So what’s happening with Strawberry Shorts?
How can I jitterbug to 1930s jazz?
Which galleries are calling for submissions?

Find the answers in this month’s newsletter.



Join us in the bar area at the Arts Picturehouse on Regents Street, Cambridge on Thursday 27th May. Anytime from 7.00pm. Our theme for the evening is:

How to produce a promotional video

Is it a bird….is it a plane….no, it’s a promotional video! Jake Gordon and Dan Smith from [1]allyearbooks.co.uk will present their Mr Yearbookman video – a world away from the traditional dry, boring presentations that leave viewers snoozing.

They’ll talk us through the whole process, from coming up with the initial concepts to story-boarding, hiring equipment, shooting, editing and adding music and effects. And of course how to market the video once its finished.


Please let us know via meetup if you’ll be joining us.




And a big, beautifully designed and technically proficient thank you to Nick Welsh from Mono Industries (www.monoindustries.com) who hosted last months debate between designers and developers. Great turnout, and team captains Steve O’Connor (www.stevethedesigner.com) and Simon Jones (www.studio24.net) did a grand job of getting everyone’s views across.


with CamCreative

We are also indebted to Red Gate Software for sponsoring last months event. If you or your company would like to back a future CamCreative meet-up, you have a great idea for a presentation or just want to help out, you can get in touch in a number of ways, shown at the bottom of this newsletter.


Strawberry Shorts finds a new home

As you may already know, this years Strawberry Fair has been cancelled. Happily the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival will still go ahead but as part of The Big Weekend. Strawberry Fair would like to thank Cambridge City Council for stepping into the breach!


More info: See this years Strawberry Shorts at The Big Weekend on 9th and 10th July.



Do you suffer from ‘computer butt syndrome’?

Hundreds of thousands of people working in offices are being diagnosed with a new epidemic called ‘Computer Butt Syndrome’ (CBS). Symptoms include a tendency to work late, an ever increasing to-do list and crumbs around the keyboard. There is now a short online test to find out if you have CBS. Take it now at http://www.foodshare.co.uk/computerbutt.html


Temporary creative space opens in the Grafton Centre

This empty shop unit has been turned into a creative space as part of the Changing Spaces initiative and features a changing array of exhibitions and installations from local artists and students from the Cambridge School of Art.

They welcome submissions from local artists and practitioners interested in exhibiting artwork, running workshops for the public or hosting evening events in the unit.

More info: Visit the website or email Lisa Wilkens. The gallery and shop will be open from 11am to 6pm until 2nd July.



Theatre company launches project to help young mums

Classworks Theatre is running a project helping young mothers aged 18-25 in Cambridge return to work or further education. They’re offering work experience and skills training in their costume store for up to 6 months where applicants will learn about theatrical costume design and making clothes, repair, care and maintenance of fabrics and repairing as well as business and marketing. Each applicant will build up a portfolio of work which will be presented at an exhibition.

More info: To find out more please call Project Manager Sue Pearson on 01223 321900 

Send Classworks an email or visit their website.



Be part of the Cambridge Heart of the World Festival

The Michaelhouse Centre is hosting an art and photography exhibition that will include work representing countries from around the world. Work can be for sale, with 30% going to a fundraising appeal for Haiti.

More info: If you would like to be part of the exhibition please send your name, title of work, size and medium and no more than 25 words related to you and your work to [13]Deanna Tyson by the end of May. Exhibition runs from Sunday 11th to Sunday 25th July.



Book 2.0 – call for submissions

The focus of this new journal will be the future of communications, especially the latest developments in the creation, distribution and uses of the book and its technological equivalents. Editors welcome submissions on any aspect of the changing role of the book, from the perspective of both users and producers.

More info: If you have a proposal for articles or reviews please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Principal Editor Anthony Harrild as soon as possible, and full submissions will be required by 1st September 2010.



Just for fun

For anyone who feels like a failure in the kitchen, you’re not alone. Take a look at the Burnt Food Museum you might even have something worth exhibiting!


