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We're hiring!

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GALLERY ACCOUNTS AND ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Salary: £12 per hour / £23,400 per annum pro-rata

Closing date for application forms: 22nd August 9am

Interviews: 29th August

Start date: 16th September

Please email us at info@cambridgegallery.co.uk for Application Form.

 

When hiring a new member of staff, we look 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:

·         Reporting to, and assisting the Director and Manager

·         Maintaining sales and purchase ledgers on Sage Line 50 accounts

·         Preparing debtors and creditors reports

·         Preparation of monthly management accounts

·         Sending monthly sales reports to artists (purchase notes)

·         Inputting stock data onto Epos system

·         Bank Reconciliations

·         Preparation of VAT Returns and submissions

·         Working closely with the accountant to ensure all accounts are entered/prepared to their specification. Assisting with the year-end audit and statutory accounts preparation 

·         General administration and ad-hoc tasks as required

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent excel skills

  • Experience of Sage (minimum 2 years)

  • Experience as a bookkeeper and administrator (minimum 2 years)

  • Experience using Xero would be considered advantageous as we may consider moving to this system in the future

  • Experience of working within a retail environment using an EPOS system

  • Experience of working independently & good organisational skills

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

We are a small team of staff and are looking for the right person to join our team. This person will be conscientious, enthusiastic and consider themselves a team player.

The working hours are flexible, approximately 4 days / 30 hours a week. The candidate will be based at the gallery between the hours of 9am – 5.30pm. This position could ideally suit someone who is self-employed or freelance.


PART TIME GALLERY ASSISTANT FOR CAMBRIDGE CONTEMPORARY ART AND

CAMBRIDGE CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS - SATURDAYS



This position would ideally suit someone who is self-employed or freelance.

Salary: £8.25 per hour

Closing date for application forms: 21st August

Please email us at info@cambridgegallery.co.uk for Application Form.

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 close the till at the end of the day, maintain accurate sales sheets as well as creating price labels, cleaning, dusting, painting walls and plinths to keep the gallery looking smart. Once you are trained, you will be confident in using excel and a POS till.

The displays in the gallery and craft shop change regularly, 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 artists get the best possible exposure.

As both premises 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).

We are a small team of staff and are looking for the right person to join our team. This person will be conscientious, enthusiastic, able to work in a team and also by themselves.

The working hours are Saturdays 10-5.30pm (10-6.30 at busy times of year), going up to 3 days a week to cover for staff holidays.


Celebrating Cambridge Independents' Week!

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Thank you to Love Cambridge for organising the Cambridge Independents’ Week! We’ve had a pleasure to host a cocktail evening with Suzannah Wansell of Meadows, a newly opened deli shop in Newnham, and we had a chance to celebrate with other independent businesses across the city.

Thank you for your continuous support of our Cambridge Contemporary Art and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts ❤️ ⠀

Cambridge to Coast Private View

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Cambridge to Coast Private View

Friday 10th May marked the opening of our new show Cambridge to Coast. The exhibition features original prints and paintings by Jo Tunmer are ceramics by Jaejun Lee, Jane Cairns, Anne Barrell and Sarah Went.

Jo Tunmer’s work reflects the landscape from Cambridge city out towards the East Anglian coast. Jo grew up in London and thrives on the anonymity and comparative privacy that living in a city offers. In response to her urban surroundings she creates hand-pulled solarplate etchings of views of the city that often focus on a solitary figure. In comparison, her oil paintings express a romantic, utopian notion of the land.

Since 2013 Jo has focused on printmaking. In 2018, alongside running her art practice, she completed a Master’s Degree with distinction in Fine Art Printmaking from Anglia Ruskin University. This period of study enabled Jo to experiment further with wood cut printmaking techniques and fine art installation.

Jo’s work always attracts crowds, the preview night was no different. Thank you to all who registered their attendance through Facebook and our website.

Cambridge to Coast continues until 2nd June.

Spring Show Meet&Greet

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Thank you to all who joined us this past Saturday for Meet&Greet with Charlotte Cornish, Sue Jones, Tracey Ashman, Conni Johnson, Jane Hollidge and Emily Powell. We had such a good time chatting to our artists and customers!

The Spring show runs until 5 May - make sure you pop in before we start setting up our next exhibition Cambridge to Coast - paintings and prints by Jo Tunmer and ceramics by Jaejun Lee, Sarah Went, Jane Cairns and Anne Barrell.

photography by Nicola Bayley

Spring at Cambridge Contemporary Art

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Spring

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6 April - 5 May 2019


We are very excited to begin Spring with a vibrant new exhibition lead by printmaker Charlotte Cornish. Visit the gallery to see new work by our talented painters, printmakers, ceramicists and glassmakers. We hope to energise you in the new season!

