Events

People make a place - we want to welcome you to find out more about North West Cambridge and to experience all that the development can offer, even before the Phase One completes! Throughout the construction period, there will be opportunities for interested individuals to find out more about the development and the site. Take a look at the events listed below that may be of interest.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

PAST EVENTS

 

Cambridge Alumni Festival 2013

Date, Time:
Friday 27 September 2013, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location:
Lecture Theatre SG1/2, Alison Richard Building Sidgwick Site
Details:
Project Director, Roger Taylor, gives a talk as part of the Cambridge Alumni Festival 2013.
More info:

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Deep time, earth to solar system: artists in discussion

Date, Time:
Friday 25 October 2013, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location:
Sackler Lecture Theatre, Institute of Astronomy, Hoyle Building, Madingley Road, CB3 0HA
Details:
The first Artists-in-Residence for the development: Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope, Tania Kovats and Hannah Rickards discuss and exchange ideas that have emerged from their research within the departments of Archaeology, Astronomy and Earth Sciences. The event will be chaired by Harriet Loffler, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas.
More info:

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Hands-on Cob building workshop with artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope at Prehistory Day

Date, Time:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10:30am – 4:00pm
Location:
Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Storey's Way CB3 0DT
Details:
Join artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope in a hands-on and muddy workshop as they recycle archaeological soil sample waste into a sustainable mud building material. Karen and Nina are in residence at the Department of Archaeology as part the University's North West Cambridge development. Inspired by participating in Cambridge Archaeology Unit's site dig, and by the models of the NW Cambridge architecture and town planning, they would like to experiment with the idea of a 3D model of the development. A large-scale model could be constructed from cob, a traditional building material made from clay and subsoil, and could eventually be buried beneath the finished development for - perhaps - rediscovery by the archaeologists of the future.
More info:

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Free film screening and Panel Discussion - La Région Centrale, 1970-71 by Michael Snow

Date, Time:
Monday 20 January 2014, 10:45am – 5:00pm
Location:
Arts Picturehouse Cinema, Cambridge
Details:
Screening of La Région Centrale, 1970-71 by Michael Snow
Monday 20 January, 10.45am – 2.00pm
Arts Picturehouse Cinema, Cambridge
Running time: 190 minutes
A rare opportunity to see Canadian film-maker Michael Snow’s seminal experimental film, filmed from a remote mountaintop in Quebec.
I would like to make a three-hour film “orchestrating” all the possibilities of camera movement and the various relationships between it and what is being photographed… I give the camera an equal role in the film to what is being photographed. I want to make a gigantic landscape film equal in terms to the great landscape paintings of Cezanne, Poussin, Corot, Monet, Matisse … this will feel like a record of the last wilderness on earth, a film to be taken into outer space as a souvenir of what nature once was.
Michael Snow, 1969
Panel Discussion
3.00-5.00pm, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Hannah Rickards (artist), Jason Dungan (artist), Graham Ellard (Professor of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins) and Neil Henderson (Principal Lecturer for Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University) will discuss their responses to the film.
More info:

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Archaeology Talk - Medieval Village

Date, Time:
Friday 21 March 2014, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Location:
North West Cambridge Development Site
Details:
Discover the lost Medieval Village in Cambridge

Archaeologists from Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unveiled a lost Medieval village in Cambridge as part of their excavations on the North West Cambridge Development. Situated to the North of the site, the finds will be explained by head of the Unit, Chris Evans, and the Site's Director, Craig Cessford, in these short tours for all interested guests.

Wellies and outdoor footwear strongly advised.

Talks will take place on the site on 21 March, 28 March and 4 April at 2pm and last for around 30 mins.

Meeting point is the blue hoarding gate on Huntingdon Road, approximately 100 yards west of the Travellers Rest.

 

 

Archaeology Talk - Medieval Village

Date, Time:
Friday 28 March 2014, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Location:
North West Cambridge Development Site
Details:
Discover the lost Medieval Village in Cambridge

Archaeologists from Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unveiled a lost Medieval village in Cambridge as part of their excavations on the North West Cambridge Development. Situated to the North of the site, the finds will be explained by head of the Unit, Chris Evans, and the Site's Director, Craig Cessford, in these short tours for all interested guests.

