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Job vacancy for Adhoc Gallery Assistant

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If you are a friendly, creative, conscientious and enthusiastic person with great customer service skills, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a new member to join our small team at cambridge contemporary art and cambridge contemporary crafts.

The position is for 1 day per week possibly rising up to 3 days a week to cover staff holidays (variable from week to week).

Please email us at for an 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 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).

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 in the gallery spaces by themselves.

The working hours are variable from week to week, from 1 day a week to 3 days a week. This position would ideally suit someone who is self-employed or freelance.

Start date: 6th June

Please email us at for an application form.

Meet the artist - Ian Scott Massie

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Another Sunday, another event! Ian Scott Massie visited the gallery to talk about his 'Places of Pilgrimage' body of work. Ian's watercolours and prints from his carefully planned trip through the country depict places previously lived in or visited by fellow travellers, poets, writers and places of personal interest. 

Thank you for tuning in to our Instagram live-stream of the event! Find us @cca_gallery for more videos and photos of the gallery. 

'Places of Pilgrimage' exhibition is on display till 1st May. 

Exhibition of prints and paintings by Ian Scott Massie

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Exhibition of prints and paintings by

Ian Scott Massie

8th April - 1st May 2017 at CCA


Next up at cambridge contemporary art is an exhibition of screenprints and watercolours by Ian Scott Massie. Ian has gone on a series of artistic pilgrimages, visiting over 75 places around Britain: sacred sites, locations where great events have happened, settings which inspired music and poetry and special places of all kinds to which people are drawn. The aim of his project was to capture the spirit of each place in his artwork.

On Sunday 9th AprilIan Scott Massie will be in the gallery from 12-2pm for a 'meet and greet' chatting about his paintings and prints. Pop into the gallery at 6 Trinity Street anytime between 12-2pm, the event is free! See our facebook event for more information.

Future exhibitions at cambridge contemporary art:

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.

6th May - 29th May 2017: Moira HazelDan BennettCatriona MackenzieVerity PullfordMcNeill GlassScott Irvine and Ruth Shelley

10th June - 2nd July 2017: Martin Bond and Paul Harvey

1st July - 3rd September 2017:  Summer Show featuring work by Mani ParkesClaire Ireland, Ruth Oinn, Julie SimmondsLaura Smith, Alice Westcott and more...

 9th September - 1st October 2017: Anita Klein and McNeill Glass

7th October - 29th October 2017: 'In the Forest' Exhibition with Flora McLachlan and Paul Smith


'A Fine Line' - Closing Event

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A Fine Line exhibition has come to an end. It was a pleasure to work in cooperation with Katharina Klug and curate a show with emphasis on the contemporary ceramics. To mark the end of the exhibition, we hosted the last 'meet and greet' this past Sunday. Jane Cairns, Rhian Malin, Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones were in the gallery to chat about their work and meet their Cambridge fans. 

Later in the day Rhian Malin gave a demonstration of her working practice. We finally found out how she hand-paints her beautiful withe and navy pieces. It was such a treat to have her in the gallery!

Thank you for the continuous support of our independent art gallery. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the most exciting exhibitions throughout the year and we hope that you join us for the next events!

We would like to kindly invite you to the exhibition of prints and paintings by Ian Scott Massie

Please join the event here

Photos by Zuza Grubecka.

Mother's Day

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Mother's Day


With mother’s day just around the corner, have you considered doing your gift shopping in our gallery?

We have a beautiful selection of pieces all handmade in the UK. This year, spoil your mother with something truly unique and unforgettable, whether it is a print she can cherish or ceramics she will use every day.

Below are some of our suggestions, or pop into our Trinity Street shop to see our full range.

Feel free to have a browse of our website to get a better idea of what we have to offer, simply click on these links to refine your search: CeramicsGlassPaintingsPrintsSculpture and Wood.

You can also order items by phoning us on 01223 324222.




