Simmering Nicely

ALL Change - outgoing treasurer Amanda Morgan (l) and incomer Sandra Martins

ALL Change – outgoing treasurer Amanda Morgan (l) and incomer Sandra Martins

Last night was our AGM and a chance to record a huge thanks to our wonderful committee for all the hard work going on behind the scenes. Planning for ALL2015 events and activities now starting to come together nicely, and it really does feel as though the ingredients are in place for a fantastic mix of works and performances this year. So many thanks also to our ALL2015 participating artists, plus Dr Veronique Chance and Miriam Berg at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge School of Art and all who have helped us to get this far. Now we just need to stir thoroughly, bring to the boil and serve…

We have a website refresh in the pipeline with full details of our artists, dates and events, but in the meantime, make a note to join us on Saturday 17th October all day for our ShowTime! day of events and performances. Teresa Harrison and Alex Hirtzel are cooking up a great programme of performances, talks, discussions and more, with artists coming from across the UK to take part. Including a Performance Dinner hosted by Amanda Couch, a Nail Bar as you’ve not experienced before and an ALL ShowReel of video art, it will be a great way to celebrate some freshly-cooked art coming to Cambridge. Enjoy!

Rebecca Ilett, Ruth Moushabeck and Sandra Martins

Rebecca Ilett, Ruth Moushabeck and Sandra Martins

Craig Pinder, Emma James and a slightly surprised Robert Good

Craig Pinder, Emma James and a startled Robert Good

Teresa Harrison and Rosemary Catling

Teresa Harrison and Rosemary Catling

Down to business

Down to business

Robert Good talks tactics with Alex Hirtzel

Robert Good talks tactics with Alex Hirtzel

Amanda Morgan, Emma James and Teresa Harrison

Amanda Morgan, Emma James and Teresa Harrison

In Case of Emergency

Aga Tamiola Emergency Kit

If you are finding it difficult to feel human in the age of neuroscience (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), don’t worry, help is at hand! Aga Tamiola and Sean Erickson are currently touring their essential Emergency Kit for Neuroskeptics across Germany and will be heading to Cambridge this October to provide further advice and treatment for us all.

Sean and Aga’s work is one of several pieces this year that are part of ALL Satellites – a new initiative for artists working not only across Cambridge but beyond the city as well. We’ll be following the progress of artists in the Lake District, Oxford and London as well as around Cambridge. Check back here for updates later in the summer, and in the meantime, In Case of Emergency, click here!

Above: the Kit in action in Schloss Wartin

Red Letter Day

Dimov Dimov artwork

Our first artwork for ALL2015 has arrived! Always an exciting moment, that first tangible sign that something really is going to happen. Thanks to Dimitri Dimov for a very alluring and desirable work, very much looking forward to seeing it in place at Anglia Ruskin University this October.

In other news, a lot of work happening behind the scenes to sort this year’s event. Lots of exciting things planned, ideas mooted, conversations held. Thanks so much to artists and committee alike for great progress thus far. Next up: watch this space for website refresh with artists profiles, coming soon.

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!