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Wild exploring – a CCI game in Aquila Magazine


Wild exploring – a CCI game in Aquila Magazine

The February edition of this unique magazine for children – described as ‘an intelligent read for inquisitive kids’ - explores happiness. We were delighted when the editor invited us to share an invitation to create your own fantastical map.

Read more about the magazine here.

Readers can also take advantage of our 50% off special offer and purchase their own set of Wild Exchange games for just £7.50.

I can create – Workshop delegate, January 2020


Artist Sally Todd led workshops at Brent’s Inspiring Creativity, Celebrating Culture 2020 Conference for Early Years Educators. Four wonderful groups joined us over the two days, spending time working with materials and invitations to explore their own creativity:

We invited the participants to explore the extraordinary architectural spaces of the Brent Civic Centre, working alongside a new colleague. We gave them mirrors to place around the building to propose different ways of looking, and encouraged them to draw the reflected images, shapes and patterns of the unexpected view points.

Back in the room, a selection of everyday objects was offered as a prompt to respond to in any way the participants chose. We invited them to consider the object’s function and then reinvent the piece through story and visual representation. Materials provided to experiment with included paper, theatre gels, wire, string, ink and pastel. We also invited them to consider using a prompt from an earlier CCI project with children, exploring through the eyes of another…such as a mouse…or a caveman archer.

We heard how they relished this time to try out new ways of working and reflect on their own settings:

I felt like a child engrossed in their project…I felt like everything around us can be inspirational….it was fantastic to move around…the workshop made me think how I need to stop and breathe.

The workshop made me want to…explore, create, give time to myself…think about how to use ordinary objects in different ways….become more adventurous in creating away from the computer.

It was fascinating to watch each group engage with the building, each other, and this collection of everyday objects and limited materials.  Each time we celebrated the individuality of responses and the brilliant conversations prompted by these ways of exploring and making and thinking.

Creativity as Pratice


A professional development programme for early career Artist Educators

We have now offered the four places for early career Artist Educators for our new professional development programme developed in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, Goldsmiths University & Kettle’s Yard.  We are delighted to be working wtih Fay Jones, Lauren Wilson, Seana Wilson and Tonka Uzu. 

This programme has been designed to nurture new talent. It was developed in recognition of the need to equip early career Artist Educators with access to appropriate development routes and ensure relevant and timely support and opportunities. It will be run alongside CCI’s schools programme in spring/summer 2020.

The programme offers:

  • two training days led by CCI and Esther Sayers (Goldsmiths University) at Kettle’s Yard
  • one day of research training led by Nicola Walshe, ARU, as part of the ARU Eco-capabilities research
  • an assistant Artist Educator role on an 8 day school based project with final project celebration day in Anglia Ruskin University
  • mentoring support throughout above from experienced CCI Artist Educator
  • the opportunity to join our supportive network with potential to work as a CCI Artist Educator in future.

Applications closed on Wednesday 1st January, 2020.

This programme is supported by Arts Council England.

National Poetry Day 2019


The poems Welcome and Little One were written especially for the Addenbrooke’s community in 2017 by poet Kaddy Benyon as part of Taking Note: Poetry in moments. They were unveiled as permanent fixtures of the Addenbooke’s Arts Walk on National Poetry Day this year (3rd October), to be enjoyed every day by patients, staff and visitors on their journeys through the hospital.

Taking Note

Welcome is a ‘found poem’; poet Kaddy Benyon took phrases from 46 of the Taking Note stories to create it - the photo below captures the moment that Rosie and Alasdair identified theirs. Read here for text version.

Taking Note

These poems are part of the new collection specially commissioned for the hospital community, written by Jo Shapcott (winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal, 2011, and the Costa Book Award, 2010) and Cambridge based poets Kaddy Benyon, Eve Lacey and Rebecca Watts, who spent autumn 2017 engaging with patients, visitors and staff. The collection can be read here.

I wish I were well and strong, so that I could give these poems the concentrated attention that they are serious enough to deserve. But I suppose the whole point about being unwell is that one is not in one's best form as a critic. Nevertheless I can tell that these poems are serious, and they've certainly got a serious subject. The subject is life, and how it might be lost; and how it might be saved. There is brave and tender hope here; but, even deeper down, the thrill of being human. Clive James

Taking Note was supported by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Awards for All and the Cambridgeshire Community Fund.

The Art of Reading


A huge temporary public artwork was created by more than 400 children from Milton Road Primary School with artist Patsy Rathbone. It was unveiled in early July 2018 and transformed a 50 metre stretch of builders’ hoardings around the site of the new Milton Road Library whilst it was under construction. The panels were taken down in April 2019 and gifted to the school to enhance some of their corridors. Elements of the design are also now incorporated into the new library, opened in June 2019.

 The display was the end result of a community art project called The Art of Reading  and was produced by a group of volunteers led by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination director and local resident Ruth Sapsed, a member of the Friends of Milton Road Library, working in collaboration with community activist Ysanne Austin, artist Jo Tunmer and producer Nicky Webb. 

Every child in the school took part in a day’s activities exploring the joy of reading, talking about and drawing their favourite reading places and reading companions. The finished artwork featured reading in all sorts of fantastical places and in all sorts of situations: on the moon, on top of a volcano, in a dinosaur’s mouth, on a reading train. Hundreds of enchanting details were included and explored by passers-by. The artwork is now being incorporated into the new designs for the interior. 

The project was made possible with support from Cambridge City Council, Coulson (the developers), a group of local trusts and businesses and more than 70 individuals who contributed via a Crowdfunding campaign.  

Ruth volunteered her time saying I love libraries. They offered me sanctuary and inspiration as a child and when I was raising my daughters. Now I understand how valuable they are as community spaces too. Einstein said ‘the only thing you have to know is the location of the library’. He also said that imagination is more important than knowledge as knowledge is limited but imagination encircles the world. This celebration of a library and reading and brilliant imaginations was at the heart of our community for many months at least, and gave joy to many many people.

The Art of Reading, site of the new Milton Road Library

The Art of Reading, site of the new Milton Road Library

The Art of Reading, site of the new Milton Road Library


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