All of our projects respond to the biodiversity challenges that our world currently faces and explore the role that culture and contemporary arts practice can play in inviting exchange, dialogue and debate around these critical issues.

Our residencies and projects aim to give artists both time and space to collaborate, through practice-based research, with transdisciplinary teams of conservationists and scientists based at the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge. Residencies are frequently experimental and interdisciplinary in nature, often resulting in a public programme which may include participatory installations, exhibitions and symposia.

All of these encounters and interventions invite audiences to creatively engage and reflect on how we can individually and collectively live sustainably with our planet. A selection of our projects can be seen here.

Evolution as Inspiration exhibition, Jonathan Kingdon

Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge, 2019 A collaboration between artist, zoologist and author Jonathan Kingdon, the Arts, Science and Conservation Programme at CCI, and the Museum of Zoology, Evolution as Inspiration explored a lifetime of observations in nature. Kingdon, whose span of work, and influence on conservation, is extraordinary, exhibited a series of major…

The Factory of the Future (We know not what we may be), Metis

David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, The Barbican, London and Oslo, Norway 2018 & 2019 As part of a residency at the David Attenborough Building, 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…

Engraving the Red List, Beatrice Forshall

David Attenborough Building and Cornwall, 2017 – 2019 Beatrice Forshall is an artist and print maker who specialises in dry point engraving. During her residency at CCI, Forshall worked alongside researchers, policy makers and specialist practitioners from the University of Cambridge, the Red List Unit at IUCN, TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, BirdLife International…

Conflicted Seeds + Spirit, Ackroyd and Harvey

David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, 2016 This was the first showing of work by Ackroyd & Harvey in Cambridge and included a mixed media living artwork, a split screen film work, a large-scale wall text work and an existing sculptural work. Eight trees species subject to global conservation programmes were the focus of this work which…

Slate Work South, Ackroyd and Harvey

As part of the development of the David Attenborough Building itself, Ackroyd and Harvey 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. The work is one of two large-scale exterior works composed of intensively layered slate. This work…