New Artistic Director and Chief Executive Announced

Thu 11 Jan

We are excited to announce Matt Burman as our new Artistic Director and Chief Executive. He will start at Cambridge Junction in April.

Matt is currently working as an Independent Producer and Programmer for clients including London International Festival of Theatre and Leeds City Council. He has previously held positions including Artistic Director at Yorkshire Festival, Head of Programme at Warwick Arts Centre and Executive Producer at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

Matt replaces Daniel Brine, who left at the end of 2017 to become Director of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival following five years leading Cambridge Junction.

Matt says “I’m thrilled to be given this fantastic opportunity to lead Cambridge Junction at such an exciting moment. Daniel has passed the baton brilliantly and as an organisation we’re in excellent shape. We’ve got great audiences, engaging and inspiring relationships with artists and participants, and enthusiastic and supportive stakeholders. These are great foundations from which to extend a welcome to new audiences and to ignite people's creativity, imagination and innovation. I’m looking forward to returning to the East of England, connecting with old and new friends locally, nationally and internationally, and realising our dynamic plans for the future."

Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

Calling Independent Producers!

Wed 22 Nov


Vision Mixers is a Cambridge Junction talent development initiative for 2018-22.  It supports independent producers of innovative and emerging performance as the bridge between artists, venue/programme and audiences.

Cambridge Junction will offer three independent producers £15,000 each per year to undertake a programme of activity which:

  • Focuses on an area of emerging artistic practice.
  • Develops the talent of artists.
  • Presents a programme of work in association with Cambridge Junction. 

Vision Mixers sets out to enable independent producers who have specific expertise or interest around a specialist artform, creative interest, and/or community.

All Vision Mixers projects will address innovative artistic practice. We’re interested in a range of artistic practices which we don’t always get to present as part of our main arts programme including live art, experimental and artistically risky circus, sound art, spoken word, art and technology, and performance which interrogates and challenges established relationships with audiences.

Vision Mixers in not exclusively a regional initiative and is open to producers from across the UK but it will bring significant benefits to East England – attracting and embedding talent – both producers and artists. 

Full details of the Vision Mixers initiative and an Expression of Interest form can be found HERE

Deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 12 noon on Monday 15 January 2018. 


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