Chris Keenan Cloud Bud Pot £60 ceramic      

Chris Keenan

Cloud Bud Pot






Hilke McIntyre Apple Cake Tile £185 ceramic  

Hilke McIntyre

Apple Cake Tile






Anita Klein Before Sleep linocut £475 30cm x 40cm    

Anita Klein

Before Sleep



30cm x 40cm



Angie Lewin

Dandelion Track II

wood engraving

16 x 12.5 cm





Carry Akroyd










Mother's Day Cards


Greeting Cards

£2.50 each


Tamsin Arrowsmith Brown Vessels £17-£60 bone china

Tamsin Arrowsmith Brown



bone china

Helen Martino Shy Dishy Lady £75 ceramic          

Helen Martino

Shy Dishy Lady £75







Anita Klein linocut Bettys Rattle ed11 £680

Anita Klein


Bettys Rattle ed11


Angie Lewin

Saltmarsh, Morston


47.5 x 30 cm


Carry Akroyd



40 x 30 cm

£220 framed, £110 unframed 





Greeting Cards

£2.50 each

Rhian Malin Frangipani Bottle £85 ceramic  

Rhian Malin

Frangipani Bottle




Charlotte Jones

Shore Lines Bowls

Large: £495, Small: £60








Anita Klein

Resting in a Tree







Angie Lewin

The Twisted Stem


46 x 37 cm




Carry Akroyd



30 x 30 cm

£280 framed, £210 unframed


If you're having difficulty choosing, our handmade gift vouchers are an excellent choice! 


Haven't found what you're looking for? We might have just the thing for you at our sister gallery, cambridge contemporary crafts on Bene't Street. Check out their gift ideas for mother's day, and don't forget to browse their online shop.

A Fine Line: The Printmakers

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Our current exhibition, A Fine Line, not only showcases an exceptional collection of contemporary ceramicists curated by Katherina Klug, but also features work by three outstanding print makers.

Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones will join us on the 2nd of April for our second meet and greet.

Sue Jones 

Paul Edwards 

Tracey Ashman 

Tracey Ashman

Tracey Ashman has been a printmaker for the past decade, developing a passion for the exacting and challenging processes involved in creating mono-prints, silkscreens and linocuts.

Her recent projects have been inspired by an abiding interest in textiles, a legacy from her mother who was a highly skilled dressmaker. Throughout her life, stitch has played an important role, particularly during periods of illness and recovery. She began to incorporate stitch into her printmaking in 2014, using the texture and form of stitch, both hand and machine, to create beautiful, unexpected marks.  A combination of machine stitched paper templates, machine stitched lace, dry point and chine colle evoke and explore memories from the artist’s life.

 ‘Anomaly, Series I’ is an exploration of a traumatic childhood memory: at the age of nine, Tracey underwent open-heart surgery in Papworth hospital. Her abiding memory of that period is the peaceful hours spent knitting with her mother whilst recovering. Photo stencils of hand-knitted wire and knitting needles were the starting point for developing and exploring imagery to visualize the healing aspect of stitch she experienced. This series of prints portrays the two-fold aspects of physical and emotional healing: a metaphor for growth and renewal, and a healing and mending of both mind and body.

New Anomaly X

silkscreen & linocut

Tracey Ashman

Tracey Ashman

Anomaly IV

silkscreen & linocut

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards creates abstract screen prints that are dynamic, colourful, fluid and vibrant. Influenced by music, the micro world and the expansiveness of the universe, his work contains gesture marks with echoes of the contours of land and sea.

The prints are produced using paper and photo stencils, building up opaque and transparent bands of colour, sometimes scraping and washing the surface to reveal concealed layers. The crisp lines and edges, flowing curves and intense primary and complementary colours capture moments of larger worlds.

Oscillate III


Paul Edwards in his studio 

Flow VII


Sue Jones

Sue Jones is an artist, printmaker, tutor and consultant who is a founding organiser of the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale.

Her series Elements are photo lithographs, inspired by landscape and weather, and the constantly changing colour, atmosphere and seasons.  Everything is pared down to the basic elements and the simplest of marks.

Broken Threads are monotypes, evolving slowly over many months, layer by layer. Sue sees these works as diaries, working with and reacting to each piece like a painting. She particularly enjoys the never-ending pallet of mark making that monotype provides, and how these react with one another, sometimes with enormous contrast, sometimes with subtle sympathy. 

