News

An update from our Artistic Director

Fri 4 Sep

 

When we shut to the public back in March, we thought that it might be eight or twelve weeks before we re-opened. Five months later, we are certainly working through a very real life worst case scenario. I want to thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.

As I'm sure you will have seen, the guidance regarding public indoor performances changes regularly and at short notice. Socially distanced performances may be a safer option but are largely not financially viable. With plans regularly changing and additional funding not yet available to us or other organisations, we and all our friends and partners across the arts and entertainment sectors are doing all we can to continue to protect all our health and well-being, and working to imagine new ways of working for the future.

Unfortunately as of today, I'm sad to say that it looks unlikely that our live gigs and club nights will return before next year. Again, I know this will come as a massive disappointment. We will continue to work to find creative solutions but right now there are very few options available to us. We all share your disappointment as you can imagine. If you have tickets for a show in the next few months, we will contact you and offer a full refund, as soon as we have confirmed a rescheduled date.

A couple of days ago we submitted our application to the Culture Recovery Fund. The funds that we hope to secure will help us restart the organisation and to bring staff out of furlough. Bringing people out of furlough will allow us to properly plan how we will adapt our programmes to the current situation. And in changing our plans we want to do all we can to work in and with our communities and to find new ways to reconnect with you all.

Our proposal in the short term, is to refocus our programmes on creative learning and community projects, artist development and residencies. We will also explore socially distanced and outdoor performances where these are viable, and look at how we share more work online. We want to find different ways to work outside the building and in communities. And we will want to talk with you about what you might want from us, the stories that we might help you to tell or the songs we might sing with you.

In re-imagining how we work in communities, one of our first projects will be Scottee & Friends' Would Like To Meet and we will have more news to share on this soon. We're excited too to be working with our resident company New International Encounter on something special for Christmas, and can't wait to tell you more about this once we've got the team back together. We will be restarting our creative learning programme and continuing to work with Total Arts and Junction Young Company across the autumn. Though we won't be open to the public, we will be making the most of our resources and offering space and time to artists and companies to make new work in the building. So we are certainly going to be busy if not in the ways you and we would love to be.

We continue to be incredibly grateful for all your support, and welcome to all our new members, supporters and patrons. If you can, donating the value of refunded tickets or joining us as a members is a fantastic way to help us through this period. You'll see below that we're also fundraising for one of our team, and there will be a live and online quiz in a few weeks to raise some cash to buy Irving a new and much needed powered wheelchair. Help us all you are able.

As ever, please do let me know if you have any questions or thoughts to share.

All best

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

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Things you can still get involved in whilst we're closed...

 

Wheels of Fortune: A Quiz Night to Raise Money for Irving’s New Powered Wheelchair

hosted by Lewis Jones and Irving McCormick.

Irving has been part of Total Arts  for nearly a decade and if you have seen any Total Arts films before, you will most certainly recognise him. Irving has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is in need of a new powered wheelchair to improve his everyday health and circulation.

Join us on 16 September, 7-10pm for Wheels of Fortune, a live-streamed quiz to raise money for Irving’s new wheelchair.

more info

 

Annie Dressner: Online Album Launch

Fri 04 Sep

New Routes favourite Annie Dressner celebrates the launch of her new album 'Coffee At The Corner Bar' with an online gig on our Facebook Page.

more info

 

Jonny & The Baptists: Love You & Hate Covid

Tue 22 Sep

Jonny & The Baptists bring riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity in to your home with this livestreamed event.

more info

 

Where I Go (When I Can’t Be Where I Am)

watch on BBC iPlayer

Rachel Bagshaw, Chris Thorpe and the team behind the multi-award winning theatre show The Shape of the Pain; which toured to Cambridge Junction in 2019; have created an exciting and innovative film adaptation!

more info

JOIN TOTAL ARTS!

Tue 25 Aug

Is there anything that can stop Total Arts? A global pandemic certainly didn’t!

Following on from the success of our online sessions, we would like to invite you to join the most creative, awe inspiring and welcoming group of young disabled artists aged 13-25. We are offering you the opportunity to join our Zoom sessions for free! 

We are a group of young disabled film makers and artists, who usually meet at Cambridge Junction every other Saturday but have been meeting via Zoom ever since lockdown. Want to know what we’ve been up to? Check out our lockdown trailer!  

 

Whilst sessions are held remotely via Zoom, there will be no charge for participants. Once we are back in the building, we will provide you with funding information. We are running our sessions via Zoom for the whole of the Autumn term 2020!   

