Cambridge: An Essential Art-Lovers Destination

by Cass Art

Art-loving visitors to Cambridge are spoilt for choice. The city boasts England's largest concentration of internationally renowned collections outside the capital.

Cambridge Contemporary Art, Trinity Street, majors in hand-made prints, paintings, sculpture and crafts. This month's offering is All Wrapped Up: Mixed Christmas Exhibition, which runs until December 24. Suitable for all ages, wallets and tastes, the exhibition is showcasing the best in contemporary arts and crafts with works by Katharina Klug, Ruth Shelley, Jane Hollidge and Scott Irvine on display. Look out for Elissa Palser's eye-catching bird stoneware.

Byard Art, King's Parade, features an innovative exhibition programme of solo and mixed shows by contemporary artists, offering a unique selection of two-and-three-dimensional work. It is currently exhibiting Christmas Cracker until December 31. This is a constantly evolving display of original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media artwork, limited edition prints, hand-made jewellery and photography by more than 50 artists. This comes highly recommended for shoppers on the lookout for original jewellery, art or crafts this Christmas. Joanne Cooke's ceramic bull terrier and Andy Bridge's mixed media George Best are both difficult to resist.

Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn, is an innovative hub offering alternative environments and structures for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production. Out of this emerges a rolling programme of exhibitions, public events and family and schools activity. It is currently hosting the intriguing X Marks the Bökship, which runs until December 20. The display subverts and plays with how we read, write and collect knowledge. It includes specially commissioned artworks and display systems by Adam Burton, Keef Winter, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Rory Macbeth and Sophie Demay.

Primavera, King's Parade, is a gallery and shop over three floors which fuses a refined and well-researched examination into some of contemporary Britain's finest arts and crafts. It offers a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, watches, sculpture, paintings, and silverware and metalwork. It is now showcasing Cambridge Jewellers' Guild until December 27, featuring a range of work of 10 of its members. Artists include Birgitte Bruun, Lindsay Duff, Karen Faulkner-Dunkley, Nadine Gereson and Deborah Kelly-Hopkins.

Explored Cambridge's art galleries as well and have some reccomendations? Let us know below...

 Image Credits:

Skaters Dream- Ann Winder Boyle

Robin II - Rosemary Trestini

Three Pheasants above Hebden- Relton Marine

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