Broken Threads XI(ed1/1)


Sue Jones in her studio

Broken Threads VIII (ed1/1)


Paul Edwards, Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones at the opening  of 'A Fine Line'. 


A Fine Line will be on display from 11th March to 2nd April 2017 at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones will join us on the 2nd of April for our second meet and greet.


Click here to find out more about various printmaking techniques. 

'A Fine Line' Opening - Day Two

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Jeremy Nichols 

Jeremy Nichols 

Today we had a pleasure of hosting two demonstrations of working with clay and porcelain by Jeremy Nichols and Katharina Klug. A small potter's wheel found it's place at the back of the gallery as well as other tools of the trade (including a credit card valued for it's sharp edges by Katharina). 

Having shown us around the gallery and explaining her curatorial choices, Katharina jumped behind the wheel to demonstrate how she approaches throwing. It was really interesting to find out about her background and inspirations behind the work. We really loved old photographs of Katharina's mother, who is also a potter. 

This was the first time we live-streamed events in the gallery on Instagram. We will definitely make it a standard practice since so many people tuned in today! The opening weekend of 'A Fine Line' was a definite success but this is just the beginning. Please see our event page for next weekend's schedule. 

Photographs by Zuza Grubecka

'A Fine Line' Opening - Day One

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The first day of the exhibition is behind us, and what a day it was! With the ceramics in place and fresh flower arrangements by Willow and Wolf  we made our way for a glass of prosecco and a chat with the many artists who came for the meet and greet. 

Later in the day, Jin Eui Kim gave a talk about his practice. He described how he works with optical illusion and with a precise but minimal use of colour. Jin explained how he plays with the observer by applying gradations in colour to create depth where there is none and move or obscure the shape of each piece. 

We are continuing with the preview tomorrow. Jeremy Nichols will give a talk about his work at 2pm and Katharina Klug will be in the gallery doing a demonstration of her working practice on an actual potter's wheel at 3pm!

All events are free. See you all in the gallery!

Photographs by Zuza Grubecka

Meet the artist - Robert Greenhalf

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Printmaker and a painter, Robert Greenhalf, gave a talk in the gallery this Saturday. The informal meeting was a great opportunity to find out how Robert creates his woodcuts and where he sources inspiration for his work. 

Our next exhibition 'A Fine Line' starts this Saturday 11th March. We would like to invite you to our opening weekend. You'll be able to meet the artists and see demonstrations of their working methods. For a full schedule please click here

We hope to see you there!

Photos by Zuza Grubecka

Own it!

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The main objective of Own Art is to make it affordable for everyone to buy original, high quality contemporary art and craft. The scheme has been running for over 12 years and we have been a part of it since 2007.

Own Art loans allow you to borrow from as little as £100 up to a maximum of £2,500 for the purchase of works of art by living artists.

It is a perfect solution if you are just starting investing in art or if you want to top-up your current art collection. What is better than buying a piece which you will treasure for years and supporting living artists at the same time? 

The recent changes to the scheme mean that if you qualify for the loan, you no longer have to put down a deposit. You can go straight home and enjoy your new purchase!

For more details about Own Art click here.




An afternoon with Richard Spare

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Last Sunday we had a pleasure of hosting an afternoon with the printmaker Richard Spare. The artist introduced the general rules of printmaking and explained the process of hand-painting his drypoints. We also had a time for an interesting Q&A session. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! 

We would also like to use this occasion to kindly invite you to our next event - an informal chat with Robert Greenhalf about his practice as a printmaker and a painter. The event will take place on Saturday 4th March between 12-2pm. Free entry. Everyone welcome!

Prints and paintings by Richards Spare and Robert Greenhalf are on display till 5th March. 

Photos by Zuza Grubecka

Meet the Artist - Richard Spare

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Richard Spare's wonderful prints are now on show at Cambridge Contemporary Art in an exhibition with printmaker Robert Greenhalf that runs until 5th March. His pared down images, depicting scenes of wildlife, coastal scenes and still life, are inspired by his studio garden, and time spent travelling in America and Japan.

To learn more about the way Richard works we asked him a few questions.

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist? 
I don’t remember as a child making a sudden decision to be an artist, but from an early age I was drawn to making and designing.  It was a natural progression to go to art college and work with other artists. 

