting, illustration, ceramics, jewellery and much more from the likes of Lellibelle (@lellibellecards), Silver Spirals (@silverspirals_), Naomi Elstow Ceramics (@naomielstow), Unique Ella Jewellery (@uniqueellajewellery), Sarah Beth Hsieh (@sarahbethhsieh), Abi Stevens Art (@abistevens_art) and Mol & Stitch (@molandstitch).

It is also great to see many of our #WeAreCambsCreatives members represented – including Dario Fisher, Amy Wormald, Mela Jewellery, Karen Jinks, Alison Hullyer and Birgitte Bruun Jewellery. You can head on over to the Pop Up Art Cambridge website here to see the growing list of artists now on show!

PUAC: Dario Fisher
PUAC: Various Local Artists
PUAC: Sarah Beth Hsieh
PUAC: Jo Clark & Alison Hullyer

With the gifting season just around the corner, the timing for this new independent shopping venue has been perfect. Not only is there is a wide range of original goods available to browse and buy but Pop Up Art Cambridge are also hoping to put on a series of creative and demonstration workshops as we head towards Christmas; providing the local community with further opportunities to meet many of the local working artists in person. We can’t wait to take a trip into Cambridge to check out this new unique space!

For artist news, announcements and to find out more about Pop Up Art Cambridge be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to also give Minuteman Press (@minutemancambs) a follow if you’re looking for a reliable local design and print service. For all enquiries relating to the shop, please contact Jo and/or Denis by email to: popupartcambridge@gmail.com


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Bleach Box – Exhibiting: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Local indie gallery Bleach Box Photography are taking part in this month’s Affordable Art Fair at Evolution London (Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, London SW11 4NJ). Eleanor Jordan and Richard Heeps, members of #WeAreCambsCreatives, would love to see you there and invite you to discover their collections which will be on show alongside 100+ national and international galleries.

Bleach Box is a specialist gallery that works with artists who exploit and experiment with film based photography and traditional printing techniques to create challenging images. It was founded in 2008 by Richard Heeps and Natasha Heidler with Eleanor Jordan joining the team in 2013.

What they create is a conceptual showcase, where one artwork is connected to another in some way, with photographs taken thirty years ago sitting alongside their most recent creations. The gallery works with other photographers to curate exhibitions and art fair booths which really stand out in their environment.

They will be returning to the Affordable Art Fair in London’s Battersea Park next week. You are invited to visit as their guest and can expect to find Richard Heeps, the Heidler & Heeps collaborations and guest artist Poppy Faun. As a guest of Bleach Box Photography you can register for complimentary tickets here!

Bleach Box – Eleanor Jordan & Richard Heeps

Affordable Art Fair opens Thursday 21st October 2021 and is running until Sunday 24th. Head down to Battersea to discover the joy of collecting art at a venue packed with works to suit all tastes. There will be thousands of artworks and the organisers say “you’ll be spoiled for choice whether you’re looking for the perfect accent piece for your home, a bold new talking point, or inspiration for your workspace”.

The fairs are part of a mission to democratise the art world and make art accessible to all. Affordable Art Fair say: “We love nothing more than helping people learn about and fall in love with art, so each of our fairs are filled with a creative smorgasbord of artist performances, innovative talks and tours, hands-on workshops, kid’s activities, live music and irresistible restaurants and bars; making them an ideal day out with family and friends.”

Since starting out in excess of 2.8 million people around the world have visited an Affordable Art Fair with more than half a million pieces of artwork having found loving new homes. Click here to see a full list of participating galleries for the London event – you can also find two other Cambridgeshire based exhibitors taking part, Byard Art and Linton59.

Eleanor hanging ‘Heidler & Heeps’ at Milan Art Fair
Visitors to Bleach Box at Battersea Art Fair 2020
Get your complimentary art fair tickets here!

For those interested in shopping online, we are really pleased to be collaborating with Richard and Eleanor to offer Cambridgeshire residents a special offer. You can use code CAMINDIE20 to get a 20% discount at checkout on Richard’s website from now until 31st January 2021. Click here to get started on your Christmas shopping early and brighten up your home for the new year!

Find out more about Bleach Box and the collections on show over on their website – and be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit the Cambridge studio by appointment and sign up to their mailing list or subscribe to YouTube to stay up to date with all of their goings on including future events.


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‘Cambridge Punting’ – A Phonics Based Children’s Book*

Be inspired by Cambridge Children’s Books’ new adventure! We were delighted to receive a copy of the newly published children’s book entitled ‘Cambridge Punting’, written by local primary school teacher Pip Barber. This beautiful book illustrated by Charlie Spurrier has been cleverly designed to encourage children to read with phonics and is a great introduction to both reading and punting.

Cambridge Children’s Books is a small independent publishing business that creates meaningfully crafted picture books. Their books are aimed to reach those who are at an important stage in developing their literacy and comprehension, targeting children aged up to 8 years old.

The publisher notes the importance of picture books in helping children to read and interpret images as well as strengthening the bonds between caregiver and child. They are particularly interested in working with illustrators and are currently open for submissions.

