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We had a great time hosting our opening event for the exhibition of paintings by Ruth Beloe, Anne-Marie Butlin and Helen Millar. We couldn't ask for a better beginning to the Bank Holiday Weekend. Thank you to all who visited the gallery!
The exhibition continues till 17th June.
Photography by Zuza Grubecka
Anne-Marie Butlin conveys the character of different flowers: the unique feeling they can create in a space, the strong structures and often the sheer joyfulness of their appearance. The artist aims to capture the sense of calm that flowers can give us - a chance to contemplate and meditate, and remember our connection with the natural world.
Taking inspiration from the work of artists such as Chardin and William Nicholson, Ruth Beloe's paintings explore the inherent beauty of everyday items and objects from nature. Characteristics of her work include studies of the reflective qualities of surfaces, the use of directed light to form appealing shadows and the play of refracted light.
Helen Millar has always been inspired by natural elements combined with her collection of British Ceramic Ware from the 1930's. She paints from life and particularly enjoys the clarity and freshness that watercolour paint can produce. Her textile design background has greatly influenced the way she work continuing her fascination with organic pattern, colour and the discipline of observational drawing.
On Saturday 26th May from 11am to 1pm, painters Ruth Beloe, Helen Millar and Anne-Marie Butlin will be in the gallery to open the new show and talk about their practice.
This is a great opportunity to meet the artists in an informal environment.
This is a free, drop-in event!
Join our Facebook event here.
Cambridge-based artist Helen Martino creates beautiful ceramic sculptures with a strong sense of narrative. She is a master in rendering gestures and facial expressions. Helen has been a regular exhibitor at our gallery since it first opened in the 1990s and is a founding member of Cambridge Open Studios.
While Paine Proffitt is perhaps best known for his sports-themed work, his new paintings depict fairytale-like scenes of queenly women in stately gowns, with birds and starry skies in the background. Proffitt's richly coloured paintings are created using layers of acrylic on canvas. They are nostalgic in feel and stylistically they reference elements of cubism and surrealism.
Glass artist Verity Pulford takes inspiration from the stunning countryside and wildlife around her in North Wales. She is fascinated by the ever changing light and the magical qualities this gives the plants and trees within the landscape. Using fusing, sandblasting, hand-painting and etching she tries to capture these qualities in her work.
On Friday evening we hosted an after hours meet and greet with painter Shazia Mahmood. The event marked the last weekend of the exhibition of paintings by Shazia Mahmood and ceramics by Anthony Theakston.
Thank you to all who attended! We are always open to feedback, please let us know if you have any suggestions for future events. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograpy by Zuza Grubecka
exhibition at cambridge contemporary art
30th March - 22nd April 2018
Shazia Mahmood returns to cambridge contemporary art for her sixth exhibition at the gallery. A recent trip to Holkham, staying in a nearby beach hut has inspired this new body of work and a new palette. The never ending skies and seas of Norfolk hold a special place in her heart.
On Friday 20th April from 6pm to 7.30pm, painter Shazia Mahmood will be in the gallery to chat about her practice. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist in an informal environment and enjoy a glass of bubbly after a long week. This is a free, drop-in event. We kindly ask to register here to monitor the number of visitors during the event.
Anthony Theakston creates a range of ceramics inspired primarily by bird form and movement. He begins his work by drawing quick sketches from nature to capture a striking form which he then refines these drawings into a design on paper, trying not to lose the initial expressive action which rough sketches can capture.
We are delighted to have such a selection of Anthony’s work. We are the only gallery to show his ceramics during 2017 and 2018.
For our March exhibition at cambridge contemporary art, we are very excited to have new oil paintings by Emma Green.
Emma Green is a contemporary landscape painter based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Following a Foundation course in Art and Design at Ipswich Art School, Emma went on to do a Fine Art Degree in Hull. After graduating in 2001, she returned to Suffolk. Working from her studio by the river Deben, Emma is strongly inspired by the coastal environment around her. Being immersed in this landscape, Emma creates semi abstract paintings exploring its wildness, its remoteness and the evocative, fleeting changes in light and atmosphere.
Emma’s new collection of work for spring continues to draw upon the changing light and atmosphere of the river Deben. Every hour, every day, the clouds, sunlight, rain or mist alters the landscape below, the trees along the shoreline, the mudflats and the surface of the water at high tide. Emma works in an intuitive way, always exploring the material qualities of the oil paint, adding texture inspired by the plants along the tow path, the flocks of wader birds that fly up or patterns and debris from old boats left in the mud.
