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MP joins artists to launch new collective

June 4, 2009 11:00 AM
Howarth at CAM open evening

David Howarth joins Curator Chris Williams at the open evening

Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, David Howarth, attended the opening evening of CAM - Cambridge Arts Movement - on Monday.

The place was rocking with artists from a number of disciplines - sculptors, painters, poets, satirists and more.

Mr Howarth commented: 'it's good to see a group of local artists working together in the local community. I wish them the best of luck."

Twenty-five well-known and award winning artists from in and around Cambridge have joined together to start a new arts collective based at the Williams Art gallery at No5 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street. The collective is called 'The Cambridge Arts Movement' or CAM.

Gallery curator Chris Williams has been representing local artists at WA for the past 18 months, organising and running the now-famous '[email protected]' art exhibitions. So he decided to offer his artist friends and colleagues the opportunity to get more involved and run the gallery for the benefit of themselves and the local art community in general. In addition to the twenty-five core members, up to thirty-five more artists from a variety of disciplines - painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, musicians, playwrights and so forth - are being invited to join the collective.

Patrons and lovers of art are also being encouraged to join, with advance invitations to Private Views and art discussions, discounts on certain works of art and other benefits.

In addition, members of the public are invited to get involved by popping in any time and discussing the arts with at least two core members who will always be there.

As well as being a place where these local artists can show their work, No5 will be a focal point for other creative and social activities to take place, including discussions, poetry readings, low-impact performance and more. It also means that the doors can be open longer and the gallery will be manned by members of the group, able to welcome interested art lovers and discuss their work in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

The idea is to jointly run the gallery for the benefit of all and grow its audience and number of shows.

A programme of publicity will be undertaken, with newsletters, ads and links to other regional and national cultural organisations.

Before running Williams Art & Antiques, Chris was a partner in a successful creative agency but decided he wanted to do something more rewarding.

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