As they say: “Reading is so important for children’s learning and growth, and we are not just talking about basic literacy here. Reading can help us to learn about ourselves and the world around us. It can help in our relationships with others, and can provide children with the tools for dealing with difficult issues in life.”

Click to buy a copy of ‘Cambridge Punting’ here!
Picture Book Illustrations by Charlie Spurrier

Focusing on phase 4 phonics, ‘Cambridge Punting’, will help your child to read and they’ll have some fun on the way too! Phonics is a method of learning to read that is taught from the start of Reception, it involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters.

Reading is a key part of development and can really make a difference to a child’s confidence when exploring and learning about the world around them. Pip Barber loves living in Cambridgeshire and has found it’s cities, towns and villages fascinating places to learn about. Having taught in infant and primary schools for several years, she is excited about teaching phonics and early reading – and after noticing a gap in the market, decided to create an educational story based around Cambridge.

The university city and river are so recognisable to children and full of iconic buildings and interesting history. The book has been brought to life by London-based illustrator Charlie Spurrier, whose colourful and classic illustrations are full of playful little details. His watercolour and ink drawings seek to capture a story in which elements of humour and nostalgic childhood innocence are key.

Get your copy of ‘Cambridge Punting’ for just £5.99 from the Cambridge Children’s Books website today!

You can also find other locally produced titles ‘A Melting Planet’ by Yasmin Kinsey and ‘The Little Lotus Flower’ by Gregoire Hodder’ – as well as browse a great range of hand-picked classics; two of my childhood favourites being ‘Elmer’ by David McKee and ‘The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters’ by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. Shop the full range here and follow Cambridge Children’s Books on Facebook and Instagram.

*Ad | PR Product & Affiliate Links – please note that this article contains affiliate links and we will make a small commission on any sales made. A copy of the book was sent for us to review and use to create content. We will only ever promote products we believe are of exceptional quality and fit with our ethos.


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What’s On: St Paul’s Arts Festival 2021

St Paul’s (Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP) welcomes you to their bi-annual arts festival showcasing live music, first-rate comedy and an art exhibition alongside a programme of creative workshops and thought-provoking talks. St Paul’s Artsfest aims to bring together people from across the city and beyond for a celebration of both community and the arts. Find out more about the jam-packed programme below!

Running from Wednesday 15th through until Saturday 18th September, this event is sure to spark the curiosity of many and bring together creative minds from both the local area and further afield. You are invited to come “get your hands dirty, to sing, to listen, to see, to participate in Artsfest 2021 and to recognise and celebrate the business of being ‘us’, of being ‘we’, and above all to have fun.”

Head down for the opening show tomorrow from 7.30PM and enjoy a comedy evening, drinks and nibbles featuring Juliet Meyers, Peter Holloway and Rev. Ravi Holy. From Thursday onwards you can expect to find all day activities such as the Café Hub and Art Exhibition plus on Thursday and Friday there will be lunchtime concerts starting at 12.30PM.

St Paul’s Artsfest: Juliet Meyers
St Paul’s Artsfest: Harry Baker

Take a look at the full events programme over on the festival website here – and keep reading to find out more about the upcoming concerts and evening events as well as the creative daytime workshops being run by some of the leading lights in the creative industry!

The festival committee says: “The 2021 St Paul’s Artsfest is a new beginning as are most things in the Covid and post-lockdown age. In common with many activities at the moment, it is a re-start, a re-invention and a re-examination of something that the mind already knows.” They add: “Our Artsfests have always been a celebration of the creative power of our community in all its manifestations. They have been an attempt to show the ‘we’-ness hidden under the surface.”

DAYTIME WORKSHOPS

Book your tickets here for ‘Silk Screen Printing’ with Off The Press Collective (@offthepresscollective), ‘Bend It Like Quilters’ with Sue Calverley and Kip Gresham (@theprintstudio_cambridge), ‘Self Portraits’ with Liz Diamond, ‘Kickstart Your Creative Writing’ with Jo Browning Wroe, ‘Look & Draw’ with Steve Russell, ‘Breakdown The Elements Of Art’ with Annabel Lee and more!

Multi-award-winning dramatist, Nick Warburton will be taking participants through the creation of character, voice and narration, and structure in ‘Writing Drama’. Nick has written scripts for stage, television and radio. Alongside his many national radio dramas, Nick has written TV scripts for Doctors, Holby City, Born and Bred as well as EastEnders.

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‘Electronic Music’ sees Drum & Bass producers and DJs from Cambridge, Logistics & Nu:tone (@nutone), taking workshop participants through the process of writing, recording, and mixing a piece of electronic music in this four-hour workshop. Logistics and Nu:Tone are signed to Hospital Records and have been working in the music business since the early 2000s. Between them, they have released 16 albums and countless singles and remixes.

We are looking forward to joining Off The Press Collective, a printmaking collective based in Bury St Edmunds, for their printing workshop on Friday. They specialise in the production of quality prints and are passionate about keeping traditional processes alive. The workshop will be an introduction into the silk screen printing process or a refresher for those who would like to revisit it. Hope to see you there!

