Details of events and workshops we are currently involved in are listed below:

Poetry in moments - seeks graphic designer


Over the past six months, Addenbrooke’s Arts (AA) and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI) have jointly delivered a poetry residency at Cambridge University Hospitals.  The result of this is a collection of 15 new poems written by established poets in response to time spent in and around the hospital. The aim is to commission a graphic designer to plan and create high quality print that can celebrate and share some of these poems as widely as possible.

The poems themselves are beautiful, offering thought provoking and touching reflections on the hospital experience and spaces. We wish to celebrate how these new works can illuminate for everyone this important institution – one that touches all our lives at some point.  Working with a designer we want to create appropriate print that shares the collection for free across the hospital community (staff, patients and visitors), the AA and CCI networks and within the city of Cambridge.

The collaboration between CCI and Addenbrooke’s Arts has developed through the project Taking Note. There is currently an exhibition in the hospital (until February 19th).

More details on application process on brief attached here.

Taking note - poetry in moments


Three images from Addenbrooke's Hospital

How can poets and poetry touch the lives of this huge and diverse community?

What might poets and poetry prompt people to notice and share?  

These are questions explored by our Taking Note - poetry in moments project. Taking Note is all about curiosity and generosity. What moments of happiness can we notice and how can we share these with others? In the first year of our project we invited people to share stories at our pop-up events held around the hospital. These were curated into two exhibitions held in the hospital and around Cambridge and through our online networks throughout the year. Now in this second year of the project we have invited poets to work with us to continue exploring these themes of noticing and sharing. 

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 have spent the autumn engaging with patients, visitors and staff at Cambridge University Hospitals. They read their new poetry for the hospital community along with other related poems at two events on December 1st. We are now working on a publication which will be available in the new year.

Taking Note - poetry in moments was launched on Thursday 28th September in Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This was National Poetry Day. There was poetry handed out all day at the main entrance, with Emergency Poet Deb Alma also there prescribing poetry from her old ambulance and a free lunchtime poetry reading in the Chapel. A series of eleven free postcards sharing poems were created for the day - every in-patient received one on their lunch tray and Costa handed them out to every customer too.

I just wanted to say how beautiful this is. Thankyou. More of this please. Sharon (visitor)

This has lifted me for a moment. I’ve spent most of my life inside and don’t really read poetry but I’m going to look at these when I get home. Jason (patient)

We are hugely grateful to the generosity of the poets who gave us permission to share their work in this way at no cost, particularly Jo Shapcott, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Clive James, and Esther Morgan.

It's a  pleasure to be included in the Taking Note team at Addenbrooke's.  It's a project full of energy and light which speaks equally to the patient and poet in me and I hope will do the same for the wider Addenbrooke's community. Jo Shapcott

Updates on the project can be found here.

An exhibition of stories and moments from the project to date together with four of the new poems is in the main corridor until February 19th, 2018. The new poems will be shared in a new leaflet for the community and a special limited edition publication later this year.

The project is supported in 2017 by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, Awards for All and the Cambridgeshire Community Fund.

Kaddy Benyon

Kaddy Benyon’s first collection Milk Fever won the Crashaw Prize and was published by Salt in 2012.  She is currently editing her second collection, written during a residency at The Polar Museum in Cambridge.  Kaddy is a Granta New Poet and has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes.

Eve Lacey

Eve Lacey works in a library in Cambridge. She is the editor of Furies, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry (For Books’ Sake, 2014) and The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea (2016). Her writing is published by The Emma Press, The Next Review, SALT magazine, and Edinburgh University Press.

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott was born in London. Poems from her three award-winning collections, Electroplating the Baby (1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998) are gathered in a selected poems, Her Book (2000). She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition (twice). Tender Taxes, her versions of Rilke, was published in 2001. Her most recent collection, Of Mutability, was published in 2010 and won the Costa Book Award. In 2011 Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Rebecca Watts

Rebecca Watts’s debut poetry collection, The Met Office Advises Caution, was published by Carcanet in 2016. A Poetry Book Society Recommendation, it featured in the Guardian and Financial Times ‘Best Books of 2016’ lists and was also shortlisted for the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. Rebecca lives in Cambridge, where she works in a library and as a freelance editor. Her website is

Many thanks also to poets Shaista Tayabali, Jane Monson and James Sheard who read with us on National Poetry Day (September 28th, 2017) day:

Image of Shaista Tayabali

Shaista Tayabali
I started writing poems as a child, not knowing that poetry would eventually guide me safely through the perils of lupus, the life threatening auto immune illness that awaited me. Pen to paper, a few lines here, three verses there, and poetry still pulls me out of danger, twenty years after I was first diagnosed. Addenbrooke's has been a second home to me since I was a teenager. I have suffered, cried and laughed on countless wards; art on the corridor walls, poetry and sculpture found in unexpected corners have always nourished me. I am honoured and excited to be part of Taking Note and Addenbrooke's Arts - my life is enriched by such projects. And the battle to survive this disease made easier.

Jane Monson

James Sheard

Fantastical Cambridgeshire Exhibition


IAriel view of beatle by Maciek Platek

Image by: photographer and film-maker Maciek Platek

A celebration of real and imaginary discoveries by people of all ages.

The three fantastical maps created by communities in St Neots, alongside our first map created for the Spinney Wild Woods, are now on display in Love's Farm House, the community centre for the Love's Farm Estate in St Neots. The final map in this current series, created with the Love's Farm community and Round House Primary Academy, is also available to pick up as a leaflet.

Fine art prints of all our maps can be purchased from our shop.

Every one of its projects makes me see things strangely again, tips a little more wonder back into the world.

Robert Macfarlane, CCI Patron

Love's Farm House, 17 Kester Way, Saint Neots PE19 6SL (map)

Opening hours for the centre are here.

Inside Love's Farm House with CCI Images hanging on wall

Animating the archives: a second exhibition


Image of the display at the hosptial

The second exhibition of work from our project Animating the archives was in the Treatment Centre Corridor in Addenbrooke's Hospital until mid November. It featured work from our projects  with two groups supported by the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire – young carers in the county and people living with dementia and their carers. We are delighted that much of the original work has been able to be included both in the exhibition but also alongside the museum objects that inspired them in the museum itself. There are delicate nurses inspired by the stories of the nurses displayed in the cabinets, as well as an Addenbrooke's bear and even a fox designed for an old apothecary. Many of the clay objects made by the Shelford Dementia Carers Group are also on display. Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibition and the museum at any time. Read more about the projects here.

Our first exhibition featured a small selection of work and images from the two creative projects with 7 – 9 year old children from Queen Edith’s Primary School and St Philips Primary School, Cambridge. The children were responding to objects and stories in hospital's new museum in the spirit of fun and curiosity but also with great tenderness. The work displayed included their imagined insects with special healing powers, bed sheets with words that could comfort them, and uplifting poems for staff and patients to find in their pockets.

This project is part of the Hospital's 250th birthday celebrations. In the main corridor of the hospital, the new museum houses a collection of just some of the extraordinary objects and stories stored in the archive.  Animating Addenbrooke's is connecting with people of all ages during 2016/17 to animate the museum, inviting different groups to play creatively with ideas and provocations inspired by the collection.

Wire sculpture of a fox sitting on old books with the display cabinet in the museum

Wire sculptures within the display cabinets of the museum

Display of artswork at the hospital

artwork within the display cabinets of the museum

Wire sculptures within the display cabinets of the museum


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