All Systems Go!


We have a Green for Go for our ALL Launch Party this year, which will take place at the ALL Hub on the Top Floor of Waterstones Cambridge on Weds 15th October 6-9pm. Very pleased to confirm that Louise Ashcroft (above, performing at this year’s Latitude festival) will be showing a brand new performative text piece entitled Silicone Fen. Louise says: “Silicone Fen is a comically surreal play that weaves stories and situations around fragments of Cambridge that might otherwise never have met.”

Silvia Champion sqWe are also delighted that Molly Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive of the South Bank Centre, will be formally launching ALL2014 for us, whilst Silvia Champion (right) will be diligently eavesdropping on overheard conversations – be careful what you say! We would love to include some music too, so if you know somebody who might be able to help us, do get in touch.

Tesco logo crop topWith many thanks to Neil Place and Tesco Community Project for supplying us with drinks and nibbles. Don’t miss.

A Word from our Sponsors

62158_521975024521410_14040717_ncccLogoColour_72dpiAnglia Ruskin (Camb Chelm P'boro)

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Many thanks to all our friends, sponsors and supporters who are helping us to make ALL happen. We are a very lightly-funded organisation (‘agile’ I believe is the term?) and so every contribution is invaluable to us. Specific thanks go to:

  • Rosie and her team at Waterstones for hosting our Shelf Life exhibition and ALL Shop on the Top Floor throughout the festival
  • Paul at Agar Scientific for sponsoring our Panel Discussion at Trinity College on October 21
  • Malavika and Jamie from Festival of Ideas and Sidgwick Site for sponsorship and hosting so much art
  • Cambridge City Council for supporting our grant application
  • Chris Owen and Dr Veronique Chance at Cambridge School of Art for support and advice, plus help with printing costs
  • Linda and Peter at Sutton co for wonderful design work
  • Neil Place from Tesco Cambridge community project for wine and nibbles for our Opening Night.

Philip Cornett Collective Non-Decision Making...

Particular thanks to my alma mater, Cambridge School of Art for their continuing support of life post-MFA. This year we have MA student Philip Cornett (above: Collective Non-Decision Making, In Two Parts, detail) participating in ALL. Art school is an amazing experience, and Liz Hearmon at CSA tells me that there is still time for last-minute applications for the forthcoming MA course. So check out their website and apply. Do it!

bigger than earth

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In an exciting new departure, the youngest artists taking part in ALL this year are from the Reception Class at Spinney Primary School. Facilitated by lead artist Deb Wilenski and supported by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, the pupils have been exploring local woodland and documenting their encounters. True to the spirit of ALL – in which art, text and place collide – the resulting exhibition This tree is bigger than earth uses image and language to articulate some of the ways in which children perceive a small, wild, tangled part of Cambridge. I’m very much looking forward to it – should make for a fascinating juxtaposition alongside our other artists and their work!

This tree is bigger than earth is part of the ALL programme of events and takes place on Friday 24th October 5-6pm. The event is free, but you will need to book. Click here for full details.

Our full programme of events will be published shortly.

Measuring Up

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Just over a month to go. Yesterday I received this annotated picture from Egidija and Collective Investigations, asking for the windows at the Sidgwick Site to be measured for their vinyl installation outside the Philosophy Library. It seemed like a good way to summarise the current state of play – all the scribbles, notes, ideas, daydreams and wish lists from the last few months are now being sized up, ordered, fabricated, drawn, made and  created. Which of course also means that they are also being worried about, obsessed over, changed, amended, deleted and re-made. With many thanks to Judith Weik, who wielded the tape measure for us in such a timely fashion.

WANTED – Your Favourite Poems!

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We are delighted to have artist Elisa Vladilo joining us from Italy this year for ALL to create for us one her trademark high-colour interventions. As part of our Day of Performance on October 25th, Elisa will be unveiling a striking 50m tarpaulin at the CU Sidgwick Site entitled Rhyme of Origin.

This project needs your poems to make it happen! Elisa is looking for Cambridge residents, students and visitors from different cultures to share poems from their homelands, which will be penned onto the super-sized canvas in both the original native language and English. You are invited to submit a favourite poem and to share your poem by participating in the event: you will be asked to write your poem onto the canvas alongside 30 other native poems.

To participate, please send a poem of your choice together with an English translation to by 10th October. You will then be contacted with further details of how to take part.

With many thanks to Cambridge Festival of Ideas for supporting this project.



Smudge Regulation

ill conceived encounter_560wThere is a definite sense of Stuff Starting To Happen here, with all the plans and ideas of the last few months beginning to translate into action and creation. As part of our preparations we are assembling details of all our artists’ work along with their locations and other Essential Info, which we shall then be unveiling in a couple of weeks’ time along with a brand new and very exciting front page for this website.

Whilst we await such heady developments, here is a new image just received of Rebecca Ilett’s work for ALL2014, ‘An Ill-conceived Encounter’. The accompanying description of Rebecca’s work promises to feature a ‘Smudge Regulator’. Can’t wait.

Creative Cambridge!





October is looking set to be a super-creative time across Cambridge. Alongside our own, extremely unmissable Art Language Location festival kicking off on October 15th, Curating Cambridge and Cambridge Festival of Ideas both open on October 20th. You can pick up a copy of their Guides now – they include some of our ALL events and activities, plus an amazing array of educational enlightenment. Watch out for own ALL Map, posters and programme of events which will be out in mid-September (finalising our copy today!) and gird your loins for the coming creative cauldron…

Watch this Space

62158_521975024521410_14040717_nWe are thrilled to have the support this year of Waterstones Cambridge, who have provided us with a very large display area on the Top Floor for the duration of ALL2014. This will be our Home and our Hub for the ALL festival – where you will be able to drop in and meet the artists, pick up a map and view some artworks. It will be our venue for our Grand Opening on October 15th and for our Engine Tea Party on October 18th. You will be able to call in to see ‘Shelf Life’, in which each ALL artist will have one shelf to use as they would like, and our ALL Shop, where once again we shall be offering delectable and desirable artworks for sale. Very much looking forward to seeing how this turns out – many thanks to Rosie and her team for making this happen!



ALL Committee Social Aug 2014 2So last might the ALL Committee were hard at work as usual, sorting stuff and generally putting the world to rights. In fact this was our social evening so the phrases “Art”, “Language” and “Location” were scarcely to be heard. We had a lot of fun, and now we head into September and within striking distance of the ALL opening night. Many, many thanks to our lovely team (and to those who couldn’t make it last night) for all your hard work. L-R Peter Sutton, Josh Murfitt, Rosemary Catling, Kato Catling, Robert Good, Teresa Harrison, Matthew Wilson, and behind the camera, Susie Olczak. We can always make use offers of additional help over the coming weeks, so if you would like to join us or can spare a few hours, do get in touch, all contributions very welcome! Meanwhile, have a great holiday weekend.

Get Mappy

ALL Map draftOur resident cartographer Matthew Wilson is once again doing a grand job of mapping our ALL locations (thanks Matthew!) and as you can see we will have a great range of artworks peppering the town this October. Matthew is also working on a super-delectable (and visually stunning) printed version of the map and a set of ALL bookmarks which will be going to press in the coming weeks. We’d love some help organising our distribution, so if you are able to help us get these soon-to-be collector’s items out and about round Cambridge and into arts spaces further afield, do get in touch!