What inspires you? 
Nature must be an inspiration to everyone!  The garden at my studio is a constant source of inspiration, as is travel - on arrival in a new part of the world, I am usually weighed down with copper plates! 

What are the qualities you enjoy about the medium you work in? 
I always draw directly onto the plate from my chosen subject.  I love working straight onto the copper, the act of drawing on the resistant copper dictates the way I draw, and the way the image turns out.  I am not transposing from another medium, so each print is an original interpretation, individually printed by hand, and hand painted.  Each print is thus slightly different. I enjoy the rich velvet blacks of the drypoint line against the pure pigment of the watercolour and find the vibrancy of the pigment against the strength of the black a beautiful combination. 
How long does the process take and what is involved? 
Each single print takes considerable time to produce.  Aside from the time taken drawing the image (which takes many hours and some strength!) - the plate must be re-inked and hand-wiped for each print made.  The plates are printed on my antique etching presses - the technique having changed very little since Rembrandt’s day. 
The press is turned by hand and the damp paper is peeled off the plate to reveal an image which is thus unique - no mass production here!  The print is then dried for eight hours under weights and is hand-coloured, the application of watercolour painting on the printed drypoint line and gives another dimension of uniqueness. Use of precise colour is extremely important; my wife Kay and I spend a lot of time proofing the colours, until the right balance is achieved. 
Do your floral titles come from a knowledge of plants/botany/horticulture
Unfortunately I don’t have green fingers myself, or know many Latin names, but I adore flowers and get a real buzz when something wonderful blooms in the studio garden! 
How do you arrive at your pared-down images? 
By a process of elimination, over the years I’ve tried to express the essence of what I see. I attempt to evoke the fragility of life and my respect for its existence. Each animal, bird or flower has its own character, often engagingly quirky or even humorous, I enjoy bringing these charictoristics out in my work. 

How did your time in America and Japan influence you? 
Whilst in New York I spent a great amount of time in the museums.  It was during one such visit to MOMA that I was struck by Matisse’s sublime simplicity of line and shape.  On return to London I went on to produce Blue Bird, which was, I suppose, the start of my current work. 
Since then I have traveled extensively in Japan which I was fortunate enough to visit annually for eleven years for a series of solo shows. After a five year break, I am excited to be going back this November for 25 shows right across Japan. I adore the rich culture and artistic traditions, the beauty of the landscape, and the people, all of which has an influence on my work.  
Which other artists do you admire? 
Rembrandt, Goya, Van Gogh, Picasso, David Hockney, Hokusai, Utamaro, Hiroshige and many, many more. 
What are your favourite museums and galleries? 
 MOMA, NY,  Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam,  Royal Academy, London, Ukiyo-E Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo. 
Can you describe a typical working day
I am not a morning person! I usually work at home in the morning, going through the diary, signing prints or discussing ideas or licensing requests with Kay. I arrive at my studio, which is a few miles away, in the late morning and open up the shutters at the back so I can see the garden while I work. I may be printing, or steelfacing my plates (an electroplating process which strengthens the drawn plate, so the image is maintained throughout the punishing pressures on the copper as the edition is printed on the antique etching presses). If I am travelling then of course I am out drawing! 
How do you see your work evolving in the future? 
My work will always be informed by travel and nature and I seek inspiration in these. My interpretations have evolved gradually over the years and I’m sure will continue to do so. The printmaking process is constantly surprising and inspiring in itself, and I like to use found textures and marks in some of my works. 
What are your general interests? 
My work and leisure cannot really be separated, - but my family, travel, film, meeting up with old friends come top of the list. 

Meet Richard Spare in the gallery on 19th February at 2pm. Richard will be at cambridge contemporary art (6 Trinity Street, Cambridge) to chat to visitors about his work.



Bloggers in the gallery!

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Last night at the gallery we held a special event at cambridge contemporary art and cambridge contemporary crafts. We invited local bloggers to come and see our new exhibitions. The evening was a lot of fun with plenty of prosecco and delicious brownies from the Gourmet Brownie Company. It was lovely to meet, and chat with, so many friendly, talented people. We started off the evening with a talk by one of our most popular artists Martin Bond. He spoke about his work as a photographer and held a really interesting Q&A session.

