Romsey Art Festival 2014 call out


After a hugely successful inaugural arts festival the Romsey Art festival is returning!!

We need you!  We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is willing to

  • research fundraising activities and sources to support the funding of the festival
  • research and find grants and funds which the festival will qualify for in terms of application
  • engage with and maximising revenue from sponsorship

An opportunity to be as inventive and creative as you like! Please get in touch if this interests you!  Email or

We are also looking for a keen and accurate website co-ordinator who can maintain our existing website

  • You will have operational responsibility for the website’s development and maintenance
  • You will ensure that all information given is uploaded accurately and timely.

This is an excellent opening to get your hands on an illuminate website.  You’ll be empowered to make decisions about how best the site should be developed giving you both influence and responsibility.  Get in touch ASAP to find out more!

Plus to add to our team we would love a highly motivated individual to be our media liaison officer for the Romsey Art Festival 2014.

  • You will be required to research and contact local and national press.
  • Ensure sponsors are suitably visible in all advertising.
  • Ensure content is accurate
  • Invite press to the festival events etc.
  • And generally get people excited about the festival!

Again get in touch with us without delay!!!

Romsey Art Festival 2013 Call for Artists



Already a vibrant and well loved area of Cambridge, Romsey is set to become part of the cultural quarter of the city, highlighted this summer with the first ever Romsey Art Festival.  This will celebrate and showcase the rich way of life in the area.

The Festival will take place primarily on Saturday 3rd August, with some fringe events happening at later dates. Confirmed events include pop-up cinema, poetry workshops, mural paintings, an art market in Hope Street Yard, exhibitions and much more.

Cambridge Art Salon is now looking for more artists who would like to get involved in running an event as part of the festival. Some limited funding is available to pay artists to lead workshops, particularly with local community groups.

Other events require voluntary participation. The Art Salon team can assist with finding venues, but essentially we are looking for artists who have the initiative and drive to deliver well-organised events that inspire and celebrate the local community.

We are looking for participating artists for:

Open Studios – do you live in the Romsey area? Would you be willing to open your studios for the day of the festival?

Wheelie Bin Art – need a lead artist to find residents who would like to participate and arrange a group of artists who would want to help create artwork on bins

Art Market at Hope Street Yard – 10 spaces are available for market stalls for art or crafts. Stall hire is £35. Applications will need to be made to Ceri Littlechild –

Film-making  – we are looking for a film-maker to document the main events of Saturday 3rd August.

Fanzine – to create a lasting legacy of the festival and published representation of the local community.

Charity Auction of Art Works – this would require an artist to source works for auction, arrange the venue, publicity and auctioneer. Proceeds could go to local community groups

Alternatively, if you have an idea for an exhibition, workshop, event, or performance that you would be happy to organise and arrange for Saturday 3rd August, please get in touch with Cambridge Art Salon to ensure that it is included in the publicity for Romsey Art Festival.

For any further information contact



Romsey Art Festival


Exciting opportunities volunteering at the Romsey Art Festival, Cambridge

Already a vibrant and well loved area of Cambridge, Romsey is set to become part of the cultural quarter of the city, highlighted this summer with the first ever Romsey Art Festival.  This will celebrate and showcase the rich way of life in the area.

From Spring 2013 artist-led workshops will be held with a variety of community groups within Romsey, where collaborative artwork will be produced to the theme of community for the public to enjoy over the festival weekend.

We are looking for 4 dynamic volunteers who are excited about community and the arts.

  • Are you an avid publicist who has a passion for promoting worthy causes?
  • Are you an ardent fundraiser who has an ability to collect heaps of sponsorship?
  • Are you a website design and systems enthusiast who pays attention to detail?
  • Do you love location scouting and have a good sense for opportunities not to be missed?
  • Do you get pleasure from engaging with people from all walks of life?

If you answered ‘yes’ and you are not afraid to use your initiative then we are eager to hear from you.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in socially engaged / community arts development.

Prior experience of working on an arts project would be desirable but willingness and enthusiasm is paramount.

We are looking for people who learn new skills and processes easily and quickly with a flexible approach and a willingness to embrace change.  You will be diplomatic, pragmatic and personable.

