New exhibition: Once Upon A Time



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Extended Opening Hours For Final Week (check full programme for special events too)

Tuesday 5th 12 – 4pm
Wednesday 6th 12-4pm
Friday 8th 12-3pm

From 26th March to 8th April 2016 at 1 Thrifts Walk.

A story tale themed exhibition with a twist from Collaborating Cambridge artists, Abi Stevens, Jill Eastland, Alan Rogerson, Yasemin Gyford, Karen Stamper & Henry Shepherd for a fortnight this Easter holidays. Expect anything – from a Madhatters tea party for families, political art commenting on Cambridge’s housing crisis, ghost stories, poetry, the launch of SHINDIG’s interactive art shop – and more.

The exhibition has a range of art for sale from independent artists in the city, includes free events and workshops, many for children and families, some strictly for adults, all will be fun. Look out for the hashtag #WeAreFamily16 for family friendly events, as part of the Art Salon’s We Are Family project –

Collaborating Cambridge is a broad group of Cambridge based artists. With the emphasis on collaborating, they produce work for group exhibitions and events.

‘This is an exciting time for us as we are transitioning into a charitable association which gives us more opportunity to help the people and community we love. I set up Collaborating Cambridge because there are so many good quality artists in Cambridge but not enough platforms for them – buying from an independent artist is one of the best ways to support your local art scene,’ says Faye Wright, founder of Collaborating Cambridge.

Faye herself can also be found at the likes of Stir Cafe, hosting family arts events.

It’s important for artists to have space to breathe, experiment and sell to sustain their practices and grow. So we are also launching feedback boxes at this show to help develop the project – inviting the public and other artists to pass on their thoughts.

Please come along and support Cambridge artists by enjoying this work and buying from them. Prints for £20 and under, as well as cards and original art will be for sale. There will also be the chance to donate directly to Collaborating Cambridge, with fundraising buckets throughout.

‘Not so private’ view / opening night (FREE all welcome, bring a bottle!) #WeAreFamily16

All welcome, kids and adults, come and join in and see the amazing outcomes of the artists’ interpretations of the ‘stortelling’ theme.

Saturday March 26th, 6 – 9pm

Alan’s adults comic workshop (FREE)
Monday March 28th, 1-3pm
Selected range from Alan’s Art Kiosk for sale.

Allographic poetry and storytelling (FREE)
Tuesday March 29th, 6-9pm
Poetry books will be on sale.

Mad Hatters Tea Party (FREE) #WeAreFamily16
Childrens arts and crafts party
Thursday 31st March 12 noon – 2pm
Prints, cards and original art will be on sale.

Cambridge Storytellers ‘Local legends and Fen Mysteries’ (FREE)
Friday 1st April, 6-8pm…/566856856805952
Prints by selected artists will be on sale from under £20

Furry Tales (FREE)
A family art & story workshop, getting ready for Strawberry Fair!
Saturday 2 April 12 noon – 4pm
Prints, art and cards will be on sale

Ghost Stories (ticketed – please contact SHINDIG for details)
Saturday 2nd April 6-9pm
Launch of interactive SHINDIG art shop

Kids collaging with Yasemin (FREE)
Sunday 3rd April 12 noon – 2pm
Prints, art and cards for sale

Soundscape stories (FREE)
Guided visualisation & meditation with singing bowls
Wednesday 6th  April 7pm – 8pm
Prints, cards and original art for sale

Virginity Café
(A taboo breaking philosophy cafe involving virginity stories)
Friday 8th April,3-5pm
Prints, cards and original art for sale

Closing gathering (FREE All welcome, bring a bottle!)
Friday 8th April,6-8pm
Prints, cards and original art for sale

Kith and Kin – Opening Show for Thrifts Walk Studios (Spring Programme)


We’re delighted to announce the first show in our new pop up art space, nestled in the heart of Chesterton. Thrifts Walk Studios, has five independent artists based there, who have worked with residents in the city to restore the disused space so that it is usable, into a pop up ‘art shop’ where the artists can meet their customers and the public direct, plus a gallery and a garden where artists can sell, exhibit and exchange ideas with other makers. The gallery exhibitions are, of course, open to the public, with work for sale.

Kith & Kin is a new exhibition from Cambridge portrait painter, Heloise Toop and will run from 11 to 25 March 2016.

