Stobbs New Ideas Fund

Thu 19 Oct

The Stobbs New Ideas Fund supports artists to develop new performance at Cambridge Junction.

Stobbs is a Cambridge-based law firm specialising in intellectual property (IP). The support of Stobbs has enabled Cambridge Junction to create an initiative for new ideas and new work.
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest is Monday 13 November 2017.

About the Stobbs New Ideas Fund
The Stobbs New Ideas Fund offers two artists and/or companies an opportunity to develop and present work, above-and-beyond the opportunities currently offered by Cambridge Junction. The artistic focus for the Stobbs New Ideas Fund is to support contemporary theatre, performance and live art.
Each Stobbs New Ideas Fund commission is made up of:

  • £5,000 commission fee (including all travel and accommodation).
  • Two weeks of residency time and space in J3 at Cambridge Junction including technical support.
  • Advice and guidance from Cambridge Junction’s Arts Producer and Artist Development Producer.
  • Opportunity to present a new work in our arts programme or at WATCH OUT or in Views From The ‘Bridge.

Financial assistance from the Stobbs New Ideas Fund can be included as cash match in other grant applications.

Proposals must be for new ideas and new work. We will consider projects at the start of their development or projects which have already undergone development and now need assistance to make the work performance-ready.
Cambridge Junction is seeking proposals for work which:

  • Fits within the scope of contemporary theatre, performance and live art. We’re interested in ‘theatre’ in the broadest sense but are not prioritising new writing and dance through this initiative.
  • Sits comfortably in Cambridge Junction’s arts programme and has relevance for and is accessible to Cambridge Junction’s audiences.
  • Can be presented in J2 at Cambridge Junction and similar black-box studio spaces or be publicly sited.
  • Has the potential to tour.

The successful artist(s)/company will:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to the exploration of new ideas through performance, in content and/or artistic form.
  • Have presented at least two professional works (outside of formal education).
  • Be willing to undertake professional development opportunities (eg workshops) for Troop members or the Junction Young Company.
  • Have a plan/strategy for financing and managing their project including through co-commissioning and/or funding.

The Stobbs New Ideas Fund does not prioritise:

  • Other forms of performance including text-led theatre, dance, music and circus.
  • Artists who are currently in formal education.
  • Internationally located (non-UK resident) artist(s) or companies.

Cambridge Junction is committed to representing the diverse range of voices which make up the UK today. We welcome proposal from artists who are diverse and different, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds (Black and Minority Ethnic) and those who identify as disabled.

To apply
We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for support through the Stobbs New Ideas Fund. To apply you must DOWNLOAD and complete an EOI form. The form asks for information about:

  • You and your work;
  • Your plans and ambitions to make a new work; and
  • How Cambridge Junction can help you realise your ambition.

Email your EOI form to by 12 noon on Deadline: Monday 13 November 2017. Selected applicants will be asked to complete a full proposal.

Daniel Brine to leave Cambridge Junction

Tue 3 Oct


Daniel Brine, Cambridge Junction’s Director is to take up a new role as Festival Director with Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Cambridge Junction announce today that Daniel Brine will be stepping down as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Cambridge Junction.

Daniel Brine joined Cambridge Junction in January 2012 and over five years has overseen a flourishing artistic programme and financial stability. Daniel will leave Cambridge Junction at the end of the year.

Cambridge Junction presents 400 gigs and shows each year to 100,000 people. It is a much-loved Cambridge venue with a broad programme across live music, comedy, theatre, dance and creative learning.

Nicola Buckley, Chair of Cambridge Junction said: 

“The Board and I have greatly valued working with Daniel and his contribution to Cambridge Junction has been immense. Under his leadership the organisation has a renewed confidence and is well placed for future growth. The staff and Board will miss him greatly but we wish him well in his new role.”

Daniel Brine said:

“Working at Cambridge Junction has been a privilege and a pleasure. It’s one of the most vibrant arts centres in the UK and is rightly loved by Cambridge residents. I’ve greatly enjoyed leading the team to make it a place where people can enjoy the arts and expand their artistic horizons. I’ll miss my colleagues but know the organisation is in safe hands.”

