News from our Artists in Residence

1st July 2021

We have been privileged to work with many talented and innovative artists as part of our Arts, Science and Conservation Programme.

In 2018-19, Zoë Svendsen, Dramaturg and Artistic Director of METIS, transformed CCI’s Artist’s Studio into THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE (WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE) – an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that explores challenges surrounding a transformative future. Partly inspired by this work, the latest Metis Arts project, Love Letters to a Liveable Future, culminates with performances at the Cambridge Junction taking place on 21st and 22nd July 2021.  These live performances are the result of a two-year process of ‘research-in-public’ in which Zoë and her team have gathered different voices and conversations which have informed different iterations of the project along the way. You can book tickets here.

‘Factory of the Future’ in progress in the David Attenborough Building

Ackroyd & Harvey have a long history with CCI. As part of the development of the David Attenborough Building itself, they were awarded a major public art commission in response to the redevelopment of this iconic brutalist building, originally designed by Arup Associates in the 1960’s. ‘Slate Work South‘ and ‘Slate Work East

In 2016, the Conflicted Seeds + Spirit exhibition included a mixed media living artwork, a split screen film work, a large-scale wall text work and an existing sculptural work. In 2016 & 2018, they returned with a participatory work Seeing Red.. Overdrawn. Members of the public and conservationists connected with the David Attenborough Building were invited, one at a time, to make their mark.

Continuing their work inspired by nature, the climate emergency and trees, Ackroyd & Harvey are currently exhibiting at the Tate Modern. Their work, Beuys’ Acorns, is on display until 14th November on the South Terrace.

A new exhibition opens next week at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge. Breaking Point – Fragility in Clay and Nature, features work by three artists, Mella Shaw, Jayne Ivimey, and Elspeth Owen. They will exhibit work inspired by the natural world among the displays in the Museum of Zoology. All three artists have a strong interest in the environmental movement and create ceramics that seek to engage, provoke, and stimulate discussion.


Main image, Slate Work South, Toby Smith.