There will be a children’s art workshop running on Saturday from 10AM suitable for those aged 5-11. This workshop will be lead by Mary Saldanah, an experienced primary school teacher who now runs the online art project, Startle Art (@startleartroom), producing materials for primary school children. Mary has been particularly busy during the recent periods of lockdown helping parents provide quality art activities for their children.

EVENING TALKS & SHOWS

Alongside these daytime workshops, there are a series of talks tackling a wide range of topics, including political activism, contemporary feminism, the information age, religion, and poetry, which includes a reading from the world poetry slam champion, Harry Baker.

St Paul’s Artsfest: Tim Boniface
St Paul’s Artsfest: Tony Kofi

Other performances include music from Martyn Joseph, jazz with award-winning British saxophonist Tony Kofi and multi-instrumentalist Tim Boniface, and songs from well known musicals with the ‘Scratch Choir’. Head down to rehearse and perform songs with local music teacher and musical theatre composer Simon Humphreys, who will lead the choir, and lecturer in music and tenor Larry Zazzo, who will perform some beautiful counter tenor solos.

Book your tickets for the talks, workshops and performances here and follow Artsfest on Twitter and Facebook. St Paul’s Cambridge is a part of the Church of England in the diocese of Ely. The church and their staff are dedicated to providing a thriving community space open to all. They provide opportunities for local, national and international organisations and rooms for hire for meetings, special occasions and celebrations.


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Bitesize Bakehouse on ITV’s ‘Good Mood Food’

We are very excited to announce that Jade Boswell, owner of Bitesize Bakehouse and member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, will be making an appearance on Ainsley Harriott’s latest ITV show ‘Good Mood Food’ this coming Saturday, 11th September 2021. Tune in to see when chef Joseph Denison Carey visited Jade in her kitchen to chat fruits and berries for his segment of this new programme.

Bitesize Bakehouse is an award-winning bijou bakery serving Cambridge and the surrounding areas with bespoke cakes and dessert bars for weddings and events. They also create a range of artisan postal treats to send anywhere in the UK including hand-tempered chocolate, brownies and gourmet marshmallows. As well as a core range, seasonal flavours are added throughout the year.

Jade can’t wait for the opportunity this weekend to share with viewers an insight into how she makes her pillowy marshmallows. Check out our chat with her below to find out more about what to expect, the new marshmallow flavours in the pipeline, what her ideal 3-course ‘Good Mood Food’ meal would be and more!

Image Courtesy of Rock Oyster Media

When did you first hear about the opportunity to be on the show?

Jade: “I was actually approached by the media team directly, they had found my website online whilst they were researching interesting food indies that were doing things a bit differently. They advised that each episode would feature a different foodie theme and I am pleased to say that I will be on ‘Fruits and Berries’ with my fresh fruit marshmallows!”

What was it like having Joseph Denison Carey and the film crew at Bitesize Bakehouse HQ?

Jade: “It was quite bizarre but so lovely! They were all super friendly and made me feel really at ease during the filming and just talked me through each bit as we went along so it felt much more conversational and natural. Joseph was so happy and calm and totally made me feel at ease – very easy to talk to as well so I felt really comfortable chatting away. It was very nerve-wracking having a professional chef taste your food though, in front of you and on camera too! The wait for him to give his feedback and opinion felt like forever. Ha! Luckily he loved them and asked for more. I actually sent him, and the whole film crew, home with a box each to try.”

Image Courtesy of Rock Oyster Media

Can you tell us what your ideal 3-course ‘Good Mood Food’ meal would be?

Jade: “Oh, great question! It would have to be by Cambridgeshire based Puddini who catered our wedding five years ago. Having a peek at their current Autumn and Winter à la carte menu I would go for their ‘Beetroot cured salmon with shaved apple and fennel salad’ for starters. For main the ‘Slow roasted beef, pressed potato cake with cream, garlic and Parmesan, wilted cavolo nero and reduction of Chianti Classico’ and for dessert the ‘Caramelised lemon tart with crème fraiche and raspberries’.”

Are there any new fruity flavours lined up for your Marshmallow menu?

Jade: “Yes! I am currently trialling a champagne and strawberry flavour which should be out soon – actually Joseph gave me an idea on how to maximise the champagne flavour whilst he was with me, as I’ve been trialling this for a while to get it perfect and it wasn’t quite there yet. Some new flavours that have joined the menu recently are the ‘Biscoff’, ‘Coffee’ and ‘Peanut Butter’ flavours. Then before we know it we will have Christmas upon us so my ‘Snowflake Christmas Collection’ will be available from November too; which includes a mix of gingerbread, mulled wine, cranberry white chocolate, and double chocolate.”

Do you see a TV or filming aspect to your career/business in the future?

Jade: “I absolutely loved taking part in Ainsley’s new show and if there were ever further opportunities I would absolutely love to be involved. It wasn’t or hasn’t been anything I had particularly focused on as a goal really but having now done a small segment like this, I would definitely enjoy doing more!”

