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Procurement Opportunity

Fri 13 May

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Cambridge Junction is seeking a supplier to supply, install and commission audio equipment in two of its three performance venues.

J1 is a large versatile performance space with a standing capacity of 850 predominantly used for live music gigs and clubs, J2 is a 220 – 350 seat theatre predominantly used for comedy, live music and theatre events. The current equipment in both venues is now 15-20 years old and risks becoming unreliable for production work.  Cambridge Junction has received a capital grant from Arts Council England towards the cost of this equipment.

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Cambridge Junction to receive £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

Tue 10 May

Cambridge Junction to receive £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme 

Cambridge Junction among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme 

This award will enable the upgrading of audio-visual equipment and improve accessibility  

 

Palaver Festival at Cambridge Junction (CREDIT Emma R Jones)

 

Cambridge Junction has received a grant of £461,678 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. 

As part of these 2021-22 and 2022-23 grants, over £22.7 million has been awarded to 66 cultural organisations across the country, including Cambridge Junction. The Capital Investment Programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. From Barrow-in-Furness to The Isles of Scilly, the organisations receiving funding share a vision to build a fit for the future cultural sector, which all members of their communities can access. 

Cambridge Junction will use this money to update technical and audio-visual equipment with better quality, lower energy use apparatus as well as improving and making social and community spaces more accessible. These changes will reduce repair and hire costs making the arts centre more financially resilient for the future.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction said “We’re delighted and incredibly grateful to Arts Council England for this significant award of capital funding to make a number of key improvements to our building. These will help us be more accessible to audiences and communities and allow us to do a major and much needed upgrade to our AV equipment. It is a fantastic sign of how valued our programmes are to the city, county and region, that Arts Council England is making this major investment in us at this time, which will greatly strengthen our offer over the coming years.”

Photo: Palaver Festival at Cambridge Junction (CREDIT Emma R Jones)

Community Events in Queen Edith. First Up, The Jumble Sale!

Wed 4 May


QECF have teamed up with Cambridge Junction and artists Hunt & Darton to bring a selection of wonderful, creative, and silly activities throughout Queen Edith this year, with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

We’ll be kicking off with their twist on a Jumble Sale on Saturday 14th May 2022. Join us at Queen Edith Chapel to raise money for EACH.  

Hunt & Darton invite you to their Jumble Sale, a day of brilliant bargains and light refreshments with all proceeds donated to East Anglian Children’s Hospices. There will be an opportunity to walk the catwalk in your latest high fashion finds throughout the day, as well as games for all the family - how many items of clothing can you put on in 20 seconds?! Hunt & Darton have even invited a friend to offer you a personal shopper experience for you to feel like a VIP. Everyone will be delighted and bemused as they browse amongst the piles of under-priced riches.

The Jumble Sale will take place between 11am – 4pm on Saturday 14th May. Entrance is free and all are welcome! 

Got some junk you think someone else would love? You’re welcome to donate items to the Jumble Sale, you can do so from 6.30 – 8pm on Friday 13th May at Queen Edith Chapel.

Illustrations by Francesca Luisi

CALLOUT FOR PRODUCERS AND ARTISTS

Wed 27 Apr

Cambridge Junction is delighted to be one of the partners supporting Spaces of Joy, a nationwide 12-week pilot programme for producers of contemporary performance, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, resources and networks for working with and feeling closer to the practice of Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent (LD/ND) artists.

Spaces of Joy is designed and led by Daisy Hale, supported by partner organisations Unity Liverpool, Fuel, Cambridge Junction, Camden Peoples’ Theatre, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Artsadmin, and funded by Arts Council England.

There are 10 places available for independent freelance producers who will be selected from an open call. (Another two organisation producers will also participate – 12 producers in total.) Producers are welcome from across the UK, including those who are local to the partner organisations.

Applications are welcomed from those who have a broad range of lived intersectional experiences from those of the Global Majority, Disabled, Deaf and/or Neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+ and Working Class backgrounds.

The criteria for producers applying is that they already have a producing practice in performance – this is a broad term but is used to establish that this programme is not learning ‘how’ to produce, but rather to add to their already existing practice.

For more information including how to apply as an artist or producer, please see  SPACES OF JOY | The Hale (the-hale.com)

Three Day Course in Co-Creation

Tue 19 Apr

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre present in partnership with Cambridge Junction a Three-Day Course for Theatre Makers

Discovering Your Co-Creation Process
How to explore, experiment and invent through co-creation;
developing your unique artistic practice.

The course will be led by Niki McCretton, Artistic Director for Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company, as well as Director and Mentor for many other companies and artists.

