Testing Testing…


A lot of fun (and just a few gremlins) at ALL HQ last week as we grappled with technology for our first live link between ALL friends and Committee members across the globe. We met to discuss plans for new projects, share ideas and pool resources beyond boundaries – exciting times! More soon…

Big thanks to Iberia Perez in Puerto Rica, Susi Gutierrez in Cornwall and Sara Lerota in Mostar who joined us via live link, and Simon Macuh who listened in from Slovenia and Elisa Vladilo who connected from Trieste. Many thanks also to Anglia Ruskin University and especially Veronique Chance for setting up the conference call and to committee members Catherine Cleary, Rebecca Ilett, Rosemary Catling and Olga Plocienniczak who took part in Cambridge.

ALL Change!

Dear Friends
We’re pleased to announce that after much discussion we’ve decided to restructure Art Language Location and refocus away from our festival approach to a project-based series of events and activities. Whilst it will be a wrench to move away from our traditional October slot and formula of extended exhibition plus symposium, we’re also really excited by the prospect of fresh challenges and some more agile and responsive artwork interventions around Cambridge – and elsewhere…?

It has been five years of fantastic festival fun. Art Language Location has been a wonderful experience so far, connecting over 200 artists with around 100 locations across Cambridge and beyond, and we’re hugely grateful to all our sponsors, supporters, location holders and above all our lovely artists for bringing so much creativity to Cambridge.

So whilst you wait to hear more as we regroup, reorganise and relaunch, take a look at some of the highlights from ALL2016 – another great video from the masterful Jonnie Howard. Thanks for the memories, and here’s to the future!

ALL will be bringing you more news of our new projects and collaborations – watch this space!

Robert Good and the ALL Committee

Banner picture credit: Annamaria Kardos, Until Further Notice, ALL2016

That’s ALL Folks

It’s time to hang up our curatorial hats and head for winter as we say goodbye to this year’s ALL. Many thanks to everyone who has helped make it happen – artists, location holders, sponsors, supporters, committee members and visitors – it has been a great opportunity to welcome so much art to Cambridge and we have enjoyed it all.

We will continue to post snippets of interest, pics and updates. In particular, don’t miss a video documentary about ALL by the wonderful Jonnie Howard that will be aired on Cambridge TV soon (details via social media in due course), and we hope to have some great footage from our closing Big Draw event to share as well.

But for now we leave you with a closing portfolio of fab photos by our roving photographer Josh Murfitt as he sought out this year’s work. Thanks Josh!

If you have any feedback, thoughts or comments for the future, please do let us know.

Very best wishes

Robert Good and the ALL Committee


Out and About


Sarah Coggrave – Letters from Astra at Oxfam Bookshop

There’s still time to catch some of the intriguing, entertaining and thought-provoking ALL artworks around town as we head into the final week of this year’s festival. Walking seems to be a big theme this year, with Kenji Lim, Laura Denning and Sally Stenton all offering you a chance to engage differently with your routes through Cambridge, whilst Elena Cologni invites you to join her for a nomadic conversation about place attachment and parenthood.

Don’t forget you can download our free app (search for ALL2016) to help you plan your journey and alert you to nearby nuggets. And this Saturday 29th you can join Robert Good on a guided tour of work around Anglia Ruskin University as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas – click here to book.

In the meantime, take a look at some photos from events earlier this week…

Friends of Kettle’s Yard Walk

A very good afternoon organised by Derek Matravers and Friends of Kettle’s Yard. We started at the hoardings of Kettle’s Yard and made a linear walk via Museum of Cambridge to Scruffs, Oxfam and ARU, ending up at The Tram Depot for a well-earned half.

Meanwhile in Bloomsbury…

Very good to catch up with ALL2015 artists Nick Gear and Jeremy Dixon. Nick gave a very interesting talk about the role of walking in his work, whilst Jeremy lead a wonderful found poetry and micro-book workshop. Robert Good created a trail of bookworks around Goodenough College – with particular thanks to Laura at Plurabelle Books, Cambridge for the generous loan of some great books, and thanks to Liz Murton and DJ Roberts for joining us on the day.

Artwork after dark

It is well worth staying out a bit later in order to catch two after-dark artworks. Sally Stenton is running a particularly striking projection in the central courtyard of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, whilst Rosanna Greaves‘ gold leaf canopy comes to life at night.