Emma Green is coming to the gallery for an informal meet & greet on Sunday 18th March . The event is free, but we kindly ask to register here.
This free exhibition runs from 3rd - 25th March 2018. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
Iona Howard’s prints explore the notion of time and landscape through a contemplative exploration of surface. The sources of Howard’s prints can come from working in the open air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of her approach to the printing process makes the subject spontaneous and vibrant whilst capturing an intimate connection with the landscape.
Howard is captivated by the ancient semi-natural landscapes typical of her native west Cornwall where a blurred line exists between nature and human activity. Recent works of the Fens focus on the meeting point of land, horizon and sky, their flatness altering the perception of distance. Howard’s work has gradually evolved from her monochromatic studies by introducing colour to reflect the Fens’ everchanging mood and light. She draws inspiration from sites which have a particular sense of place; the catalyst for her most significant pieces of work.
Howard’s work has more recently been informed by a year-long collaboration with the Fenland Poet Laureate, Kate Caoimhe Arthur. Howard and Arthur have been working and walking together over the last four seasons in the fen-edge landscape that inspires them both. In repeated journeys around Cottenham and Wicken Fen, and more occasional forays into the deeper Fens, they have shared their practices, and each allowed their work to be in conversation with each other’s work. The process of articulating, to one another, the methods and rhythms of what at some level is instinctive and very private work, has in itself been valuable. Arthur’s poetry is displayed in the gallery amongst Howard’s prints, with the hope that visitors will see a conversation between the works, rather than a strict correlation between a single print and a single poem.
Please join them both between 6-7pm on Thursday 15th March for a reading of the work alongside the prints and an opportunity to meet both artist and poet with their reflections on the process of making their art.
This free exhibition runs from 3rd - 25th March 2018. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
For our landscape-themed March exhibition at cambridge contemporary art, we are very excited to have new oil paintings by Emma Green, prints by Iona Howard and wooden trugs by Jane Crisp who is new to the gallery.
Emma Green is a contemporary landscape painter based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Working from her studio by the river Deben, Emma is strongly inspired by the coastal environment around her. Emma’s new collection of work draws on the changing light and atmosphere of the river Deben.
Iona Howard’s fine art prints similarly express an intimate connection with landscape, mainly the flat fenland near her Cambridgeshire studio. Howard’s work has more recently been informed by a year-long collaboration with the Fenland Poet Laureate, Kate Caoimhe Arthur. Arthur’s poetry will be displayed alongside Howard’s prints, allowing a conversation to emerge between the two bodies of works both inspired by the fen-edge landscape.
Working from her home studio and workshop surrounded by beautiful countryside in Hale Fen, Cambridgeshire, Jane Crisp creates steam-bent trugs. The inspiration for her sculptural vessels comes from the Norfolk reeds and draws on her creative personal connections with local heritage and low-tech processes.
We are hosting a poetry and music event on Thursday 15th March from 6-7pm. Kate Caoimhe Arthur who will be doing a poetry reading, accompanied by guitar music by Dominic Howard and sound recordings from the Fens.
Iona Howard will also be at the gallery to give a talk about her printmaking practice on Sunday 18th March at 2pm. This is a free event. This is a great chance to meet the artist and learn more about her printmaking process.
This free exhibition runs from 3rd - 25th March 2018. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
We currently have a job vacancy at cambridge contemporary art and cambridge contemporary crafts.
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We are looking for a friendly, approachable person with an interest in the visual arts. Candidates should be able to prioritise tasks and be able to work independently. To keep the business running smoothly you will be responsible for maintaining sales and purchase ledgers on Sage Line 50 accounts. You will prepare; debtors and creditors reports, monthly management reports, VAT Returns and Bank Reconciliations. You will be working closely with the accountant to ensure all accounts are entered/prepared to their specification, as well as assisting with the year-end audit and statutory accounts preparation. The working days are flexible, 21 hours a week.
We are a small team of staff and are looking for the right people to join our team. They will be conscientious, enthusiastic and consider themselves a team player.
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We have started 2018 with a wonderful exhibition of Vicky Oldfield's collagraphs at the front of the gallery.