Experience in PR, events management, sponsorship and marketing will be offered through critical engagement and creative involvement in the festival.

Festival launch date = 3rdAugust with community workshops taking place in the run up.

For further information about working on this pioneering project please email;



LGBT Arts at the Art Salon

For the first time, Cambridge Art Salon open their doors in celebration of LGBT History Month 2013. Featuring stunning photography from the likes of Sadie Ramone and Karl Dmitri Bishop, plus vibrant art works from artists Dittany Rose and Paula Metcalf – this will be a real treat.
Come along, between 21st and 28th February, late Thursday 5pm – 7pm and 10am – 5.30pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
You are also invited to a special, initimate closing party for the show on 27th Feb at 7pm.
Bring Your Own Bottle!
“We are …thrilled that so many organisations from across Cambridge have come together this year to make LGBT History Month a success.  Bringing about change towards an accepting society is not just the responsibility of a few, but can be achieved by many of us working together “ Kate Durrant.  Encompass Network
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Aurora Cacciapuoti


This Valentines Day, the winner of our Love Cambridge Art competition, Aurora Cacciapuoti a Sardinian Cambridge based illustrator will be exhibiting her original, often humourous work at the Salon.

Thursday 14th February, 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Moff Skellington


An intriguing show of psychedelic surrealism organised by Frank Rosewell of Show Me Your Art.

Once upon a time, a painter named Andy Quayle produced work of a highly personal nature. Though rendered into a code of symbols his images were accurate and truthful. However, this way of working did Quayle’s health no good at all …and ultimately led, in the summer of 2012, to heart failure.

His alter ego the musical poet Moff Skellington*, who survived the fateful ambulance journey from Otley to Bradford Royal Infirmary, has now assumed all painterly duties.

1st – 13th Feb. Please come into the gallery at the weekend for wine, nibbles and to see the show, from 10am until 5.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Late Thursday 7th Feb 5pm – 7pm.

DO – an exhibition of creative work by staff at Hills Road Art and Design Department


The opening will be a bit of a ‘DO’ and the work on display will be the result of a lot of DOING!

The work will cover a range of approaches reflecting the interests and enthusiasms of a diverse team of artists. We will be showing Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles at the Cambridge Art Salon from 18th – 29th  January 2013.

Some of the work will be mysterious and intriguing, much of it will be beautiful! We really hope that people will come along to celebrate and enjoy the work of the Hills Road Art Team.


This is a dynamic exhibition by Sophie Hill and Philip Cornett.  A collaboration of their individual domestic spaces manifests itself into a unique installation of paintings, sound, objects and ideas. It serves as a platform to question and discuss the differences found between individual concepts of Home, while always searching for their common threads. Woven into the fabric of the Home is an ineluctable histor…y, elements of which the artists intend to enigmatically invoke.

The Art Salon will be transformed into a spatial hybrid— the extraction of this private inner world that is nurtured by the Home within the discerning public setting of an art gallery. The social barriers of both will be blurred as the public is invited to explore, interact, and become part of the space allowing them to create their own narratives of this displaced domestic world.

There will be a brief performance by Philip at the Private View on the 4th of January at 6pm. On Saturday 5th and 12th of January there will be a full performance of work beginning at 4pm until late. These ritualistic and séance-like performances will invoke and uncover hidden characters buried within the exhibition.

Christmas Art Fair

Print out this flyer for a FREE glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!

Thurs 29th Nov – Fri 14th Dec

Thurs 5-7pm; Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-5pm

Creative, unique and individual art gifts created by the Art Salon’s studio residents and artist friends. Stunning photography, gorgeous textiles, Christmas cards, bags, stained glass, jewellery, luscious ceramics and art prints – this is a treasure trove of perfect pressies created by independent artists in Cambridge. Come along and find that perfect gift, have a mince pie or three and a glass of mulled cheer!

10% of all sales goes to Arthur Rank Hospice

Santa will be on site on Sunday 2nd & 9th  December  from 11am – 12noon.

New exhibition gives local artists their chance to shine – Cambridge News – 21 November

A new exhibition showcasing the very best local artisans launched at the Cambridge Art Salon last week. Lydia Fallon paid a visit.

