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North West Cambridge – ArtScapers Education Programme

The ArtScapers programme explores the North West Cambridge Development through the creative perspective of the arts programme curated by Contemporary Art Society.

The programme explores how creative activity can support young people to become confident citizens constructing their own cultural lives. It is framed by the overarching questions: What role do artists play in the development of new places for living? How do young people relate to the city as it changes and how can they help others to think creatively about these changes? ArtScapers takes an open ended approach in which creative activity provides new modes of relating to Cambridge as a developing city. It invites children and their communities to join in creatively with the process of change.

Developed collaboratively by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination’s Ruth Sapsed and Susanne Jasilek, Esther Sayers from Goldsmiths University and Gabby Arenge, studying with the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, the project builds partnerships with schools bordering the new site of North West Cambridge. Children and the adults who work with them take on the role of ArtScapers exploring their city as it grows.

The surprising outcome of this work is that a new community is emerging out of the creative process of engagement. Parent helpers, children, artists, and educators are together becoming ArtScapers.

Read more about the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy