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#ShopCambridgeshire & Support Local This Christmas

On Monday we officially launched our #ShopCambridgeshire winter campaign aimed at inspiring you to think about where you can shop and support your local and independent businesses this Christmas. It was great to have launched this alongside Just A Card‘s Indie Week which brings together thousands of people from across the world to champion the importance of valuing and buying from creative and small businesses throughout the holiday season!

We invite you to get involved by heading over to #ShopCambridgeshire on Instagram and browsing the feed. You can also help spread the word by sharing posts from the feed with your followers using stories and making use our fun interactive Instagram story templates which you can find below! If you are a local business please join in by using the hashtag in your posts and remember to tag us so that we can share too, you can find us at: @thetrove_cambridge

The #ShopCambridgeshire marketplace is also now live once again for this campaign and features an array of works, products and services from local artists, designers, makers and independent businesses based across Cambridgeshire and just beyond. Our marketplace brings together a diverse trove of original artworks, prints, ceramics, homewares, jewellery, stationery, accessories, sweet treats and many more unique gifts in one place – to help make it just that little bit easier to navigate shopping Cambridgeshire businesses online!

We do not take commission and so every penny you spend will go directly to the seller; less any fees they pay through their individual platforms. When you click to “buy now” or “enquire” you will be taken directly to the seller’s online shop or website to check availability and purchase or to request a quote! We really hope you enjoy exploring the marketplace and discovering new local businesses to support this year.


‘Ziggy Styles’ Giclée Print by Lele Saa – £50

Shop Now: Lele Saa

A5 Space Notebook by Lily In Space – £6

Shop Now: Lily In Space

Coffee Bean Necklace by Gina Kim Jewellery – £22

Shop Now: Gina Kim Jewellery

Handbuilt Cakestand by Shop At Seed – £52

Shop Now: Shop At Seed

Throughout the Christmas shopping period you will be able to find a series of Christmas shopping and gift guides here at #CambsCreativeScene online as well as over at @CambsCreativeTreasures on Instagram, where we have already posted guides on where to shop for cards, festive decor, gift wrapping and crafts.


Are you planning on sending out Christmas cards this year? Well… we have got you covered with a really great selection of over thirty traditional, funny, beautiful and totally unique designs in our first guide. Featuring:, @lellibellecards, @cam.buildings, @lilyinspacedesigns, @ccc_gallery, @abistevens_art, @joclarkdesign, @dariodesign, @georginaburtonstudio, @suerapleyart and more.

Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Christmas Cards


If you are looking for something special to gift this year or to bring more festive vibes into your home then have a browse through our curated selection of unique décor and homewares in our second guide. Featuring: @thatchandroses, @bewilderly, @far_thelabel, @artcornerbysandra, @clarekenwardflowers, @alicerosehandmade, @vk_gallery, @elybasketmaker, @bexbluedesignshed, @mapmapart and more.

Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Festive Decor


For our third guide we have put together a great collection of Christmas wrapping solutions and a whole heap of inspiration of where you can get your craft patterns and supplies for your festive projects. Featuring: @doraexplored, @hahonline,, @sewingdaze, @fabricvase, @themissingyarn, @helloshanstudio, @cambridgeimprint, @sallyroperartist, @knittingneedlelane and more.

Take a look at the full guide over on Instagram here: Shop Local – Gift Wrapping & Crafts

Download our fun interactive templates here and share them to your Instagram Stories:

There was a wonderful discussion over on Instagram in response to our last post all about gifts for Cambridge foodies – you can head back and check out that post here and read the community’s insights here. If there is something in particular you are looking for this Christmas and are not quite sure where to look then please feel free to drop us a message or reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

If you are not a member of #WeAreCambsCreatives and would like listings added to the marketplace as part of this campaign, you can get five listings for just £3 and they will remain live until Sunday 20th December. Send us an email to let us know you are interested to:

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#ShopCambridgeshire: Gifts for Cambridge Foodies

Christmas. There we said it. It might be early November still but there seems to have been a real buzz for the festive season since September due to the rollercoaster that has been 2020 and the need for something to look forward to. We are certainly ready to jump aboard the build up to the holidays and even though things may look a little different this year we know now more than ever just how important it is to shop local, independent and early!

