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Mothers Who Make

Thu 16 May

A quietly growing revolution comes to Cambridge

A collective of local artists who are mothers are bringing a national initiative to Cambridge next month. Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group for mothers who are artists & makers, in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths.

Every kind of maker is welcome- professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, performers, producers, musicians, bakers, crafters, architects, historians …
Every kind of mother is welcome- biological, adoptive, step, surrogate, foster, grand, great grand, to be …

Children are encouraged to attend too and are integrated into the meeting, for the dual roles of mother and artist are recognised and given equal value within all MWM events.

This first session will take place from 10.30am-12.30pm on Wednesday the 22 May 2019 at Cambridge Junction and will be facilitated by Zoe Gardner from North London Mothers Who Make. Further sessions have been scheduled for June and July.

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Mothers Who Make began in 2014, with Matilda Leyser (Mother/Theatre Maker/Associate Director Improbable Theatre) as a way to explore the experiences and challenges specific to being both a mother and an artist. Matilda said:

“I noticed many parallels between the two roles [of mother and artist]: both are concerned with creativity and play, both require stamina, patience and sensitivity. Both are fuller than full time. This is work that will not be left behind at 5.00pm, work that wakes you up at night, concerned with fundamental questions of identity, looking after and making sense of who we are, where we have come from, who we might become. Mothers and artists are as vital, arguably more so, than bankers and politicians to our future. Despite this, both jobs have precious little status in the current cultural climate.”

There are currently regular peer-support groups meeting at 16 major arts-related venues in different regions, with 20 other groups in the process of starting across the UK in 2018. Mothers Who Make has received Arts Council funding to develop the initiative and commission 7 artists.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled Cambridge is joining the Mothers Who Make movement and having the support of the Cambridge Junction as the host venue. These monthly meet-ups will provide peer to peer support and we look forward to them growing into a valuable resource for creative women in Cambridge.’ Ramesh MacKay, Cambridge Hub- Coordinator.

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Launch Event Details:
Venue: Cambridge Junction
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Cost: £5/£3 or contribute whatever you can (cash)
No booking required, just turn up.

For more information please visit:
Mothers Who Make Cambridge Hub Facebook page
or message Rebecca Burman (Cambridge Hub Coordinator) on: 07974357273

Other sessions scheduled:  Wed 19 June, 10am-12pm and Wed 17 July, 10.30am-12.30pm.

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MWM Cambridge Hub is also proud to be involved in the Motherworks Festival event to be held at the Cambridge Junction on Saturday 8 June.

Motherworks is a brand new one day festival exploring a range of perspectives surrounding maternal mental health and our relationship to motherhood.  The programme is designed primarily for an adult audience, however all performances are relaxed and people with babies and children are warmly welcomed. We understand our audience may need to make noise, move around and eat their snacks throughout.

Featuring work by artists including Anna Furse & Nina Klaff, Hunt & Darton, Edith Tankus, Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Search Party and Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver. Plus speakers from Arts and Minds and Mothers Who Make.

For further information and tickets for the Motherworks Festival please click HERE

MWM Cambridge Hub is facilitated by a collective of local mother – makers:
Abi Wills, Rebecca Burman, Sasha Smith, Ramesh MacKay, Tonka Uzu, Beatriz Aymat, Laura Pearson-Clark, Lluna Gallego, Sarah Dobson.

 

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED!

Wed 10 Apr

We’re looking for volunteers to welcome and assist our customers during the festival. In exchange for your time we can offer you a free festival wristband!

For more information on volunteering at the festival click HERE

Cambridge Junction Declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Wed 3 Apr

 

Cambridge Junction has today declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. 

In October 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change reported that we only have 12 years to change how we live, globally. In line with Cambridge Junction’s commitment to leadership and action on climate emergency, the arts centre has today joined the Culture Declares Emergency campaign. 

This new initiative has recently emerged, beginning with Climate Mobilization in the US and Australia and now promoted by groups including Extinction Rebellion and the School Strike for Climate. This movement declares the need for urgent action on Climate Emergency. 

So far several councils, including the Greater London Authority, Bristol and Manchester have declared and more will follow. It is the turn of the Arts and Cultural sectors to make their voices heard. 