We have been very busy recently in both galleries, with parcels arriving on a daily basis full of beautiful work for our Christmas exhibitions.  Last night was a fantastic opportunity to show off all the wonderful pieces our artists have been creating! Everything at the galleries is made by hand by an artist living in the UK – by buying work from the galleries you are supporting an artist making a living from their artwork, as well as an independent, locally owned business!

Special thanks to Katie for organising the event and Gourmet Brownie Company for supplying a delicious range of brownies to eat! The company make their brownies at their Ely kitchen with pure Belgian chocolate and free range eggs from local farmers.

At the event we launched an instagram competition, head over to instagram to get involved and you could win the voucher!

October Exhibition with Niki Bowers, Carry Akroyd and Simon Griffiths

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Niki Bowers, Carry Akroyd and Simon Griffiths Exhibition

1st – 23rd October

Niki Bowers



Simon Griffiths

Hare (close-up)


Carry Akroyd

Hugin & Munin



Be sure not to miss our Autumn exhibition this year, with beautiful nature-inspired work by printmakers Niki Bowers and Carry Akroyd and sculptor Simon Griffiths.


Based in Norfolk, Niki Bowers creates linocut prints inspired by the rural landscape and wildlife surrounding her. Niki makes her prints entirely by hand using linseed oil based inks. If you’ve visited our gallery before, you might have seen one of her popular starling prints gracing our walls.

Painter and printmaker Carry Akroyd has lived most of her life in rural East Northamptonshire. Nature is her favourite subject and her brightly coloured prints depict a wide range of fauna and flora. Carry enjoys experimenting with different media.

Simon Griffiths grew up in rural Durham and this is where he draws his inspiration as well as his great respect for the natural world. He spends a lot of time studying the North Pennine wildlife and countryside before they find their way into his hand built stoneware sculptures.


Simon Griffiths

Tawny Owl

ceramic on wood

Niki Bowers

High Summer



Carry Akroyd

Big Turns and Little Terns



The exhibition runs from 1st until 23rd October. Come to the gallery on Saturday 1st October to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition and meet Carry Akroyd and Niki Bowers from 2 to 4 pm.

Carry Akroyd will be in the gallery again to meet visitors on 15th October from 2 to 4 pm and Niki Bowers will be back on 22nd October from 2 to 4 pm. Come along to the gallery and have a chat with these two wonderful print artists!

Carry Akroyd in her studio

Niki Bowers - Winter Starlings - linocut

Meet the artist - Mychael Barratt

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For our new exhibition at cambridge contemporary art, Mychael Barratt has filled the walls with his original prints and paintings,  showing an eclectic mix of themes representing all of his major artistic passions. His work is on show from 3rd -23rd September alongside ceramics by Vicky Lindo, Jane Hollidge and Gwen Vaughan. 

To learn more about the way Mychael works we have asked him a few questions.

How did you get started with your art career?
About 25 years ago, I was walking by the Thames when I popped in to the Royal Festival Hall to get out of the rain. There was a printmaking exhibition on in the foyer and I was so impressed that I started an etching course at Central St Martins the following week. I had been working as a painter before but that was when I started printmaking. 

How do you go about making a new piece?
For big pieces the idea is always the starting point. Once I have the inspiration I start on doing the research and usually don't do any drawing until I've virtually planned the whole thing out in my head. The paintings are much more spontaneous. 

What is your preferred medium/colour pallet to use?
I love both painting and printmaking. As I make them in two separate studios and approach them so differently I couldn't say which is a favourite medium. In printmaking, my heart is definitely in etching.

What inspired the range of work that we have in the gallery?
The work in the gallery was inspired by various things. The 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare has had a huge impact on my work, inspiring at least three pieces. A recent visit walking around Cambridge has obviously inspired a couple of the paintings.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

A Map of Shakespeare's London


We are currently showing your dog works, how do you go about selecting the artist that you paying homage to?
The artists are all ones whose work I admire but the most crucial thing is that little eureka moment when I get an idea that makes me laugh. They are sincere homages made with a huge level of care but are also hopefully quite funny. 

