The backbone of the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy, written and developed by the Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy team, is the Habitation Artist in Residence programme, which will run throughout the duration of the development. The programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University relevant to each phase of the development. Artists will also explore how this research can engage with existing and new communities.
In its pivotal first year (2013 – 2014) four artists, based in three academic departments, have been appointed to work on the North West Cambridge Site as it develops from the University’s farmland to a new community. The inaugural Artists in Residence are:
Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie – Archaeology department.
Tania Kovats – Astronomy department.
Hannah Rickards – Earth Sciences department.
At the heart of the Residency Programme for North West Cambridge is the idea that artists will be amongst the very first inhabitants of the new community, setting a tone of collaboration and creative thinking from the outset. The Residency programme’s two cottages, located on the North West Cambridge Site, were refurbished and officially opened on May 2nd 2013 to launch the programme.
The best public art emphasises research and exploration of place to produce context-specific approaches and generate genuine dialogue between artists and communities. A consideration for art at the early stages of the development process means that artists’ contributions will be meaningfully and sustainably integrated within the physical infrastructure and crucially, across the communities that will be a part of the development’s future.
Read more about the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy
View the North West Cambridge Art Programme website
On 15 November 2014 Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Art Consultancy, Contemporary Art Society and Sam Wilkinson, Contemporary Art Society Consultancy Associate – North West Cambridge Development, participated in a debate on the future of public art in Cambridge. To view go to thisistomorrow.info/broadcasts/view/the-new-public-art-in-cambridge