Today we are bringing you the first of a series of gift guides as part of our #ShopCambridgeshire winter campaign – a feast of inspiration for the food lovers in your life from independent businesses across the county. There is something for everyone, from cook and craft kits aimed at bringing the whole family together to kitchen essentials and a cookery book that sets out to put British farming back on the map and at the centre of your table.

Through our winter campaign we will be sharing with you an array of products, artworks, services and experiences that can be found right on your doorstep. We hope that you discover something new and encourage you to think about supporting your local businesses where you can this Christmas.

We will be officially launching the campaign over on Instagram next week with a series of interactive story templates for you to download and share – including a gift finder template, so if you have in mind something you would like to buy but are not quite sure where to look we are on hand to help!


David Underwood, founder of Orriss & Son, has been a chef for over 20 years. He has travelled extensively, cooking in some of the best kitchens in London and Melbourne, before settling back in his hometown of Cambridge in 2014 as co-owner of street-food burger sensation Steak & Honour.

A fleet of vans, an eponymous restaurant opening and a packed events calendar followed, but David’s focus has always been the building blocks of flavour; the layers of taste, tang and heat that can transform a simple meal into a culinary experience.

Visit Website: Orris & Son

After 6 years and a national lockdown, David knew the time was right to devote his full energy to this pursuit of flavour. At home with his family he developed and refined an idea he had been working on for the past decade – hand-crafted, fermented chilli sauces made in small batches, plant based and without additives.

They were to carry his grandmother’s family name, ‘Orriss’ – one rooted in the East Anglian region. A personal touch for a bespoke product so closely tied to his memories of flavour-filled family meals.

Orris & Son – Available Soon
Orris & Son – ‘Even Flow’ Hot Sauce

David lives in Cambridge with his wife Katie and their three children. Having worked together since the day they met in a Cambridge kitchen, this new partnership allows them to create a better balance in their professional and family lives.

A strong brand drawing upon David’s love of maps and music (spot the Pearl Jam and Soundgarden references in the sauce range), Orriss & Son is unique, impactful and transformative – and available soon.

Handcrafted in Cambridge, the sauces will be available to buy at £7.50 for a 200ml bottle with a donation from each bottle sale going to Water Aid. We think these would be the perfect addition to a gift hamper and even make a great stocking filler too!

Visit Website: Cook & Craft

Cook & Craft is a brand new Cambridge-based independent selling specially curated kits that can be delivered straight to your door. They include wonderful recipes and ingredients for cooking as well as materials for crafting – ideal for children aged between 5-11 and fun for the whole family!

Explore delicious recipes from around the world and create them at home with your loved ones whilst learning new skills and finally getting to sit down, taste and enjoy the flavours of your cooking afterwards.

Cook & Craft – Kits from £18

Alex and Victoria, the co-owners of Cook & Craft, invite you to pick your adventure – play and create with art materials, craft some works of art based around food and learn some facts and phrases from a different country using their activity book which features original illustrations for colouring-in. You can choose either a box with one or two recipes and there are options for ordering vegetarian and vegan as well as gluten free!

The cook and craft kits can be tailored to suit your needs depending on the size of your family and they range from £18 to £87. What’s more? You can also shop a collection of craft bundles, craft supplies and party kits – take a look at everything on offer here.

Brought to you by cook book specialists Meze Publishing and compiled by local arable farmer’s wife Jenny Jefferies, For The Love of the Land was launched this summer and celebrates the stories and recipes of some of the UK’s finest farmers.

As echoed in David and Katie’s story above, the pandemic has certainly given some families a chance to reconnect and take stock of the things that are important to them. Families used to rushing from pillar to post and grabbing meals on the go have been able to take time to cook and share meals together in a way they had perhaps forgotten.

It has also given some of us a new appreciation of what the food shop staff, delivery drivers, butchers, bakers, farmers and deli owners do to help us put great food on our table. The launch of Jenny’s cookery book couldn’t have been more timely.

For The Love Of The Land – Buy Now for £22

She tells us: “After marrying my husband, John, I discovered the wonderful, challenging and sometimes isolating world of farming. I never before quite appreciated where our food came from so it’s been a real privilege to speak with the farmers within this book; they are truly the backbone of our country. They nurture and provide for us; putting food on our table for us to enjoy, so let’s give thanks and praise for all the hard work that they do.

‘For The Love Of The Land’ features a collection of stories and recipes from farmers across the UK who specialise in a diverse range of produce; from game, pork, lamb, beef, cheese and dairy to the more unusual such as lavender, chillies and edible flowers.

