We were delighted that the film service/movement/desire was premiered at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge as part of the Curating Cambridge Festival. A capacity audience which included members of Cambridge City FC, project partners, local students and Cambridge residents thoroughly enjoyed viewing the results of this exciting element of the kickstART project.
We are delighted to announce that elements of the Active Landscape at Mitchams Park are now operational. Why not try them out and let us know how you get on. Visit www.activelandscape.org for full details. Don't forget to pick up a pack of free activity card from the Crest Nicholson sales office to help you get the most out of the Active Landscape.
The Kickstart ‘Field of Play’ event took place on the 30th of April and was a great success. New residents, artists, the Crest Nicholson team, representatives of Cambridge City FC and members of the local community all came together to enjoy a wonderful selection of music, dance, drama and film. Those who attended also got to sample the delights of local catering from The Carpenters Arms and Thirsty Cambridge and learn about all the different aspects of the Kickstart project.
Activities that took place included: banner printing with Cary & Ricki Outis, sound activities with Frances Crow of Liminal, live music from Cambridge Sing! Choirs, Karen & Co and Simon Wright and an exclusive performance of ‘This is The Place’ by drama students from Chesterton Community College.
The assembled crowd joined in ‘The Man with The Whistle’; a new anthem composed by Jason Rowland in collaboration with members of the community, and blew whistles to accompany the reading of a poem written by award winning author and new resident, Ian Whybrow (see below). Members of the local Knit and Knatter group were also in attendance and one of the group even brought her own 100 year old football whistle which is the same make as the ones that have been installed in each new home on the development.
We are delighted that there has been so much wonderful feedback from the day. Here are quotes from just some of those who attended:
“We had such a great day on Saturday, I think everyone was bowled over by the success of the event and the positive feedback it generated amongst residents and all who attended! This event was so much more than just the launch of a new development. It was a truly wonderful afternoon which celebrated the power of art in bringing everyone together, helping create a sense of place and foster local pride.”
Zoe Chamberlain, Project Leader for the KickstART programme
“It was great to meet some of the residents at Mitchams Park, and to see how they joined up together to produce what was such a wonderful community event.”
Cllr Robert Dryden, the Mayor of Cambridge
“We understand the importance of celebrating the heritage of our developments. The event on Saturday was a huge success, and we hope the event will create a lasting legacy, not only for the residents of the new development, but for the wider Cambridge community who have been involved in this project. We will be working with Zoe to create permanent public art on-site which will take the form of an Active Landscape integrated into the development for residents to use as well as admire, keeping the spirit of the site alive - responding to the past whilst creating a high quality street scene that looks to the future.”
Peter Diffley, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson’s Eastern division
"Thank you for the lovely party yesterday - it was a wonderful way to kick off this new community."
Historically megaphones have been used to marshall football crowds, to make the voice of the stewards louder. As part of the Field of Play event, artist Frances Crow from Liminal will be encouraging people to make and use listening horns and megaphones. This will help them to extend their listening skills and also allow them to amplify the sounds around them. In this way they will gain an insight into the volume of noise produced by the crowd at the Milton Road Ground on what is now a much quieter Mitchams Park site.
On the day Frances will also be encouraging people to remember the sound of the crowd at the Milton Road Football Ground by contributing to a collective map of their memories of the sound, using map pins and printed labels.
MEGAPHONES make QUIET SOUNDS LOUDER
By placing the MEGAPHONE to the EAR it becomes a LISTENING HORN
LISTENING HORNS make DISTANT SOUNDS closer
Frances will also on the day bring cards to make the listening horns so children can create their own horns and take them away, There will also be a selection of larger horns that the ‘players’ in the FIELD OF PLAY event can play with. There will also be a display of a sample of the END OF THE GAME box whistle and cards for people to see what the project is about.
Over the past few months Kathryn and Jason Rowland have been engaging the Milton community to create a new anthem to celebrate the site’s past, present and future.
