All about creative adventuring...
Fantastical Cambridgeshire is a gloriously ambitious long-term project about this county. It connects people of all ages, their local area, adventuring and culture.
Beginning in schools, CCI Artists in residence will Creatively Adventure with young children and their teachers to share discovery of real, local spaces in extraordinary, enchanting and intriguing ways.
The children’s families and the wider community, including artists and other specialists, will be invited to encounter and add to the children’s discoveries at our Fantastical Blitz Days – 24 hours of looking, noting, drawing, , modelling, and recording in different and playful ways, the fantastical life of a single location.
In a series of Wild Exchanges CCI will also invite other national and international professionals into conversation with the children’s ideas. Our plan is to involve as wide a range of voices as possible – architects, ecologists, conservationists, mathematicians, engineers to cite just a few examples – and updates on these exchanges will be posted below. Recent collaborations with writers Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Kay have begun this process.
A Fantastical Map, drawn from the conversations and creative work of the project, will be created for each community. These will invite people of all ages to re-imagine each local space and grow a sense of wonder about the possibilities it offers. Our first of these maps was created for Spinney Wild Woods.
We will be focusing on communities in the St Neots area during 2016/17 and our first partner in this phase is Eynesbury Primary School - follow the link below to read more about our work with them.
Eynesbury Primary School
Offord Primary School
The Round House Primary Academy
Here’s a flavour of how the project was described in June 2016 for a Pecha Kucha night run by the Neotists group (a collective of artists working in St Neots).
The work is supported by Arts Council England and our partners and advisors include Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Culture, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Conservation Initiative.