Wellies and outdoor footwear strongly advised.

Talks will take place on the site on 21 March, 28 March and 4 April at 2pm and last for around 30 mins.

Meeting point is the blue hoarding gate on Huntingdon Road, approximately 100 yards west of the Travellers Rest.

 

 

Archaeology Talk - Medieval Village

Date, Time:
Friday 4 April 2014, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Location:
North West Cambridge Development Site - Meeting point is the blue hoarding gate on Huntingdon Road, approximately 100 yards west of the Travellers Rest.
Details:
Discover the lost Medieval Village in Cambridge

Archaeologists from Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unveiled a lost Medieval village in Cambridge as part of their excavations on the North West Cambridge Development. Situated to the North of the site, the finds will be explained by head of the Unit, Chris Evans, and the Site's Director, Craig Cessford, in these short tours for all interested guests.

Wellies and outdoor footwear strongly advised.

Talks will take place on the site on 21 March, 28 March and 4 April at 2pm and last for around 30 mins.

Meeting point is the blue hoarding gate on Huntingdon Road, approximately 100 yards west of the Travellers Rest.

 

Tomorrow, Today - Self-Build Cob

Date, Time:
Monday 28 April 2014, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location:
North West Cambridge Development Site
Details:
Keen participants are sought to spend a week learning the ancient and sustainable technique of cob building from the UK's leading experts, and to be part of an amazing public art project by artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope. Together, a 'model village of the future' will be made - a walk-through scale model of the paths, houses and shops planned for the future North West Cambridge Development.
More info:

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Cob Open Days

Date, Time:
Saturday 10 May 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm
Details:
Local residents can explore the work in progress of a scale model of the North West Cambridge Development at open days in May.

‘Tomorrow, Today’ is a spectacular walk-through scale model of part of the new North West Cambridge Development. Devised by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, this ‘futuristic model village’ encourages its makers and visitors to imagine the future communities of North West Cambridge Development. The model is entirely constructed by hand using cob (a mix of clay, sand and straw) and will be approximately 75metres in length. Cob is an ancient, sustainable, building material that recycles material from the site. Over a six-week period, teams of volunteers join the artists and a leading cob expert to learn how to cob and to help construct the vast art work.
More info:

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Cob Visitor Open Day

Date, Time:
Saturday 31 May 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm, Madingley Rise
Details:
Local residents can explore the work in progress of a scale model of the North West Cambridge Development at open days in May. ‘Tomorrow, Today’ is a spectacular walk-through scale model of part of the new North West Cambridge Development. Devised by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, this ‘futuristic model village’ encourages its makers and visitors to imagine the future communities of North West Cambridge Development. The model is entirely constructed by hand using cob (a mix of clay, sand and straw) and will be approximately 75metres in length. Cob is an ancient, sustainable, building material that recycles material from the site. Over a six-week period, teams of volunteers join the artists and a leading cob expert to learn how to cob and to help construct the vast art work.

At 11am and 2pm there will also be short archaeology tours of Site II East, just adjacent to the cob area. The site is the last scheduled excavation area and is a visually striking, densely occupied Roman and Iron Age settlement located beside the former Traveller's Rest Pit Quarry.
More info:

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Tomorrow, Today - An Exhibition of Self-Build Cob

Date, Time:
Saturday 7 June 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
NWCD - behind Gravel Hill Farm
Details:
The culmination of a six-week participatory self-build cob programme led by artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope will give people the opportunity to walk through a scale model of the first phase on the NWCD site.

Tomorrow, Today is a participatory sculptural landform inspired by the artists research collaboration with the University of Cambridge's Department of Archaeology. The work engages with the unique access to the past that has been revealed through preliminary archaeological surveys. The project invites the audience to actively contemplate the future community and townscapes that will comprise the North West Cambridge Development. This model village of the future was hand-built on site using ancient cob building techniques, and made primarily from the earth excavated in situ by the archaeological survey. The model was created by teams of volunteers who were trained in cob building.