Is it challenging emulating all the different styles of your dog works? What is the style that you are most pleased to have achieved?
Emulating the style of the different artists is always a challenge because it forces me to work in unfamiliar manners. The one I am most pleased with is probably the Turner. I am constantly learning by doing these and painting the Hockney's dogs was definitely the most fun and has probably had the biggest impact on how I paint. 

Turner's Dog

Hockney's Dogs

Which other artists do you admire?
I admire so many artists and have a large art library. In printmaking, Rembrandt, Goya, Hogarth, Chris Orr and Grayson Perry. In painting my heart is definitely with Chagall although I think the way I work is more like Hopper. The list would be endless. 

Could you describe a typical working day?
I divide a typical day up between research and practical work and a perfect day would see me doing some printmaking and some painting. I'm happiest when I have a huge stretch of drawing ahead of me.

How do you see your work evolving in the future?
In the future I plan to do at least a couple more huge maps and carry on with the other strands and themes of my work like the artist's dogs and cats. Really I want to just keep getting better! 

Meet Mychael Barratt in the gallery on Saturday 24 September, 1-3pm. Mychael will be at cambridge contemporary art (6 Trinity Street, Cambridge) showing visitors how he produces his work.

September exhibition at CCA

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You and your friends are warmly invited to the exhibition preview on Saturday 3rd September from 11 am. You can meet Mychael Barratt at the gallery on Saturday 3rd September, 11-1pm and Saturday 24th September, 1-3pm.

 exhibition runs 3rd -23rd September 2016

Painter and printmaker Mychael Barratt creates works that are full of detail, humour and a great sense of storytelling. He draws inspiration from sources as diverse as fairy tales, historical figures and Shakespearean dramas to classic paintings and pop culture. Mychael has created a range of work that features famous artists and their pets, skillfully re-imagined in the original artist’s style, resulting in a humorous sense of déjá vu.

Mychael Barratt

Edward Hopper's Dog


Mychael Barratt

Stray Cats and Lost Sonnets


Mychael Barratt

Magritte's Dogs

oil on panel

Vicky Lindo Ceramics is the creative partnership of Vicky Lindo and William Brookes. Producing earthenware slip cast ceramics, they use coloured underglazes and slips to illustrate and decorate their tableware and animal figures. We are delighted to welcome them to our gallery.

Jane Hollidge's pots are all made by hand, using coiling and pinching methods. Some are then burnished for smoke firing.  Jane likes to keep the shapes simple and decorates her post with abstract designs in vibrant colours using velvet glazes.

Gwen Vaughan creates figurative sculptural pieces using the traditional technique of pinching. Gwen works with a rich black clay, and carves into the surface to create a texture inspired by the qualities of slate and stone. She uses washes of coloured slip to enhance textural detail.

Vicky Lindo

Bear Pot Black and Gold


Gwen Vaughan



Jane Hollidge



Brenda Hartill, Illona Morrice and Lara Scobie Exhibition

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cambridge contemporary art is delighted to launch a new exhibition with prints and paintings by Brenda Hartill, sculptures by Illona Morrice and ceramics by Lara Scobie. The exhibition runs from 28th May until 19th June. You and your friends are warmly invited to the exhibition preview on Friday 27th May from 6pm to 7pm.

Brenda Hartill is an innovative British painter and printmaker based in East Sussex. Her work explores the texture, pattern and light of landscape in richly coloured and textured images, often enhanced with silver and gold leaf. Brenda's strong fascination with the primeval, essential structure of the earth and its elements has heavily influenced her prints. While her primary aim is to develop abstract images in the studio, Brenda’s work is firmly rooted in the landscape, and she often finds it necessary to return to it. Whilst known especially for her print-making skills, Brenda has in recent years focussed her attention on a series of watercolours on handmade paper, embossed using her print-making techniques and presses.


Brenda Hartill

Cool Sun I

embossed watercolour

Brenda Hartill

Rainbow Storm VI

embossed watercolour


Like Brenda Hartill, sculptor Illona Morrice takes her inspiration from the landscape that surrounds her. Living by the sea on the Moray coast in Scotland, Illona uses the rock, stones and wildlife on the beach and in the mountains as a source of creativity. Over the years, Illona has realised she can say more with less, so her sculptures have become more simplified. Her stoneware clay sculptures are individually made by hand, and no two are ever the same. Illona also creates sculptures which are cast in bronze. Each piece is different, and only a small edition is made.


