The North West Cambridge Public Art as part of the North West Cambridge Development is an urban extension of Cambridge which is managed by the University of Cambridge. The Contemporary Art Society and Insite Arts are working together to deliver the Art Programme for this development. This project is a significant one for Cambridge, it is ambitious in scale and aims to create a mixed use, sustainable and diverse community. The focus is on quality design and urban planning, a rich social mix of uses, and a deep seated appreciation for the natural landscape.
The art programme will be delivered over time during the development build and after people have moved in. The art programme aims to help to create a dynamic place, identity and community for the University. The aim of the programme is to respond to location, the needs of those who use the development and the existing communities surrounding the area. Each art commission will look to enhance the unique identity of this site and to raise a standard of integrated public art that will be recognised locally but also nationally and internationally.
The art programme includes-
- A series of artist in residence projects. A number of artists will be selected each year to stay on site and to carry out research in collaboration with University departments. This research will be communicated through a programme of community engagement opportunities.
- A programme of temporary events and activities will be commissioned to engage diverse audiences across a wide range of art forms. This will develop partnerships with local and wider creative agencies who will be invited to programme the site.
- A writer, poet or artist working with text will be commissioned to work alongside the marketing team to draw out the context, history and assets of North West Cambridge and develop a range of site names.
- An art in education programme. Creative workshops will be developed alongside each major commission exploring themes relevant to the development: ecology, archaeology, sustainability, community and place.