Our current events are listed below. For details of past events, please see our blog.

Galleries and Gardens

Venue: College Farm, Haddenham

When: 28 May 2017

"You can take the man out of the gallery..."

Join Jeremy Waller - Owner of Primavera, at his home in Ely this May as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. What better way to spend a sunny day than to explore the treasures and extensive art collection at College Farm. With beautiful grounds, and two buildings packed to the brim with intriguing pieces, you can do your bit for charity and take a walk through the weird and wonderful at the same time.

40 acres around an intact Victorian farm. New walks, gallery and sculpture cattle yard. Further walks by ponds and through meadows. Roses, wild flowers, new water plants, foxgloves and new plantings of trees add colour and shape.

Splendid fen views, lovely water features and ancient ridge and furrow pasture land with interesting wild flowers, original farm buildings and abundant wildlife. Amongst the farm buildings an outside gallery, and inside the house another gallery full of extraordinary paintings, art and craft.

The garden and gallery will be open from 1pm to 5pm. Admission £5, children free.

Pictured is a stainless steel mosaic mirror handmade by a new artist to Primavera, Kay Hall, placed in thw wild flower garden to create depth; a new exhibition in the Barn featuring Ruth Hawkins; and a view from the Top Walk, College Farm.

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Job Opportunity at Primavera

When: 01 August 2017

Vacancy

Part Time Gallery Assistant

To start in August 2017

 

For Sunday and Monday, and possible holiday cover.

Are you a hard-working, organised and computer literate individual who is passionate about jewellery, art and craft?

Pay: Commensurate with experience

Drop your C.V. into 10, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, phone 01223257708, or email: contactprimavera@aol.com

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Cambridge Artists and Makers Exhibition Continues

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 10 November 2016 – 25 December 2016

After a successful evening of meeting the makers, our exhibition of their beautiful work continues until Christmas in our downstairs gallery.

Featuring the Cambridge Jewellers' Guild: Birgitte Bruun, Karen Faulkner-Dunkley, Nadine Gereson, Deborah Kelly-Hopkins, Janet Powell, Jutta Robinson, Hannah Souter, Heather Stowell, Tricia Taylor and Helen West,
and artists: Naomi Davies, Tess Recordon and Sonia Villiers.

Treat yourself or someone special to something locally handmade and truly unique.

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Meet the Makers

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 08 November 2016 – 5-7pm

An evening in the company of members of the Cambridge Jewellers Guild: Birgitta Bruun, Karen Faulkner-Dunkley, Nadine Gereson, Deborah Kelly-Hopkins, Janet Powell, Jutta Robinson, Hannah Souter, Heather Stowell, Tricia Taylor and Helen West; and local artists Naomi Davies, Tess Recordon and Sonia Villiers.
 
Browse our displays of their new wonderful work and take the opportunity to perhaps ask what inspires them or even how they create their work.
All three floors of Primavera will be open to help you find that special gift.

 

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Poetry Evening in Aid of Refugees

Venue: 13, Magdalene Street, CambridgeCB3 0AF

When: 18 August 2016

The Primavera Art and Crafts Gallery is showing its support for refugees by putting on an evening of great poetry, art and conversation at its intimate Magdalene Street Gallery. 18th August 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

Joining us will be Elisabeth Sennitt Clough who has just released her acclaimed pamphlet 'Glass', author of 'Several Deer' and editor of The Literateur Adam Crothers and former and current Fenland Poet Laureates Jonathan Totman and Mary Livingstone.

We are delighted to have the notorious Cambridge poet Caron Freeborn performing following the publication of 'George Perec is My Hero'. We will hear work from Lewis Harrington who last year came third In the Tower Poetry Prize and Stewart Carswell whose work has been featured in the Cadaverine.

Also performing is Primavera gallery assistant and the event's organiser Mel Pettitt (melissapettitt@hotmail.co.uk) who is a student and a freelance poet; she is the winner of the Young Poets Network's Even It Up Challenge. There will also be some readings of powerful poems from the past.

Suggested audience member donation £5. All money raised will go to the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign-www.cambridgerefugees.org/

 

Poetry Evening in Aid of Refugees

Cambridge Open Studios at Primavera

Venue: Primavera Gallery 10 & 11A King's Parade, Primavera Gallery Magdalene Street and Burwash Manor.

