I’m a lucky girl. The lovely team at Cambridge Contemporary Art and Cambridge Contemporary Crafts very kindly invited me to their bloggers event this week, and it was a delightful evening. Now I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but this inspirational evening perusing some fab pieces of art and handmade crafts, coupled with the chance to meet some lovely fellow bloggers, has given me a kick up the bum to get back on the blog. So here I am.
We kicked off the evening at Cambridge Contemporary Art on Trinity Street. If you haven’t been or, like me, it’s been a little while since you’ve visited, it’s well worth stopping by next time you’re in Cambridge. They show work from over 100 UK artists and rotate their exhibitions each month. It’s such a beautiful gallery and the staff are just lovely. I know many people feel intimidated about going into art galleries but this is no ordinary gallery. The pieces range in price from thousands if you’re looking for an investment piece, to affordable prints and smaller handmade crafts for under £100 so there really is something for everyone no matter the size of your budget. Even if you just fancy a browse, you’re very welcome and don’t need to worry about snooty side eye glances.
After we’d had a chance to have a wander round and sip some prosecco, we were treated to a very informative and entertaining Q&A session with local photographer Martin Bond of A Cambridge Diary. Martin has been taking portrait photos of Cambridge every day since 2010 and his pictures are a beautifully natural depiction of the city.
After a final few oohs and ahhs over the rest of the pieces I hadn’t seen, we all headed down the road to their sister gallery Cambridge Contemporary Crafts on Bene’t Street. Somewhere between an art gallery and boutique shop, Cambridge Contemporary Crafts showcases beautiful handmade crafts including textiles, ceramics, glass and jewellery. It’s the perfect place for unique gifts, although I spotted quite a few items I’d like for myself! I had a little look around while discreetly scoffing a few samples from Gourmet Brownie and chatting to more lovely bloggers. To top it all off, I was handed a generously full goody bag with all kinds of gifts and treats including a stunning advent calendar by Angela Harding for Art Angels, a beautiful glass bauble made by Will Shakspeare and two of Martin Bond’s photographic prints. I was one happy bunny.
Huge thanks to Natalie and her team at Cambridge Contemporary Art for inviting me to the event. If you live nearby or are planning a visit, pop in to one of the galleries and take a look around. You never know what you might find.
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