 

The declaration follows: 

The Staff & Board of Cambridge Junction declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Cambridge Junction pledges to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same. 

These are our intentions: 

1. Cambridge Junction will tell the Truth 

Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change. 

Cambridge Junction will communicate with citizens and support them to discover the reality of the Emergency and its impacts, and the changes that are needed. 

 

2. Cambridge Junction will take Action

Governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels. 

Cambridge Junction pledge to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero* by 2025. 

Cambridge Junction will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels. 

Cambridge Junction will actively work to imagine and model ways that my practice / our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.

 

3. Cambridge Junction is committed to Justice 

The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and Culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways we relate to one another and the world, in our values and behaviours. 

Cambridge Junction will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed. 

Cambridge Junction will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government. 

Cambridge Junction believes that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice based on intersectional principles, led by and for marginalised people. 

Cambridge Junction further believes, if we fail to take action now, the Emergency endangers our ability to deliver our charitable aims and objectives due to its impacts on our sustainability and resilience, and on the lives and work of all with whom we engage. 

*Net zero means that on balance one's activities are zero emissions, taking into account all possible Greenhouse Gas emissions and actions taken to mitigate or offset those emissions. 

Declaration ends. 

 

Cambridge Junction recognises the urgent need to promote a sustainable business model by reducing its environmental impact. The arts centre already works with its stakeholders, partners and suppliers in order to reduce waste, invest in new technologies and promote environmental awareness. 

As well as continuing the commitment to reducing its environmental impact Cambridge Junction sees joining Culture Declares Emergency as an opportunity to debate, foster collaborations between academics, researchers and artists. Building these relationships will encourage the development and programming of work that communicates the emergency, and explores possible solutions.

Follow the hashtag #CultureDeclaresEmergency on social media.

A copy of the declaration can be downloaded HERE

LEAD DESIGNERS SOUGHT FOR MAJOR BUILDING PROJECT

Mon 18 Feb

Cambridge Junction and Cambridge City Council are excited to announce that they are embarking as a partnership on the next phase of a building redevelopment plan for the venue, and have today launched the recruitment of a lead designer for this major project.

Over the last year the Cambridge Junction team has been working in partnership with Cambridge City Council which owns the building, on plans for future redevelopment of the venue. Research work completed in 2017 showed that new growth in and around Cambridge means that there is a shortage of venue, production, rehearsal and education space, and Cambridge Junction provides an ideal location to meet this demand. 

Following the appointment of Matt Burman as Artistic Director and CEO at Cambridge Junction in April 2018, the vision for the scheme has been reviewed and refreshed to maximise the potential that this project has to be transformational, not only for Cambridge Junction but also for the arts and cultural sector in the city and region. 

Cambridge Junction now seeks a lead designer to reimagine the venue spaces for the next 30 years, and the full potential of the site in this key location. Once a designer has been chosen in June 2019, a process of community consultation will then begin to ensure that Cambridge Junction meets the needs of the people of Cambridge and beyond.

The application web portal will open shortly.

Call for Proposals: Diverse Actions Leadership Bursaries 2019/20

Thu 24 Jan

The Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is offering two Leadership Bursaries of £10,000 each for artists and/or arts workers from culturally diverse backgrounds (BME: Black and Minority Ethnic) as part of Live Art UK’s three-year Diverse Actions programme.

The bursaries aim to support a new generation of ‘skilled-up’ leaders and new models of leadership which will have an impact across the arts. To support a year-long programme of activity in 2019/20.

“Through Diverse Actions, I have been able to spend time and energy, been able to buy the books and materials I needed, to travel across continents to engage with the artists and thinkers challenging systems, forms and borders. I have seen an appreciable increase in my hourly/day rate, making my artistic practice more sustainable, and have grown my professional network and the international reach of my creative work. My practice feels re-energised, more stable and confident, and I am so grateful for the support which made this progress possible.” - Season Butler, 2017/18 Diverse Actions Leadership Bursary recipient

Application Deadline: 12 Noon, Monday 25 February 2019

For more informatoin / apply visit: thisisliveart.co.uk