As a result, many contacts have been made in the local community who have all inputted in the song writing process. Groups from Milton Road Library, Cambridge Manor Care Home, Chesterton Community College, Knit and Natter at Victoria Road Sheltered Housing have all contributed directly. Also involved are the wonderful Sing! Choirs, many of whom live in the locality. In addition, invites to be involved have been sent to all businesses at the Westbrook Centre, Milton Road Primary School, all new residents at Milton Park and distributed in the local community.
The recording of the new anthem was last Sunday the 13th of March. All those who contributed will be sent a copy of the recording along with the completed words and an invite to attend ‘Field of Play’ on Saturday April 30th, when the anthem will be given its fist public performance.
Composer Jason Rowland who has been working on the piece said: “This truly is a song written by the local community of which they can be very proud.”
Below you can see a video of the recording of "The Man With the Whistle":
The Light Rider bike created for the Cambridge Kickstart ‘Making the Move’ project was in action again last week at the Cambridge Twilight at the Museums event.
We were delighted to reunite several members of the original Kickstart team for this project and to take the bike out for another spin. On this occasion it was to project animations inspired by the museum collections created with local school children.
The Kickstart film ‘Service Movement Desire’ which documents the journey of the Light Rider from Cambridge City Football Club’s Milton ground to Histon FC, is also having another outing this week. We are very proud that is has been selected by Reel Women to be screen on the 25th February at the Arts Picture House as part of a showcase of local film makers work.
For those of you who cannot make this event there will be another chance to view ‘Service, Movement Desire’ on the big screen when it will be show as part of the inaugural ‘Field of Play’ event on the 30th April at Mitcham’s Park.
Have you recently moved into one of the new homes on Mitchams Park? If so, we would love to hear how you’re getting on, and what you think of your new surroundings. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to extend a huge welcome to the first residents of the new Mitchams Park. With just enough time to get settled before Christmas, all of us at KickstART hope that you love your brand new homes.
Some of you have already found the commemorative whistles placed in your homes at part of the new build. These beautiful, handmade ornaments produced by artist collective Liminal, represent a link to the site’s past as the beloved former ground of Cambridge City Football Club. They’re intended to be blown once a year on the Saturday closest to the 27th of April. On this day in 2013 the club played its last match at Mitchams Park.
There might not be a lot to see outside just yet, but come 2016, we have big plans for the public open space, including a specially designed interactive landscape, which you’ll be able to use for exercise, relaxation, or just for looking at. Our goal is to retain the spirit of Mitchams Park, and to give all of you the opportunity to enjoy your new surroundings to the absolute fullest.
Not aware of everything that’s being planned for the community? We recently did a comprehensive update on all of the KickstART projects coming to Mitchams Park in 2016 -you can read it here.
We hope that you’re enjoying your new homes, and wish you a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
In their almost 100-year history, the Cambridge City Football Club grounds in the north of the city have played host to hundreds of games and events for the local community. Now, with the club re-homed, a new housing development on the Mitchams Park site aims to pay homage to the grounds and their contribution to the city's character.
Alongside outdoor public art installations, each new home on the site will receive a handmade, engraved brass whistle, which may be blown only once a year, as a marker of respect to the site's history.
Field of Play: Active Landscape
Led by public artist Zoë Chamberlain, in collaboration with Murdoch Wickham Landscape Architects, the next phase of the KickstART project combines year-round public art and a permanent physical art intervention called 'Field of Play’, an ‘Active Landscape', which aims to bring local residents and visitors out of their homes and into the community.
Inspired by the grounds' football heritage and the feeling of community the club brought to the area, Field of Play will be a place to reflect, relax, socialise and even exercise. Speaking in a recent interview, Chamberlain said: “Field of Play: Active Landscape responds to the energy and enthusiasm associated with football; tactics and gamesmanship and concepts of movement. It makes connections with the visual language of football, whilst encouraging and engaging active lifestyle in the public spaces.”
Designed to allow people to sit and relax, or get in a workout through climbing, running jumping and interacting with the piece, Zoë has been working with sports scientist Diane Johnson to ensure the sculptural elements can be used in different ways. The Active Landscape aims to be more than a simple reminder of the area's past.
The new public open space is part of the Mitchams Park development by award-winning builders Crest Nicholson, who will be building over 100 new new homes in the Chesterton area of Cambridge over the next year.