Image Courtesy of Rock Oyster Media

A huge thank you to Jade for chatting with us ahead of the show this Saturday. Fancy treating yourself to something from the Bitesize Bakehouse menu? Why not give the fruity marshmallows a try! Order the ‘Classic’ box of eight pieces or celebrate with the ‘Indulgence’ box of 16. We would highly recommend the ‘Smores’ postal brownies too if you like the sound of a chocolate cake and mallow mix. Shop now via the website here and for further updates follow Jade over on Instagram.

‘Fruits and Berries’, episode two of ‘Ainsley’s Good Mood Food’, will air between 11.40AM and 12.45PM. According to the ITV Press Centre, the series is “a celebration of delicious food that really boosts your mood”. They have also announced that “inspired by Jade’s use of fruit, Ainsley adds his twist to a classic and whips up A Wonderful Wandsworth Mess” during the episode.


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‘Create A Meadow’ Workshops with Sue Rapley*

Are you looking to experience something new this Autumn and eager for some time to yourself to get creative? Sue Rapley, local contemporary artist and #WeAreCambsCreatives member, invites you to her upcoming oil painting workshops which are ideal for beginners. You will learn the basics of colour mixing and take away new skills and materials to create your own artwork at home!

The dates for the next ‘Create A Meadow’ half-day virtual workshop series are Saturday 9th October and Saturday 6th November 2021. These immersive events will be hosted on Zoom where Sue will join you online from her studio table between 9.45AM and 1.45PM. Spaces are limited as these virtual events have been designed to be a nourishing, intimate and calming experience.

The ticket price includes a participant pack and a complete painting kit posted to your home ahead of the event. The workshops have tended to sell out quickly so book your ticket soonest via her website here.

Visit Sue’s Website

Sue says: “Developing my skills and exploring the painting process has played such an important role in my life. I have had the opportunity to experiment and nurture my painting practice over many years, honing my ‘style’ to how you see it today. This half-day workshop that we will share together, is filled with all the guidance, tips and encouragement you will need to discover your own creativity.”

So, what will you learn on the day?

A simple step-by-step process has been crafted to demonstrate and guide you. To start, you will be taught an understanding of the colour wheel as well as the basics of working with water-mixable oil paints and the benefits of the medium such as not needing to use solvents. You’ll then be shown how to apply certain techniques using a palette knife to create the base layers of a painting, known as an ‘under-painting’.

During the second part of the workshop you will have the opportunity to complete a collaborative piece of artwork with Sue, who will pre-prepare a unique under-painting that you will work on top of – this will be supplied as part of your painting kit. You will come away from the session equipped with all the skills, including utilising the palette knife to create texture and layers, plus all the supplies you need to continue your own art journey afterwards.

The feedback for these new workshops, which launched earlier on this year, are glowing! One participant, Claire, said: “I enjoyed your class immensely. It was really exciting to receive the lovely materials pack and then go on a wonderful painting experience with you. Your clear friendly professional teaching helped me to produce pictures I am proud of. Truly ‘me time’ enjoyed in a way that I have never experienced before.”

Image by Stephanie Stott – Pilot Workshop
Image via Sue Rapley – In-Person Workshop

You can find out more about Sue Rapley’s work over on her website here – and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter too. Be sure to sign up to her newsletter for future virtual and in-person workshop launches as well as exclusive offers. Sue adds: “Want to make it really sociable? Invite your friends to join with you to share in this enriching virtual experience together. Try something new without the need to create perfectly. Open your hand and let your curiosity guide you.”

Edit: An EXCLUSIVE offer for subscribers, followers and members of The Trove Cambridge! Make a saving of £10 per workshop booking using the code TROVE10 via Sue Rapley’s website; discount valid until midnight on Tuesday 28th September 2021.

*Ad | PR Disclaimer – this post is not sponsored. I received a personal invitation to attend the pilot workshops back in September 2020 with no obligation to share. Some images shared here were taken during the in-person pilot. I had an amazing time and highly recommend booking on – check out this Instagram Reel to see what we got up to!


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The Lazy Susans Present: ‘Our Dahlia Allowance’

In equal measures, it is both exciting and intriguing to stumble upon a new creative collective who bring something a little different to the table. The Lazy Susans are a new curatorial collective consisting of three friends, creatives and side-hustle connoisseurs. They opened their inaugural exhibition ‘Our Dahlia Allowance’ this week, an installation at The Flower Project in Cambridge – which serves as an introduction to the trio’s shared practice!

Holly Pines, Kaia Goodenough and Mala Yamey’s aim is to share culture in a “rotating style”. We would encourage you to take a look through the courses of their website “menu” here for a taste of what’s to come. For starters, you can expect “all dietary requirements met” through the promotion of inclusivity, the championing of living artists and the activation of those underappreciated; and if you stick around for the cheese course, you will learn that they’re hungry to serve up work they love with people that they can share a pint with.

‘Our Dahlia Allowance’ is The Lazy Susans’ first ever curatorial project featuring the work of artists Enya Lachman-Curl and Ramona Zoladek. There is still time to pop down to The Flower Project on Mill Road (Cambridge, CB1 3LP) tomorrow Saturday 21st August 2021 to see the final day, open from 9-5PM.

Visit The Lazy Susans’ website!