Illona Morrice


glazed stoneware

Illona Morrice


glazed stoneware on soapstone


Lara Scobie is a ceramicist based in Edinburgh whose work is predominantly concerned with the dynamic interplay between form and pattern. This is explored through the cohesive integration of drawing, surface mark making and volume. Lara is interested in the space that surrounds pattern as much as the hue and texture of the decorated surface. Surface patterns and colour observed in botanical life enable Lara to explore her love of colour and abstract pattern making.


Lara Scobie



Lara Scobie

Set of Pourers



Brenda Hartill will be giving a talk about her collagraph printing methods, as well as her unique painting and collage techniques on Saturday 18 June at 3pm. Book a free place by email, in person at the gallery or over the phone on 01223 324222.

Reg Cartwright, Michael Lythgoe and Sarah Went Exhibition

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Grey Still Life with Fish

This May, cambridge contemporary art is proud to present new paintings by Reg Cartwright, accompanied by Sarah Went’s ceramics and Michael Lythgoe’s sculptures. The exhibition runs from 30th April until 22nd May. You are warmly invited to the exhibition preview on Saturday 30th April from 11am to 1pm.

Reg Cartwright is an award-winning painter and illustrator from Leicester whose work has been exhibited around the world. He began his career as a graphic designer and became a full-time painter and illustrator in 1976. As an illustrator, he is well known for a series of picture books for young readers which he created in collaboration with his wife Ann. As a painter, he creates deceptively simple-looking still-lifes in which he renders everyday objects through subtle abstraction to focus on the tone, colour and physical qualities of his subject matter.

Suffolk Estuary

Reg Cartwright returns to cambridge contemporary art for his eighth major exhibition. His paintings continue the tradition of British Modernism, calling to mind that of St Ives School painters Ben Nicholson and William Scott. Working primarily with still life, Reg uses familiar objects such as jugs, plates and flowers as a pretext for examining complex spatial relationships. His paintings are less about the objects he paints and more about achieving a balanced and pleasing composition, attaining this by flattening perspective, omitting non-essential details and focusing on tone.


Bewicks Swan

Michael Lythgoe was born in Liverpool in 1950 and trained as an engineer. During a holiday in the Cape Cod region he purchased an old wooden decoy which inspired him to change careers and become a professional artist, creating wooden bird and fish carvings. Inspired by the early North American decoys Michael's stylised curvilinear representations of wildfowl and waders have now evolved into a style and form entirely unique to him. His sculptures are curvaceous and calming, combining the eye of an ornothologist with the precision of an engineer. Each sculpture is unique, carved from blocks of wood and then sympathetically painted.

Two Grass Ruffle Vases


Sarah Went is a Cambridge-based contemporary slipware potter who uses the traditional techniques of slip-trailing and sgraffito to create texture and pattern. Her work is hand-thrown on the potter’s wheel and individually decorated. Sarah uses porcelain clay which gives a delicate translucent quality to her work and is perfect for the soft, subtle colours that she uses. When making her glazes, Sarah aims for natural colours reminiscent of the sea, sand and plants around the coast or from her garden. 

Meet the Artist - Marina Bauguil

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Marina at work in her studio


If you have been to our gallery in the past month, you will have noticed the characterful porcelain creatures that are currently populating our front cabinet. These 'Kami', as they are called, are designed to evoke 'the sacred element or spirit which can be contained in everything, expressed in an awe inspiring way.' They are lovingly and delicately created by Marina Bauguil. Marina has answered some questions for us so we can learn more about her wonderful work.


How do you go about making a new piece?

Red Fox Spirit

I usually go back to my sketchbook to pick up on my last train of thought. Next, I sit in my work space for a while and become present using a meditative approach, then setting an intention for that working day - this can be as simple as "have fun today" - all the while letting my ideas simmer. After that I get the clay out, put music on and start rolling out small coils, which I hollow out and model. Each piece then appears intuitively, a bit like an information download: I let myself be guided by what the piece is telling me.


