Sunday, 6 July 2014

What's on: Art in July, Cambridge 2014

Some arty things to see in Cambridge this July:

Recyle Le Vélo.  

Bike sculpture trail. In various shops and venues around the city centre and Mill Road.  Art cashing in on the cycle craze that the City is trying to whip up.  Are you crazy about the Tour de France in Cambridge?  Some of these look fun; some are too commercially co-opted for my tastes (sitting in shop windows); others look naff.

Click here for a map.

Ends 13 July.

Source:  cambridgeinternationalarts

Mitcham's Models.  

Mannequin art at Mitcham's corner, to commemorate Mitcham's department store.  Weird.

Read about it here.

Starts 5/6 July. I don't know when it ends.

Source: Cambridge News

Jennifer Talbot.  

Beautiful felt and textile works at Lynne Strover Art Gallery.  The photo doesn't do the work justice.  They are maps and traces of walks, geographies.  We own one of her works, purchased at last year's Open Studios.  We've lived with it for one year now and it constantly delights.  A quiet presence on the wall, and beautiful to touch.  (You're allowed to touch when you own it...!)  Definitely worth a visit.

18-27 July.

Kame of Isbister © Jennifer Talbot

Allan McWilliam.  

Exhibition at Clare Hall.
Mural and stained glass artist, former teacher at Chelsea School of Art.  This is his first solo exhibition since 1967!!
This artist is my colleague Rohan McWilliam's father.  I am particularly intrigued and excited to see this exhibition.  Read about it here.

Ends 27 August.

Allan McWilliam.  Source:  Clare Hall.  © Charmian McWilliam.

Gustav Metzger at Kettle's Yard.

I went there today.  Psychedelic art from the 1960s and 1970.  If you have young children, this would be great for children. There's a darkened room with lava lamp-style projections, soft carpet and bean bags for sprawling on.  There's a transparent box mounted on the wall that whirls around small particles at intervals.  There are two long tubes hanging from the ceiling that start waving around to an almighty motor noise at intervals of around 10 minutes.  This should keep the kids amused for about 15 minutes.  And the adults, too.  Interesting exhibition if not immensely gripping.

Not as gripping as the World Cup, that is.  (Did you know that I am an obsessive international-football fan?  Also, I am German so very happy.  So far.)

Ends 31 August.

Gustav Metzger, Liquid crystal environment, 1965.  Source:  Kettle's Yard

Buddha's Word

At the MAA (Museum of Archaeology).  Buddha's Word: The life of books in Tibet and beyond.

Nick Thomas, director of the MAA, does it again with another fabulous-looking exhibition.  I've not yet been but have heard good things about this from 2 people who have. Have you seen it? What did you think?  Do leave a comment below.

Ends 17 Jan 2015

Source: MAA

Oh, and of course:  Open Studios.  Read my selection of studios on this blog post here.

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