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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”.

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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 Virtual Showcase

The Trove Cambridge is pleased to be hosting a virtual exhibition and market to support creatives and businesses from across the county who have been affected by the by the cancellation of events and other disruptions due to COVID-19.

Join us for the first ever #ShopCambridgeshire Virtual Showcase where you can browse and buy online from over 60 local artists, designers, makers and indie businesses! We invite you to discover the fantastic range of artwork, products and services brought to you by sellers across the county – from Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Ely and many villages in between.

The event is running from Monday 15th to Sunday 28th June 2020 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have also launched a unique marketplace with over 200 listings – head over and you will find a range of original artworks, digital craft patterns, handmade jewellery, accessories, new and vintage clothing, artisan chocolate and baked goods, refurbished furniture, candles, fine art photography prints, embroidery art, woodwork, greetings cards, gifts and much more!

Find exclusive discounts and offers from our sellers at: #ShopCambridgeshire Marketplace

FEATURED SELLERS

Desk Organiser – Hexagonal Series (Set of 3) by Millar Made – £44

Misheard Song Lyrics A4 Print (Chips For Free) by Daft Cow – £10

Kindness Cards (Set of 4) by Clare Gray Makes – £8

Vulnerable Species Alphabet Print by Stephanie Le Cocq Studios – From £60

‘Dream’, Oil on Board (42x59cm) by Cheryl Liston – £175

10% Off with SHOPCAL10

Clavering Bag by Red Bike Leatherworks – £360

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GIVEAWAYS

Keep an eye out for a series of giveaways over on Instagram – yesterday we announced our first 48-hour giveaway in collaboration with Snowtap who are kindly gifting one winner their brand new ‘Collective Nouns’ 2021 Calendar. Enter for your chance to win here!

Snowtap are also offering a 10% discount over on Etsy with code: SHOPCAMBS10

Instagram Giveaway

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!

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What’s On: Easter with The Norris Museum

The Norris Museum in St Ives, Cambridgeshire had organised a children’s Easter Bonnet crafting competition as part of an event that was meant to be running today. They have now announced that this will be taking place across social media and are asking you to share photos of your wonderful creations with them over the Easter weekend!

The competition is open to all children aged 16 and under and you can enter by sharing a photo of your bonnet anytime from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, 13th April 2020.

The winning children will be presented with a voucher that will allow them free entry into the museum’s family event days for six months. The Norris Museum is currently closed but the vouchers will be valid from when they reopen.

So how can you get involved? Head over to The Norris Museum’s Facebook page and download the template they have provided. You can also find a list of simple instructions to follow on how to craft your mini bonnet! Your entries should be decorated with an Easter theme and you will need to share a photo of you wearing your make for a chance to win. Be sure to include your name and age with your entry – the winners will be announced after the Easter weekend.

I had a go at making one of my own inspired by the Cambridge Art Makers’ #CovidCrafting challenge! From a pizza box to a fancy Spring bonnet – I downloaded the template, followed the instructions provided and used a few supplies from my craft stash.

If you have some yarn at home then have a go at making some pom-poms using just a fork! I painted my bonnet with some white acrylic paint, used petals from faux flowers and then added some ribbon too.

What do you think? I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I will be sure to check out the entries of The Norris Museum‘s competition throughout the weekend. Let us know in the comments below if you are going to take part or tell us about what other Easter crafting projects you have planned!

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3 Instagram Challenges To Inspire You

We love an Instagram challenge and have discovered three that we wanted to share with you today. Whether it is bringing joy to your feed with colourful posts, finding ways to craft with items in your recycling bin or improving your account with tips from a social media expert – we hope these are a source of inspiration and positivity!

First up is the week long #CMMakingRainbows photo challenge from Cambridge Made – the Etsy Made Local team. Join in and share a photo each day that represents a different colour of the rainbow! This is a fun challenge and a great way to get to know your local artists, designers and makers:

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On Wednesday 1st April we are launching our week long instagram photo challenge. #CMMakingRainbows 🌈 We’re asking our makers to join in and create a rainbow on your grid. This challenge is inspired by all the adults and children decorating their windows with rainbows during lockdown. We’ll run through the simple guidelines of a photo challenge… Each day we’ll post a prompt (a colour) and it’s up to you to post your a photo featuring that colour on your Instagram feed. E.G if the prompt is pink, you might share a photo of your latest make, your outfit or your favourite tipple! Remember to tag your images with #CMMakingRainbows so we can scroll through and share our favourites each day here on our @cambridgemade instagram. By tagging your images, other members of our community can also check out all those fab images that you share. By the end of the week long challenge you will have posted 7 images that form a rainbow 🌈 This photo challenge is a great way to get to know the rest of your local community, find some fantastic local makers, designers and friends to follow and most importantly, it’s fun! We’re also hoping to let everyone know that despite isolation in these challenging times our members are still busy working away on some beautiful products. Screen shot this image to remind you of the daily prompts. We’ll also be posting a reminder each day 😊 Let us know is you have any questions or if you are joining in below… 👇 #cambridgemade

