Huppert opens unique city-wide art exhibition

October 4, 2013 10:38 AM

Julian HuppertA unique city-wide art exhibition showcasing the work of 40 local, national and international artists is to be officially opened by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

The exhibition will take place in locations across the city from October 17 until November 3 and each artist has had to negotiate the use of a venue or public space which relates to his or her work.

Displays include an impressive artwork of beermats celebrating scientific achievement will be displayed in a pub, a fascinating flowing blue line of neon will hang high above the river and a carboy containing the complete text of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover will be on display in Norfolk Street.

MP Julian Huppert will open the exhibition on October 17 at Plurabelle Books at the Homerton Business Centre in Purbeck Road, Cambridge.

He said: "This is a fascinating exhibition taking inspiration from our city and using it as the backdrop for a wide variety of art.

"I am looking forward to finding out more about the exhibits and meeting the artists who have made this possible. I hope people will take the opportunity to visit this exhibition and enjoy the displays."

The art:language:location (A:L:L) exhibition is being partnered by Oxfam and will raise funds for the charity's Education Programme through donations at events and the sale of postcards in its shops.

A:L:L has also established support from a wide range of local enterprises including Outspoken Cycle Couriers, which has offered free advertising in the form of giant posters fixed to its courier bikes for the duration of the exhibition. It has also been working closely with the Festival of Ideas and is hosting an open day and talk as part of its programme.

As part of the exhibition, artist Dino Alfier has established a relationship with The Eagle pub - a historically important building in the centre of Cambridge with strong ties to science. He will be showing 'Enthymeme' - an artwork consisting of unique beer mats which celebrate Rosalind Elsie Franklin's scientific achievements.

Plurabelle Books has become a main hub for the festival, where Vivian Pedley will be showing 'Lady Chatterley Bottled', an exciting piece using a book as the material for the artwork. Vivian has created a 30 litre carboy lying on a red velvet cushion and filled with the complete handwritten text of the DH Lawrence novel.

In the city centre artists Sue Shepherd and Susie Olczak have joined together as a result of their shared interest in light as a medium for art and are working together to build their first collaborative work 'Reflect,' a simple flowing line of pale blue neon that hangs high above the water, reflecting its light on the surface below. The best viewing point will be from Magdalene Bridge, in Bridge Street and it is best seen from dusk to dark. The artists have established a relationship with Bland Brown + Cole architects, St John's College and Savills in order to exhibit their work in such a prime location in the city.

Brighton-based artist Ella Penn will be exhibiting 'Oddments' at Changing Spaces Project Space on Norfolk Street. This location specific project explores her photographic observations of text taken over the course of a day in the city of Cambridge.

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