Like the deserts miss the rain

It’s seven weeks since we closed our doors. This is a time of uncertainty for so many people and right now one of the few things we know for sure is that we really miss you all.

With most of our staff furloughed, those of us who can keep working are focused on what we can do for you now, and how we ensure we can reopen - whenever that may be - with all the energy we can, and with our programmes and operations guided by the principles and warmth of welcome I know you expect of us.

Here's an update on what we've been working on behind closed doors and how you can continue engaging with Cambridge Junction...

 

 

Creative Learning

Cambridge Junction continues to be committed to inspiring young people, supporting artists to make new work and bringing together people to share experiences and understand the world around us in new ways.

We are delivering weekly sessions online for Total Arts, our disability arts group, and are about to launch sessions for Junction Young Company, who will be receiving masterclasses led by artists Hannah Jane Walker and Drew Taylor.

Inspired by family shows that were to feature in our spring season, visual artist Sophie Cullinan has designed creative craft activities for families to take part in while at home. You can download the activity sheets from our website and show off your creations by sharing and tagging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Though we’ve had to postpone Big Trouble Little Pictures, we’ve got a FREE guide for young people with instructions for making your own movies at home. We will be selecting some of our favourites to share via our social media every fortnight, so keep an eye out for when they go live.

We have just launched BINGE which brings together acclaimed artist and performance maker Brian Lobel and The Kite Trust, Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBTQIA+ young people and you’ll be able to see the resulting work at the end of May.

And our younger audiences can share their views with News News News Reporters Club, based on one of last year’s Stobbs New Ideas Fund commissions by Andy Field and Beckie Darlington.

 

Artist Development

Artist development is as important now as ever and we’re continuing to support artists and companies to make new work.

Over the last few weeks we’ve hosted online workshops delivered by independent producers supporting more than 100 artists looking to apply to Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.

We’re partnering with HOME in Manchester on the Homemakers project and will be working with our associate artists Anna Brownsted, Hannah Jane Walker and Zoe Svendsen on online pieces that you’ll be able to see and hear at the end of May. These projects will be made at home under lockdown and will respond in different ways to the current situation.

After working through more than 180 applications, we’ve selected projects by creative producer Adam Carver, and choreographer and writer Alexandrina Yewande Hemsley and dance producer Nancy May Roberts for this year’s Vision Mixers producer development commissions, and the 2020 Stobbs New Ideas Fund commissions will be from theatre and performance company Quarantine and circus artist Symoné. We will share more on these projects over the coming months.

 

Thank you

We continue to work with our partners Cambridge City Council to support their vital and urgent work to ensure community resilience and with all our funders to ensure we work together to find solutions for us all as we move through these strange days and weeks. We want to express our solidarity with all key workers, our friends working on the frontline in the NHS, the people keeping us fed and watered, from the independent food shops to the supermarkets, to the postal workers, refuse collectors and local authority staff; thank you thank you for all you are doing for us.

Many thanks to anyone and everyone who has been able to support us over the last few weeks. You can do this is lots of different ways, from simply connecting with us on social media and telling us what you think, to donating the value of refunded tickets, or buying membership for yourself, or family and friends.

We’re only really at the beginning of a process of ensuring we survive the impacts of lockdown and we have significant challenges ahead. We will need all your love and friendship to get us through this.

See you somewhere down the road…

 

Matt Burman

Artistic Director, 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.

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.