Caldecote Manor’s Pheasant & Asparagus Bake

Featured local farms include Cambridgeshire-based Burwash Manor Farm in Barton, Caldecote Manor Farm in Abbotlsey, Fuller’s Hill Farm in Little Gransden, P.X. Farms Ltd in Dry Drayton and South Farm in Royston as well as La Hogue Farm Shop and Café based in Newmarket.

For many farming families like Jenny and John, working the land and raising livestock is a true labour of love, and what they produce is the backbone of the country’s food and drink. The dishes in this book make the most of local and seasonal ingredients, creating delicious meals, puddings and bakes that anyone can cook up at home – find out more and order your copy for £22 here!

Further Gifting Inspiration:

Bumble & Oak – Truffle Making Gift Kit (£19.69 via Click It Local)

Naomi Davies Art – Cambridge-inspired Chopping Boards (£12.50)

Shop At Seed – Contemporary Ceramic Tableware from £24

Alison Hullyer – Baking Illustrated Tea Towel (£10)

Bitesize Bakehouse – Artisan Sweet Treats & Postal Brownies from £5

Sue Rapley – Nature-inspired Table Mats from £10

Claire Folkes Ceramics – Stoneware Tableware from £8

Steak & Honour – Gift Vouchers from £10

Cambridge Wine Merchants – Wine, Champagne, Beer & Spirits

Gourmandises Académie – Patisserie Workshop Custom Gift Cards

Pear Pan Tree – Kitchen Wares from £25

Kelly’s Kitchen – 1-2-1 Virtual Cake Decorating Class (£55)

La Petite Maison – Chocolate Bars & Bonbons from £14.58

White Cottage Bakery – Bread Making Workshop Vouchers from £10

The Cambridge Cheese Co. – Gift Vouchers from £25

Cambridge Cookery School –  Culinary Experience Class Gift Vouchers

If you are a local business offering foodie gifts, courses or vouchers and would like to be added to this list then please do get in involved in the discussion over on Instagram when the post goes live this evening or leave a comment below! Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any of our upcoming gift guides and keep an eye out for the official #ShopCambridgeshire winter campaign launch next week.

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Cambridge Social Media Day 2020 – #CSMDay2020

We are really pleased to announce our new community partnership with Cambridge Social Media ahead of their two-day virtual conference taking place next month on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th November 2020. If you are a freelancer, small business owner or charity looking to learn how to make the most of digital marketing then you will not want to miss #CSMDay2020!

Cambridge Social Media Day has been held in Cambridge for the past two years, attracting hundreds of attendees. This year the organisers have made it a virtual event that will focus on helping people to make the most of building their businesses online.

Since the start of lockdown founder Lenka Koppová has been hosting free training sessions on a range of social media topics over in the Cambridge Social Media Facebook group. Lenka says: “Even though it’s an online conference, we’re really trying to make sure that we maintain the things that people really love about our past in-person events, which is a lot focus on the personal connections with people networking, connecting with your fellow entrepreneurs and business owners who are on a similar journey to yours.”

Get your #CSMDay2020 ticket here!

This year’s event is being held in partnership with business community Shifties founded by Alex Hughes. Alex says: “Our emphasis is on a holistic approach to business building, where personal growth is as important as scaling business opportunities. Shifties are very proud to be able to support Cambridge Social Media with the Cambridge Social Media Day 2020 online event. Social media platforms are incredible tools for connecting small businesses with their customers and business owners with a wide support network.”

#CSMDay2020 will involve a day of talks from expert speakers and a day of workshops where people can learn skills to help them grow their business. The first day event programme kicks off at 11am with an informal networking session and welcome from Lenka and Alex!

You can then expect a series of keynote speakers throughout the day including ‘The Social Media Changes That You Need to Know’ by Andy Lambert and ‘How to Use Social Media to get Oversubscribed’ by special guest Daniel Priestley who is a world-renowned entrepreneur and business growth expert.

Tuesday’s programme will close with a discussion panel honing in on ‘The Power of Communities on Social Media’. There will be further opportunity for informal networking at the end of the day and attendees are invited to stay connected afterwards for drinks and entertainment from 7-9pm!

Get your #CSMDay2020 ticket here!