When: 02 July 2016 – 31 July 2016

Cambridge artists open their studios once a year for the four weekends in July for Open Studios, giving the chance for the public to meet and greet the artists to see how they work and purchase some original artwork. 

This year we are proud to be participating again, featuring two meet and greets with artists and also partnering with artist Rachel Dormor at Burwash Manor in Barton. 

At 10 & 11A King's Parade you will be able to meet ceramic artist Helen Howard on 3,10 & 17 July 2-4pm where you can discover how she hand-builds her Raku vessels. Helen is inspired by the observation of organic forms in nature and often makes drawings outside in the landscape and develops these in her studio in Cambridge. 

King's Parade Gallery is open daily Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday's: 11am - 5pm. 

We will be showcasing Rachel Dormor's (Studio #13) elegant ceramics at 10 King's Parade and Primavera will have a special display of jewellery, ceramics and glass at Burwash Manor in Barton. Rachel creates simple but wonderful tableware with retro blue, white or pale green glazes. 

At our sister gallery on Magdalene Street you will be able to meet Stuart Cain weekends 2, 3 and 4 in July and see how he creates his brush-and-ink paintings. Stuart composes interaction between the reader and narrative in his captivating brush and ink paintings. He carefully paints on to Vintage book pages and so any space between the figures exposes a background of the words from the book which gives the subject context and revitalises the character. Open 11am-5pm.

You can pick up your own Cambridge Open Studios brochure from us.  

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New artist, Charlotte Willis at Primavera

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 16 April 2016

Fantastic new artist to Primavera is Charlotte Willis who creates contemporary laser cutting pictures which literally light up! She uses her own laser cutter to make the designs and adds the colour by hand painting them. All the pictures are professionally framed.

Charlotte graduated with a first class degree in Decorative Art from Nottingham Trent University, specialising in laser cutting and bespoke designs. Just over two years after graduating, she has established her own business in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

By using a laser cutter she is able to produce very detailed designs out of linoleum. Inspiration comes from favourite places or special occasions and Charlotte feels happy and proud that she can help to capture this personal memory. If you would like a commission then please do contact us.

We have these pictured to the right and more currently in the gallery. 

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My experience of Edmund de Waal's talk on The White Road

When: 09 April 2016 – 09 April 2016

A truly inspiring talk by Edmund de Waal at the Cambridge Literary festival has to be noted down.

A little history: Edmund de Waal exhibited at Primavera many years ago after he studied at Trinity College in Cambridge.

Thus knowing this and loving his work I made sure I was in the audience.

Edmund spoke about his new book, The White Road, a journey to discover the origins of Porcelain.  The white clay which is formed of two minerals and so it is unlike any other clay.  The whiteness too is interesting and so is the way it has been made to make magnificent vessels. The best I find are the pieces which are unglazed so they are translucent and it is magical to see the light escape through them. The lightness too is mystical; I ask myself how a pot can be so light.

This then makes me think of the craftsmanship, the person behind the pot, the person who has slaved away at the wheel to make this magnificent vessel.  I have not worked with porcelain but know that it is a difficult clay to work with, for example once you have thrown the piece it then shrinks whilst drying.

People have been making porcelain for thousands of years, one of the places Edmund travelled to was Jingdezhen in China where upon a hill were hundreds of fragmented porcelain pots. During his talk his collection of a handful of these fragments were passed around. I had a great feeling of being able to touch something that has been made by someone so long ago.

I think half the beauty of a ceramic pot is to touch and feel the piece as well as looking at it. In that act of touching the pot one does not only feel the fragility of the piece but also the time, essence and craftsmanship behind the piece.

Sophie Thwaites

 

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Cambridge Style Week at Primavera

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 14 March 2016 – 20 March 2016

Celebrating Cambridge Style Week (Monday 14 - Sunday 20 March).

Meet Cambridge jeweller Karen Faulkner-Dunkley on Saturday 19th March 1.30pm - 3.30pm and discover her newest range, called 'Transformation'.  

Also see the innovative and state-of-the-art work of Emily Windsor, A-Level student from St. Mary's School, as part of the Fashion on the Fringe St. Mary's School Fashion Trail.

Additionally in Primavera's front window are a pair of shoes by Modish - 3 Green Street - who we are proud to partner with on this occasion. 

