News

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

Statement from Cambridge Junction

Wed 10 Jun

In stating our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Cambridge Junction acknowledges that we can do more to tackle racism as an organisation. We have been taking time to educate ourselves, and are making a commitment today to do that work and take steps in becoming actively anti-racist.

We will:

  • Provide unconscious bias training for our staff and board members, and support in becoming anti-racist, with a recognition of the continued work this requires
  • Detail our commitment to anti-racism in our contracts and policies
  • Promote awareness and share information through our social media, in support of organisations working to tackle racism and colonialism
  • Share regularly the actions we are taking to tackle racism, and host and engage in conversation with artists, audiences and our local communities 
  • Hold ourselves accountable and listen 
  • Be open to criticism when we get things wrong, learn from our mistakes, and take action to change
  • Work harder to make our staff team more representative of the communities in which we work
  • Develop audiences to be more representative of the programme that we present 
  • Further reduce barriers in our recruitment processes that may favour white candidates
  • Nurture, support and platform the work of artists of colour, through our programme, commissioning, creative learning and community projects 

This statement and outlined actions have been created using a resource created by Layemi Ikomi, Aye Ikomi and Eibhlin Jones, a tool with which to challenge organisations (www.thewhitepube.co.uk/blm). We have used this to challenge ourselves and want to acknowledge their labour in this. We recognise that white-led organisations often ask Black people to educate us and that this is work that we need to take responsibility for ourselves, and are making a commitment to do so. 

This statement is only a beginning. We will continue to be transparent and update on our activity and our ongoing commitment to combat racism as an organisation.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to have a conversation with us about this statement or the work of Cambridge Junction, please do get in touch (email Artistic Director, Matt Burman

Like the deserts miss the rain

Mon 4 May

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.