On Wednesday there will be a selection of workshops and hands-on interactive Q&A sessions running simultaneously. Your ticket to the two-day online event gives you access to any of the content from the two days as downloadable files for future reference or in case you miss anything on the days – so you will be able to pick a few to join in real-time and re-watch all the rest afterwards.

The line-up so far looks incredible and includes Pippa Akram’s ‘Instagram 101: A Definitive Guide’, Carly Stringer’s ‘How to use Facebook ads to grow your online store’, Georgina White’s ‘The Power of Pinterest’ and Dan Holloway’s ‘Is YouTube the best rabbit hole for your Business? How to start, grow and scale with YouTube!’

We have our ticket – have you got yours? You can still grab an Early Bird ticket for just £40 + VAT and full price tickets will become available once the sale has ended.

Through our community partnership scheme members of the #WeAreCambsCreatives collective have access to an exclusive discount code to use towards their ticket. You can find it by logging into the members area or over in the closed group account here!

Be sure to give Cambridge Social Media a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and you can also join their Facebook group to find out more! If you are interested in becoming a member of #WeAreCambsCreatives you can join today here.

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Cambridge Art Makers – #PotsForPoTS Charity Auction

Susannah Bangham, Creative Director at Cambridge Makers, is fundraising for a charity close to her heart – quite literally! Susannah lives with the debilitating health condition Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) and to coincide with PoTS Awareness Day this Sunday 25th October she will be facilitating an online auction of locally handmade pots in aid of PoTS UK.

Pots For PoTS 2020 was due to take place at the Cambridge Makers studios in Linton, Cambridgeshire but due to the current situation the event is now taking place online through the organisation’s website here.

The web-based auction is live right now and running until 5pm on Sunday with a wonderful selection of ceramic wares to bid on including bowls, dishes, mugs, jugs, vases and a range of miscellaneous pots which would be perfect for plants and trinkets. On Sunday there will also be an Instagram Live at 4pm to showcase all of the pots – you can join the tour via Facebook too – and at 5.15pm a select 16 will be auctioned live virtually on Zoom.

You can see what will be available and get your free ticket to the live event here!

Susannah says: “The fundraiser came about because I have PoTS and I started potting as a way to heal a few years ago after I lost a job I loved because of my illness. A friend brought round some clay and I just sat and squished it and cried! Eventually I started going to her house once a week and started learning to throw. During lockdown the same friend lent me a wheel, which I set up in my Grandpa’s potting shed so that I could keep potting all summer for the fundraiser.”

Unfortunately there are not many places to get information about PoTS and it can often take a very long time to get a diagnosis. Susannah waited 10 years for hers and has told us how vital the charity PoTS UK are as a resource for both patients and medical professionals.

PoTS UK states: “Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) can be a life altering and debilitating health condition. Simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity. PoTS is due to an abnormal response by the autonomic (automatic) nervous system and is characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are mostly relieved by lying down). Symptoms include palpitations, lightheadedness, fatigue, sweating, nausea, fainting and headaches, and are associated with a persistant increase in heart rate from the lying to upright position.”

Money raised through the Pots For PoTS fundraiser will go towards helping educate and support patients, their carers and medical professionals across the UK. A small donation will be made to Cambridge Makers, who are also a registered charity, to cover resources provided.

The live auction is expected to be a fun, friendly and welcoming event – we hope to see you there! The fundraiser has been made a reality due to the kind donations from and collaborative efforts of potters Frank Logan, Janet Edwards, Joy Voisey, Lucy Blake, Pip Hughes, Steel Haughton, Victoria Ashdown and Caroline Amory.

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Community Art Project: West Chesterton Animal Trail

On Saturday 3rd October the West Chesterton Mutual Aid group launched their community animal trail art project bringing colour to the streets of Cambridge through a series of installations. This public initiative is designed to encourage local residents of all ages to stay active and creative throughout Autumn/Winter and the project is set to evolve well into early-Spring next year!

The West Chesterton Animal Trail is one of many inspirational creative responses we have witnessed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – with so many communities coming together to keep smiles on faces and show their support to key workers through various artistic endeavours.

We have also admired the way in which organisations have adapted events to enable them to go ahead this year and are thankful to those who have made events more accessible to people who are house-bound, in quarantine or shielding. West Chesterton Mutual Aid say: “What differentiates the Chesterton Animal Trail from some others is its inclusivity. The trail is available on a map and will be documented with photographs available online so that people can take part in different ways.”

