North West Cambridge Artist in Residence Programme

The backbone of the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy, written and developed by the CAS 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.

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 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