 

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New wonderful glass work by Stewart Hearn

Artist name: Stewart Hearn

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 07 March 2016

We have some wonderful new glass work by Stewart Hearn that has created a lovely colour splash in our window today. Amazing tall vases, large plates and oval bowls all hand blown by Stewart, showing at the 10 King's Parade Gallery.

Stewart has been practising the art of glassblowing for thirty years. Using his accumulation of specialist knowledge, creative passion and a philosophy that celebrates the value of traditional glassmaking skills, he creates quality glass which captures his unique limited edition art-glass table lamps, bowls and vases.

After working with Britain’s best master glassmakers, in 2002 Stewart co-founded London Glassworks and is now the sole owner. Stewart runs the only full time hot glass furnace in Cambridgeshire where he designs and produces some of these exclusive pieces that are all handmade and signed by the artist. Stewart uses different techniques to produce various pieces including coloured glass canes inserted into twisted glass to create vibrant glass tumblers.

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Dragons have invaded Primavera

Artist name: Peter Baker

Venue: 10 King's Parade and College Farm in Haddenham

When: 25 September 2015

We have two new wonderful sculptures showing at Primavera and College Farm in Haddenham. Together they are handmade by artist Peter Baker who uses Steel and Bog Oak to produce these large Dragon sculpture compositions, both £7,500. 

Peter Baker creates his imaginative metal work with his passion for art but also his background in engineering. To create his work he uses a welding torch, anvil and angle grinder and is inspired by mythology, dreams and forogtton worlds. 

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Innovations in Ceramic Art

Venue: The Guildhall, Cambridge

When: 10 October 2015 – 11 October 2015

This October Primavera will be taking part in a new ceramic art show, Innovations in Ceramic Art, at the Guildhall in Cambridge.

We will be exhibiting wonderful new work from many renowned British artists including Jennie Hale, Philip Wood, Peter Wills and Helen Howard. In addition we will be representing new artists to Primavera such as Keith Varney, Adrian Bates and Margaret Brampton. There will be a wide variety of styles from domestic ware to immaculate art pieces.

The fair will be held on Saturday 10 October, 10am - 6pm and Sunday 11 October, 10am- 4pm. Entry Price: £6, Students and concessions: £4, Accompanied Children under 16: Free.

Please contact the gallery for any more details. 

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New Sculpture Arrived at Magdalene Street

Artist name: Jonathan Sells

Venue: 13, Magdalene Street, Cambridge

When: 21 July 2015

Visit our sister gallery and see Jonathan Sell's unique and creative Purbeck stone carving. He has carved the fantastical animals by hand and they certainly look like they are enjoying their party.

Jonathan Sells is a professional award-winning sculptor and stone carver who has been creating inspiring pieces of artwork for over 30 years. He currently works fom his studio in Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Jonathan is also an enthusiastic teacher and has been teaching stone carving for over 20 years.

 

 

 

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Open Studios at Primavera

Artist name: Stewart Hearn

Venue: 13, Magdalene Street, CambridgeCB3 0AF

When: 04 July 2015 – 26 July 2015

July sees Cambridge Open Studios happening across Cambridge and the surrounding area. For the four weekends in July, local artists open up their studios, giving the public the chance to see how and where they work, and the chance to buy original artworks. You can pick up your own Cambridge Open Studios brochure from us, so you can plan your visits! 

This year again we are lucky to have Open Studios at both our main gallery, with local jewellers, and at our sister gallery at Magdalene Street with Stewart Hearn.

Meet the esteemed Cambridge based glass maker and designer who creates exquisite and serene glass vessels. Stewart is a professional craftsman dedicated to the art of glass-making. 

Stewart has been practising the art of glassblowing for thirty years. Using his accumulation of specialist knowledge, creative passion and a philosophy that celebrates the value of traditional glassmaking skills, he creates quality glass which captures his unique limited edition art-glass table lamps, bowls and vases.

After working with Britain’s best master glassmakers, in 2002 Stewart co-founded London Glassworks and is now the sole owner. Stewart runs the only full time hot glass furnace in Cambridgeshire where he designs and produces some of these exclusive pieces that are all handmade and signed by the artist. Stewart uses different techniques to produce various pieces including coloured glass canes inserted into twisted glass to create vibrant glass tumblers. 