For further information including help with funding click here or email total.arts@junction.co.uk

An update from our Artistic Director

Tue 21 Jul

 

While in some ways and in some places life after lockdown starts to re-emerge, this continues to be a diffcult and uncertain time for us and for venues, theatres and arts centres across the country. The health and well-being of all our audiences, artists and staff remains our biggest concern.

The government's announcements of a support package for arts and cultural organisations, and that socially distanced performances in venues are allowed from 1 August, are glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel. However, we know that restricting capacity means gigs aren't financial viable for us, or for musicians and performers, and in order to plan to reopen or adapt to new ways of working we need to bring staff out of furlough. To bring staff out of furlough, we need to be certain that we have the funds to support the costs of staffing and a more heavily subsidised programme. And we still don't know how, when and on what basis we will be able to access any government funds that might be available. So for now it continues to be a waiting game.

We know this will be disappointing to many of you. When we know more about gigs and shows we have planned over the coming months, we will of course be in contact with our audiences.

This is of course frustrating for us too. Financial support from government will allow us to not only unfurlough our staff but unlock our creative potential as an organisation. We want to be able to entertain you all again and be expert in finding solutions to new challenges. We want to develop our creative learning programmes to support and inspire young people in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, particularly during a period that we know is causing a lot of anxiety and depression. We want to help artists make new work, find news ways to connect with audiences and work with us to define what our new programmes might look like, particularly working in our community and in support of vital freelance and independent artists, creatives and technicians.

You can imagine how much we are looking forward to all of this!

In the meantime, we want to thank you all for your continued support and patience. You mean everything to us.

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

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Things you can still get involved in whilst we're closed...

 

  •  Hunt & Darton: DIY Radio

DIY Radio – let’s make radio together! Hunt & Darton are thrilled to present DIY Radio, a new family activity pack with everything you need to make your very own radio show at home. more info

 

  • Making Tracks live-streamed show: Gurdain Rayatt

Making Tracks' season of live-streamed events gets underway tonight with a solo tabla performance by tabla player Gurdain Rayatt. Watch on the Cambridge Junction Facebook page. more info

 

  • Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver: Dadderrs The Lockdown Telly Show

Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver maintain social distancing by reimagining their 2019 stage show ‘Dadderrs’ (seen at Motherworks at Cambridge Junction) within their own home as a digital boxset. Frauke and Daniel have created a fantastical escapist world in response to their experiences as neurodiverse parents. All 6 episodes will be available from 22 July. more info

 

  • Scottee & Friends & Cambridge Junction: Would Like To Meet

Lock down has brought people together but some of us still have no idea who our neighbours are. So we were wondering after everything that’s happened, would you like to get to know your neighbours better? Scottee & Friends are looking for one street in Cambridge who would like to get to know each other better. Is that your street? more info 

 

  • METIS presents: Love Letters to a Liveable Future

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have commissioned this new project from Metis Arts that explores our dreams for a future beyond lockdown and how we might make those a reality. Could this crisis make another world possible? What do we miss about our old lives and what would we like to replace and transform? more info 

 

  • Anna Brownsted presents: Week Nine

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have supported this new project from Anna Brownsted. Created via long-distance collaboration in makeshift home studios across the UK, US and Estonia, Week Nine is lockdown escapism for you and your headphones…a story within a story within a surreal reality. more info 

 

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Creative Learning News

 

  • We Want Your Films!

Whilst we’ve had to postpone our Big Trouble, Little Pictures film festival, we are still looking for film entries. We will be selecting some of our favourites to share via our social media channels over the coming weeks. more info

 

  • Wheelchair Fundraiser

Irving, who is one of our brilliant Total Arts participants and a customer service steward at Cambridge Junction is in urgent need of a new powered wheelchair and we're supporting the fundraiser for this. If you are able to help or spread the word we would much appreciate it. more info 

 

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Supporting Cambridge Junction 

These are unusual times. Closing our doors to the public wasn't part of the plan for 2020 and we are doing everything we can to support visiting artists and our staff. If you are in a position to consider making a donation or becoming a member this will be a great help, thank you.

We are also part of the Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign.

At Cambridge Junction every little really does help. As well as the great work on our stages, our building is usually bursting with activity - young people exploring the arts, projects with local performers, and apprentices getting their first opportunities to learn their trade. Your donation will help us spring back to life when our doors re-open.