This visualisation and imaginative response encapsulates the artists' partnership with the department of archaeology, community participation and engagement, and the development.
More info:

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One Billion Objects in Space - An exhibition by Tania Kovats

Date, Time:
Saturday 7 June 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
NWCD site - Gravel Hill Farm - Simplex Barn
Details:
One Billion Objects in Space is a sculpture developed through the artist’s research and collaboration with the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. The work is inspired in particular by the Institute’s work on the GAIA mission which aims to chart a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. The GAIA project will produce a census of about one billion stars with the ultimate goal of investigating the origins and subsequent evolution of our Galaxy.
Kovats attempts to map and represent outer space using metal donated by local communities of Cambridge in a sculptural installation. The use of metal also has a fundamental link to the earth’s liquid inner core of iron nickel alloy that generates the magnetic field around the planet. Kovats' invites viewers to reflect on big numbers and the complexities of mapping the universe.

The dates that this exhibition will be open are: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm from 7th– 22nd June
More info:

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Open Cambridge - Talk

Date, Time:
Friday 12 September 2014, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm Community Room
Details:
Part of the Open Cambridge Festival.

Our inaugural event as part of the Open Cambridge Festival 2014 will take place at Gravel Hill Farm Community Room.

Access from Madingley Rise, Madingley Road
More info:

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Open Cambridge - Talk

Date, Time:
Friday 12 September 2014, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm Community Room
Details:
Part of the Open Cambridge Festival.

Our inaugural event as part of the Open Cambridge Festival 2014 will take place at Gravel Hill Farm Community Room.

Access from Madingley Rise, Madingley Road
More info:

Visit the webpage >

 

 

Open Cambridge - Drop In

Date, Time:
Friday 12 September 2014, 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm Community Room
Details:
Part of the Open Cambridge Festival.

Our inaugural event as part of the Open Cambridge Festival 2014 will take place at Gravel Hill Farm Community Room.

Our drop-in session is open to meet the team and see the plans for the future development site.

The cob model of Phase One which was a Public Art participatory event led by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie will be open for viewing as well.

Access from Madingley Rise, Madingley Road
More info:

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Alumni Festival Talk - Foundations for the Future

Date, Time:
Friday 26 September 2014, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm Community Room
Details:
Part of the Alumni Festival.

The North West Cambridge Development is the largest single capital project to be undertaken by the University in its 800-year history. Deputy Project Director, Heather Topel, will share the vision of the development and give an overview of the progress made as we lay the foundations for the future.
More info:

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Primary School Open Day

Date, Time:
Saturday 4 October 2014, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm
Details:
An opportunity for prospective parents/carers to meet the headteacher and find out more information about the school.
More info:

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Primary School Open Evening

Date, Time:
Tuesday 14 October 2014, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm
Details:
An opportunity for prospective parents/carers to meet the headteacher and find out more information about the school.
More info:

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Public Art: Open Studios

Date, Time:
Thursday 30 October 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location:
North West Cambridge Development Artists Studios - Gravel Hill Farm, Madingley Rise, Cambridge, CB3 0FU
Details:
Three Artists in Residence are appointed each year at the North West Cambridge Development as part of the Art Programme managed by the Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts. The programme encourages collaboration between artists and departments within the University. In this, the second year of residencies, Aid & Abet are working work with the Department of Land Economy; Fernando García-Dory with the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Department of Engineering, and Bedwyr Williams with the University of Cambridge Museums. Join the artists at North West Cambridge as they talk informally about their work and their Residency Research.

This event is part of Festival of Ideas 2014 and Curating Cambridge
More info:

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Primary School Open Day

Date, Time:
Saturday 15 November 2014, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm
Details:
An opportunity for prospective parents/carers to meet the headteacher and find out more information about the school.
More info:

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Primary School Open Day

Date, Time:
Tuesday 2 December 2014, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location:
Gravel Hill Farm Community Room
Details:
An opportunity for prospective parents/carers to meet the headteacher and find out more information about the school.
More info:

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