Cambridge’s vast array of creative talent is perhaps one of the city’s best kept secrets. If you look hard, really hard, you’ll find a vibrant art scene, brimming with sparkling homemade jewellery, beautiful prints and stylish ceramics, a hub of quirky gifts, just waiting to be snapped up for Christmas. But too often the very best things are the hardest to find. Mandy Knapp and Karen Jinks, the brains behind Cambridge Creative Network (CCN), hope a new exhibition will give local artists their chance to shine.

“We always actively encourage our artists to be at the very top of their game,” Mandy enthuses. “We want to showcase that here in the East of England there are some really great artists, as it can be seen as a bit of a wilderness.”

Running from November 15-27, the Narrative exhibition is an exciting mixed show featuring a selection of artists who belong to the CCN. Whether you fancy a browse to pick up ideas for your own work or are on the hunt for the perfect gift, the exhibition has a little something for everyone.

From stylish vintage-inspired jewellery by Mummybird Pretties to charming illustrations by Jo Clark, each display is curated in an elegant and considered way, revealing the provenance behind the work.

“We feel very strongly that all our artists have a story behind the work,” says Mandy, explaining how the narrative theme came about. “We don’t like to make our artists work to a ‘theme’ because we want the work to be from the heart. We thought that by making the theme of it narrative, they can really express what they are feeling through what they are making.”

The creative duo are also keen to make art, which can often be seen as overly high-brow, more accessible to the general public. During the exhibition there are a number of drop-in workshops available for kids and grown-ups alike. From bookbinding to festive postcard making, the ladies hope that the workshops will help people engage with the exhibition and maybe even inspire a few to pick up a paintbrush too.

Narrative runs from November 15-27 at the Cambridge Art Salon on Cromwell Road. For more information about the exhibition visit the website at You can find out more about Cambridge Creative Network at

The Barefoot Collector

HOT OFF THE PRESS ... For those of you who were unable to attend Simon Sedgwick-Jell's talk please 
click on the links below to hear expert tips on how to collect art affordably....

Dennis Healey famously said that politicians need a hinterland – a passion or two beyond the public sphere. His was photography; for Simon Sedgwick-Jell, Leader of Cambridge City Council in the early 90’s, General Election candidate in 2010 and current Green Party County Councillor it is collecting art – but, he stresses, without ever having much money to do so! On the first two weekends in October visitors can see some of the fruits of this passion at his exhibition “The Barefoot Collector” at the Cambridge Art Salon Gallery in Cromwell Rd., Cambridge.

Simon acquired his first painting when he was 14, now, nearly fifty years later he has well over a hundred artworks, many of which have been funded by the £1 a day he has been putting into an art fund for over 20 years. Work from well known galleries, pictures from Cambridge’s annual Open Studios event, from student shows, charity auctions and charity shops all are to be found in his collection and Simon hopes that the exhibition will show that art collecting can be enjoyed by each and everyone and not just by a chosen few with deep pockets! Exhibition runs 6-14 October 2012.

We will preview the show at 5.30pm on 6th October 2012.

click on the link below for the trailer to Simon’s talk …

Film courtesy of John Caldwell, Frameworks

Workshops with Sophie Hill at the Cambridge Art Salon

Sophie Hill invites you to her workshops at Cambridge Art Salon, Saturday 17th November, and Sunday 25th November 2012.

On Saturday 17th, she will lead a workshop where you can create an image ofCambridge, capture it in a variety of media and make it a part of a large community made piece of artwork. Squares of artwork will be collaged together to amass one big collection of images, depicting how you seeCambridge.  A fun family workshop, from 1 til 4, and its free!

On the following weekend, Sunday 25th November, we will be having a Winter Tea Party 3-5pm. Sophie will be helping you design your festive postcards. If you have the recipients address with you, you can post your card straight away via our Fairy Elf! This workshop will cost just £2 per person. All ages welcome.

These workshops are part of the Narrative exhibition, where you will be able to meet some of the artists, and learn about how they make their work;

                15 – 27 November 2012, Fri – Wed 10 – 5.30pm, Thurs 10 – 7pm, Cambridge Art Salon, 29 Cromwell Road, Cambridge, CB1 3EB