COAX 2018, ‘Explore’ at The Old Fire Engine House & VK Gallery’s Shades of Autumn

Are you searching for something to do this weekend? It’s looking like rainy-day activity weather across Cambridgeshire so why not take the opportunity to visit a local indoor art exhibition… or maybe even take a trip to the moon?! Keep reading to find out about this year’s Cambridge Open Art Exhibition at Swavesey Village College, the ‘Explore’ exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House in Ely, and what’s in store at VK Gallery for their autumnal showcase. Also, if you missed our last post then do head over to read about local arts charity Rowan’s call for artists for their fundraising exhibition taking place in 2019 – maybe you or someone you know would like to take part?


The annual Cambridge Open Art Exhibition (COAX) is on tomorrow Saturday 13th October 2018 from 10AM until 5PM at Swavesey Village College (Gibraltar Ln, Swavesey CB24 4RS). It opens again on Sunday 14th from 10AM until 4PM. Free entry and parking. COAX is a not-for-profit organisation led by artists and this is their 27th year showcasing the work of a great mix of local artists from in and around Cambridge. The exhibition is non-selective and no commission is taken which means there is always a diverse range of affordable artwork on display!

You will see 500 artworks by 100 different artists including several of our members – Bex Burston (Blue Design Shed), Clive Dawson, Caroline Forward, Kate Green (Flourish and Fly), Hannah McGonigle and Sarah McGonigle. There will also be a wide range of artist stalls selling greetings cards and small gifts, a chance for you to win one of the artworks on show (up to the value of £150),  artist led workshops with Jonny Boatfield on both Saturday and Sunday as part of The Big Draw Festival 2018, and a pop-up café with proceeds going to the Johabetto Orphanage in Kitale, Kenya.

Visitor’s information and a copy of the 2018 event brochure can be found on COAX’s website here.


As well as exhibiting at COAX our member Caroline Forward is joined by artists Paul Janssens and Peter Corr for a show of works at The Old Fire Engine House (St Mary’s, Ely CB7 4ER) – a lovely restaurant and gallery not far from Ely Cathedral. Caroline’s portraits which celebrate the venue’s 50 years of success and abstracts inspired by landscapes and the natural world will be available to view alongside a collection of paintings, photography and mixed media works by Paul and Peter.

The exhibition remains open until Sunday 28th October 2018. Visiting times are Monday to Saturday from 10:30AM until 10:30PM, and Sunday from 10:30AM until 5:30PM. There are also two other exhibitions running now at the gallery which you can find the details for here. If you do make the trip to Ely then you could also check out sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld’s ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit at Ely Cathedral!


We recently welcomed the wonderful VK Gallery as our first Galleries + Boutiques member here at The Trove Cambridge. VK Gallery is a lovely independent gallery located in the heart of St Ives, Cambridgeshire. With each season brings a new exhibition at the shop and currently they are embracing everything autumnal from cosy textiles to colourful ceramics in store. The exhibition continues until Wednesday 31st October 2018. For opening times and more information be sure to check out the gallery’s website here.

You can expect to find an impressive display of prints by Janet Dickson, textiles by Janie Withers, ceramics by Sarah Hillman, and paintings by Nicky Chubb – as well as an array of other artist’s autumn-inspired works from glasswork to jewellery.


We are looking forward to heading to COAX this weekend and are also hoping to take a quick trip to the moon and back…! ‘Museum of the Moon’ by artist Luke Jerram is at Peterborough Cathedral (Peterborough PE1 1XS) until Sunday 14th October 2018. Opening times are the same at the Cathedral’s which you can find here. Have you been? We would love to hear what you thought – and be sure to share your photos with us over on Instagram by tagging #CambsCreativeTreasures or #CambsCreativeScene!


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