Her prints are taken from plates which have been collaged with a variety of materials, card, fabric, paper, string, sand and anything else that may come to hand; it's recycling at it's most creative! The plates are then sealed and then inked up and printed in intaglio or relief on damp paper using an etching press. The embossed textural quality of the print is unique to this method.
Thanks to the process itself, she is able to make small editions of the image, the editions are variable due to the process and her desire to experiment, which means each print is unique.
We asked Vicky some questions to find out more about her unique prints.
How did you get started with your art career?
I went to art college back in the eighties and studied design, I got my first job as a wallpaper designer for crown wallpapers and then worked for a design studio in Paris creating patterns for wallpapers, fabrics and ceramics. After a return to the UK I freelanced as a designer working on a variety of design projects from textiles, wallpaper and illustration to creating makes for craft magazines. During this time I began printmaking for pleasure, within a few years the printmaking became my main profession.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere, it's mainly from daily moments, I try to find time to slow down and really look. I start with a drawing and as soon as I am working I find the ideas flow, it's the starting that can sometimes be a problem, if I am stuck, I get in my studio look through my piles of ideas and sketches, try not to think too much and just start and then the ideas flow.
How do you go about making a new piece?
After starting with drawing and getting lots of ideas and sketches together, the final composition is put together in the same way that I used to design wallpaper, it's all about the textures, pattern, colours and space.
What are the qualities you enjoy about the medium you work in?
I love printmaking, it's a very versatile medium, so many opportunities for mark making! and when you have the plate made there are a lot of different ways you can print a picture from the same plate,which makes it fun and exciting. This does mean however that although my work is printed in editions there are huge variations within the editions, in some ways this is lovely as people get a unique piece, in other ways its complicated as my work is not a print in the traditional sense as an identical reproduction.
Which other artists do you admire?
I have huge admiration for Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Blackadder, Angie Lewin, John Piper, Barbra Rae, Stephen Chambers, Just to name a few!
Can you describe a typical working day?
Getting outside is good for the soul, I start the day with an hour long walk in the countryside with my dog, I live just where London hits the green belt, so after a short walk along the railway track I am in the countryside, I think my walks are my main source of inspiration. I tend to be working in my studio by 9.30, I will work all day if I am printing, with the process I use it's important to print as many as you can in one day as the prints get richer with each pull, but the actual plates start to change and can disintegrate, leaving me with only a portion of the intended edition printed.
If I am not printing, I am either preparing plates, planning artworks, painting up the pictures , all this mixed with the admin, gallery deliveries and visits to my framer
How do you see your work evolving in the future?
Through my artwork, I want to celebrate nature in all it’s beauty, I am planning on my walks to look to see where nature has reclaimed human spaces if only in a small way and to make works related to this.
Come and visit the gallery to see Vicky's prints on show at cambridge contemporary art, 6 Trinity Street, CB2 1SU from 2nd - 14th January 2018. The gallery is free to enter.
Photos of the gallery by Zuza Grubecka
Throughout the year the gallery has changed its skin over a dozen times. Our exhibits have shown the brightest and best from the world of contemporary ceramics, glass, painting and printmaking.
We always strive to mould the gallery's interior to display the artwork in the most complimentary way. Our aim has always been to create an inviting environment, which allows visitors to experience the work in a relaxed and personal space.
We were very pleased to host a number of engaging workshops and talks by many of our esteemed artists. For both us and gallery visitors, these meetings are a wonderful opportunity to get to know the artists we represent and learn about their practices.
This year we began to live stream the events on our Instagram profile to an ever increasing audience.
2nd - 14th January 2018
Mixed exhibition featuring Vicky Oldfield
20th January - 25th February 2018
3rd - 25th March 2018
30th March to 22nd April 2018
Shazia Mahmood and Anthony Theakston
28th April to 20th May 2018
Paine Proffitt and Helen Martino
26th May to 17th June 2018
Ruth Beloe, Anne-Marie Butlin
8th to 30th September 2018
Gail Brodholt and John Duffin
Last week printmaker Flora McLachlan visited the gallery. The artist brought with her a portable mini-press and showed us how she makes her smallest etchings.
We had a browse through her beautiful sketchbooks filled with watercolour paintings and learned more about Flora's fascination with fairy-tales.
Thank you to all who attended the event and thank you to all who tuned in to our live-stream on our Instagram!
