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Paul Smith in the gallery

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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.

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Into the Forest show runs till 29th October 2017!

In the Forest – Paul Smith & Flora McLachlan - 7th-29th October

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Our autumn show at cambridge contemporary art is a forest-themed exhibition with etchings by Flora McLachlan and sculptures by Paul Smith. Their work shares a magical, dream-like quality and both artists are inspired by fables and fairytales.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018

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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.

Eligibility

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.

 

Working at the gallery

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We are currently not looking for a new member of staff, however, please do email us at info@cambridgegallery.co.uk if you are interested in working in the gallery. We will notify you about our new vacancies.

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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 info@cambridgegallery.co.uk if you would like us to let you know of any future vacancies.

Meet and Greet with Anita Klein

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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

 

Photos by Zuza Grubecka

Anita Klein and McNeill Glass Exhibition 9th September – 1st October

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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.

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A Winter's Tale (Hermione & Perdita)

A Winter's Tale (Hermione & Perdita)

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Betty Pulls her Socks off

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.

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Nuotare

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.

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Flying Angel 2

 

Tote Bags for Cambridge Street Aid

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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:

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  • 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.

‘In The Window’ - A Celebratory Collection of Ceramics by Helen Martino 8th – 31st July 2017

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We are starting off our summer show with a very special exhibition of ceramics by Cambridge-based artist Helen Martino. Helen has exhibited with Cambridge Contemporary Art ever since it first opened in the 1990s. We feel honoured to have been able to work with her for so many years and see her work evolve. This July, Helen is also having her birthday, which is one of those that needs to be celebrated! To mark the occasion, Helen has created a brand new collection of work for our window display.

The idea for Helen’s new collection sprung from the act of looking back at significant moments of change within her ceramic practice, which now spans 50 years. Over the years, Helen’s making went through several stages of development, as she proceeded from creating functional thrown pots on the wheel to her present hand built ceramic sculptures. Helen began by considering these different stages of her working practice and decided to re-present them by playing with scale, materials and different methods of making.

 
Thinking - Then

Thinking - Then

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Sometimes I Sit and Think - Now

 

Helen’s new pieces have also been strongly inspired by the way her ceramics have become objects in galleries and other people’s homes. Placed on windowsills or in glass cabinets, where they can be seen from two or even three sides, she finds that they take on a new identity and autonomy. It is as if they have become still lifes, or pictures in their different settings. Exploring the themes of windows and picture frames, this new collection, aptly titled ‘In the Window’, plays with the idea of how one sees three dimensional pieces – within or without the frame.

 
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Dancing Bottles - Then

Dancing Bottle - Now

Dancing Bottle - Now

 

Helen has thoroughly enjoyed this chance to look back, review and renew. The result is absolutely not to be missed, so please visit us this month to see Helen’s stunning new pieces! We are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11am to 5pm. Helen will also be doing a demonstration at cambridge contemporary art on Friday July 14th, 5:30-7pm.

 
 

Exhibition of photographs by Martin Bond - Preview Evening

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After a busy week of setting up the new show, we had a pleasure in hosting a private view of photographs by Martin Bond and sculptures by Paul Harvey. Due to the exceptional public interest and our relatively small gallery capacity we had allocated a specific number of people for the preview. Thank you to all who subscribed on the TicketMaster event page!

Martin Bond chatting with our favourite framer Jonathan Miles

Martin Bond chatting with our favourite framer Jonathan Miles

Evenings like this make us proud of where we are based. It is so encouraging to see Cambridge with its wonderful people who appreciate art and support local businesses gathering together in our gallery! 

It's the second time we have shown Martin's photographs in the gallery. Back in 2015, Martin exhibited his 'A Cambridge Diary' project with us for the first time. It's very interesting for us to see how Martin's relationship with photography and our city has strengthened over the last two years. 

Needless to say - it's been an emotional evening for all of us.

 

The exhibition runs till 2nd July. We are looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

 

Photos by Zuza Grubecka

Photographs by Martin Bond and sculptures by Paul Harvey

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Photographs by Martin Bond

and sculptures by Paul Harvey

10th June - 2nd July

Next up at cambridge contemporary art is an exhibition of photographs by Martin Bond and sculptures by Paul Harvey. Following the success of Martin Bond’s photography show in 2015, we are thrilled that he will be exhibiting his work with us again in June.  

 
 

Martin Bond has lived in Cambridge all his life, and runs ‘A Cambridge Diary’, a project where he takes a photograph of Cambridge every day. The project has been running since 2010, and consists of over 2,500 photographs and counting. 

Martin’s photographs show Cambridge as a city of both the ordinary and the extraordinary, often juxtaposing mundane everyday subjects with the remarkable grandeur of Cambridge’s architecture. Frequently playing with light and reflection, Martin’s photographs capture the atmosphere of a moment unique to the place and time that they were taken.

Visit Martin Bond's page on our website for an overview of all photographs in the exhibition. Of each photograph, there are 10 editions available. They can be ordered framed or unframed. Please contact us to find out more.

Martin will be at the gallery on Saturday 10th June to meet visitors. Do pop in for a chat about his lovely work!


Paul Harvey

 

Exhibiting with Martin is sculptor Paul Harvey. Paul’s focus in on birds – from blackbirds, terns and kingfishers to the more exotic ones like guinea fowls and amazons. He has been sculpting since the age of ten, having been introduced to woodcarving by a primary school teacher.

He soon realised that wood is not appropriate for the features of the birds he had in mind and turned to working in bronze and marble. Taking inspiration from Art Deco, Paul simplified his designs and created a unique and bold sculpting style.


