And So To Pub

ALL2015 Open Day 1

Thanks to all the artists who joined us today for our Open Day – a great turnout – and to our committee members who formed the welcoming party. ALL aims to be a truly collaborative project in which artists, organisers and supporters come together to make something happen, so we always enjoy meeting everyone and working together to find new ways of making art. A day of inspiring conversations and possibilities, comparing notes and chitchat. We looked round the ARU campus, went into town and thence to the the pub for refreshment and further scheming. A real sense of anticipation now for the festival in October, with some hard work in between! Thanks to our publicity maestro Claire Koch for the photo selection below.

Under Pressure

Helen Flanagan Under Pressure

Our line-up of artists for ALL2015 is just about complete now – and we are very excited by the prospects! A very big thank you to everyone for some excellent proposals – we had an increase of 50% in applications this year and an extremely high standard too, so sadly some tough decisions had to be made. But congratulations and welcome to all our participating artists for this year, we look forward to working with you to make a great show. More details to follow in due course…

Picture credit: Helen Flanagan Under Pressure video still


Daniel Djamo Video stillWith Easter nearly upon us, a reminder that our ALL Callout window will close this Sunday 5th April at (12 midnight for all you night owls!). Which means there is still plenty of time to submit a proposal – check out full details here. So far we’ve had a great response  with a tantalising variety of ideas, locations and formats. I’ve very much enjoyed reading through the entries so far (above: video still from a proposal by Daniel Djamo Territorial Marking) and am fully anticipating a Long Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday catching up with a whole load more. Thank you to everyone who has submitted so far, and have a lovely holiday weekend.

ALL Abroad

ALL Stats screenshot Mar 2015

As our ALL2015 Callout passes the halfway mark (closing date 5th April!), it continues to intrigue. As the map shows, most website visitors are from around the UK, but a significant proportion are from further afield, with around 1 in 12 hits coming from 38 countries across the globe.

This is particularly tantalising, as this year we are keen to support some artists wishing to show work outside Cambridge. And when we say outside Cambridge, we really do mean anywhere. So if you are one of our many visitors from abroad, (or indeed across the UK) check out our new ALL Satellites programme (full details in the Callout) and why not send in a proposal?

In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who has so far submitted a proposal or made an enquiry, we have some great ideas already, and we look forward to receiving many more. You have 10 days to go!


Sample image 52 Card Pickup 72dpi

52 Card Pickup (detail) © Ella Penn and Liam Whitfield

Callout for ALL2015 well underway now and already some great entries to tempt us – very intriguing. So far we have, amongst others, examples of  performance, photography and sculpture alongside book art, video art and printmaking. Many thanks for all the shares and RTs – much appreciated. Please do continue to help us spread the word if you can.

Our deadline is Sunday 5th April so still plenty of time for you to put finger to keyboard and craft your dream proposal for that work you always promised yourself you’d make – shuffle that deck and deal yourself some cards!


Dates For Your Diary

Mario Lautier Vella's performance 'In Love' in Lecture Block A at the CU Sidgwick Site

Mario Lautier Vella performs ‘In Love’ at ALL2014

Calendars co-ordinated and planets aligned, so now very pleased to be able to confirm the timetable for ALL2015 as follows:

Thursday 15 October ALL Launch Party and opening of ALL SuperText exhibition across Cambridge

Saturday & Sunday 17-18 October ALL Showtime! Weekend

Saturday 31 October ALL/Cambridge Festival of Ideas collaborative event

Sunday 1 November ALL SuperText closes

This year we shall be holding a new and completely unmissable ALL Showtime! weekend – a heady mix of performance, talks, guided tours, impromptu events and general artiness bringing together the themes of ALL and curated by Teresa Harrison and Alex Hirtzel. Save the date!

Proposals Now Invited for ALL2015

Collective Investigations at ALL2014

Proposals are now warmly invited for this year’s Art Language Location. Please see the Callout page for full details and downloadable pdf. Some very exciting new developments for this year so get those fingers tapping and send us your best shot!

If you have any queries or would like further information, send us an email via

We look forward to hearing from you.

Credit: Josh Murfitt

The ALL2015 Committee

That’s ALL Folks

Robert Good with visitors at the ALL Waterstones Opening

RG attempts to convince Deanna Tyson that everything is under control.

So once again ALL draws to a close and we can all collectively collapse in a heap. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has been involved to help make it happen – artists, location holders, sponsors and above all committee members – it really has been a labour of love for all concerned. It has been a real pleasure to meet so many great people during the course of the project, and to end up with so much engaging and energising art around town. If we have managed to get people thinking about art, talking about art or indeed just bumping into art over the last few weeks then I think we consider ourselves happy. With many thanks to everyone once again. Till next time… ??

Exit Through the ALL Shop

ALL Shop items

Clockwise from top left: Alban Low, Robert Good, Manoela dos Afonso, Collective Investigations, Anna Berry, Guy Bigland, BA Zanditon, Judith Weik, F&F

I hate to say it, but ’tis (nearly) the Season of Gift Exchanges, so why not pop in to the ALL Shop and stock up on some wonderful items for those hard-to-please gift recipients? We have a wonderful selection of cards, maps and booklets as well as prints (framed and unframed) and sculptures to fit all budgets. With wordplay, humour and work of a seriously high standard jostling for space on the shelves, the ALL Shop is a great mix of alternative items you really won’t find elsewhere.

So do call in to the ALL Shop at Waterstones (Top Floor) – there is still time to satisfy your inner shopper and support our artists with a purchase or two!