You can visit the exhibition between 10am and 5pm on

Saturday 12th / Sunday 13th
Friday 18th/ Saturday 19th / Sunday 20th
Friday 25th (9am – 5pm, with a private view for families midday – 2pm) / Saturday 26th

Kith and Kin, explores the connections between the family we have and the family we choose. Throughout 2016, Cambridge Art Salon is loosely curating a programme of talks, exhibitions and research as part of We Are Family  – a new project that explores the value of family and intergenerational arts in the community.

Heloise, who works primarily in oils, studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea and has embraced portraiture as her ‘path to happiness’. Art critic, Clive Christy has described her paintings as ‘strong and yet very sensitive… she seems to capture a vulnerability and humanity in her works’. A review in Style Magazine wrote ‘Heloise’s mastery of the paint palette is breathtaking; from delicate eyelashes to wispy strands of hair, her depiction is stunningly realistic’.

In 2009, at just seventeen, Heloise had a painting selected to show at the Mall Galleries in London. She also exhibited, by invitation, at the 2013 ‘People’ exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. Five of her paintings were shown at the ‘Debut Contemporary Art’ Gallery in Notting Hill, London and she has exhibited and led a portrait painting workshop at Impington Village College’s Annual Art Exhibition.

More recently, Heloise was one of two artists live painting at New Artists Fair in London.

Her commissioned work includes a portrait of Dr Rebecca Lingwood, the first female director of Madingley Hall, Cambridge and Professor Michael Green, a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.

Of her latest pieces Heloise says  ‘As a portrait painter, I always strive to convey some kind of human emotion in my work. In my most recent paintings I have focused on the relationship between siblings, and the relationship between my friends and I. There are sets of portraits that interact with each other through eye contact and smirks. Each set tells a different story. Alongside this brand new work, I will also be exhibiting some large scale oil paintings featuring friends dressed as fairytale characters, and some honest portraits of those close to me. My Kith and Kin


Winter lights comes to Abbey

The Abbey community will be celebrating the festive season with their very own Winter Lights Festival. The Christmas lights switch on is happening on Wednesday 16 December and will include a Lantern parade along Wadloes Road followed by a community meal by Food-cycle, an Art Fair, and community performances.

The Cambridge Art Salon is delighted to be able to support this community event with funds raised by the EastSide Creates programme.

Local artist Jill Fordham, who has a studio at Unit 13, has been running lantern workshops ahead of the festival and we hope everyone who has participated will come along with their creations and help light up Wadloes Road.

If you need some inspiration, here are photos from previous lantern workshops.


The light switch on is outside Barnwell Spar at 6pm Wednesday 16 December.


Jill grew up in Cambridge and has explored many different areas of art and craft over the years. She attended art college as a mature student, where she learned her skills as a stained glass artist and for a short period, has worked in the stained glass studio of Susan Matthews, stained glass artist and curator of Ely Cathedral stained glass museum. Jill has been working in this medium now for 20 years, and has sold her work at various fairs and galleries in and around Cambridge.  As well as undertaking private commissions both designing and restoring stained glass windows, mostly for private clients. Past commissions have included work for Ely Cathedral and Chilford Hall. For the past ten years Jill has taught stained glass courses for manor community college, Whitehouse arts, Rowan foundation, and for school groups, as well as teaching general art/craft to special needs groups, such as Castle school and the Alzheimers’ society.

You can see some of Jill’s beautiful glasswork on her website



An eclectic mix of styles born from having fun, experimenting and applying new skills. Both traditional and digital methods have been utilised.

This body of work has been produced by past and current photography students of Mark Woods Nunn. Whilst all of those exhibiting hold a keen interest in photography, several are now working as professional photographers. The camers used range from modest ‘point and shoots’ to higher end kit.

Launch night starts at: 6pm at the Box Cafe, Gwydir St, Cambridge


Announcement and Change of Address


A solo exhibition of work by Jadryk Brown – Opening 9th May 7 pm, running 10th May – 16th May (Read our artist interview here)


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We recently interviewed artist Jadryk Brown to ask him about his work, his creative  background and his latest show:

Q: What are you doing right now?

A: Right now I am finishing off a few pieces for the show and working on designing some much larger figurative works for my collaboration with Deanna Tyson.

