Contemporary art festival art:language:location returns for its fourth year, bringing under its broad wingspan a host of nearly 70 of the country’s most exciting emerging artists. Beginning with a launch night on October 15th at Cambridge Junction, the text-based art continues unabated for two & a half weeks, based in Anglia Ruskin University and all across Cambridge.

The premise was always to bring interesting, experimental art to the forefront; site-based installations, exhibitions and interventions using to create a dialogue between artist, work and location. The beauty of the event is in unexpected encounters, in the transformation of everyday environments.

This year, the team are able to think big. Highlights include Supertext, an exhibition of art and text situated in and around the Anglia Ruskin campus, and Showtime!, a day of participatory art and perfomance. The former sees audiences invited to track down adorable shaggy dogs and stories by Tom Hackett (above), a multilingual Winnie-the-Pooh by Laima Vanaga and an argument between Daniel Djamo and his mother.


The latter, Showtime!, happens October 17th, also based at ARU. The programme includes guided walks, artist talks and discussions; its many wonders such interactive audio drawing by Alison Carlier (pictured), a new choral work by Ian Wolter and a semi-professional manicure whilst discussing unaswerable questions on philosophy, politics, sociology and religion.

And that’s not even including the satellite supporting events happening all around Cambridge. If all this is a little overwhelming, we’ll be delving a little deeper into some of the highlights in the run-up to the festival. In the meantime, you can check out the full programme for art:language:location here.

Words from Wesley Freeman-Smith.