What’s On: Tours at David Parr House, New Designers at VK Gallery, CamCreatives Meetup & more!

What’s On: Tours at David Parr House, New Designers at VK Gallery, CamCreatives Meetup & more! Read on to find out about these upcoming events and do get in touch to tell us about your creative events happening across Cambridgeshire, UK.

Our member Caroline Henricksen is currently exhibiting a collection of her botanical paintings and collages at The Locker (54 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN) until Monday 11th March 2019. A range of original artworks, prints and cards are available to purchase at the venue. The Locker is one of many local businesses that display works by local artists and they also host a variety of other events within the café throughout the year – you can find out more here.

[ Image by Caroline Henricksen ]


Have you heard about the incredible restoration of David Parr House? Tamsin Wimhurst first discovered 186 Gwydir St, Cambridge (CB1 2LW) back in 2009. From 1886 it was home to Arts & Crafts worker David Parr who worked for Cambridge-based F R Leach & Sons. David Parr spent 40 years decorating his home which features hand-painted walls inspired by the likes of William Morris and the iconic patterns of the arts and crafts movement. You can find out more about the history of David Parr House CIO, a registered charity since 2014, and the extraordinary interiors here.

Tamsin alongside a board of trustees, with the help of over fifty volunteers and talents of specialist teams, and with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has brought about the restoration and conservation of this exciting Cambridge treasure. Volunteers completed projects such as an archaeological dig in the back garden of the property and cataloguing five thousand items from inside the house. It has been a joy watching the updates unfold over on Instagram! This unique project is now complete and the house is open to the public for viewing, with tours starting on 16th May 2019.

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An important phase of the conservation work is underway in the house. Several sections of the wall paintings have been damaged over the century by atmospheric conditions, additions of 20th-century fittings and general wear and tear. Some areas can be restored - that's what's happening here.⠀ ⠀ The talented team from #TobitCurteisAssociates has been sensitively cleaning every inch of the wall paintings, re-adhering flaking paint, and retouching areas of damage. Meticulous colour matching has been taking place with incredible attention to detail!⠀ ⠀ #restoration #conservation #wallpainting #colourmatching #DavidParrHouse #Cambridge #DecorativeArts #InteriorDesign #ArtsAndCraftsMovement #CambridgeHistory #SurfaceDecoration Photo by Abi Cochran @silverspirals_

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Discover works by selected new designers at VK Gallery (18A Bridge St, St Ives PE27 5EG) throughout March 2019 at the gallery’s latest exhibition. It was great to spy our member Kate Green‘s paintings on display! Colour also appears in the contemporary jewellery by Fern Robinson and bold paintings by Tessa Pearson. Three new ceramicists are also on show – find hand-formed pieces by Sam Walker, porcelain tableware by Sadie Clough, and clay vessels by Alice Funge. New Designers is on until Saturday 30th March 2019.


[ Images by Stephanie Freeman ]


Back in September we announced Harriet Kelsall’s book launch and we are pleased to let you know that she will be speaking at an upcoming CamCreatives meetup later this month. The talk, hosted by Sookio and Steve O’Connor, will be held at the CUC Wine Bar (The University Centre, Cambridge CB2 1RU) on Wednesday 27th March 2019 from 7:30PM.

Harriet Kelsall is a highly successful businesswoman and a mentor to creative start-ups. In her book, The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business: How to turn your talent into a career, she gives tips that she has learnt from her own experience of starting a creative business and also relays advice from industry experts. You can sign up to the talk here – I am really looking forward to attending this event and hope to see you there!

CamCreatives organise events which bring ‘Creative Thinkers and Doers of Cambridgeshire’ together with many aims including encouraging collaboration across the creative industries. You can follow CamCreatives on Facebook here to find out more.

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Great to see my book on sale @fitzmuseum_uk earlier

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