Not Quite the Commonwealth Games

Tom Hackett 14 yard apology sitting (resized) (2) 900wWhilst the great and the good of the aquatic world compete in Glasgow, artist Tom Hackett went poolside in Cambridge last week as part of his plans to set a very different record straight. For it was at Mayfield Primary School as a youngster where Tom committed a grave misdemeanour during his 14 yard swimming test. Although the offence went unnoticed, Tom has been burdened with guilt ever since. This October for ALL2014, Tom will finally be able to lay his demons to rest by confessing all in ‘Fourteen Yard Apology’. Many thanks to head teacher Jaspaul Hill for agreeing to display Tom’s work at the school and for helping him to begin the healing process and his long front crawl back to recovery.

Meet the ALL Committee

Rebecca locations huntingBehind the scenes at ALL it is a veritable hive of activity, and it is high time that all this effort is properly acknowledged, so please do take a look at our new ALL2014 Committee page to find out how our well-oiled machine is so smoothly maintained. With particular thanks to our newest recruit, Sara Lerota, our Web Editor. Sara has been adding further artist profiles, so check out our Artists Page for the latest info. Sara will continue to update the website over the next couple of months with further details about our artists, their artworks and locations. Thanks Sara!

Above: Our Locations Manager, Rebecca Ilett, on the hunt for that rarest of species, the Greater Cambridge Whitecube. This particular visit proved sadly unsuccessful, but overall we have now secured almost all of our venues for this year.

Video Log #2 – Cambridge Blue Plaque Nominations

Preparations for our Art Language Location fest this October are now in full summer swing. Most of the locations are fixed and our 50 participating artists are busy mixing up a heady cocktail of artistic flavours for your delectation. To whet your appetite, check out our latest video for a taste of what we shall be serving up at Art Language Location in the autumn.

If you haven’t yet nominated yourself or a friend for a Blue Plaque, whether serious, fun or cheeky, do drop Alban Low a line at before 1st September.

Enjoy the sunshine and look forward to welcoming you to #ALL2014 this autumn!

From the Sublime to the Subterranean

Land Economy library 2Our locations hunt is gathering pace, and one of the things I like about being involved is getting to see some relatively unknown parts of the city. So today a great afternoon’s location hunting started at the beautifully serene Marshall Library with artist AnnaMaria Kardos researching possibilities for a new work there. Thanks so much to librarians Clemens and Lisa for your support!

Thence to the Land Economy Library (above), which is in the process of being systematically rehoused, leaving many shelves eerily empty and a perfect backdrop for an artwork or two. Thanks to librarians Simon and Georgie for being so receptive to the ALL project and our ideas.

David at Museum of Technology 2

Finally, I called in at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, looking at possibility of an underground location for Carl Gent. David at the museum very kindly showed me round several suitably claustrophobic spots from the museum’s former life as a pumping station, including the entrance to the flue (above) and a caged contraption (below) who’s use cannot be described in polite company.

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PrintDelighted to have the support again this year of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, who have been helping us in many ways behind the scenes to secure some of our locations for this year. We are also again looking forward to staging an ALL Day of Performance during CFI: alongside a number of events, film screenings and activities that we are in the process of scheduling we are working on the logistics for a large, eye-catching work by Elisa Vladilo. Particular thanks to Malavika Anderson at CFI and Jamie Brittain at the Sidgwick Site for helping us to realise these exciting artworks.

Veni, Vidi, …

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Good morning and welcome to Cambridge today to magnetologist(?) and soon-to-be radio personality Alban Low, who is here today to research his Blue Plaque Walk. Alban is inviting requests for your very own taste of immortality: supply him with some details and you may find yourself on a magnetic Blue Plaque, which he will place along the route in October. For more about Blue Plaques in Cambridge and Alban’s project, plus details of how to apply check out Alban’s website, or tune in to the Sue Dougan show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire today to hear more!


Future Perfect

Art Language Location proposal 2I’m very much looking forward to seeing ‘Future Perfect’, a series of photomontages by Amelia Critchlow around Cambridge this October.  As our hunt for locations continues, we have so far managed to place work in a sports centre, an antiques shop and a primary school amongst many others. Thank you to everyone who has so far said ‘Yes’, we will be publishing a full list of locations and artworks in due course. In the meantime, we are still looking for several more venues, so if you know of a space in Cambridge that might like to host an artwork, do contact us to find out more.