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

West Chesterton Mutual Aid is one of many local volunteer community groups that was established earlier this year to support residents due to the coronavirus – and over the last six months they have done vital work helping to complete hundreds of essential tasks for those shielding in the area.

As cases start to rise again across the country the group were keen to do something to lift spirits, lead organiser and local photographer Lucinda Price says: “We are really excited to launch a project to help create some safe and fun activities for our community over the winter.”

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

Pictured above is illustrator and designer Ella Beech who is currently studying for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Ella has created a wonderful window display for the trail featuring a squirrel monkey and tiger – see Animal 18 on the trail map which you can access here.

More and more creatures will be making their way by land, river and air to the north of the city throughout October. From cuddly animals to creative masterpieces, residents are encouraged to join in and can get their animals added to the map by contacting the group. Keep an eye out for the flock of flamingos and other animals currently installed at the entrance of Victoria Park as well as for Gordon the Giraffe who has settled in nicely with those at Cambridge Manor Care Home; as seen below with Sheila Cracknell, George Bacon, Howard Varey and Marissa Worrell.

Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid
Image by Lucinda Price, West Chesterton Mutual Aid

Cambridge City Council have worked closely with many groups to help build local resilience. Lucinda Price, Clara Todd and their team of volunteers at West Chesterton Mutual Aid have been well supported by Cllr Jamie Dalzell and Cllr Mike Sargeant (pictured above). If you are in Cambridge – or further afield – you can see if there is a community support group in your area via the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website here.

Find out more about the animal trail by following the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to tag any images you share on social media with #ChestertonTrail and you could also use our community tag #CambsCreativeTreasures too – we would love to see what animals you spot along the way!

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Caroline Forward’s Three #PortraitsForNHSHeroes

Throughout lockdown hundreds of artists from across the UK produced portraits of NHS workers for free as part of the #PortraitsForNHSHeroes initiative which was launched in early April by Oxford-based portrait painter Tom Croft. There was an incredible response to the project inspiring similar initiatives across Europe and North America.

Caroline Forward, a Cambridgeshire artist and member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, completed three portraits as part of this inspiring initiative and we feel privileged to share them with you here on the blog with notes about each of the frontline heroes she painted, including a local nurse who works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

You can find a detailed explanation of how #PortraitsForNHSHeroes came about over on Tom Croft’s website here. He talks about what portraits represent and how they immortalise people. He poses the question of who should be immortalised and “line the walls of galleries” today. Tom says: “The people who put self interest and self preservation to one side and literally risked their lives knowingly on a daily basis for our well being. The NHS workers. Absolutely.”

Tom helped to match NHS workers with participating artists directly but due to such high demand he also suggested that any artist willing to get involved with the project posted their offers of free portraits on Instagram. Caroline did just that and was contacted within minutes of posting her offer by Kate, a midwife working in a busy maternity unit in Barnsley.

Kate said to Caroline how difficult it is for mothers giving birth without their nearest and dearest around them. She described the exhausting impact of working in personal protective equipment (PPE), the high levels of staff sickness and therefore staff shortages, and the long shifts.

After completing her first painting Caroline agreed to do a further two portraits. Her second portrait is of Katie, a staff nurse in Coronary Care at Addenbrooke’s. It was incredibly meaningful for Caroline to be able to paint a local frontline worker and she was able to deliver the finished artwork in person – socially distanced of course!

It was a very special moment for Caroline when she met Katie outside her home.

Katie told Caroline that she tries to keep her patients as calm, comfortable and reassured as possible whilst giving them the treatment they need to get better, being their advocate and being there for them especially when they are at their most vulnerable. With no visitors allowed she does as much as she can for their mental health so they feel less alone.

Caroline’s third portrait is of Karen, a paramedic in the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Karen moved her four daughters into her brother’s home at the start of lockdown in order to protect them from her potentially bringing Covid-19 home with her after work. To be separated from your young children for several months is a hardship. Caroline says: “These stories of personal sacrifice by our frontline workers need to be heard.”

It has been a touching and emotional journey for both the artist and subjects. Caroline explains that although the portraits are of the individuals, and that they have been gifted to them as a thank you for all they do, they are also painted in gratitude to and recognition of all those who have done so much during the pandemic. She received some wonderful feedback, notably: “No one has ever done anything like this for me, given me their time and talent in this way.”

You can browse over 13,000 images which have been shared on Instagram with the project hashtag here – it is truly a wonderful and visually moving social media curation. You can also find a small online exhibition of selected works over at The Net Gallery.

It is hoped that there will be a physical exhibition open to the public of #PortraitsForNHSHeroes sometime in the future but in the meantime be sure to follow @tomcroftartist for updates and @carolineforward to see her latest work over! If you are a local artist who has also produced a portrait as part of the project we would love to hear from you – please do get in touch.

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Lele Saa – Shortlisted: World Illustration Awards 2020

We are really pleased to announce that Lele Saa, member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2020 presented by The Association of Illustrators (AOI). Lele’s submission was previously selected as one of 500 longlisted projects from more than 4,300 entries – and has now been selected for the final shortlist of 200 projects!

Lele Saa, an illustrator and visual designer based in Cambridge, balances her part-time role as Creative Director at a UX design and innovation studio with her art practice which involves illustration, frame by frame animation and ceramic experiments.

Hooray! It’s a totem parade! is a mural painted on the exterior of Horizon – a centre for adults with learning disabilities in Cambridge. This piece by Lele stands alongside work by various local artists designed to uplift the outside of the organisation’s facilities.

Lele says: “I tried to create a bold image using the space of the wall in an exciting way. The whole mural can be only seen fully from a specific point of view; marked by a spot on the floor. The main totem figure depicts a Phoenix Bird that is reborn from its ashes and gives a positive message to the viewers.”

The mural was completed across 12 sessions between August and October 2019. Lele notes that ‘the composition grew organically’ taking into account ‘the limitations of the bricks and wall elements’ – although the design was planned digitally beforehand.

The project has been shortlisted in the ‘Site Specific’ category for this year’s World Illustration Awards by the AOI, who have been running an annual illustration competition for over 45 years. You can take a look at all of the shortlisted projects here.

The AOI is the world’s leading illustration body supporting and sustaining illustrators and the illustration industry. They present the awards in partnership with The Directory of Illustration which is widely regarded as the world’s leading marketing program for illustrators. This year they had entries from illustrators in 79 countries.

Congratulations to Lele Saa for being shortlisted – this is such a fantastic achievement!

Image by @lele_saa

The award winners, category specific and overall, will be announced on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Celebrations for this year will be rounded off with an online programme of events which is set to include masterclasses, panel discussions and social opportunities for illustrators, agents and commissioners from around the world to meet, explore and celebrate.

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‘Hector’s Perfect Cake’ by Lily Clarke

Cambridge-based author and illustrator Lily Clarke is crowdfunding via Kickstarter to publish her first picture book titled Hector’s Perfect Cake. Less than 10 days into the campaign, Lily is close to hitting her initial target of £3,000 – but she really needs your support as the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal!

Lily Clarke, member of #WeAreCambsCreatives, works full-time as a technology consultant and also runs a small illustration business, Lily In Space. Lily decided to self-publish her first illustrated children’s story so that she could write whilst continuing the career she enjoys deeply.

Hector’s Perfect Cake is a 28-page picture book about accepting that sometimes things just don’t go to plan.

Lily says: “Children can become fixated on ensuring everything they do is ‘perfect’, believing themselves to have failed if they are unable to achieve this. Hector’s Perfect Cake is a story that teaches children that perfection is not always as important as it might feel.”


Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect. It’s almost finished, there’s just one more ingredient to add – peanut butter! But when Hector discovers that the jar is empty, he decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined. It’s not long until the party though, so he’ll have to be quick! As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too. He may have to accept that sometimes perfection just isn’t possible.

The campaign is live on Kickstarter until the end of July and you can pledge your support here. Choose to donate any amount or select from one of the project rewards which include signed paperback editions of the book itself and full-colour illustrated bookmarks based on the characters from the story. There are also activity packs and teacher resources available too!

A fixed-format eBook edition of the book will be created if the project hits £3,500 and it will also become available as an additional reward. Pledge for any of the rewards and you will have your name listed on a dedicated supporters page at the back of the book. Find out more at:

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What’s On: Cambridge Open Windows – #COSArt2020

Across all four weekends in July, members of Cambridge Open Studios are taking part in the #OpenWindows2020 initiative founded by Denise Harrison, a fine-art painter based in Brighton. This fantastic project encourages artists, some of whom would normally show their work through open studio events, to display their artwork in their windows to brighten up people’s daily walk.

