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#ShopCambridgeshire Week 2021

Calling all Cambridgeshire artists, designers, makers and independent businesses – we invite you to take part in the first #ShopCambridgeshire Week which will be running from Monday 15th to Friday 19th November 2021. Hosted by @TheTrove_Cambridge on Instagram, this community social media event includes a fun 5-day posting challenge with prompts each day.

#ShopCambridgeshire Week aims to connect local creatives and businesses with the wider local community through social media. What types of businesses are we looking to engage in this event? We welcome all small businesses based in Cambridgeshire (or just beyond the border) who are interested in taking part.

This campaign also aims to encourage and inspire residents across the county to think about where they can shop and support local this Christmas time. So, whether you are a shopper or seller – you are invited to join in by sharing to and following along on Instagram throughout next week!

To participate, take inspiration from the post prompts above and then share to your grid and/or story that day. Use the local community hashtag #ShopCambridgeshire in your posts and remember to tag us in any posts, Reels and stories so that we can share with our audience too. There’s no pressure to join in every day, just pick and choose what works for you!

It would be fantastic to see lots of businesses taking part as we enter the Christmas shopping period – so please do help spread the word by forwarding on this post. We will be sharing a round-up each evening on our grid with plenty of opportunities to be featured, make new connections and reach customers.

The response so far has been really positive and we can’t wait to virtually “see” you all there! To find out more about how to participate, or if you have any questions, please fill in the form here: Registration Form

Are you already signed up? Tell your friends, family and followers about the event by saving and sharing the Instagram story prompts template to your stories! You can also click here to edit the feature template and create your own story post to share – use an image of your choice, add your Instagram handle and then download as a .png file. Alternatively, please request a personalised copy to be sent by email.

Want to be featured in the campaign video? Take us behind the scenes, smile and wave at the camera or show you and/or your team “at work”. Please submit a 10-20 second video clip (9:16 format; no text or filters) by Friday 12th November 2021 via email to: hello@thetrovecambridge.co.uk

Be sure to follow @TheTrove_Cambridge on Instagram for further insights and ideas of what to share!


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The Trove Cambridge – Online Shop Launch

The Trove Cambridge is excited to be announcing the launch of an online shop with our lovingly curated range of #CambsCreativeTreasures inspired themed gift boxes that feature high quality prints and products by artists, designers and makers from across Cambridgeshire, UK. We are pleased to be able to support many local creatives and independent businesses through this venture – and with more in the making are looking to grow the shop over the coming year and be able to work with many more!

We hit “go live” on Friday 29th October with four of our boxes which are: The Rest Calmly Box, The Pink Posy Box, The Wildflower Box and our limited edition ’12 Days Of Christmas’ Advent Calendar Box. Later this month you can expect to also find two children’s gift boxes, The Little Explorer Box and The Little Bookworm Box, as well as the first of our seasonal ‘Make Your Own’ crafting kits designed with both adults and kids in mind.

The treasures boxes are perfect for gifting but also make great “self-treat” boxes! As well as shopping the collection here you can also get in touch to “build your own” box – pick and choose or mix and match the items in store. We will check if stock is available and advise on order processing and delivery times.

’12 Days Of Christmas’ Advent Calendar Box | £75.00

Pre-order your calendar here!

Supporting local businesses from across the county and bringing you 12 days of beautiful, consumable, useful and/or edible treasures to unwrap as a countdown to the winter holidays. All items have been carefully sourced and pieced together. The advent calendar is available to pre-order now and will be shipped from Monday 15th November 2021 onwards. Don’t miss out – order yours here today!

From decking the halls and eco-conscious gift wrapping to artisanal sweet treats and festive scents to fill your home – the calendar contains a superb mix of high quality products from 12 local artists, makers and independent businesses. Also included is one of our new seasonal ‘Make Your Own’ crafting kits.

Wrapped in tissue paper, tied with jute twine and finished with a numbered tag (1-12). The items come in a black magnetic gift box complete with black ribbon, a sprig of preserved eucalyptus and gold wax seal. Our luxury advent box is one-of-a-kind and has been envisaged as well as designed to have a fun element of surprise! Keep scrolling to take a look at the full list of featured businesses.

Featured businesses include: Ely Fudge Company, Mystical Sky Studio, Ignium Candle Company, Wooden Treasure, The Cambridge Soap Company, Sue Rapley Art, Abi Stevens Illustration, The Little Fenland Eco Shop, Sewing Daze, Sleepy Bee Studio, Harry Specters and The Trove Cambridge.

It has been an honour to work with and support these local business owners to bring you something truly special this Christmas time. Part of our mission here at The Trove Cambridge is to provide a connection between the local creative community and the wider Cambridgeshire community by promoting the ethos of shopping and supporting local. The online shop launch is another way of aiding us to achieve this aim.

From championing local creatives and businesses for many years across our online platforms the launch of our online shop felt like a natural progression – and with plans to bring something to a physical venue in 2022, we look forward to seeing where this may lead. Not only for us but for the many hundreds of others in our network too!

To celebrate the ’12 Days Of Christmas’ Advent Calendar Box in particular, there is video content to “unlock” over on Instagram and we will be unwrapping a treasure a day from the 13th December 2021 on our Instagram stories – with a giveaway too! Although we have not listed the exact contents of this box in the listing, you can request a detailed product list by emailing an enquiry to: hello@thetrovecambridge.co.uk

If you pledged to support our Bring It 2020 crowdfunding project last year then you can get 10% off your first order using the code you received in your reward package. Not to worry if you can’t find it, just drop us an email and we will send it over. This is valid for use by backers until Monday 31st January 2022.

Subscribers to the hub’s e-newsletter can get £10 off the advent calendar box with an exclusive voucher code valid until 30th November 2021. You can sign up here today – we will be emailing the discoverers code to those on the mailing list this coming Friday, 5th November. In the meantime, please do head over and browse the shop and keep your eyes peeled for new releases coming very soon!


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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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