Big Weekend 2018: Make & Create Tent

Photo: Josh Murfitt

Sat 14 July | 12noon - 5pm

Join the University of Cambridge Museums to enjoy hands-on activities inspired by the collections. Plus pick up an action-packed Summer at Museums programme for families. 

Activities during the weekend:


We Are

We Are is a public art project by artist Emma Smith which engages audiences in a series of workshops and activities during this summer's Arbury Carnival and Big Weekend, culminating in a new temporary light art commission unveiling in February 2019. 

This new work takes as starting point the philosophic proposal that we exist through relationship. Exploring what it means to be 'we' this project will create a platform for shared conversation on being together. The project will be developed through a series of workshops and public events culminating in a new art commission that will be exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of 2019 Twilight at the Museums.

Emma Smith was selected as the lead artist on this project for her social and participatory practice which creates installations and performances that explore the nature of human relationship and communication. Her work offers unique experiences with and for the public and is developed in collaboration with local communities, academics and professionals. Her most recent exhibition was shown for the recent reopening of Kettles Yard.

The project also involves Manchester based light artist Liz West who is famous for mixing luminous colour and radiant light in immersive large-scale artworks. Amongst her most loved installations are Your Colour Perception, which incorporated all 5000 square feet of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House in Manchester in a mesmerising colour experience, and Our Colour Reflection which creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using more than 765 mirrors made of coloured acrylic.

Alessandra Caggiano, Founder of e-Luminate Cambridge and Director at e-Luminate Studio, is leading the public art programme on behalf of Cambridge Live. This project is funded by Cambridge City Council via the S106 Public Art Fund. 

The public will be invited to create short text pieces by completing the phrase “We are…” being encouraged to think about what we have in common as well as the ways in which we are unique. These will be collected through a practical activity devised by Hilary Condron-Cox, an experienced art practitioner and uploaded to an electronic message scroller so people can see other’s contributions. 


What is our history?

Using images of items from the Fitz Collection, this activity will pose the question – ‘What is your history?’ The activity will invite the public to imagine and create labels for three chosen items from the Fitz collection to say what they mean to them. Two members of Activiate will be invited to also support this activity thinking about what they have learnt through their recent activities looking at curation and supporting the students to encourage other young people to get involved.

The resulting work from the two activities above will be used to create a light installation as part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Twilight event in Feb 2019.

Above: Photos from a previous We Are workshop