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 runs throughout the duration of the development., ensuring that a unique understanding of place is central to the programme. Each year artists work in collaboraiton with University researchers to develop public artworks that tell the story of this changing place.
At the core of the Residence Programme is the idea that artists are amongst the very first inhabitants of the new community, setting a tone of collaboration and creative thinking from the outset.
The Artist Residency Programme has been pivotal, inviting artists to collaborate with University research departments and developing temporary public artworks that reflect perceptions of the University’s identity in the context of its place in the community. From Somewhere’s extraordinary scaled model of the masterplan built entirely in cob – a kind of future archaeology – to Ruth Ewan’s interpretation of Linnaeus’s flower clock as a meadow, the flow of time, pace of change and transition have emerged as central themes within the programme.
In November 2014, Head of Consultancy Fabienne Nicholas and Sam Wilkinson, Contemporary Art Society Consultancy Associate – North West Cambridge Development, took part in a debate on the future of public art in Cambridge. You can watch the video here
Read more about the North West Cambridge Public Art Strategy
View the North West Cambridge Art Programme website