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The second challenge is from Cambridge Art Makers – who run various creative courses at their studio based in Linton, Cambridgeshire. They have come up with a 7-day #CovidCrafting challenge! Retrieve the seven items listed from your recycling bin, get creative and share your makes. You can find plenty of inspiration on their feed:


Last up is Social Pip‘s challenge which is aimed at small businesses looking to improve their Instagram account during the downtime brought about by lockdown. Pip is a Social Media Consultant based just across the border in Hertfordshire and each day is sharing a simple task you can implement. Keep an eye out for the new #PuttingThePipInSocial prompts daily in her stories:

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🌟 IT'S HERE 🌟 the 'no posting unless you want to' Instagram challenge!! Social media right now has never been more vital for your business. Now is the time, if you can't work IN your business to work ON your business.⁠⠀⁠⠀ ⁠⠀⁠⠀ Above is an outline of the focus for each day for the next 20 days. The 'task instructions' can be found each day in my stories. I'll be sure to save these as a highlight in my profile so if you miss a day or 2 or find this challenge after it's started no worries, you won't get left behind!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I'll aim to have the 'task instructions' up in my stories before midday each day but as I'm also doing the whole homeschooling thing please bear with me if it's a bit later than this sometimes!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I'm very much hoping this challenge will give you and your small business the boost 🚀 you might well be needing right now. My DMs are open for questions as always throughout the challenge and if you do happen to post either on your 'grid' or in your stories don't forget to tag me and use the #PuttingThePipInSocial hashtag!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #instagramtips #instagramtipsandtricks #instagrammarketing #instagrammarketingtips #instagramforbusiness #instagramhelp #smallbusinessessentials #uksmallbiz #digitalmarketinguk #smallbusinesstips #smallbusinesssupport #smallbusinessmarketing⁠⠀⁠⠀ #smallbusinessmarketingtips #freesocialmediatips #learnsomethingnew #smallandmightybusiness #hitchin #hitchintown #hitchinbusinesses #stalbans #hertford #bedfordshire #cambridge #hertfordshire #hertfordshirebusiness #hertsbusiness #socialpip

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Are you taking part in an Instagram challenge we haven’t listed? Let us know in the comments below – and if you join in with any of these above be sure to tag @thetrove_cambridge so that we can follow along!

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What’s On: Virtual Visits at Kettle’s Yard

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and yesterday the gallery announced that they have now installed a webcam to provide a live stream of a particular location in the Kettle’s Yard House to viewers. The house and gallery have been closed since 17th March 2020 in order to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors.

In response to the current situation Kettle’s Yard invite you on a virtual visit – with the webcam allowing you to watch in real-time for the duration of the gallery’s closure. The webcam is situated on the first floor of the cottages, in the area known as the ‘bridge’. The live stream, which is being broadcast everyday from 5.30am until 8.30pm, can be accessed via the gallery’s website here.

The idea for the webcam was suggested by a member of the public @joolsburke on Instagram, they said: “Kettle’s Yard is a magical place and being able to sit in a quiet corner and see the light change in the room is something I’ve loved for years. Being able to see this online is brilliant, and a reminder of what we hope to get back to before too long.”

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Kettle’s Yard says: “Our values reflect Kettle’s Yard’s creator Jim Ede’s support for artists and belief in art’s power to make us look again and change how we act in the world.”

The bridge is where Jim Ede created a small conservatory filled with plants, spherical glass fishing floats, pebbles, shells and artworks. In the sitting room adjacent to the bridge, Ede also installed a spiral staircase illuminated by a double-height window. This part of the House is both shadowy and light-filled, enabling virtual visitors to trace the light changes throughout the day.

The wide-angled shot takes in a number of artworks and objects, including Gregorio Vardanega’s suspended Perspex Disc, which refracts light and rotates with subtle movements of the air, as well as his smaller Spherical Construction, nestled among the plants in the top right corner.

Image Credit: Paul Allitt

To the left is a tall pot by William Staite Murray, called The Heron, and a small still-life by Ben Nicholson, titled 1944 (Mugs). Visible in the sitting room beyond is an ancient amphora, bought in the Sahara desert when Ede was living in Tangier, and a Japanese silk lantern.

In certain light levels it will also be possible to see two new glass works by Linder Sterling that were installed as part of the exhibition Linderism, which opened at Kettle’s Yard on 15th February 2020.

Image Credit: Paul Allitt

Kettle’s Yard also have an online tour which you can access here. Be sure to give the gallery a shout-out on social media and help to spread the word about their new #KettlesYardAtHome initiative!

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