“I have watched Niki’s creative process for more than a decade. She is prolific, hugely resourceful and one of our treasured British theatre-makers. She creates with passion.”
Chris Chibnall, Head Writer/Show Runner Dr Who, Writer/Producer Broadchurch, 
Head Writer Torchwood.
Patron Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

Friday 22nd July – Sunday 24th July 2022
At Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

Timings for the course are:

  • Friday 22nd July: 1pm – 6pm
  • Saturday 23rd July: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 24th July: 10am – 3pm

Co-creation is a key part of The Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy.
Co-creation has a broad definition, but loosely it is to involve others, usually non-professional groups or persons who you feel may have an interest, lived experience or different perspective on the subject matter, and/or may be an audience for the work. It is a relationship of reciprocity, rather than ‘delivery’.

For many artists this is a new and unknown way of working. This is one of the first training courses of its kind, giving artists insight into different co-creation processes, with an expert who has co-created for over 20 years.

Every artist has a unique practice and this course will show you how to discover the joy and depth that co-creation can bring to your work, giving you frameworks and models to enable your practice to expand and flourish.

The course will be practical, creative, experimental, discursive and inclusive. You do not need to have previous experience of this way of working.  

On completion of the course, participants will be invited to join a VIP co-creation group. Niki will host a series of four follow up sessions online to continue discussing, discovering and experimenting with co-creation, to help you embed the learning into your practice.  As a special offer these sessions will be included free of charge (normally £25 per session).

The course will be supported by Jane McGibbon, Producer for Stuff & Nonsense. Jane will be able to offer individual advice on funding applications, partnership working and more.

Niki says:
“Many artists ask me ‘Why should I co-create?’ This course will unpick that question to reveal the fascinating layers of our artistic practice, helping us to think excitedly about expanding our creative potential.

Co-creation is vibrantly fruitful. It’s not about delivering workshops. It’s not about diluting your ideas. It offers us powerful insights to enhance our practice, taking it in unexpected, inspiring and inventive directions. It becomes fuel!”

Performance Poet Toby Thompson on Niki’s Co-creation methods:
“It becomes rapidly impossible to tell who has become putty in whose hands. An infectious passion for creativity; a refreshing allergy to unearned pathos; an extremely generous style of directing and a keen awareness of the storyteller’s responsibilities. These things and more make Niki a thrill and a pleasure to work with.”

Niki McCretton has been co-creating work with children and adults for over 20 years. She has worked with many artists in their process, as a director, outside eye, catalyst for play and discovery, structuring rehearsals, and working at every stage of the artistic process, from the seed of an idea to the finished outcome.

“‘Niki’s advice and encouragement was a huge help to lift the fog, as it were, and since then we’ve been having really exciting discussions together as a company and with other practitioners, artists, audiences, BSL interpreters and Audio Describers and venues on how we can properly develop this, move forward and engage new people directly in the work. The inclusion of all sorts of groups of people from different walks of life will be immensely enriching for us and our work, and hopefully, for those participants to actively be involved in the creative proces.”
Nick Bunt - Co-Artistic Director, Le Navet Bete

Company Background
Stuff and Nonsense is an established company based at The Lyric Theatre in Bridport, Dorset, with a reputation for quality touring work and relationships with many venues, especially in the SW. They have strong relationships with Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Lighthouse, Poole and The Point, Eastleigh. They have built an eight week run each Christmas at Theatre Royal Plymouth, where they reach audiences in excess of 10,000.  The company and Niki have a strong track record of successful Arts Council grants, as well as commissions and other funding.

Niki McCretton, Artistic Director uses a devising process based on play and improvisation.  Her background is theatre, circus, choreography and working with the minds of brilliantly creative children who offer abstract and strange ideas to the creative exploration. Niki is our permanent director who also directs for other companies, working with comedy, outdoor arts, solo performance, circus companies and puppetry.

Recent work includes - My House, Apocalyptic Circus; Raynard The Fox/The Musicians of Bremen, The Fabularium; The Big Bounce, JAM Productions
Small Scale Theatre – The Time Machine, Mumblecrust Theatre;
Inclusive Large Scale Theatre – Flea, A community opera circus , Andrew Dixon
Inclusive Theatre – Till We Win, Extraordinary Bodies Young Company (outside eye)

Cost: £300 to include three-day course and four online follow-up sessions.
(Early bird discounted price of £275 if booked before May 31st)
Please note that artists will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Places: are limited to 20 artists and will be offered on a first come first served basis. The course is suitable for any theatre makers making work with adults or children.
On booking you will be asked for some background information, to help us ensure that the course will meet the needs of all participants.

Fees: On booking your place you will be asked to pay a deposit of £75. The remaining fees will be due by the start of the course.

How to book: Please contact Jane McGibbon at jane.mcgibbon@aloadofstuffandnonsense.com, Producer for Stuff & Nonsense, who can answer any further questions you may have and book your place.

Photography: Mark Morreau