Please join us for a Meet & Greet in the gallery with our featured artists

on 27th April between 2.30pm and 4.30 pm.

This is a free event, we kindly ask you to register here

Charlotte Cornish's inspiration from places she has travelled to – most recently Marrakesh - are initial starting points for her compositions. Her artworks, however, are not direct representations of those places, but a mixture of elements from the seen world, and her emotional responses and experiences. Charlotte continues to be fascinated with the unending possibilities of working with colour.


Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale last autumn was a very successful exhibition showcasing the best printmakers from Cambridgeshire.

We were kindly asked to choose The Best Print in Show and Conni Johnson along with Terry Bryan were the winners of the cambridge contemporary art prize. We are very pleased to show Conni's work during our Spring Exhibition. 



Sue Jones is an Artist, Printmaker, Tutor, Consultant, and founding organiser of the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale. Sue's abstract prints are inspired by landscape and are infused with a sense of mystery, vitality, colour and space. The Monotypes, are unique, evolved over time, constructed of many layers.


Tracey Ashman has been printmaking for a decade and has a passion for the process, which she finds can be very exacting and challenging. Tracey finds that printmaking offers limitless creativity, in techniques that can be combined. Her preferred printmaking processes are mono-prints, silkscreen and linocuts. 


cambridge contemporary art has been representing ceramic work by Jane Hollidge for over 20 years. We are very happy to announce that we will also be showing Jane's new paintings during our Spring Show. 

The greatest impact on Jane's work was living in Asia. The wonderful simplicity and discipline of the art and culture there is seen in the way even the most humble objects are arranged.


We are really excited to exhibit new work by painter Emily Powell, sculptor Scott Irvine, ceramicists Ann-Marie MagsonSilvia KLara ScobiePeter ArscottSarah HillmanAlison GrahamAnn Lee, Laura De Benedetti and glass by Ruth Shelley.


If you would like to be the first to receive information about one of the artists in one of the exhibitions below, contact us and we’ll be in touch when the new work arrives.


Gift Vouchers

Too many beautiful things to choose between?

If you can't make up your mind on what to choose we also have gift vouchers, available in any denomination and which can be redeemed across our two galleries.

Don't forget we can send most items anywhere in the world including gift vouchers!


Future exhibitions in cambridge contemporary art:

11th May - 2nd June 2019 - Jo Tunmer Solo Show with ceramics by Sarah Went,Jaejun Lee, Anne Barrell, Elizabeth Renton and Jane Cairns

12 June - 2 September - Mixed Summer Show featuring David Hunt, Catriona Millar, Graham Rider, Emily Stevens, Elisa Lafuente, Richard Allen, Janine Baldwin, Emily Powell, Jeni Cator, Stacey Manser Knight, Simon Turner and many more.

6 - 29 September 2019 - Rebecca Barnard 

5 - 27 October 2019 Angie Lewin and Lizzie Farey, Jane Walker and Katharina Klug


 
 

Thank you for all your continued support.

         You are helping artists to sustain their livelihood and  supporting two locally run independent galleries

        The work you buy will be unique and original - you won’t find it elsewhere in Cambridge

       Everything is handmade by artists working in the UK


www.cambridgegallery.co.uk | www.cambridgecrafts.co.uk

01223 324222 | 01223 361200

The art gallery is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday,

The craft gallery is open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Both galleries are open 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Early Spring in the Gallery

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Early Spring

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2 - 31 March 2019

Welcome to our Early Spring Show featuring several brand new artists to the gallery. 

Rachel Arif is a landscape painter based in London, who spends much of her spare time along the Suffolk Coast, where she is inspired by its enchanting coastlines, picturesque rural villages and woodland areas. Her work is semi-abstract, capturing the intense force of the weather as it shapes our lives and natural landscape.


Since graduating, Honor Surie has practised in graphics, ceramics, sculpture and painting. She moved to the Suffolk area in the late 70’s and the coastal landscape became her main inspiration. Her paintings capture the landscape’s mysterious meditative quality, the eerie pale light spilling from seas, rivers and skies.


Sara Johnson trained at Winchester School of Art and Loughborough College of Art & Design where she specialised in woven textiles. Her interest in textural effects combined with atmosphere is portrayed in her watercolour and more recently, acrylic paintings. Sara's work in our show focuses on Cambridgeshire fens.