The Lazy Susans say: “The dahlia has been associated with the slaughter of women in popular culture since the infamous ‘Black Dahlia’ case of the 1940s, glamorised in Hollywood. Loaded with this treacherous symbolism, it mirrors capitalism’s violence against nature and the earth; we want to reclaim the dahlia and it’s August seasonality, using it as a tool of re-connection. We must bring the natural world into our communities, respect the seasons, share, appreciate and allow nature to take over our industries leading us forward. Remove the baggage, remove the stereotypes and facilitate ‘Our Dahlia Allowance’ of nature. Be open to those around you. Entangle them within your re-wilding. Surpass the allowance.”

Image by The Lazy Susans
Image by The Lazy Susans

In relation to the venue, they add: “Working with The Flower Project, we share the same values of sustainability and eco-friendly practice. Exhibiting our artists in a multi-sensorial living shop, surrounded by flowers and plants, we are denying the deadened white wall aesthetic of the traditional gallery space to reveal an uncanny experience of art where you may least expect it.”

Enya Lachman-Curl transforms traditional painting practice, creating pieces that straddle static and fluid states. Working and living in Bristol, she is the current commissioned way-finding artist for The Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Enya describes herself as “a gardener or an obsessed lover”. Crafting an intimacy with her medium, she captures the transience and ephemerality of nature.

Enya is exhibiting three new lace work paintings, painted in tones reminiscent of the dahlia. Also on show is a limited edition print, available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to local charity, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, who work towards combating violence against women.

Image by The Lazy Susans
Image by The Lazy Susans

Cambridge local, Ramona Zoladek is currently pursuing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. Ramona combines organic and construction materials to create, in her words, “fragile and unexpected outcomes.” Working through processes of growth, decay, shrinking and expanding, her pieces create a tension between the strength traditionally associated with industrial materials and the fragility of nature. Building on sustainability in her practice, Ramona has created new site specific sculptures using her signature plaster, chickpea seeds and the occasional dahlia.

Image by The Lazy Susans


It is great to see this collaboration with local indie The Flower Project who opened their shop in October 2020. They are an eco-friendly, independent florist selling bouquets and plants. They add really personal touches to their local deliveries, handwriting gift cards and cycling their creations around Cambridge to recipients and customers.

We very much look forward to seeing what’s up next from The Lazy Susans – to find out more about the collective’s work and upcoming events you can visit their website and follow along over on Instagram too!


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What’s On: Open Studios Back for 2021

Local artists are able to safely come together once again to open their studios for 2021, with more than 385 participants combined taking part in both the Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios (PAOS) and Cambridge Open Studios (COS) events. After cancellations in 2020, artists all across the county are eager and excited to be able to welcome visitors to view their works and workspaces this July!

From Market Deeping just north of Peterborough down to Little Sampford near Saffron Walden and from Fordham in the East across to Yelling in the West, residents of and visitors to the region will be able to find an open studios not far around the corner with outdoor and indoor showcases planned in accordance with latest COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Open Studios are a really great example of social collaboration, bringing together the creative community through organised events and providing an opportunity for the wider community to meet the artists face-to-face, buy directly from the creator and even catch a demonstration or two in working studios. Whether you plan a self-guided tour or just drop by on spontaneous visits – make sure to keep an eye out for the distinctive red and yellow flags when you are out and about!

What takes your fancy? Be it woodwork, pottery, jewellery, photography, sculpture, embroidery, painting, glasswork, printmaking, sketching, fibre art, mixed media, digital art or textiles – there’s an abundance of creativity to be discovered.

PETERBOROUGH ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIOS

PAOS 2021 kicked off this last weekend and is also running across the weekends of 3-4 and 10-11 July. The organisation is celebrating its 21st anniversary year, with 85 out of their 127 members participating at a range of venues across the PE postcode area and lots of artists taking part for the first time.

Jackie Hall, PAOS Chair, has said: “It’s great to be back as many people missed their Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios visits last year, meeting and chatting to the very talented makers and creators based around the Greater Peterborough area.”

It is advised that you do plan your visits ahead of time, as some of the artists are not open every weekend, and check each artist’s webpage before travelling in case they have had to change their plans last minute due to the current situation. Find out opening times, see examples of works and search the artists here.

PAOS Artists: Tony, Josie, Stacey-Ann & Muni

Download the programmes for Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios and Cambridge Open Studios here:

Download the PAOS 2021 e-Brochure here!
Download the COS 2021 e-Guide here!

CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS 2021

COS 2021 is a popular month-long event running across the weekends of 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 July. The organisation has announced that over 300 artists are participating this year at a selection of locations in the city and surrounding areas with 40 new members taking part.

In addition to home studios, there are nine art galleries hosting resident artists and some members have opted for window displays similar to last year’s Cambridge Open Windows. COS have also partnered with The Pitt Building (Trumpington Street, Cambridge) where a wide range of artists will be exhibiting.

The iOS digital app is available to download here and is an easy way to access information with options to search by medium, location, weekend and artist name. Studios are free to visit, open from 11-6PM and visitors are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome with absolutely no pressure whatsoever to buy. If you do not have access to the app, you can find everything you need here.