Open for the four weekends in July: 4th,5th,11th,12th,18th,19th,25th and 26th
Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 5pm. Stewart's work will be presented by our Artist-in-Residence, Portia Rosenburg.

 

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Jeweller's Open Studios at Primavera

Venue: 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 04 July 2015 – 26 July 2015

Local Cambridge Jewellers Open Studio featuring: Karen Faulkner-Dunkley, Lindsay Duff, Heather Stowell, Tricia Taylor, Birgitte Brunn and Janet Powell.

All handmade silver and gold jewellery with semi- precious stones. There are various styles and different techniques have been used to make these magnificent pieces.

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase unique, hand-crafted and Cambridge jewellery.

For more information on both the Open Studios do please contact the gallery on 01223 357708 or via email: contactprimavera@aol.com

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Memories of Primavera

Venue: Primavera Gallery

When: 04 June 2014 – 31 July 2014

Next year, 2015, will mark the 55th year of Primavera as an independent gallery in Cambridge. To help in the build up to the celebration of our anniversary, we will be using Independents' Month - July of this year - to collect memories from our customers who have supported Primavera over the decades. 
 
Whether it is a particularly special piece of jewellery, a painting that has moved with you from house to house, or the remains of a ceramic tea set, we will be collecting these stories together, to display and share as a celebration of the work of Primavera. 
 
We would like to invite customers past and present to share their stories with us in person at the gallery, or email them along with images to us at contactprimavera@aol.com and/or share them via our Twitter feed, @Primavera1945 and Facebook page, Primavera Ltd. 
 
We’ll be looking for the oldest pieces, the furthest travelled, and the most unusual. We will be selecting a 'winner' from each of these three categories, and offering a £50 gift voucher towards a new piece of British jewellery, art or craft from Primavera. 
 
We very much hope that some of you will get involved, and help us to celebrate 55 years of our very special gallery in Cambridge.  

 

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Tour De France: Our new window!

Venue: King's Parade

When: 29 June 2014 – 31 July 2014

July is shaping up to be a very busy month for us at Primavera, with both Open Studios and Independents' Month happening alongside one another. Not only that, but the Tour de France will be coming straight past our window in just over a week, on Monday July 7th. 

To celebrate this - in true Primavera style - we have been a bit creative with our window, bringing together lots of the work we have on display, along with some specially done illustration, and a good dollop of humour, for our own unique twist on Le Tour 2014. 

First off, a big thank you to Dee Nickerson, who kindly drew us our champion rider, who can be seen sporting jerseys of various colours as he progresses along our track. 

Lining the route are animals by Julia Hulme and Fiona Brown and houses and trees by Sarah Jane Brown. The river Cam (which has been topped up today!) is represented through our gorgeous blue scent bottles by Tim Casey, Peter Layton and James Carcass, and the sites of Cambridge are shown through Vicky Ambery-Smith's intricate jewellery which features the sights of Cambridge. At night, we have yellow, green and red-and-white spotted jewellery to match the jerseys. 

In honour of our love of a good cup of tea at Primavera, we've laid out a teaset by Lisa Hammond, in case any of the riders needs a break, and there are two glasses and a bottle of something bubbly for the winner! 

It has been great fun to put this window together, and this is a lovely time to celebrate our own City of Cycling...So if you are in Cambridge, do be sure to have a good look! 

We will be open as usual on Monday 7th July, although we are anticipating large crowds along Kings Parade, so be sure to get in early! Feel free to pop in and say hi, or even cheer along with us as the riders come past in the afternoon.

 

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Modern Twist on the Impressionists

Artist name: Malcolm Lane

Venue: Primavera Gallery

When: 08 February 2014 – 28 February 2014

Malcolm Lane decided upon a career change in the mid-nineties. He left the world of IT project consultancy and concentrated on his lifelong passion for the graphic arts.  Inspired by the great masters of Impressionism and Expressionism, Malcolm began to combine freedom of colour, form and textures digitally. In his artwork he builds up image layer upon layer, like watercolour washes, includes freehand elements and gradually develops his final interpretation of the subject.

His most recent compilation is a series of horse images from the Warren Hill Gallop in Newmarket where the racehorses train. Malcolm wanted to try and capture the nature of the horse; powerful but graceful, in as fresh a way as possible. He stated, “I particularly wanted to explore the way that the horse form, or in this case the horse and rider, is such a familiar shape that it can be pushed a long way towards abstraction whilst remaining universally recognisable.”

