Monday, 20 July 2009

A Cambridge Arts Centre

The recent occupation - and rapid eviction of said occupiers - of an old Bingo Hall in Cambridge has caused much debate in the community. Cambridge is one of the world's leading cultural cities, and yet lags behind its contemporaries in terms of cultural resources and amenities. There is no arts centre here. For a city so famous for culture, ideas, and creativity - this seems anomolous, and bizarre.

I've set up a little hub of artists in Cambridge with Positiveworld Studios, and helped my friend Freya Zinovieff set up Cambridge Open Art Space last year after she had the brilliant idea to create a Cambridge Fringe Open Studios that could act as a platform for more edgy art previously excluded from the Cambridge art scene. Time and time again, creatives complain to me of the lack of an arts centre here - yet where there is a need, sure there is a way?

Is it that people want the resources, but don't want to have to create them? Understandable - founding a contemporary arts centre is no mean feat, and must take considerable time and energy.

I've decided to focus some of my writing on this blog to exploring exactly this notion: what it would take to create such a centre in this city, my hometown. I'd welcome ideas, feedback, guest writers, and any support for such a notion. It's only through working together that we can achieve these things.

1 comment:

  1. Apparently The Junction grew out of a squat based party scene in 80's Cambridge. The Cambridge Venue Group was formed and lobbied for a venue for The Youth . . . anyway they got it and it was The Junction. So this seems to indicate that a Community Arts Space would need to be run directly by the community if it is to remain relevent.