Please note that for both events some artists will be opening by appointment only.

Lookout for the event flags flying!
COS Artist: Emma Bennett (Header)

PARTICIPATING MEMBERS

There are 21 #WeAreCambsCreatives members taking part this year – find all the details below.

PAOS 2021:

Stacey-Ann Cole

Figurative and abstract paintings; 3-4 & 10-11 July at Norman Cross Gallery, Peterborough PE7 3TB

Margaret Mallows

Printmaking; 3-4 & 10-11 July at 12 Front Road, Wisbech PE13 4HU

PAOS Artist: Stacey-Ann Cole
COS Artist: Ruth Fairhead

COS 2021:

Maree Allitt

Handcrafted ceramics; 3-4 & 10-11 July at St Barnabas Press, Cambridge CB1 3EW

Cheryl Bird & Linda Bartlett

Handcrafted jewellery; 10-11 & 17-18 July at The Garden Studio, Milton CB24 6AW

Birgitte Bruun

Silver and gold jewellery; 3-4 & 10-11 July at 28 Radegund Road, Cambridge CB1 3RS

Bex Burston & Ruth Fairhead

Fused glass and ceramics; 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 July at 1 Mustills Lane, Over CB24 5PW

Laura Chaplin

Fine-art printmaking; 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25 July at The Orchard, Caxton CB23 3PQ

Naomi Davies

Pen and watercolour paintings; 3-4 & 10-11 July at 151 Hobart Road, Cambridge CB1 3PS

Clive Dawson

Acrylic paintings; 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 July at 7 Narrow Close, Histon CB24 9XX

Richard Heeps

Photography; 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25 July at 2 Springfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1AD

COS Artist: Emma Malfroy

Alison Hullyer

Illustration and printmaking; 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 July at Smallstone, Milton CB24 6AQ

Cheryl Liston

Oil paintings; 3-4 & 10-11 July at The Pitt Building, Cambridge CB2 1RP

Maureen Mace

Painting and urban sketching; 24-25 July at 309 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XQ

Emma Malfroy

Collage and paintings; 3-4 & 17-18 July at 11A Oakington Road, Cottenham CB24 8TW

Sara Rawlinson

Photography; 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25 July at 58 Beche Road, Cambridge CB5 8HU

Caroline Forward

Oil and cold wax medium paintings; 17-18 & 24-25 July at Riverside Arts, Little Ouse CB7 4TG

Sarah McGonigle & Hannah McGonigle

Paintings and fine-line drawing; 10-11 & 17-18 July at TRIA, Oakington CB24 3DQ

Susan Widlake

Millinery and textiles; 3-4 & 10-11 July at Grantchester Village Hall, Grantchester CB3 9NG

COS Artist: Susan Widlake
COS Artist: Sara Rawlinson

Do head on over to #PAOS2021 and #COSArt2021 on Instagram to see more posts from the participating artists – we have really enjoyed following along with the build up to both events during recent weeks. As we noted last year too, if you are unable to get out at the moment then this is also a great way of accessing the events virtually and getting to know your local artists online!


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What's On

What’s On: Cows About Cambridge Art Trail

Moo-ving on up, moo-ving on out… nothing is stopping the #CowsAboutCambridge from taking over the city this Summer and we are udderly excited! Cows About Cambridge is a unique arts event and those taking part include local artists, businesses, schools and community groups from across the region. The sculpture trail launches on Monday 28th June and the cows will be on display until Saturday 4th September 2021.

This innovative project will be one of the largest mass-participation art events to be held in Cambridge. It has been described as a world-class art trail and is available for everyone to enjoy for free. The 44 Cow Sculptures and 46 Mini Moos have been lovingly hand-decorated and will be installed in COVID-friendly locations in the open air or within public spaces indoors.

Covering 10 miles, the entire trail can be walked during a fun day out but you can also choose to visit as many or as few of the installations as you wish with several to be found near hospitality venues and ideal picnic spots. Printed trail maps showing all the locations can be collected in shopping centres or from the city’s Cambridge BID Ambassadors. You can also download it from the website here.

There will be an app available to help geo-locate the cows, unlock rewards and track your trail progress – get interactive by voting for your favourite cow and uploading your selfies to the online gallery!

Image by Mark Bullimore Photography: Call For Artists in 2019

The 10-week long sculpture trail is delivered by creative producers Wild In Art in partnership with local children’s charity Break and is supported by inaugural sponsor and principal partner Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID).

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director/Co-founder of Wild In Art, said: “…The contribution from communities, schools, artists and sponsors is at the very core of the success of Cows About Cambridge, and for that we are immensely grateful…” and “…not only will these beautiful bovines bring a smile to your face, but they also have a serious role to play in encouraging conversations about the climate and how we look after our world.”

After the trail ends, all the cows will be herded together for a final farewell weekend, then the large cow sculptures will be auctioned off to raise vital funds for Break while the mini moos will find forever homes with the schools and community groups that created them. Rachel Cowdry, CEO of Break charity said: “The auction in September will raise vital funds for our services across Cambridgeshire, giving young people in care, on the edge of care or leaving care stability, a home and the life-long support they need to enjoy a bright and successful future.”