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Help limit the spread of COVID-19 by keeping up to date. You can find advice and resources by visiting Public Health England’s website HERE

Scottee & Friends and Cambridge Junction would like to meet your street

Thu 16 Jul

 

After everything that’s happened, would you like to get to know your neighbours better? 

Over the last few months many of us have become more aware of who our neighbours are. For some it’s meant that the people who live next door have been on hand to deliver food and provide much needed care and support. For others those awkward nods as we pass each other have become a smile and a ‘Hello’ on a Thursday evening as we clap for key workers. 

Lock down has brought people together but some of us still have no idea who our neighbours are. So we were wondering after everything that’s happened, would you like to get to know your neighbours better?

Scottee & Friends are looking for one street in Cambridge who would like to get to know each other better. Is that your street? 

Drop Matty a line on matty@scottee.co.uk, with your name, postcode and a little info on why you want to know your neighbours better. 

WLTM is coming to Cambridge! An installation that aims to get people talking. If you want to know a little bit more about the project, have a listen to these podcasts from ‘Would Like To Meet’ in Leeds back in 2018.

Closing date for applications: midnight Fri 07 August 2020

 

 

 

WLTM Cambridge is commissioned by Cambridge Junction as part of Here & Now festival. #WLTMCambs

Image by Alexander Innes

An update from our Artistic Director

Fri 12 Jun

 

Though we know some of you will be attempting to get back to work and a degree of normal, and our friends who are key workers have never stopped, unfortunately it's clear that we won't be able to reopen for some time yet. Before we can reopen a number of measures need to be in place, including clear public health guidance for events, and that's not yet available.

We have been continuing to work on rescheduling events to next year, and today are saying out loud for the first time that we will be definitely closed to the public until September. If we haven't been in contact with you already regarding rescheduling or refunds, please be assured we will be in touch soon for any events between now and then.

Closure for six months means that we will have lost half our income for the year. The continuing restrictions on activities and social distancing are having a devastating effect on the whole of the cultural sector, including all your local theatres, music venues, galleries and festivals.

As a charity and social enterprise any money we make on gigs, clubs and bar sales is reinvested in our work with young people and artists. Thousands of artists each year, a huge network of freelance practitioners, technicians, creatives and suppliers, as well as 52 staff are dependent on our continued existence as a venue.

If you are able to donate the value of your refunded tickets we would be hugely thankful. You could also join us as a member, supporter or patron. Or if you would like to give us some cash (think of all the money you've saved by not drinking pints at gigs!) as a one time only donation you could support our #SaveOurVenues campaign.

We hope that the powers that be will understand that the whole of our sector, as well as other industries adversely effected by COVID-19, need continued financial support. Otherwise we and other venues, vital places to come together to share stories and good times when they return, could be lost forever. Please do write to anyone you think might have influence.

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

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Supporting Cambridge Junction 

These are unusual times. Closing our doors to the public wasn't part of the plan for 2020 and we are doing everything we can to support visiting artists and our staff. If you are in a position to consider making a donation or becoming a member this will be a great help, thank you.

We are also part of the Music Venue Trust's #SaveOurVenues campaign.

At Cambridge Junction every little really does help. As well as the great work on our stages, our building is usually bursting with activity - young people exploring the arts, projects with local performers, and apprentices getting their first opportunities to learn their trade. Your donation will help us spring back to life when our doors re-open.

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Things you can still get involved in whilst we're closed...

 

  • FREE Arts & Craft Activities

Our doors maybe closed at the moment – but we still have some fun arts and craft activities for your family to take part in. Download the activity sheets and show off your creative skills by taking a photo of your finished work – don't forget to tag us in! more info

 

  • We Want Your Films!

Whilst we’ve had to postpone our Big Trouble, Little Pictures film festival, we are still looking for film entries. We will be selecting some of our favourites to share via our social media channels over the coming weeks. The deadline is Tuesday 30 June 2020, 6pm. more info

 

  • METIS presents: Love Letters to a Liveable Future

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have commissioned this new project from Metis Arts that explores our dreams for a future beyond lockdown and how we might make those a reality. Could this crisis make another world possible? What do we miss about our old lives and what would we like to replace and transform? more info 

 

  • Anna Brownsted presents: Week Nine

In collaboration with HOMEmcr #Homemakers we have supported this new project from Anna Brownsted. Created via long-distance collaboration in makeshift home studios across the UK, US and Estonia, Week Nine is lockdown escapism for you and your headphones…a story within a story within a surreal reality. more info 

 

Help limit the spread of COVID-19 by keeping up to date. You can find advice and resources by visiting Public Health England’s website HERE