Remember you can find us:
On Instagram: @cca_gallery
On Saturday 7th October we had a pleasure of hosting an artist demo with sculptor Paul Smith.
Paul talked about his practice and showed us how he builds a howling wolf - one of his fairy-tale creatures.
Thank you all for coming!
It's always an unforgettable experience to meet the person behind the artwork. Come join us for a meeting with printmaker Flora McLachlan on 28th October. Flora will be in the gallery doing a demonstration of her printmaking practice.
The artist is bringing her sketchbooks, along with her portable print workshop, which includes a 1950s toy mangle converted into a tiny printing press.
Flora will be making small relief printing blocks and pulling prints from them in the gallery.
Into the Forest show runs till 29th October 2017!
Paul Smith makes hand-built figurative ceramic sculptures and limited edition sculptures in bronze, iron and marble resin. His work explores the relationship between mankind and the natural world, with a special interest in encounters between humans and animals. Rather than realistic depictions, he is interested in rendering dream-like images, designed to create a feeling of peaceful co-existence between us and nature. Paul is inspired by fairytales and children’s stories, often playfully subverting or reinterpreting them.
Equally enthralled by the natural world, Flora McLachlan creates beautiful etchings and paintings of enchanted landscapes roamed by mythical creatures, infused with a sense of mystery. She tries to express a sense of lost or hidden magic, a glimpse through trees of the white hart. Etching is the ideal medium for her purpose, with its high contrast deep blacks and glowing whites creating an ethereal atmosphere. Her work is inspired by medieval English literature, myths and legends. We will have a mix of etchings, drawings, paintings and monotypes, including brand new work.
The exhibition opens on 7th October and runs until 29th October. Both artists are coming to the gallery to hold demonstrations, make sure not to miss these unique opportunities to meet them and see how they create their work. On Saturday 7th October at 11 am Paul Smith will be building his howling wolf sculpture live in the gallery. On Saturday 28th October at 11am, Flora McLachlan will be holding a printmaking demonstration on her miniature mangle press. We hope to see you there! Admission is free but due to limited space in the gallery we kindly ask to register for the Paul Smith event here.
The planning of the hugely popular printmaking exhibition has begun. In 2014, the inaugural exhibition, the founders of Cambridge Original Printmakers, Jo Tunmer, Sue Jones and Anthony Hopkinson mission statement was 'to promote and further a knowledge and understanding of printmaking and its technical variables and complexities to a wider audience’. They more than achieved their goal.
Once again in 2018 there will be talks by keynote speakers, alongside several workshops and demonstrations. The core team are working to improve and develop the educational aspect and hoping to introduce support for Cambridge art students.
In 2016 the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale core team enriched the event further by introducing workshops and producing an exhibition catalogue. The team also initiated the awarding of four prizes for exhibitors.
We are proud to announce that cambridge contemporary art will be awarding one of the prizes during the Biennale exhibition.
The Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018 promises to deliver once again an outstanding event, as expected by the visitors and exhibitors. The exhibition is a unique printmaking event with workshops, demos, speakers, and awards.
Participants must live or have a working studio within a radius of 35 miles from the marketplace in a central Cambridge venue. Only hand-pulled original works printed by the artists themselves will be accepted. Digital prints, gicleé prints and photographs will not be considered.
All printmakers who submit for the Cambridge Original Biennale 2018 will be have their work viewed and selected by an independent selection panel.
The exhibition will take place at the wonderful and historic Pitt Building, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RP, situated on the corner of Silver Street, opposite the famous Fitzbillies café.
We are currently not looking for a new member of staff, however, please do email us at email@example.com if you are interested in working in the gallery. We will notify you about our new vacancies.
When hiring a new member of staff, we look for a friendly, approachable person who will be able to give guidance to a customer looking for a particular work of art, discuss how it has been made and be able to gauge what the customer is looking for. You will need to be comfortable talking to customers about their preferences, advising them of what may be a good piece to buy and have the confidence to recommend alternatives when they aren’t sure about your choice.
You will be responsible in ensuring that you deliver excellent customer service in the gallery, on the phone and over email, alongside taking payments, wrapping purchases, and constantly monitoring and tidying the displays.
To keep the business running smoothly you will help to maintain accurate banking sheets and weekly totals as well as creating price labels, cleaning, dusting, painting walls and plinths to keep the gallery looking smart.
The exhibitions change monthly in both galleries, showing artists from all stages in their career. You may be part of the team that hangs the new exhibition and meets the artist(s) delivering their work.
