The Cambridge Art Book: Heffers Launch July 2017

Back in July we were lucky enough to get hold of tickets to the launch of The Cambridge Art Book, a fantastic publication showcasing the works of artists who are very much inspired by our beautiful City. Behind the scenes over the last year, a panel of art and Cambridge city experts selected works from a submission by 51 artists which have now been printed across over 120 pages of this new contemporary book.

Emma Bennett, a local collage artist, has created the book with the aim of showcasing ‘the city of Cambridge through the eyes of its artists’. It was published by UIT Cambridge Ltd and is for sale at a number of local galleries, bookshops and independent outlets – as well as online, just search for the title!

(Image by Stephanie Freeman)

(Image by Stephanie Freeman)

The launch took place at Heffers Bookshop which has sold books in the City since 1876. With a mix of art lovers, City dwellers and the artists themselves in attendance – the event was buzzing! It was great to be there and to finally see the book in print after months of anticipation and admiration of this venture.

The artists who feature within the book have been given a fantastic opportunity to showcase their interpretations of Cambridge (and Ely) in their chosen media – the River, buildings and landmarks heavily influencing their work. Readers of the book are encouraged to use the illustrated map (Jenny Seddon), situated on the inside front and back covers, to visit the locations represented by the art works.

(Image by Stephanie Freeman)

(Image by Stephanie Freeman)

From: mixed media painting (Susan Abbs and Clare Caulfield), collage (Emma Bennett, Beth Lievesley and Jeremy Hogarth), illustration (Anna Brown, Roxana de Rond and Emily Kiddy), charcoal (Andy Dakin), and pen and watercolour (Naomi Davies and Amy Hood).

To: oil painting (Sue Rapley, Caroline Forward and Rosemary Trestini), acrylic painting (Isobel Stemp and Sonia Villiers), digital art and photography (Peter Halford, Tim Middleton and Iryna Masko), printmaking (Kate Heiss, Anna Pye and Alison Hullyer), and textiles (Lynsey Hunter and Claire Turner).

The artists have captured many of the iconic places in such diverse ways. Views across Cambridge and through passageways, the open green spaces – Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece and Midsummer Common, King’s College Chapel and King’s Parade, The Round Church, The River Cam (rowers and punting of course), The Fitzwilliam Museum, Mill Road, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, and bikes a plenty! There are also a number of works towards the back of the book of Wicken Fen and Ely Cathedral.

We are so pleased to see Maureen Mace‘s ‘Tree of Cambridge’ on pages 94-95. It is an intricate and whimsical painting that truly captures the many aspects of the City through the symbolic decorations that hang off of and sit within the branches. How many can you identify? The tree itself is adorned with copper leaf.

So, have you got your copy yet? We would love to know what your thoughts are and what your favourite image is (that’s a tough one) – let us know in the comments below.

You can also take a peek at our vlog from the event here:

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