Penny Frith draws inspiration from her travels to the scenic coastlines and landscapes of the UK and France. She strives to convey a sense of tranquillity along with a luminous light filled quality through use of colour and proportion.


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Last year cambridge contemporary art was honoured to be asked to choose the Best Print in Show at the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018. Terry Bryan's 'Autumn Grassland' was selected and we are very happy to be showing the winning print and a selection of other works by the artist during our Early Spring show. 

Terry Bryan, a printmaker and graphic artist, works from his print workshop in rural Essex. For over four decades he worked in the world of graphic design, achieving success both nationally and internationally for himself and his clients alike.


Chrissy Norman works in a traditional way using soft or hard ground on copper or zinc with aquatint, etched in acid. Much of her work is printed using coloured inks blended on one etching plate, carefully wiped and then passed through an etching press. Chrissy is inspired by the East Anglian coastline and the effect of light and season on the landscape.


If you would like to be the first to receive information about one of the artists in one of the exhibitions below, contact us and we’ll be in touch when the new work arrives.


Local ceramicist Amanda Banham is our featured artist at the crafts gallery this month. If you haven't yet seen how she has transformed our window display with retro toys - don't wait, her work has been flying off the shelves! If you're not local to Cambridge, we have added all of Amanda's pieces to our online shop. You can be a proud owner of one of her ceramic houses or a rainbows in just a couple of clicks! Click here, to shop online with us. 


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Gift Vouchers

Too many beautiful things to choose between?

If you can't make up your mind on what to choose we also have gift vouchers, available in any denomination and which can be redeemed across our two galleries.

Don't forget we can send most items anywhere in the world including gift vouchers!


Future exhibitions in cambridge contemporary art:

6 April - 5 May 2019 - Abstract show featuring: Charlotte Cornish, Jane HollidgeSue Jones, C.E. Johnson, Tracey AshmanLara Scobie, Ann Lee, Peter ArscottSarah Hillman, Silvia K, Ruth Shelley 

11th May - 2nd June 2019 - Jo Tunmer Solo Show 

12 June - 2 September - Mixed Summer Show 

6 - 29 September 2019 - Rebecca Barnard 

5 - 27 October 2019 Angie Lewin and Lizzie Farey


Thank you for all your continued support.

         You are helping artists to sustain their livelihood and  supporting two locally run independent galleries

        The work you buy will be unique and original - you won’t find it elsewhere in Cambridge

       Everything is handmade by artists working in the UK

 www.cambridgegallery.co.uk | www.cambridgecrafts.co.uk

01223 324222 | 01223 361200

The art gallery is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday,

The craft gallery is open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Both galleries are open 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays

2019 Winter Show

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Mixed Winter Show

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12 January - 24 February 2019

We are so excited to have paintings by Anita Klein in the gallery. As always Anita's work focuses on those everyday moments we take for granted. Beautiful, life affirming paintings guaranteed to beat those January Blues!

We have two brand new artists to the gallery this month: Matt Horne and Jenni Cator.

We also have beautiful papercuts by Darin Mountand new work by Jacky Hawthorne and Lucy Howard.


Jacky Hawthorne’s paintings of still life, often with stylised flowers, are informed by her training in ceramics and her previous career as garden designer. Jacky uses acrylic on paper and her paintings are quirky, light-hearted and colourful. As with garden design there is a strong emphasis on balance and composition.


Born in Norwich, Jenni Cator trained in the North West, worked in London and now lives and paints in the Norfolk countryside. Jenni paints in oil on board, draws with pastel on paper and prints with lino. 


Matt Horne trained at Aylesford Pottery in Kent, developing his technical skills in production throwing before setting up his own workshop at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone, in 2008.

Matt enjoys pushing the boundaries of form with contemporary, elegant and sometimes challenging shapes, which are complemented by the stunning colour combinations in his glazes.

All of his work is hand thrown in porcelain on the potter’s wheel and finished with crystalline glaze. Crystalline is a complex glazing process in which Zinc Silicate crystals form in the glaze during the firing, making every piece completely unique.


If you would like to be the first to receive information about one of the artists in one of the exhibitions below, contact us and we’ll be in touch when the new work arrives.


Gift Vouchers

Too many beautiful things to choose between?

If you can't make up your mind on what to choose we also have gift vouchers, available in any denomination and which can be redeemed across our two galleries.

Don't forget we can send most items anywhere in the world including gift vouchers!