Malcolm was influenced by Expressionist Franz Marc on his ability to convey the ‘essence’ of horses even when they are reduced to strong graphic shapes combined with bold and totally unnatural colours. Also he was moved with the use of light and compositional groupings of Edgar Degas’s horse paintings.

All of Malcolm Lane’s images on sale at Primavera are originals; only one signed copy of each being produced. As well as the horse images there are many familiar scenes of Cambridge including many colleges and the river Cam.

For more information on the Malcolm Lane: Modern twist on the Impressionists exhibition, or on the general collection, Primavera can be contacted on 01223 357708, or at contactprimavera@aol.com. One can see more of Malcolm’s work on http://www.malcolmlaneimages.com 

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New Artist in Residence at Magdalene Street

Artist name: Julian Finbow

Venue: Madgalene Street Gallery

When: 01 March 2014 – 30 September 2014

Until June of 2013, Julian Finbow had been working as a branch manager for banks in the local area. After more than 30 years in this line of work, however, he decided it was time for a change of pace and direction; it was here that ‘Finbow Framing’ began.

Specialising in historical prints, particularly those by Harradon and Le Keux, Julian offers a bespoke framing service, as well as hand tinting prints and creating his own watercolour works. This new line of work has been a steep learning curve, and has involved converting a garage into a fully functioning framing studio, complete with heavy machinery needed to create the frames.

Some months into this new venture, however, Julian began to realise that not only was space in his workshop becoming an issue, but that the work of an artist, particularly a self-employed one, could often be isolating. Looking for the opportunity not only to find more space, but also the chance to interact with art lovers, Julian found the perfect opportunity as Primavera’s latest Artist in Residence.

Working at the Magdalene Street gallery offers Julian the opportunity to do his hand-tinting in a new context, as well as talking to the gallery visitors about his own work and those of the other artists on display. ‘Working with historical prints’, says Julian, ‘Magdalene Street provides a really interesting context. I’m working on prints that were created in the pre-photography era and that are up to 300 years old, all whilst working on one of the oldest buildings, on one of the oldest streets in Cambridge. It gives a whole new atmosphere to work in.’

‘It’s also brilliant to be able to work amongst some of the great names in British art – Dame Lucy Rie and Hans Coper pieces are one display at Magdalene Street for example – and to be influenced by their work. Talking to visitors to the gallery about this work, and then about my own art, is a valuable opportunity that working as an Artist in Residence can offer’.

Julian will be continuing as Artist in Residence for the foreseeable future, on Thursday and Friday from 11am until 4pm. He would welcome all visitors, and will have pieces of his own work on display and for sale during this time. For more information, please email him at finbowframing@hotmail.com, call on 07952295861. Julian also blogs about his work at http://warwickfineart.wordpress.com/

He will also be participating in this year's Cambridge Open Studios at Magdalene Street, opening the gallery on Saturdays from 10 until 4 each weekend. 

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March Hares and Sleepy Owls

Artist name: David Cooke

Venue: Primavera 10, King's Parade, Cambridge

When: 14 March 2014 – 30 April 2014

When David Cooke arrived last November with his new collection for Primavera, his proud cockatoo looked somewhat out of place in the frosty sculpture garden. But since the arrival of some early spring sunshine, and an end to the incessant rain, David’s collection is coming into its own.

David Cooke is renowned for his energetic and lifelike animal sculptures. From a ram that can fit in the palm of your hand, to a full-scale marabou stork which looks menacingly around the room, his work has character and charm which is a joy to see. One of the best things about David’s sculpture is that his larger pieces are ideal for display outdoors, in their natural habitat.

The spontaneity David prizes in his use of clay also means that the stoneware works can survive the weathering of being kept in an outside space. At Primavera, this means that his work is able to populate the small sculpture courtyard at the back of the gallery; complete with fish pond and the first signs of spring, visitors can see hares, owls and birds of prey perched about the garden.

David is a wonderful maker, who exhibits across the country and produces outstanding works of art. Pop into Primavera to bask in the sunshine and enjoy some wildlife of a different kind! 

The exhibition is in the sculpture garden, on the ground floor. For more information on David Cooke’s work, or on the general collection, Primavera can be contacted on 01223 357708, or at contactprimavera@aol.com

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