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Cambridge and took a curating course at St Martins called “Become an Independent Curator”.


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inspired by the course, I helped launch Cambridge Open Art Space and met a huge number of local artists who needed a platform, community and space for contemporary work that just wasn't being shown in Cambridge.


We curated shows on boats, in museums, gardens - I even turned my house into a giant art installation! It wasn't long, however, before I missed having a creative space to work like the warehouse I lived in, so I set up an inclusive art studio which took nearly two years to become sustainable. Then, Travel Lodge decided to turn our premises into a hotel! Not to be deterred, I hunted for a new space and eventually found somewhere that became the Cambridge Art Salon. With a lot of help from a range of local artists and makers and Cambridge Council, who also wanted to see more space for the arts in Cambridge, the Art Salon


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opened last September.


In what way do you support local artists? We provide lowcost studio space, a community gallery, plus business support for creatives needing to talk through their idea or practice.


What events do The Art Salon provide for the local community? There are art shows booked throughout 2012 with artists and makers from all sorts of disciplines - fashion, installation, painting, illustration, photography; plus community workshops and classes. We're also in line to receive funding to provide Creative Kickstart coaching sessions for artists needing to discuss the professional side of their practice or are considering going freelance for the first time or want to look at making more of a living from their art.


Do you think the Arts can help to improve social issues and why? Absolutely! I once interviewed Yoko


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