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We're back!

Thu 6 May

Socially Distanced Shows

 

We’re delighted that from 17 May we can welcome you back to Cambridge Junction for some great nights of comedy and music. We thank you all for sticking with us through such a dreadful year and a bit. You’ve been patient and understanding with all the changes of plans and uncertainty, and so generous in all your support. It has been lovely to know you’ve got our back.

Don’t worry if you’ve been waiting to know for sure whether shows will be going ahead, we’ve still got a few tickets left. And for people coming to one of our shows over the next few weeks, we’ve got a new outdoor bar and hopefully a bit of sun (no promises) so you can come and enjoy a golden hour bevvy before your gig.

To ensure we continue to do all we can to bring everyone together again and keep everyone as safe as we can, until at least 21 June all our shows will have socially distanced seating arrangements. Our team are fully trained to look after you all, with contactless ticketing, table service drinks and everything kept spick and span. We ask that you follow ongoing guidelines when booking tickets and only attend events with members of your household or support bubble.

We’re all hopeful that from 21 June we’ll be able to present some bigger gigs too and we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

Can’t wait to raise a glass or two with you and hear your laughter and applause once again. It has been too long…

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

 

How you can support us

The last year has shown us just how lucky we are to have an audience like you and we’re beyond excited to welcome you back into the building to share good times together once again. The generosity and support we have received over the last year has got us a very long way, but we’re not quite there yet.

So, we’re calling on you to continue supporting Cambridge Junction if you can while we venture into the familiar frontier of socially distanced performances, and eventually, full capacity shows.

Here are three easy ways you can support Cambridge Junction:

When you’re ready to come back, we’d love to see you! Shows are our main gig and in a typical year ticket revenue is our primary source of income.

Our membership scheme is a super reliable income source for us each year, and if you plan on making up for lost time by visiting us a lot, the member benefits make it a no brainer

Making a donation is a great way of supporting with no strings attached, plus you can give as much or as little as you like and 100% of your donation will go towards funding the venue and our programmes.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we are looking forward to having you back.

 

Socially distanced live shows

Simon Munnery: Alan Parker Urban Warrior Farewell Tour // Sun 23 May

Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe // Thu 27 May

Ahir Shah: Dots (warm-up) // Fri 28 May

Belshazzar's Feast // Tue 01 Jun

The Rheingans Sisters // Tue 15 Jun

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing // Sun 20 Jun

Rhys James: Snitch // Sun 20 Jun

Belinda O'Hooley: Solo Piano // Mon 21 Jun

 

Keeping our audiences, artists and staff safe is our priority. Read our COVID-19 Safety information HERE 

#HereForCulture

Fri 2 Apr

 Performers at Cambridge JUnction

 

We are happy to announce that we will receive £248,083 of funding through the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This money will help us to continue to move forward together with artists, audiences and communities as lockdown restrictions begin to end. Watch this space for exciting new events and projects over the coming months.

Big thanks to Arts Council England for this vote of confidence, to DCMS and HM Treasury for these funds, and particularly to all of you who have supported us over the last year. See you all soon. 

"Everyone at Cambridge Junction - our team, trustees, our resident companies and associate artists - are relieved and grateful for the funding we will receive from the Culture Recovery Fund.  We have continued to work with independent artists and inspiring young people, and engage with our audiences through the last year, and are looking forward to progressing our exciting plans, to connect with communities, restart our live programmes and support the making of new projects, as we emerge from lockdown restrictions over the coming months."

Matt Burman, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction 

Here for Culture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

Photos: Claire Haigh Photography & David L Hone LRPS

Take part in our virtual journey

Tue 16 Feb

Virtual Journey Postcard

 

Cambridge Junction does John o' Groats to Land's End... virtually!

Join us from 29 March - 04 July as we venture across Great Britain, covering 1,115 miles without leaving the local area. We'll be stopping off at 12 other arts centres on the way and finding out what our friends are up to.