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.

5th July - 3rd September 2017:  Summer Show featuring work by Mani ParkesClaire Ireland, Ruth Oinn, Julie Simmonds, Laura 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

4th - 26th November 2017: Winter Show featuring work by Lindsay McDonagh, Alice Heaton and many more...

April 2018: Shazia Mahmood and Anthony Theakston

September 2018: Gail Brodholt and John Duffin

October 2018: Gael SellwoodMargaret Gardiner and Tiffany Scull


Thank you for all your 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.

Meet the artist - Moira Hazel

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Yesterday we had a pleasure to host a 'meet and greet' with the painter Moira Hazel. It was a perfect event to close our vibrant spring exhibition and stride into summer. 

We had a chance to ask Moira about her work, inspirations, motherhood and the art of letting go. 'Don't be precious about the work' was Moira's advice to all budding painters - 'paint, re-paint and paint again! If you are not happy with your work - burn it, there's nothing more cathartic than seeing old work bursting into flames.'

Thank you to all who tuned in to our live stream of the talk on Instagram!

Next up in cambridge contemporary art is a photographer Martin Bond and a sculptor Paul Harvey. The exhibition runs from 10th June till 2nd July. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Photos by Zuza Grubecka

New paintings by Moira Hazel and Dan Bennett - ​​​​​​​6th - 4th June 2017

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New paintings by Moira Hazel and Dan Bennett 6th-4th June 2017

The new exhibition at cambridge contemporary art Photo by Zuza Grubecka

The new exhibition at cambridge contemporary art

Photo by Zuza Grubecka

This May, we are adding a serious splash of colour to our gallery walls with an exhibition of colourful paintings and vibrant glass work by contemporary British artists.

Moira Hazel has a compulsive desire to paint, create, make marks and produce vivid and expressive work. She uses lively surface texture and intense colours. Moira loves to travel at home and abroad for inspiration. She especially enjoys the vibrant colours, light and brightness of the Mediterranean regions and she is fascinated by the fishing villages of the West Country.

On Saturday 4th June between 12pm and 2pm Moira Hazel will be in the gallery for a 'meet and greet' and to chat about her paintings. Please join the event here.

 

Moira Hazel Winding road acrylic on canvas 61x61cm

Moira Hazel

Winding road

acrylic on canvas

61x61cm

Moira Hazel's work on display in the gallery Photo by Zuza Grubecka

Moira Hazel's work on display in the gallery

Photo by Zuza Grubecka

Moira Hazel Red and green acrylic on canvas 40x40cm

Moira Hazel

Red and green

acrylic on canvas

40x40cm

Dan Bennett's paintings are inspired by phosphenes, intricate swirling patterns that form before the inner eye, which have intrigued Dan since his childhood. By capturing these fleeting patterns in the form of plants and other organisms, Dan is expressing his belief in the oneness of life, and hinting at a glimpse of an underlying structure he thought he once saw out of the corner of his eye.

Dan Bennett Ficus 2  acrylic 90x90cm

Dan Bennett

Ficus 2 

acrylic

90x90cm

Dan Bennett's work on display in the gallery Photo by Zuza Grubecka

Dan Bennett's work on display in the gallery

Photo by Zuza Grubecka

Dan Bennett Roche Aux Sabots acrylic 90x90cm

Dan Bennett

Roche Aux Sabots

acrylic

90x90cm

Alongside the paintings, we have filled the gallery with beautiful colourful glass work by McNeill GlassVerity Pulford, Catriona MacKenzieRuth Shelley and Scott Irvine.

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.

 

Ceramics

 

Chris Keenan Cloud Bud Pot £60 ceramic      

Chris Keenan

Cloud Bud Pot

£60

ceramic

 

 

 

Hilke McIntyre Apple Cake Tile £185 ceramic  

Hilke McIntyre

Apple Cake Tile

£185

ceramic

 

Prints

                         

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

Anita Klein

Before Sleep

linocut

£475

30cm x 40cm

 

 

Angie Lewin

Dandelion Track II

wood engraving

16 x 12.5 cm

£185

 

 

 

Carry Akroyd

Heath

serigraph

£895

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Cards

 

Greeting Cards

£2.50 each

 

Tamsin Arrowsmith Brown Vessels £17-£60 bone china

Tamsin Arrowsmith Brown

Vessels

£17-£60

bone china

Helen Martino Shy Dishy Lady £75 ceramic          

Helen Martino

Shy Dishy Lady £75

ceramic

 

 

 

 

 

Anita Klein linocut Bettys Rattle ed11 £680

Anita Klein

linocut

Bettys Rattle ed11

£680

Angie Lewin

Saltmarsh, Morston

screenprint

47.5 x 30 cm

£335

Carry Akroyd

Bounce

lithograph

40 x 30 cm

£220 framed, £110 unframed 

 

 

 

 

Greeting Cards

£2.50 each

Rhian Malin Frangipani Bottle £85 ceramic  

Rhian Malin

Frangipani Bottle

£85

ceramic

 

Charlotte Jones

Shore Lines Bowls

Large: £495, Small: £60

ceramic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anita Klein

Resting in a Tree

linocut

£680

 

 

 

 

Angie Lewin

The Twisted Stem

linocut

46 x 37 cm

£295

 

 

Carry Akroyd

Wheatear

serigraph

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

silkscreen

Paul Edwards in his studio 

Flow VII

silkscreen

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)

Monotype

Sue Jones in her studio

Broken Threads VIII (ed1/1)

Monotype

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