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 art advisors on the project, and are collaborating with the University of Cambridge to develop a Public Art Strategy for North West Cambridge. The strategy will deliver a public art programme that centres on a thorough understanding of place, developing a distinctive identity and unique voice for North West Cambridge and setting a standard for public art that has the potential to be a benchmark for best practice, both nationally and internationally. Public engagement is central to the art strategy: this will support the development by creating dynamic community experiences and providing encounters with the artworks.
The backbone of the Public Art Strategy is the Artist-in-Residence programme, which will run throughout the duration of the development. The programme will encourage collaboration between artists and university departments relevant to the lifecycle of the project. Three artists will be appointed each year to explore how contemporary art can offer opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange, engage new audiences and how artists can help to create a sense of 'place' as North West Cambridge develops.
In this pivotal first year, three artists have been appointed to work on the North West Cambridge site as it is transformed from farmland owned by the university to a new community. The artists are:
The artists will be among the first people to live on the North West Cambridge site. Their residencies will result in a range of outcomes which might include exhibitions, events, art installations, talks and workshops. Information about forthcoming events will be released in the events section of this site which can be found here.
For further information on the North West Cambridge development and public art strategy, contact:
Helen Nisbet (Art Consultant, Contemporary Art Society) on ++44 (0)20 7017 8408 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Collicot (Director, InSite Arts) at email@example.com
For press enquiries, contact:
Jenny Prytherch (Communications Manager, Contemporary Art Society) on +44 (0)20 7017 8412 or firstname.lastname@example.org