Habitation: A Site for Artistic Research

The residency programme is the backbone of the Art Programme for North West Cambridge Development. Artists are appointed to work in collaboration with different University of Cambridge departments relevant to each phase of the development. This provides a rich opportunity for artists to collaborate with world-class academic departments. Another important aspect of the artists' brief is that they are invited to respond and engage with the North West Cambridge Development site, its existing and future communities. They are provided accommodation and studios directly on site, and supported to produce public outcomes for their work.

The Contemporary Art Society curate the artists in residence programme and artists are selected annually by the North West Cambridge Development Public Art Panel.

Past outcomes from the residency programme have included public film screenings, seminars, discussions, workshops, participatory projects and exhibitions.


For more information on the Artist Residency Programme please contact:

Ailve McCormack

Art Producer, Consultancy


Residencies News

Karen & Nina are Hiring! Cob Coordinator for Public Art Project

Feb 10th 2014
March – early / mid June 2014 (Temp / Free-lance, Fee £5,400 including expenses) Freelance temp. contract, full-time hours for 6 week build (April 28 – June 6) with some administrative and organisational work before and after (circa 40 hrs)

Bookings now open for Festival of Ideas event

Oct 25th 2013
The first Artists in Residence for the University's North West Cambridge development: Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope, Tania Kovats and Hannah Rickards discuss and exchange ideas that have emerged from their research within the departments of Archaeology, Astronomy and Earth Sciences. Chaired by Harriet Loffler, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle Museum &…

Artist in Residence Programme Officially Launched

Jun 05th 2013
On May 2nd the Artist in Residence Programme for the North West Cambridge Development was officially launched. The inaugural year of the programme was opened with the ceremonial unlocking of the residency cottages on the North West Cambridge site, which have been refurbished specifically for the programme.

First Artists in Residence for North West Cambridge Development Appointed

Apr 03rd 2013
Over the next 20 years Cambridge University will undertake the greatest planned expansion in its 800-year history. 'North West Cambridge', an urban extension to the city of Cambridge, will be a sustainable and ambitious development that aims to cultivate a mixed academic and urban community. The Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts are working in partnership as…
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Melanie Manchot

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Sainsbury Laboratory

Joshua Portway and Lise Autogena

May 2015 to April 2016

North West Cambridge Development Project Team

Ruth Ewan

May 2015 to April 2016

Sustainable Development

Fernando García-Dory

April 2014 to March 2015

University of Cambridge Museums

Bedwyr Williams

April 2014 to March 2015

Land Economy

Aid & Abet

April 2014 to March 2015


Tania Kovats

May 2013 to April 2014


Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie

May 2013 to April 2014

Earth Sciences

Hannah Rickards

May 2013 to April 2014
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