Since the CCI moved into its new home in the David Attenborough Building, collaborations with artists have flourished. The impact of these collaborations is far reaching with many involved saying the experience continues to influence their work long after the project has finished.

Some of these projects result in exhibitions – one of the many ways which enable the general public to engage with, and be inspired by, the resulting work.

Slate Work – Ackroyd & Harvey

David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, 2016
Corn Exchange Entrance – Publicly accessible

Commissioned as part of the development of the David Attenborough Building itself, Ackroyd & Harvey were awarded a major public art commission in response to the refurbishment and 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 and is publicly accessible.

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Past Exhibitions

Art, Science and the Natural World 2022

Rebecca Jewell, Sarah Gillespie, and Esther Tyson are exploring the threat of severe environmental change on the status and diversity of UK species, focusing on seaweeds, moths, and farmland birds. The exhibition will showcase works and research that has been developed during their artist residencies with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI).

Breaking Point – Fragility in Clay and Nature, Museum of Zoology 2021

CCI’s Arts, Science and Conservation Programme is delighted to be collaborating with the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology again this summer on Breaking Point – a ceramics exhibition inspired by the natural world.

True to Nature - Fitzwilliam Museum 2022

A unique exhibition, explore the inventive ways artists in the 18th and 19th centuries recorded fleeting moments in nature, capturing the effects of light, drama, and atmosphere first-hand in the open air.