How did you get started with your art career?

I studied sculpture at Falmouth School of Art and Design for three years and spent a further two studying ceramics in Nottingham. I then worked with a sculptor friend of mine firstly on a community project, then making large sculptures for the artist David Mack. I also worked with a landscape architect making large pieces for gardens and went on to do private commissions for a while, whilst working on my own ceramic pieces in my parents' cellar.

Owl Spirit

What is your preferred medium/colour pallet to use?

Clay is undeniably my preferred medium and over the last two years more specifically paper porcelain. My colour palette changes but I have noticed over the years that I like using turquoise, teal blues and greens.

What inspired the range of work that we have in the gallery?

A long fascination with tribal/ethnographical figurative art traditions such as the Dogū figures of ancient Japan or the Divination figures of Angola. I love the idea that clay holds power, for example, it can be used as a building material for construction or become a recipient for food and water but also a vehicle for the intangible such as emotions,essence or magic. The work in the gallery is partly inspired by this idea, I see my little pieces as contemporary shamanistic objects which hold a power of their own.

Which other artists do you admire?

That's a difficult question as there are so many. I recently discovered the work of Ramesh Nithiyendran which I love, I also admire the work of Claire Curneen, Kristen Brunjes and Grayson Perry.

Wind Spirit


Could you describe a typical working day?

A typical working day starts how I described it in the first question. I usually start around 10am and work until 3.30pm when my children come back from school. I often go back to the studio ( which incidentally is my utility room) for a few hours in the evening.

How do you see your work evolving in the future?

My work is a journey, so in a way I discover it as I go along. However, working on such small pieces is a very intense and concentrated process. I used to make very large pieces when I worked in bronze, so I would definitely like to work on larger pieces in the near future.


Glynn Thomas Retro-perspective

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This April, cambridge contemporary art is showing a retrospective of Glynn Thomas’s work in honour of the artist’s 70th birthday.

Glynn Thomas was born in Cambridge in April 1946 and studied illustration and printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art in the 1960s. Glynn then moved to Suffolk, where he is still based today. cambridge contemporary art is delighted to be celebrating Glynn’s career, which spans over five decades. Glynn has been showing at the gallery for over 20 years and is one of the gallery’s best-loved artists. This exhibition will be Glynn’s largest show to date, with hot-off-the-press new etchings, an extensive collection of work created over the last 50 years, and some of his early student work.


Cambridge Boat Houses


Glynn Thomas specialises in creating limited edition prints from copper-plate etchings which are hand-drawn and painted onto the plate. The entire process, from the direct line drawings in his sketchbook to figuring out the composition and finally etching the plate, is extremely time-consuming. From its conception to the resulting print, one of Glynn's largest etchings can take more than 200 hours of work to create. Each print is individually inked and entirely unique.

St Edwards Passage


Glynn Thomas has a very particular take on perspective, hence the title of this exhibition. He often incorporates several points of view to create a more complete overview of a place. In the extremely insightful book "Glynn Thomas: East Anglia, A Different Perspective" by Alan Marshall, Glynn Thomas is quoted as saying:

"I take the view that you are walking through a landscape. You start off with what is in front of you - then I draw what is beyond that and possibly what is behind me. I have a habit of layering things one on top of the other."

He adds that he moved away from traditional approaches to perspective because "Everybody draws things in rectangles, but if you close one eye you see your nose and the elliptical shape of the eye, so I was always intrigued by how each eye sees different things."

Alan Marshall's book is a highly recommended read if you are interested in learning more about Glynn Thomas's work. It is available at the gallery and is £27.50.

The exhibition runs from Saturday April 2nd until Sunday April 24th. You and your friends are warmly invited to meet Glynn at the exhibition preview on April 2nd from 11am until 2pm.

Glynn will also be holding printing demonstrations at the gallery on April 24th from 12 until 4 pm. Do not miss this unique chance to learn how Glynn creates his beautiful etchings. If you would like to attend the demonstrations, please book a free place in person at the gallery, by e-mailing or by phoning 01223 324222.


The Champion of the Thames

Early Doors