Image by RMG Photography: ‘May-Belle’ by Artist Dario Fisher
Image by RMG Photography: ‘May-Belle’ at The Museum of Zoology

Local Artist and #WeAreCambsCreatives member Dario Fisher created ‘May-Belle’ who, as seen above, was spotted back when the project launched bravely punting on the River Cam. Dario’s design ‘portrays two immediately recognisable landmarks as simple and striking sunset scenes’. You will be able to find ‘May-Belle’ grazing on Christ’s Pieces, ‘the city’s iconic green spaces gives Cambridge a unique, peaceful sense of being out in the country’.

Another Cambridge favourite, the artist duo known as Dinky Doors are also participating with ‘MooMoo-o-Tron III’. Dinky Doors are street artists who remain anonymous and who are on a mission to save the world from ‘relentlessly terrible news and wanton drudgery’.

They say on their blog that that it “…was a huge uddertaking for us, when we’re used to working at a slightly more dinky scale, but we’re pretty happy with the result…” – you can read their full blog here and watch the video below for the story behind this a-moosing creation!

Download the Dinky Doors colouring pages here!

Two of our favourite cows that we are hoping to see are ‘ButterCup’ and ‘Sir Isaac Mooton’. ‘ButterCup’ by sculptor Sally Adams will be on Midsummer Common. The artist was inspired by classic cow names and is known for manipulating the initial form – which can be seen here with the addition of the petal-face.

‘Sir Isaac Mooton’ by Donna Newman celebrates the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton. Donna’s design is playful and features symbols of the famous figure’s discoveries – can you spot the ‘reflecting telescope, Newton’s cannon, light refraction and the much-debated cat flap’ on your visit?

It has recently been reported that the mini moos escaped their lockdown to go shopping in Cambridge and have been spotted in shops, museums, libraries, galleries and leisure venues across the city centre this last week. The smaller cow sculptures have been individually decorated by schools, colleges and community groups involved in the Cows About Cambridge Learning Programme.

Each sculpture has a unique and colourful story to tell, with themes ranging from kindness and comedy to favourite books and school subjects. The learning programme has provided resources and lesson plans to encourage classroom creativity as well as cross-curricular conversations about a range of relevant topics, from climate change to construction. Read more about the escaping mini moos, print the colouring-in sheets and download the trail app here:

Don’t forget that you can also search for the trail on social media using #CowsAboutCambridge – we would love to see your discoveries, be sure to tag @TheTrove_Cambridge in your posts on Instagram so that we can share and use the community tag #CambsCreativeTreasures! The trail app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play from Monday 28th June at a cost of £1.99 with 25% of the net profit from each purchase being donated to the Break charity.


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Our Sponsors

Getting To Know: Clare Morris Resource*

This week we chatted with our sponsor, local Business Developer Clare Morris, to find out about when she started her business, what drives her to do what she does, her passion for keeping in touch with clients beyond the project work – and much more. We are also pleased to announce an exciting partnership going forward through which we will be collaborating to bring members of #WeAreCambsCreatives exclusive offers – check out this month’s competition and Q&A below!

CMR work with small and independent businesses giving advice on how to streamline processes and systems, addressing change, looking at how you can develop sustainably by being innovative, creating strategies to make ideas a reality and implementing support solutions. They also help to connect you with other independent businesses to complement gaps in your expertise.

Throughout the pandemic Clare has supported Cambridgeshire businesses who became overwhelmed and were dealing with change or loss of control as a result. She helped business owners to take a fresh look at their daily work practices, encouraged them to set new ways of thinking – and most importantly, celebrated their wins with them!

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How long have you been running CMR and what led you to start your business?

Clare: “CMR has been established now for over 10 years and I am looking forward to the belated celebrations in 2021 as plans last year were unfortunately delayed due to COVID-19.

At the beginning of my career, I worked for large organisations who told their customers what they were going to do for them, rather than listening to the needs of each client and working with them to find a bespoke solution. I was so disheartened by their “one size fits all” attitude that I decided to step away from that type of business culture.

I then focused on short term contracts, one of my favourites being Habitat. At the time, they were dedicated to educating their consumers about the true value of their products; how they were designed, their colour, their texture, who they were made by and where. This 360-approach inspired me to go on to encourage my clients, at CMR, about the power of telling the whole story.

Then I joined a small, independent business that was striving to be heard against the corporate noise, eager to listen and learn from their customers and tailor their solutions to the need not greed.

That must have been a big leap. What did you take away from this move?

Clare: “It was a revelation and I have never looked back. Of course, that amazing business is still going strong and I will be forever grateful for what I experienced, whilst working with them. They have a great strength of character, together with unwavering confidence in who they are and where they want to be. I say, ‘of course’, because they have the perfect business model.

Their value, customer and key resource appreciation, enables them to make successful decisions – based on their knowledge and understanding of their community and their marketplace. When the forementioned business relocated I moved on, but I also found myself at a crossroads.

