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Exhibition approaches…..

The Cambridge Open Art Exhibition will be presenting local artists’ work at Swavesey Village College on 17/18/19 November. The organisers have always focused on supporting young and emerging new artists by having no selection process. Often these artists find it difficult to gain a foothold on the ladder as galleries tend to prefer the work of those already established.

In the past few years this focus has been broadened to involve students in the creative process and for them to understand the potential opportunities available to them by developing ideas and seeing how the visual arts can expand their horizons. This year the exhibition is being opened by Dr Catherine Burke, Reader in History of Education and Childhood at Cambridge University, who feels strongly about the fundamental importance of the arts in education.

The students at Swavesey are involved in all aspects of raising the exhibition – helping to record artworks, greet and interview judges and artists and welcome visitors. Some of the students are working towards their bronze and silver Arts Awards too. For younger children there are art activities and everyone is invited to “walk into the arts” via the Steve Ferris art installation. There is free entry to exhibition at the weekend so the students politely ask for contributions from visitors for the exhibition’s chosen charity with proceeds taken at the exhibition going to the Johabetto Orphanage, Kitale, Kenya.

A recent all-party report on arts, health and wellbeing said that a GP prescription for arts activity could lead to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions and save the NHS money. The volunteer organisers are saying pARTicipate in this year’s exhibition! Feel better by looking at and perhaps buying original artworks, prints and cards or even winning your chosen artwork in the free draw!


This year’s judges are John McGill, Sculptor; Sheila Ceccarelli, Co-founder and Director of Access Art; and Alastair Hull from Haddenham Galleries with prizes kindly donated from HMC Framing, Milton. The judges will choose their Top Twenty artists to go forward to a pre-Christmas exhibition at Haddenham Galleries. Will the visitors agree with their choice?


Rosemary Millar