We pride ourselves in promoting our artists extensively through our website and social media pages, this requires very good attention to detail to ensure that the artists gets the best possible exposure.
As the galleries are open to the public 7 days a week, you will need to be vigilant and security minded at all times.
You must be flexible with working hours, we plan the rotas one month in advance but occasionally offer hours at short notice to cover staff sickness and other eventualities which may arise in both our premises, Cambridge Contemporary Art (Trinity Street) and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts (Bene’t Street).
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to let you know of any future vacancies.
We had such an exciting week putting up the new exhibition of prints and paintings by Anita Klein! Anita opened the show with us on Saturday. We have been showing Anita's work since early 2000's and it was really nice to chat to the artist about her new printing techniques and her ever-expanding family.
Anita will be in the gallery again to close the show on 30th September. She will be giving a talk about her working practice and inspiration behind her work. Due to limited space in the gallery we kindly ask to register here.
This September, we are overjoyed to have painter and printmaker Anita Klein as our featured artist. Anita has been exhibiting with us for many years and we are always looking forward to seeing her new work. This exhibition will be a mix of paintings, prints and drawings Anita has made in the past few years. Anita's work will be paired with beautiful glass pieces by McNeill Glass. The exhibition opens on 9th September and runs until 1st October.
Born in Australia, Anita moved to England when she was young and studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art, where she gained BA Hons in Fine Art and an MA in printmaking. Anita is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) and her work is featured in numerous private and public collections worldwide.
Anita is renowned for her technical sophistication, her bold use of colour, her precise compositions and her family-themed subject matter. Taking seemingly ordinary domestic moments as a starting point, Anita’s work captures the richness of the everyday, encouraging us to appreciate those fleeting moments and to find joy in the smallest things and in the people closest to us.
Our September exhibition contains some very recent work featuring Anita's grandchildren, angels and paintings Anita created in her studio in Italy which she visits regularly. Anita has been using her time there to play and experiment. Starting out by painting on canvas in Italy she then uses some of these initial paintings go on to inspire colour linocuts, lithographs and etchings. The exhibition will include examples from all stages of this process.
Dates for your diary: Anita will be in the gallery on Saturday 9th September from 2-4pm to chat to visitors about her work. She will also be holding a talk about her practice on Saturday 30th September from 2pm. Make sure not to miss these!
For those who are keen to learn more about Anita Klein's work, we thoroughly recommend the Words section on Anita Klein's website. To find out more about the technical details of handmade prints, please check our Printmaking Techniques page.
Last winter as the temperatures dropped and we noticed more and more people sleeping rough on the streets of Cambridge, we started thinking about a way to support Cambridge Street Aid, a local charity which helps homeless or vulnerably housed people in our city to find and sustain accommodation and employment.
We came up with the idea of selling tote bags and donating the profit of every bag to Cambridge Street Aid. Our cotton tote bags are extremely useful, environmentally friendly, very sturdy and on top of that they look great! Cambridge-based illustrator Katie Harnett created 3 beautiful designs for us and we’re happy to see they have been popular.
Our bags cost £3 to produce and retail at £5, which means for every bag that is sold we can give £2 to the charity. We have been selling our tote bags since December 2016 and we’re really pleased to announce that we have recently sold out our first order of 300 bags, so we have donated £600 to Cambridge Street Aid! So here’s a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s bought one!
Cambridge Street Aid has responded to say they are delighted and touched by your kindness. Your addition to the Street Aid fund means they have raised almost £10,000. The money has been paid out in grants that have helped to change lives, including:
- For a bicycle to help a formerly homeless man travel to a new job;
- To pay for a suit and shoes for someone starting a round of job interviews;
- Towards sports gear for people wishing to put an unhealthy street-based life behind them;
- To enable someone to obtain a construction certificate so they can work on building sites;
- For household equipment to give someone a fresh start in a new tenancy;
- To enable someone to purchase a passport to help them visit their estranged family
Once again a huge thank you for your support! We have started selling from our second order of tote bags now and we hope to be able to make another donation in about six months’ time. We also have Cambridge Street Aid’s poster and flyers on display in the gallery with details on how to donate, so we’re hoping this has inspired some of you to make a contribution directly to this worthwhile cause. Please visit https://www.cambscf.org.uk/ to learn more.