Q: Tell us about your show.

A: The show is a collection of work which I have produced in the last year, largely influenced by the couple of months I spent in Los Angeles last summer. The work focuses on ideas of the forgotten, unnoticed and discarded coming together with the beauty of typography and classical  oil paintings. But I’m doing it with spray paint, biro and a bucket of black gloss.

Q: When did you start making art?

A: I wouldn’t be able to say when I first started making art. I guess it’s more that I’ve just never stopped. I’ve always been doing something in one way or another, whether just throwing paint about or drawing terrible pictures of cars, so I think it’s more that it’s just grown and become more of an expression of my thoughts and ideas.

Q: What are your influences as an artist?

A: Everything influences my work. Anything I encounter day to day  can give me an idea, whether it’s a colour, a shape, a piece of lettering, some clothing, or something I hear about will give me the start of an idea behind a piece.

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Review: Rebel Women – Inspirational Girls

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Slate the Disco, a Cambridge-focused artist and criticism site with a broad inclusion policy for the arts, has plenty to say on the Salon’s recent show. Rebel Women – Inspirational Girls celebrated International Women’s Day in the Salon, and was produced by Ruthie Collins, our Creative Director.

Led by teenagers who were guided and supported by the local Romsey Mill charity, Rebel Women is the result of a year’s work by many amazing women and those who supported them in their work, women and men together.

Read what Slate the Disco has to say:

Interviewing successful but also everyday women, women “who could be your neighbour”, Ruthie says, these girls have seen other perspectives of what being a woman means – expanding ideas of what female role models might be, celebrating women. The show itself fuses visual art, live art, video and text – all with a feminist twist. From photoshoots of women in Romsey Town (like the Romsey Town Rollerbillies), to the pop videos of live artists Bryony Kimmings’ feminist pop star Catherine Bennett, to videos of Hollie Mcnish’s poetry – there’s animation and film, too.

Slate the Disco interviewed Ruthie, to find her inspirations behind the show, and what she felt people could learn. Read the review and interview, on their site.

Turtle Dove Cambridge 21st-26th March 2014

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Rebel Women / Inspirational Girls March 7th-19th

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For much of March the Art Salon has female-focused exhibitions, in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th. Come and visit ‘Rebel Women / Inspirational Girls’, a show celebrating a year long exploration of female role models in the community, by a group of teenage girls supported by Romsey Mill and the Cambridge Art Salon. Read quotes from women across the Cambridge community, from novelists and poets, to artists, business owners, accountants, paramedics and innovators. Enjoy pop videos from feminist pop star Catherine Bennett, animation, live art and photography. The full programme features talks, skill shares, workshops and networking.

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Christmas Art Fair on!

The Cambridge Art Salon are delighted to open their Christmas Art Fair, with affordable, hand-made works of art and craft, and festive workshops every weekend.

This Sunday, Jill Fordham, stained glass artist, will be hosting a workshop making stained glass angels, for a contribution of less than five pounds per angel – make your own decoration.CAS_Christmas_Fair

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!!!

Upcycle City 7th -13th November


1234266_569473043090674_327034715_n (1)New collaborative work by Fiona Henderson and Cambridge-made label Q Here. Extended opening hours – Open Friday-Wednesday!

Earlier in 2013, Fiona Henderson and Ruth Schmid were with other artists and designers from the Cambridge Art Salon, chatting over cocktails at 196 on Mill Rd., and what started as fulfilling a rush order of custom made bags, led to them both collaborating further on Ruth’s Q Here label.

Both city residents, cyclists, creatives, and inspired by imaginative waste-users worldwide, Ruth and Fiona’s collaboration has resulted in some new unique, quirky, upcycled pieces that reflect a Cambridge lifestyle.

So now, alongside Ruth’s well known signature bags and accessories, made from used advertising banners and cycle innertubes sourced locally around town, there are some playful new departures.

Come along to the welcoming opening party from 6.30pm Friday 8th, and enjoy delicious treats from Urban Larder ( the café on Mill Rd is also showcasing Q Here upcycled products)

Show stays open throughout the weekend 9th – 10th  November so indulge, browse and enjoy.

Hope to see you there,  Ruth and Fiona.

For more information, visit the facebook page