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Thrilled to announce this project to y'all - we'd love you to join us:

Learn & Practise Self-Build Cob
Cambridge / 5-day courses / April-June

We are seeking keen participants to spend a week learning the ancient & sustainable technique of cob building from the UK's leading experts, and be part of an amazing public art project by artists Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, creating a 'model village of the future' - a walk-through scale model of the paths, houses & shops planned for the future North West Cambridge Development.

£50 per person / £25 concessions for 5 days including all tools, tuition, splendid lunches & teas
Groups welcome to apply (max. 12), Min. age 18
DEADLINE March 31st
Call Coordinator Kirsten on 07545 218 251 or email

Managed by the Contemporary Art Society with InSite Arts
Commissioned by Cambridge University North West Cambridge Development
Thanks to Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Kirsten Lavers at NW Cambridge

Welcome to Kirsten!

Pleased to announce we have recruited Kirsten Lavers as Somewhere's Coordinator of our new public art commission 'Tomorrow, Today' to be built at North West Cambridge early this summer.
Kirsten is a Cambridge-based artist who has worked on many socially-engaged and community projects locally. When she turned up on site in her own high-vis jacket we knew she would fit right in :-)

Image courtesy of Chris Evans (CAU)

Playing God (desses)

Yesterday we were sent this awesome aerial shot showing - bottom right - where our new commission for Cambridge University's NW Cambridge development will be, Tomorrow, Today.

It's a cob (i.e. mud) sculpture in the form of a walk-through 3d model of Phase 1's streets, houses and other structures, and we expect it to be about 80m in diameter and take about 6 weeks to contruct this spring / summer.

If you'd like to know more about how you can take part in the build, get in touch with us.


Through the course of our residency in North West Cambridge we've become very interested in contemporary archaeology as well as the actual activity - both building and archaeology - on the NWC site. We are proposing to set in place a (say) 25 year survey project moving forward from the 'first' new inhabitation on the site (following the current archaeology) and then surveying each year as the build progresses.
Next week we're bringing together an amazing team of archaeologists and academics to test out this idea using one archaeologists' portakabin and one builders' portakabin as the first sites to survey and as a way to develop our thinking about this proposal.
We like the idea that most of the ongoing surveys will initially be of 'brand new' buildings - perhaps the exact opposite of the sites usually percieved as suitable for archaeological investigation. Our interest lies in trying to forward face creating an archive about the NWC development by attempting to predict which mundane materials will become of interest in the future, and in trying to adapt different methods for surveying or collecting data to the new buildings and site.

Many of the team who'll be joining us we've met through the CHAT group (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory). At the end of last year we attended their annual conference in London - I've rarely spent a more stimulated few days ... SO many of our shared interests were discussed and all in an accessable style in an informal but productive atmosphere. The conference theme was 'experience' and topics ranged from the archaeology of art in Berlin to a rock festival in Finland and 'the home as a site for historical awareness'. I'm really looking forward to re-meeting some of the delegates and some new faces in Cambridge next week.

*The action of looking forward into the future.