In the run up to the unveiling of Field of Play: Active Landscape, Chamberlain and the KickstART team have been working with local schools, getting local young people involved in the concept and design of pieces to commemorate the football club's history, and celebrate its move to brand new grounds. Earlier in 2014, KickstART took a projection of a running footballer on a night-time tour of the city, as part of the artwork, and to mark the club's move to their new home.
Field of Play: End Of The Game
Extending inside of the homes on Mitchams Park, sound artists Liminal will be presenting families of each new build with a unique, specially engraved handmade brass whistle. As a sign of respect and as a marker of the site's history, the whistles may be blown only during a 90-minute period from 15:00, annually, on the Saturday closest to the date of the final match played on the Milton Road grounds.
Frances Crow from Liminal said, “The sound of the football crowd is a ‘soundmark’ that defined the area every Saturday. Following Cambridge City Football Club’s move to a new ground, this soundmark is now only a memory.
This lost soundmark signified the coming together of a community, whether they watched the game or only heard it from a distance.”
Field of Play: Spirit of Song
Kathryn and Jason Rowland of Sing! Choirs are working with Babylon Arts to create a celebratory event to mark the completion of the development and the beginning of the era for the site. If you would like to get involved in the creation of some art for the project, we are looking for people to help us write, produce and record a new anthem ‘The Man with the Whistle’ celebrating the area's past, present and future . The aim is for the resulting composition to be performed at the inaugural Field of Play event in spring 2016. Workshops are starting in the local area at the start of December in Chesterton Community College and also Cambridge Manor Care Home, led by composer Jason Rowland.
As the development of the new homes progresses into 2016, KickstART and its collaborators will continue to work with the local community, to create, share and remember this part of Cambridge's rich history.
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Last Friday (May 1st) public artist Zoe Chamberlain worked with students at Chesterton Community College to create ideas for an active landscape on new housing development, Mitchams Park, to be built on the former site of Cambridge City football club.
Part of the exciting Cambridge KickstART project, the workshop got secondary school students exploring their skills in art, design and sport to create their own artistic compositions of active landscapes. The challenge involved creating surroundings that encourage people to be active and engage with their environment through play-based activities and exercise.
After creating designs in the classroom, the students got busy in the playground, using templates, stencils and chalk-spray to mark out their designs in real size on the ground to see if they would work in reality.
Zoe explains: “The workshop was about creating an engaging, active environment, and keeping the spirit of the former Cambridge City football ground alive in the old grounds. Students interested in design, art and architecture got to mix up their skills and experiment with a really innovative concept, which could play a bigger role in residential development in the future.”
Katie Morton, Researcher at CEDAR, adds: “CEDAR’s physical activity research is all about finding out how our world can help people sit less and move more. The KickstART project was a fantastic opportunity for scientists and artists to work together to help design active environments that can improve health and wellbeing. I am sure the students learned how to apply public health perspectives to their designs, to create landscapes that not only look great, but might also make our lives happier and healthier”.
The students’ plans will be used to inform Zoe’s own designs when working with professional landscape architects on the active landscape at Mitchams Park, being constructed by award-winning house builders Crest Nicholson.
In May, public artist Zoe Chamberlain will be working with more students at Chesterton Community College on the next exciting phase of KickstART.
Students will be creating ideas for an active landscape that will be part of the new housing development.
The fun and innovative workshop will fuse art, sport and design. Students will learn about how active landscapes can help people stay fit and healthy, right on their doorstep.
Students will turn their hands to designing their own artistic compositions, to encourage people to engage with their surrounding environment in an active way through both play-based activities and exercise.
After working on their designs in the classroom, the students will get busy in the playground. Using their own templates, they’ll be armed with stencils and spray street-chalk to mark their designs in real size on the ground to see if they would work if they were actually built.
Zoe is collaborating with Cambridge University researchers at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) to devise the workshop which is taking place on May 1st at the school. The workshop is about creating an engaging, active environment, and keeping the spirit of the former Cambridge City football ground alive.
Following the workshop, Zoe will use the students’ plans to inform her own designs when working with professional landscape architects on the active landscape at Mitchams Park, Cambridge.