Future exhibitions in cambridge contemporary art:

2 - 31 March 2019 - Landscape show featuring: Chrissy NormanRebecca Vincent, Sarah Johnson, Honor Surie, Terry Bryan, Penny FrithSue MundyKaren Bunting, Sam Walker 

6 April - 5 May 2019 - Abstract show featuring: Charlotte Cornish, Jane HollidgeSue Jones, C.E. Johnson, Tracey AshmanLara Scobie, Ann Lee, Peter ArscottSarah Hillman, Silvia K, Ruth Shelley 

11th May - 2nd June 2019 - Jo Tunmer Solo Show 

12 June - 2 September - Mixed Summer Show 

6 - 29 September 2019 - Rebecca Barnard 

5 - 27 October 2019 Angie Lewin and Lizzie Farey


 
 

Thank you for all your continuous support.

         You are helping artists to sustain their livelihood and  supporting two locally run independent galleries

        The work you buy will be unique and original - you won’t find it elsewhere in Cambridge

       Everything is handmade by artists working in the UK


Late Night at the Gallery and Cheese-tasting

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Late Night at the Gallery and Cheese-tasting

Cambridge-based cheesemonger HUM-CLOSEN prepared a delicious feast in the gallery last week. We had a pleasure of trying a variety of raw cow milk and goat milk cheeses sipping a glass of wine at the same time. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s festive season.

Thank you to all our customers and artists who came to share this evening with us!

Mixed Winter Show

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Mixed Winter Show

at cambridge contemporary art 

3 - 24 December 2018

It's that time of year again when both galleries are full of beautiful works of art, handmade Christmas decorations and cards. For your convenience both galleries will be open until 6pm Mon-Sat in December.

Please join us for a spot of shopping and Christmas cheer on Wednesday 12th December, 6-8 pm.  Local cheesemonger Hum-Closen will be here with a selection of delicious hand made cheese to enjoy (with a glass of wine) while you browse the unique selection of artworks on display. We will also be giving away free tote bags with our exclusive designs on them.

Every year during our mixed winter show we like to introduce new artists to the gallery. Ceramicists Hilary Mayo and Adam Frew will be familiar names to followers of British Studio Ceramics. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to show their wonderful work in Cambridge.

After a sold out summer show, we are extremely excited to show new paintings by Lesley Seeger. Inspired by the natural world she works en plein air and completes work in the studio. Working on up to seven paintings at a time, each body of work includes both landscapes and semi abstract florals whose styles and methods  inform and compliment each other. She is to be found, most of the time in the middle of a field with a wheelbarrow full of paints and canvases!

We also have some beautiful new paintings by Lyz GardnerRuth TaylorSally Anne Fitter, Laura Beardsell-MooreRebecca BarnardDonald McCleodNicola HartHelen Millar and Paula Sharples amongst many others. All paintings are uniquely crafted originals and by artists based in the UK. 

The Winter Show is a great opportunity to find that unique gift for a loved one at Christmas. New arrivals from popular artists Jane CrispGwen VaughanHelen MartinoJuliet McCleodRhian MalinVivienne Ross plus many more will make the perfect present for under the Christmas tree!

If you would like to be the first to receive information about one of the artists in one of the exhibitions below, contact us and we’ll be in touch when the new work arrives.


Don't forget to visit our sister gallery Cambridge Contemporary Crafts for some lovely hand-crafted decorations and gifts, including these festive snowmen by Clare Nicholls. You can pop into the gallery or browse our online shop


Gift Vouchers

Too many beautiful things to choose between?

If you can't make up your mind on what to choose we also have gift vouchers, available in any denomination and which can be redeemed across our two galleries.

Don't forget we can send most items anywhere in the world including gift vouchers!


Thank you for all your continuous support.

         You are helping artists to sustain their livelihood and  supporting two locally run independent galleries

        The work you buy will be unique and original - you won’t find it elsewhere in Cambridge

       Everything is handmade by artists working in the UK

Meet the maker - Margaret Gardiner

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Photos by Zuza Grubecka

We’ve had a wonderful time during our demo with ceramicist Margaret Gardiner yesterday! The artist showed us how she throws and decorates her jugs and vases. Thank you all for coming! The next event in the gallery is on 27th October - Gael Sellwood will be in the gallery between 11-4pm to talk about her work and sign her new book ‘The measure of the Year’. Don’t miss it!

The Measure of the Year

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RHS Gold Medalist Gael Sellwood makes highly detailed botanical watercolour paintings on vellum. She uses material from her own conservation garden as inspiration. 

We are very pleased to announce that we will be launching Gael's new book 'The Measure of The Year' in the gallery. Please see below for our upcoming events.


