Was very glad to get an early morning call from Carole today saying that Cambridge seems to have several potential 'meanwhile' projects. Looking forward to hearing more about them following her and Eddie's meetings there today...
Cambridge City Council & the Love Cambridge City Centre Partnership have been working in partnership with local property agents, artists, arts organisations and community groups to develop a pioneering new approach for making use of vacant retail units across Cambridge city centre. The project entitled 'Changing Spaces,' creatively enhancing our High St, will begin on Thursday 11th June and will continue to run throughout the summer, experimenting with a number of innovative uses of vacant units to rejuvenate Cambridge's high streets whilst the empty properties await new leases. It will be launched in the old Habitat building on Fitzroy St where the windows will be used to display artworks and installations by local artists and a People's Cinema project managed by the Cambridge Film Trust. The space inside this building will be occupied by an exciting children's learning project managed by the “Big Wide Talk” company, providing an interactive learning environment for children. The project will then continue with a series of art installations by Cambridge artists and artist collectives in units across the city centre
Elaine Midgley, Arts Development Officer says "This project will turn Cambridge into a blank canvas for artists, community groups and creative organisations to let everyone know about all the good work they are doing and the art they are creating in Cambridge. This is a rare opportunity to raise the profile of art of all kinds in the city centre and we hope it will encourage people to find out more about the artists and organisations involved"
Emma Thornton, Head of Love Cambridge and Tourism and City Centre Management added, “ this is a great example of effective partnership working and illustrates how by working as a team the city can respond proactively to challenge. The Love Cambridge partnership has helped deliver a really innovative solution to what is a national problem”
On behalf of the new Love Cambridge Partnership I have pleasure in attaching an invitation to a reception to celebrate the "Changing Spaces" project, a joint initiative between Cambridge City Council and the Love Cambridge Partnership. This project represents an innovative approach to tackling the national challenge of vacant shop units and is a fantastic example of effective partnership working. "We would like to invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate our project at the old Habitat building, 17 Fitzroy Street on Tuesday 23rd June from 6:30pm."
I would be most grateful if you could confirm your attendance to Georgia Artus as detailed on the invitation.