Cambridge Junction will begin a search for a new Artistic Director and Chief Executive in October 2017. 

Play Cambridge Now Or Never this summer!

Mon 3 Jul


Having started at WATCH OUT Festival in May Play Cambridge Now Or Never! is available to play this summer across the city.

When was the last time you walked backwards whilst thinking of the future? Can you play dead? Play Cambridge Now or Never! is a site specific geo locative app that will prompt you to play Cambridge before its too late…

Play Cambridge Now Or Never! invites you to take an interactive ‘live art’ journey; reclaiming public spaces in imaginative ways through playful, even mischievous, instructions.

Artists Idit Nathan & Helen Stratford came together to create Play The City Now or Never! (PCNN) in 2015. Partnering with national arts organisation METAL and supported by Arts Council England they developed the PCNN App for Peterborough and Southend-On-Sea. The PCNN App, like the low-tech resources the pair have developed for Festival of Ideas Cambridge, CounterPlay ‘16 Aarhus, Wellcome Trust and National Theatre London, provokes playful engagement with urban cityscapes. Positioned at the intersection of art, play, technology and available as a free download through Google Play and Apple’s App store, Play Cambridge Now or Never! is a completely new version of the PCNN app, specially designed for WATCH OUT festival in collaboration with Cambridge Junction.

Download the Cambridge app to play on your own or with friends, and prepare to experience the city in a whole new light!

Cambridge version commissioned by Cambridge Junction
Artists- Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford | App developer – Nick Cheek | Graphic design – Maddison Graphics | Photographer – Julian Hughes
Photos: Julian Hughes

Cambridge Junction Awarded Over £2.5 Million by Arts Council England

Tue 27 Jun

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding as one of the National Portfolio Organisations of Arts Council England (ACE).

We will receive £2,549,672 over four years to support our programme, which includes creative learning and outreach work as well as our acclaimed presentation programme of live music, theatre, dance, comedy and family events.

The funding includes a £50,000 uplift per year to support talent development of producers and artists.

Cambridge Junction is one of 831 organisations to receive funding through the initiative, and the only National Portfolio performing arts venue in Cambridge. 

Daniel Brine, Cambridge Junction’s Director said: 

“This grant is a massive vote of confidence in Cambridge Junction. It acknowledges the important role we play bringing art, entertainment and creative learning to the people of Cambridge. We are very proud to be the only National Portfolio performing arts venue in Cambridge and look forward to continuing our vital role in the cultural life of Cambridge over the next four years.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased to give additional support to Cambridge Junction through the 2018-22 National Portfolio. It has a strong track record of delivering a high-quality, diverse performance programme that extends across a range of genre and engages the communities across Cambridge. With the support of additional funding, Cambridge Junction will create a new regional talent development initiative that will support emerging, independent producers.”

Nicola Buckley, Chair of Cambridge Junction’s board said:

“Cambridge Junction is delighted with Arts Council England’s investment in our future. In challenging economic times, it’s important that our society continues to invest in arts and culture because of their strong contribution to community identity and quality of life. This grant is important investment in Cambridge and will provide economic and social benefits to our community, and help ensure that Cambridge Junction can thrive in the future.”

National Portfolio Organisations are one strand of ACE’s total investment in arts and culture, delivering the ambitions set out in Great art and culture for everyone, a 10-year strategic framework for the arts and culture.

More information on the National Portfolio Organisation funding announcement can be found here

Radio Local goes live online!

Wed 21 Jun

Radio Local is a continuous 24 hour performance by Hunt & Darton, a live art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. The world premiere took place from 12 noon Saturday 27 May – 12 noon Sunday 28 May, outdoors at Cambridge Leisure and broadcast live by Cambridge 105, as part of WATCH OUT Festival at Cambridge Junction.

The full 24 hour broadcast as well as additional pre-recorded content can now be found online here.