Combining her passions for drawing and ceramics, Tiffany Scull specialises in Sgraffito-decorated stoneware featuring stylised graphic representations of birds, insects, flowers and trees. She creates her intricate designs by tracing the outlines onto the clay, applying coloured slips and meticulously scratching away the slip between the drawings.


Using both wheel throwing and slab building techniques, ceramicist Margaret Gardiner produces richly textured pieces which are suitable for domestic use. Margaret's work is vapour-glazed, creating a beautiful lustrous effect. She is inspired by Victorian architecture, Greek pots and the sea.


UPCOMING EVENTS at CCA

  • Friday 5th October between 6pm-7.30pm - Private View of our upcoming exhibition. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and chat about their work, so do join us. The event is free, if you would like to attend we kindly ask you to register here.

  • Sunday 21st October between 2pm-4pm - artist demo with ceramicist Margaret Gardiner. This is a free event, please register here.

  • Saturday 27th October between 11am-4pm - Demo and book signing by Gael Sellwood. This is a free, drop in event, please register here.


Thank you for all your continuous support.

         You’re helping artists to sustain their livelihood and  supporting a local independent gallery

        The work you buy will be unique and original - you won’t find it elsewhere in Cambridge

       Everything is handmade by artists working in the UK


 www.cambridgegallery.co.uk | www.cambridgecrafts.co.uk

01223 324222 | 01223 361200

The art gallery is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday,

The craft gallery is open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Both galleries are open 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Meet & Greet

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from left: John Duffin, Gail Brodholt, Jane Hollidge, Maree Allitt

On Saturday 15th September we had a pleasure of hosting a Meet&Greet with painters and printmakers Gail Brodholt and John Duffin and ceramicists Maree Allitt and Jane Hollidge. We really enjoyed finding out more about the artists, about their practice and inspirations. Thank you all for coming!

UPCOMING EVENTS at CCA

  • Friday 5th October between 6pm-7.30pm - Private View of our upcoming exhibition of paintings by Gael Sellwood and ceramics by Margaret Gardiner and Tiffany Scull. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and chat about their work, so do join us. The event is free, if you would like to attend we kindly ask you to register here.

  • Sunday 21st October between 2pm-4pm - artist demo with ceramicist Margaret Gardiner. This is a free event, please register here.

  • Saturday 27th October between 1pm-3pm - Demo and book signing by Gael Sellwood. This is a free event, please register here.

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Gail Brodholt and John Duffin

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Gail Brodholt and John Duffin

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8 - 30 September 2018

We are in for a real treat this September at cambridge contemporary art, with a city-themed exhibition by London-based painter-printmakers Gail Brodholt and John Duffin. Both artists are renowned for their striking depictions of urban environments, each interpreting modern life in the city in their own way. We can't wait to see their work side by side. 

Both artists will be at the gallery for a meet & greet on Saturday 15th September from 2-4pm. Not to be missed!



John Duffin
 is well known for his high contrast black and white etchings focusing on contemporary urban life and metropolitan architecture. His choice of point of view creates an almost cinematic effect. In addition to Duffin's etchings, we will also have a number of his oil paintings on display.


Gail Brodholt creates richly coloured linocuts of modern cityscapes, focusing especially on scenes of urban travel. London's railways, metro trains and tube stations feature prominently with city dwellers on their way across the London transport network.  Gail's expert eye for composition and her distinctive bold lines result in strong graphic images.

Alongside John and Gail's work, we will be showing ceramics

by Maree Allitt and Jane Hollidge.

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Meet and Greet with our featured artists

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From left: Helen Millar, Anne-Marie Butlin and Ruth Beloe

From left: Helen Millar, Anne-Marie Butlin and Ruth Beloe

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

May and June Show

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Anne-Marie ButlinRuth Beloe and Helen Millar

exhibition at cambridge contemporary art 

26th May to 17th June 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

Events

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.

Paine Proffitt, Helen Martino and Verity Pulford exhibition

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Paine ProffittHelen Martino and Verity Pulford

exhibition at cambridge contemporary art 

28th April - 20th May 2018

Our current exhibition at cambridge contemporary art is three-person show featuring ceramics by Helen Martino, paintings by Paine Proffitt and glass by Verity Pulford.

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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.

 

Shazia Mahmood in the gallery

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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 info@cambridgegallery.co.uk

Photograpy by Zuza Grubecka

Shazia Mahmood and Anthony Theakston exhibition at cambridge contemporary art 

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Shazia Mahmood and Anthony Theakston

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 freedrop-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.

Emma Green in our March Exhibition

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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 in our March Exhibition

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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.