The popular annual Cambridge Open Studios event had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but it has been great to see our local artists pulling together to find an alternative way to showcase their work. There has been a real sense of excitement building over the last few weeks within the local creative community ahead of the Cambridge Open Windows trails which start today, Saturday 4th July.

Cambridge Open Windows offers members of the public here in Cambridgeshire the opportunity to enjoy art and embrace community spirit at a time when things are still very uncertain.

Cambridge Open Studios have put together a map of the artists taking part in Cambridge, another for out-of-town artists and two further trails for Histon and Ely – you can download and print the maps here and start planning your artwork treasure hunt!

The idea for Cambridge Open Windows came from Kate Green Art, a member of Cambridge Open Studios and #WeAreCambsCreatives, who says: “COS is sadly one of the many many things to have been cancelled this year for artists due to coronavirus. Being the biggest event in my calendar income wise, this is really disappointing – but it’s not just about money, it’s also a deadline to work towards creatively/professionally, and an opportunity to increase ones audience and connections.”

When Kate heard about other artists getting involved with alternative events across the country she approached the organisation with her ideas for open windows. She has since helped to organise the event and says it is important “to invest in our communities at this challenging time, bringing colour to our streets and cheering people up.”

Throughout lockdown we have been inspired by the connections formed within communities through creative activities – rainbow window installations and rock snakes to name just two! You do not need to be a member to get involved in Cambridge Open Windows and Kate says, “the more the merrier”.

Image by @kategreenart
Image by @roxanaderond

Head over to #COSArt2020 on Instagram to see more posts from the artists themselves – we will definitely be following along and are looking forward to heading out to discover the trails ourselves! If you are unable to get out at the moment then this is also a great way of accessing the event virtually and getting to know your local artists online.

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#ShopCambridgeshire: Wall Art & Homewares

We’re getting ready for another exciting event weekender! Join us for Instagram Live sessions on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June – and keep an eye out for more virtual market stall and exhibition displays from our sellers. Today we have put together a list of 20 artworks and homewares available to buy through the #ShopCambridgeshire marketplace and there is something to suit every budget!

The #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event is running until Sunday 28th June 2020 across FacebookTwitter and Instagram. We have also launched a unique marketplace over at The Trove Cambridge – find exclusive discounts and offers* from our sellers at: #ShopCambridgeshire Marketplace

*Discounts and offers valid only until 28/06/2020


Butterfly, Moths & Rhino Beetle Print (18x13cm) by Duck Egg Design Co. – £5

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Danish Mid Century Reniform Table (60x109x58cm) by Stedsans – £250

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Small Flowers (22x22cm), Ink on Paper by Sasha DeWitt Studios – £20

‘The Air That I Breathe Vl’, Oils & Cold Wax Medium by Caroline Forward – £200

‘Cobbles Yard’ Drypoint Relief Print by Alison Hullyer£125

Ocean Marble Clock by Zia James Curated£35

In Dreams, Solarplate Etching (210x210mm) by Print Room£120

Limited Edition Prints by Naomi DaviesFrom £45

Bright Day, Snape (Oil on Canvas, 14x18in) by Sheila Woodruff – £215

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Misheard Song Lyrics A4 Print (Polar Bear Ninja) by Daft Cow£10

Modern Edison Table Lamp (Hexagonal Series) by Millar Made – From £76.00

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St John’s Street Limited Edition Print by Roxana de Rond – From £45.00

Slim Porcelain Bud Vase by Claire Folkes Ceramics – £28

Tape Collection Fine Art Photography Print by Richard Heeps – From £150

Transparence 24, Acrylic on Canvas (50x50x3.5cm) by CfrArt£275

Caress the Light, Oil on Canvas (30x30cm) by Sue Rapley Art£230

Bridge Of Sighs, Acrylic on Deep Edge Canvas by Clive Dawson Art £150

Ink Drawing (30x40cm) by Vera Evstafieva Art – £50

COLOUR FLOW I, Mixed Media & Resin (61x61cm) by Louise Venning£1,150

Custom Woven (Medium) Wall Hanging by Clare Gray Makes£25

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You can find out more about the #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase event over on Facebook – RSVP to be updated with features, special offers and further details about our weekend Instagram Live sessions!

Keep up-to-date with what is happening across Cambridgeshire’s creative scene by subscribing to receive our latest news posts via email – and follow our #CambsCreativeScene tag on Instagram.

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