I was faced with the option of going back to the corporate world I knew before, when what I really wanted was to find another small business to employ me full-time; this is when CMR came into being. Incidentally, I still do freelance work for the independent company I championed earlier.

What does CMR offer?

Clare: “Although our service is founded on the business model canvas, we have stripped out the corporate babble and given it a human heart – and I think it really needed that. The results are that every individual or business owner comes away with a full appreciation of their business value and the techniques needed to effectively engage with their community; be that as a service, or an online or physical product.

Every business should know the value of the solution(s) they provide and be able to show clearly how they work to make life easier, better, faster, happier, healthier, etc. for their customers. My work process can be very organic, especially when getting to the crux of who the person is and what they want their business to truly achieve.

I never stop thinking about anyone I work with, there are always new ideas, opportunities and connections to be made and that is why “resource” is in my business name: to offer a continuous service and support even when our project is successfully completed.

Working with individuals and business owners, for me is a very creative process, it’s with humour and empathy, in a safe space where you can be open, authentic and talk about anything from your wildest dreams to your smallest challenges. Not many of us find it easy to talk about ourselves, which makes it even more powerful when you accept and appreciate just how amazing you and your skills are.

What drives you to do what you do?

Clare: “From extensive experience, we know how important it is for individuals and business owners to be confident about their individual brand, their worth and their potential. I am an absolute advocate of having a well-researched and honed business model.

Then, it’s about having the knowledge and empowerment to make minor or major changes for your customers, your service or the size of company – whilst factoring in all the essential elements that may be affected.  A way of trialling your ideas before launch; quickly, easily and efficiently.

I am personally motivated by being as green as possible – and provide clients with post-its from greenstat.co.uk!”

What types of businesses do you work with?

Clare: “I’ve been very fortunate to work with businesses ranging from coaching, entertainment, literature,  marketing, interior design, accounting, upholstery, healing and horticulture – so there is no one specific ‘type’ of business that I work with.

More often than not, our clients are new business start-ups wanting to ensure they have a clear understanding of their product and service values, alongside their customer base, business organisation and systems. We also work with small businesses who are experiencing overwhelming demand for their service, those who want to change focus or even upscale.

How can people get in touch with you, do you offer a consultation?

Clare: “I love Instagram and LinkedIn and most often use these platforms (but I do have a presence on Facebook and Twitter too). Also, the CMR website is where you can find more detail about how I work, alongside case studies with testimonials. We offer a free 30-minute consultation. This is a no pressure way for you to find out how I can best help and add value to your business.”

How have you had to adapt your business during the pandemic?

Clare: “We have been doing more of our work on Zoom, which has complemented our approach and way of working. Although we have been mindful of making our sessions shorter, with built-in breaks, time for ‘screen off’ chat or screen sharing visuals, to help reduce eye strain.

Also, where possible, we arrange outdoor meetings over a hot chocolate at places such as Urban Larder, Relevant Record Café and Eclipse Bakery on Mill Road in Cambridge – and further afield. Walking and talking is extremely productive and still forms part of working toward our goals and objectives. Nature has a wonderful way of freeing up our creative thoughts and it never stops surprising me how fruitful these walks can be.”

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were starting out what would it be?

Clare: “To have someone available to me who I trust and, most importantly, who listens to me. Anxiety or indecision is reduced significantly by talking openly, as well as having the space to air our concerns, ideas or difficulties.”

What are the key areas of support you can offer for small or independent creative businesses?

Clare: “We start by introducing calm and a sense of direction to your business and give you the tools and time to plan and clarify your goals and objectives. Once we are organised, anything is possible!”

What are the next steps for CMR?

Clare: “Using the website and social media, we will be sharing more video content and article recommendations to help you make your business processes run more smoothly. We will also share access to the tools to use for planning and timelining projects. There will be a collaborator section that freely shares advice from our partners in media, marketing, social media, finance and more. These are partners we have worked alongside, who understand how CMR works and offer the same expertise and kind support.”

OFFERS + COMPETITION

The Trove Cambridge has also partnered with CMR to bring exclusive offers to the #WeAreCambsCreatives collective and today we are announcing a competition for existing and new members to enter for a chance to win two free 45 minute sessions with CMR! The winner will work with Clare to review and refresh their core business strategy and look at how they can stay ahead of the competition – a great incentive as we ease further out of lockdown.

Current members will be sent further details and notified by email as to how they can enter – and new members joining before Friday 9th July will also have the opportunity to be entered. The competition closes on Sunday 11th July and the winner will be notified by email on Monday 12th July 2021. The winner must use this offer before the end of November 2021 with at least one week between sessions. Thinking of joining? Find out about membership here.

WORKING WITH CLARE

If you are a local business based in or near Cambridgeshire and are interested in finding out about partnership and/or sponsorship opportunites please get in touch! CMR became a sponsor through our Bring It 2020 crowdfunding campaign and they have enabled us to get started on funding the first issue of #CambsCreativeScene magazine due to launch later this year. We have advertising packages available, express your interest via: magazine@thetrovecambridge.co.uk

*Ad | This post is brought to you as part of a paid partnership with CMR – a valued sponsor of The Trove Cambridge.


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