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Cambridge Junction has announced that it is to recruit a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
This exciting position will involve providing leadership to the Board of Trustees, working closely with the CEO, supporting philanthropy and fundraising activities, and helping shape the future of the organisation.
Derek Bowden, outgoing Chair says: “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure as Chair of Cambridge Junction but am standing down because of new professional commitments. I have enjoyed working with staff and fellow trustees and have valued the opportunity to help shape the organisation. Cambridge Junction is a unique venue in the city – offering young people and those young-at-heart a special place to experience arts and entertainment.”
Escalator is an artist development initiative which aims to identify, nurture and establish creative talent in the East across all art forms. Escalator Performing Arts is one of several specialised schemes.
Escalator Performing Arts is for artists, companies, producers and arts professionals based in the East of England and who define their practice as contemporary performance (including, but not exclusive to, the fields of innovative theatre, live art, circus, cabaret, etc). We aim to support a wide range of proposals. An open call is made each Autumn, but Escalator Performing Arts acknowledges that ideas don’t always fit into predetermined timescales and is open to hearing from potential applicants at any time of the year.
2013-14 applications are now been accepted!
Any questions should be directed to Daniel Pitt, Producer: Arts on email@example.com
We are pleased to reveal our newly re-furnished J2 foyer!
Tired of the boring, ageing, (and rather wobbly) furniture in our J2 foyer we recently decided it was time for a makeover. Inspired by the feel Hunt & Darton Cafe gave the foyer during their installation at SAMPLED Festival 2012 we enlisted the help of local vintage company Goodnight Prudence to add some character to our front of house.
Kate and Ed at Goodnight Prudence have sourced stylish and quirky pieces to transform the space including vintage school tables and chairs, 1960s Formica, and a very comfortable pair of Chesterfield sofas.
Watch the stop motion film of the installation...
The J2 bar is now open from 6.30pm on event nights, and serves a selection of local real ales and ciders as well as wines, spirits, lagers, soft drinks, and even cocktails. The new-look foyer is the ideal place to enjoy a pre (or post) show beverage.
Our autumn season kicks off on Wednesday 04 September with a Season Launch Night - a riotous magazine-style evening hosted by Hunt and Darton. The night will feature performances by Figs in Wigs, Brown Council (all the way from Australia), Total Arts film screenings, live music from I Strip for Couples, an arts season PechaKucha, and a performance of Fridge Freezer by Mark Milligan (Hotbed Young Writer).
Steak and Honour will be stationed outside J2 in their classic Citroen H van serving the best burgers in Cambridge from 6.30pm, so why not come down early, grab a bite and a beer and enjoy the new decor? Book your free ticket in advance, and you’ll get a drink on us too!
Find out more about the Season Launch Night here
"My job is great because it’s never the same day to day. There are always new things happening and the challenges to be overcome"
Lewis, one of Cambridge Junction's Event Operations Apprentices was recently interviewed about his job for the Arts Award Magazine. You can read the interview here
Find out more about Creative Learning, including apprenticeships at Cambridge Junction here
Lewis and the apprentice team are currently organising the Big Top Youth Theatre Festival a day of free theatre workshops and talks open to anyone aged 14-19, on Sat 22 June. For full details or to book a place click here
A lot can happen in four and a half minutes.
You can soft boil an egg.
You can talk about art.
Or, sometimes, you can do both.
We are what we eat. Brunch is a hybrid of breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is a breaking of the fast we take when we sleep. Supper is what we eat before we go to bed. Some people read cook books in bed. Some cook books read like poetry. Some TV cookery looks like pornography. In live art, there has been a recent trend for ‘performative feasts’ where performances take place between courses. However, perhaps this trend is changing. Initiated by creative producer, Claire Summerfield, Only The Lonely is an invaluable and timely opportunity for artists and producers to come together informally over food and talk about what they do and why they do it. So often networking involves searching in vain for common denominators, or shoulder surfing, or badge spotting or parking. The first Only The Lonely, hosted by Cambridge Junction as part of SAMPLED 13, was a welcome exception with two central questions:
- How do you like your eggs?
- What is the most interesting conversation about art you have had?
We were advised to ask the first question of someone we didn’t know and then offer to make their breakfast. I made breakfast for Zoe, a Cambridge-based artist. We had four and a half minutes to talk while our eggs boiled. This was our common denominator. Out of 15 artists surveyed, five chose boiled eggs, five chose fried eggs and only two chose poached eggs. Another three artists were vegan, so were sticking to coffee. As the eggs were made and people started to eat, our conversations turned to the second question, and, as we dipped our soldiers, we talked about art and how we talk about it. Zoe reminded me that most audiences walk into the theatre and want it to be good. As a performer, you sometimes forget that there is a default setting of goodwill in the room. And perhaps the context of SAMPLED 13, which this year, focused more on work-in-progress, was developed to encourage this.
We talked about how when someone describes a performance to us that we haven’t seen then we can relive it through their description. We talked about the best shows we have never seen. We talked about context and how a festival like SAMPLED 13 enables a different kind of audience engagement; more receptive, more supportive to new work in development with a critical framework for debate. We talked about how, at the same time, some festivals can reach saturation point and our capacity to feedback is blunted. We talked about feeling like artists and feeling like punters and we wondered whether there was a switch. We talked about how a context shapes our opinion to the point where we are unable to see where the frame ends and the show begins. I was reminded of something Jean Luc Godard said to a friend after he complained about a film they had seen: ‘What did you do to make it better?’ With Only The Lonely, Claire Summerfield has the potential to make art better, through meeting, eating and talking about it. She is breaking our fast.
Keep an eye on junction.co.uk for more Only The Lonely events coming soon.