I recently had the fantastic opportunity of completing a 6 month internship in marketing for Cambridge Art Salon. After working and studying in London, I really wanted to find something that would allow me to reconnect with the Cambridge art scene and this experience did just that.
After responding to a post on good old twitter, I got in touch with the salon’s Creative Director Ruthie Collins, who is an excellent advocate for nuturing artists and developing local community arts.
In the heart of Romsey, the space is a unique creative hub in Cambridge, with over 20 resident artists working on site across the fields of fashion, contemporary art, the media and crafts. There is also a community gallery for exhibitions, events and even yoga classes. Resident artists sell their work in a shop based in the gallery, which ranges from upcycled bags and glass jewellery (earrings in the image below), to sculpture and millinery.
One of my favourite resident artists is Ruth Schmid, a creator of upcycled bags and gadget/phone cases. Fully embracing the upcycling trend, Ruth uses recycled advertising banners, bicycle inner tubes or tarpaulin to create her pieces such as the phone case shown here. Anything that uses bicycle parts to make something so useful, is a perfect Cambridge art in my eyes…especially given the amount of abandoned, broken bicycles around! Find out more about Ruth’s creations here
Resident artist Diana Probst, paints in a classical style and often asks her twitter followers for ideas/subjects for her paintings. Admirably, she recently completed a successful challenge to create a painting in a day, which gave me a fresh perspective on productivity. You can find out more about Diana’s work here and follow her often witty tweets here: @dianaprobst
UK Handmade recently interviewed the salon’s Creative Director, Ruthie Collins in their Spring magazine about the salon, its emergence and future plans. The magazine is worth a read if you are into the arts and all things handmade.
The salon allowed me to work flexibly whilst balancing a full-time job and I really valued working with such talented artists. It really inspired me to think about my own creativity and what is achievable. Apart from meeting a great group of people, it has given me the confidence to explore more of the diverse Cambridge art scene and get creating myself.
For further information on the project, please visit the Cambridge Art Salon website.
- (1) Cambridge Art Salon – Mayors Opening Sept 2011
- (2) Qhere creations
- (3) Jill Fordham glass jewellery