We'd like to invite you take on the challenge of covering 1,115 miles yourself, or team up with a group of friends to complete the miles collectively. Entry is just £10 per person with no minimum fundraising target, so why not give it a go and raise money for your local venue whilst keeping fit this spring. Use your feet, your bike, your wheelchair, it's up to you.

Total Arts, our disability arts group have formed a team and we'll be following them down Great Britain on our social media channels, sharing content about the venues on the route as they pass.

You can find out more about the event, check out who the other venues are on the route and see the interactive tracking map on our here. We really hope you'll join us for this event, raising money for Cambridge Junction and it's creative learning and community programmes.

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A message from our Artistic Director

Fri 15 Jan

Cambridge Junction

 

"To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.” Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark  

I hope you are doing OK. We were all hoping for a better start to the year. We had hoped to be welcoming you back to the building for socially distanced shows. We had hoped to be hosting artist residencies in our theatre and studio. We had hoped to be able to run our Junction Young Company sessions back in the building. We had hoped to be working in J3 with fantastic artists and creatives to co-create films with young people with complex needs. We still have all the hope. We're just projecting that further into the future.

For the time being it is unfortunately not possible for us to present live performances in the building due to lockdown, even with social distancing measures in place. If you have tickets for a gig or a show in the next few months, we will be in touch with you soon, regarding rescheduling dates and issuing refunds as necessary. As you can imagine, there's a lot of work to be done on this, so please bear with us.

I know many people will be disappointed and inconvenienced by this, upset that we can't all get together, and I am very sorry for this. I know you will appreciate that we are all working and living under changing guidance and restrictions. I don't want to give any false hope by saying I know for certain when we will open our doors again to the public. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigate all of this.

For now, we have some excellent online shows for you, and work by our associate artists to share. We will continue our creative learning programme online, working with Junction Young Company, Total Arts, and brilliant artists and practitioners, and we will continue to develop our work with communities across Cambridge. And we are working on al fresco plans for the summer months and towards presenting a fuller programme by the autumn. More on all this as soon as we know more.

Please stay in touch. We love to hear from you. Your support and feedback are really important to us even whilst we're not operating regularly, and if there are things that you need from us that we might be able to offer in the meantime, your suggestions are always welcome.

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction

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Ways of doing things: Call out for participants

Mon 14 Dec

Image: Anna Macdonald

We are looking for three to four people, who identify themselves as donor recipients, to take part in an arts project called Ways of doing things working with moving image artist Anna Macdonald. The aim of the project is to use art to explore the way the experience of organ donation effects peoples’ sense of normality. It will create a creative and enjoyable space for people to reflect upon their lived experience of normality after organ donation and explore what the idea of normal now means for them.

Participants will meet with the artist as a small group online, or in person where possible, to create things and talk together about what happens when events change our lived sense of what is normal and what it is to re-construct this?  These meetings (3 – 5 meetings online during January) will lead to the making of a series of images, recording and writings which will feed directly into the creation of a new exhibition, touring to Cambridge, Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne, in Summer/Autumn 2021.

Ways of doing things forms part of the public engagement strand of the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), an international collaborative consortium creating comprehensive reference maps of the fundamental units of life, as a basis for understanding human health and for diagnosing and treating disease.

The body has 37 trillion cells, and the HCA is looking to create a human map, which researchers can zoom into to understand every human cell type, across time, from development to old age. The HCA was co-founded in 2016 by Dr Sarah Teichmann at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (UK) and Dr Aviv Regev, then at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (USA). A truly global initiative, there are now more than 2,000 HCA members, from 75 countries around the world.

Anna Macdonald
Anna Macdonald, is a dance and moving image artist who specializes in making work drawing on their expertise and knowledge of the public. Her work is regularly exhibited and published in both festival and gallery settings and she works as a researcher in the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Met University. You can see some examples of her most recent work, made during an arts fellowship at Keele University, working with people living with chronic pain HERE

Ways of doing things is produced by Cambridge Junction and will run between November 2020 and September 2021. You can find out more about this project HERE. If you think you might be interested, or just want to find out more about the project, then please contact either Anna or Matt with the subject line ‘performing normality’.