And finally…

Some of our ALL artwork is by its very nature ephemeral and easy-to-miss. So if you didn’t manage to see Annamarie Kardos’ portable sign, here it is for you in her lovely video  documentation of the event:

ShowTime! Shootout


Tom Hackett makes no attempt to save from Julian Woodcock

Big thanks to everyone who helped make our annual ALL Showtime! event such a success this year. We had a great day of performances, discussions and all-round artfulness.

Particular thanks to the lovely Tom Hackett for taking the trouble to write a review of the day – head over to a-n to read his report.

Finally, take a look at our ShowTime! Photo Album below – some great shots by Matthew White and Sandra Martins.

Book Now for ShowTime!

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Nadja Daehnke – autobiographies

The Box Office is now officially open for our annual Showtime! symposium and day of performances which will take place on Saturday 15th October at Anglia Ruskin University.

This will be your chance to engage directly with ALL artists and artworks through our programme of talks, performances and discussions, moderated this year by our guest speaker, curator Tom Morton. Tom will lead discussions about the artwork and talk about his experiences as a curator of events such as The British Art Show.

Highlights include a performance by Ana Mendes, a remote interactive orchestration from Female Laptop Orchestra and a new work that considers rising sea levels devised by Felicity Barrow.




Female Laptop



This is likely to be a very popular event with limited availability so book your tickets now for a fun and engaging day of experimental art.

ShowTime! runs from 11.30-17:15 on Saturday 15 October. Ticketed event. £12.50/£7 to include lunch and refreshments. Click here to book.

Special Delivery!

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Very excited, as the first delivery of artwork for ALL2016 has arrived in the post this morning – with thanks to Kenji Lim for a wonderful new work.

This is always a red-letter day for us and marks the start of the build up to our Art Language Location festival in Cambridge this October. So as the summer slowly draws to a close and the days crispen and shorten, stand by for a refreshing blast of creativity and allow us to once again bring you the very best in contemporary and performance art.

Our full line-up and website will be revealed next week, so keep your eyes peeled for our brand new logo and a dazzling array of artists to tempt, delight and challenge you. And until then have a lovely late summer Bank Holiday.

Smile Please!


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l-r Catherine Cleary, Karen Stamper, Ines Nunes, Robert Good, Rose Catling, Rebecca Ilett

Its that time of year again as we practice our best smiles for the camera (more work needed?) and hold our Annual General Meeting. Many thanks to everyone on our lovely committee for so much hard work behind the scenes – ALL2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting mix of sounds, performances and installations, and yes, even some painting.

With so much relentlessly downbeat news in the air at the moment it can seem difficult to stay positive, but I do believe that making more art is as good a remedy as any: creativity is good for the soul as well as for society.

So we will be back at the end of the summer with full details of our ALL2016 artist line-up and locations, plus a relaunch of our website with new logo (thanks Karen!) and much more besides. We hope it will be our best ALL yet and a refreshing counterblast of positivity. But for now, as August fast approaches, we wish everyone happy holidays and hope you catch some sunshine!

Our Travels Begin


Elisa Vladilo at work

Tomorrow ALL committee members Robert Good and Rebecca Ilett begin a week-long fact-finding trip to Europe – to visit ALL friends and artists Elisa Vladilo and Sara Lerota. The trip, which has been kindly sponsored by an a-n travel grant, will be to explore possibilities for future exchange exhibitions between ALL and art communities abroad.

As part of ALL we have always been interested in the ‘Location’ element of art, which is why we originally planned the visit, but of course in the current circumstances our trip is tinged with a wholly unexpected new political dimension. As we try and come to terms with the new realities it seems even more important than ever that we use art as a means to reach out to other communities and make new friendships and connections.

You can follow our progress during the trip on a blog over at the a-n website, and we shall no doubt be reporting back via the ALL website in due course. In the meantime, thank you to our friends in Europe for having us to stay, we are very much looking forward!

Callout for ALL Designer

After the excitement of our artists callout (artist lineup to be announced in due course) our thoughts turn to the practicalities of the project, and after four years of wonderful work our previous designers Linda and Peter Sutton are moving on – which means that we are looking for a new designer to join us and provide us with this year’s ALL look and feel.

This is an important and exciting role and provides the chance to take a fresh look at our ALL guide, posters and other materials. Our Design and Publicity Co-ordinator Ines Nunes has put together a brief for this opportunity which you can download here. The brief includes full details of how to apply plus contact details for Ines if you would like any further info.

Deadline for applications is Saturday 30 April. We look forward to hearing from you!