Diary Dates

21 MAY 2010

Get down to Duke Ellington with Harmony In Harlem

Get your dancing shoes on and soak up the sounds of 1930s jazz at this fun evening to raise funds for the Prospects Trust. Harmony in Harlem is a Cambridge-based 17-piece jazz band who will get you lindy hopping and jitterbugging in no time!

More info: Friday 21st May at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge. Tickets are 15 each with all proceeds from the evening going to the Prospects Trust. Tickets also available by phone on 01223 421103.



10 JUNE 2010

Technology Ventures Conference 2010: Human Performance Running on Technology

This  one-day  event will serve as a platform to display how high-tech products continue to push back the boundaries of human ability.

More  info: 10th June, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Visit the website or register.



12-19 JUNE 2010

Get the Women’s Word

A week-long celebration of women’s writing, with workshops, debates and appearances from the likes of Joan Bakewell, Anne Stevenson, Stella Duffy and Natalie Hynes.

More info: Women’s Word 2010 runs from 12th to 19th June at Lucy Cavendish College. For programme events and online booking visit the website.



17 JUNE 2010

Social Media Marketing Conference 2010

Put together by CamCreative members Murray Newlands and Luke Brynley Jones, this is Europe’s leading social media event. Discuss the latest campaigns, techniques and theories for achieving viral marketing success and (if you’re really lucky) hear CamCreative’s Sue  Keogh, talking  about  Writing For Humans.

More info: Thursday 17th June, Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1G 9DT. Register with code camc to get a 10% discount. Visit the website for full details.


Jobs & Opportunities

Latest vacancies from Brand Digital

Take a look at the Brand Digital & Creative Recruitment website for their latest vacancies.



Lost Art call for proposals

Be part of an online exhibition presented by 4ip in partnership with the Tate.

They’re after proposals from a cracking creative company with a great track record to create a unique online experience. The proposals should reflect the creative standards and reputation for innovation of Tate and Channel 4.

More info: Closing date for submissions is 8th June. Take a look at the 4ip website or contact organizer Berbank Green for more details.



Arts & Business East: Regional Manager

This key role is focused on maximising investment in the arts in the East and in particular leading on the management and delivery of a range of services to the arts sector.

More info: To find out more or apply visit the Arts and Business website or send AandB an email.



Kettles Yard – Assistant Education Officer

Co-ordinate visits and education activities, deliver educational sessions and support the Education Officer by keeping stocks and spaces in good order.

More info: Deadline 2nd June. See full job description online.


About CamCreative

CamCreative is the hub for the creative industries in the Cambridge area. Our meet-ups aim to be fun, informative and full of opportunities for people to build relationships with their fellow creatives. If you’ve not been before, come along. You never know who you might meet!

Here’s those contact details:

Website: http://camcreative.net
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1188157
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/camcreative

Paul Smith: paul@smithandsaunders.com
Sue Keogh: sue@sookio.com

See you on the 27th!

Sue x



Hello everyone!

Howdy folks, hope the thick layer of volcanic ash and the impending apocalypse isn’t disturbing your creative flow too much. In this month’s newsletter we’ve got ways of getting involved in Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and CoDE, an exclusive invite to TEDxCAM and info on this month’s meet-up, which promises to be a goodie! 

When’s the next do?

Join us at the bar at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge on Thursday 25th March from 7.00pm. 

Our theme for the evening is: 

Designers v Developers

Are designers just arty space cadets with who spend too much time in Starbucks? Are developers hairy geeks who lock themselves in dark rooms for fear of human interaction? 

Why do designers ignore technology issues and business requirements when putting together a website? Why do developers focus on bells and whistles and ignore the nuts and bolts? 

Don’t worry if you’re not a designer or developer – just come along and join the wider debate about how us creatives can make team relationships work more effectively. 

 Our referee for the evening will be local designer Nick Welsh from Mono Industries. He’ll be there to stimulate debate – and stop any fisticuffs should they occur… 

Newsy stuff

Make a film for the greatest show on earth!

Want to see your film screened at Glastonbury? Our region is taking part in the Village Screen at Glastonbury in 2010 and is looking for contributors. They’re looking for a mix of inspiring, funny, original and challenging films from young film makers, aged 12 to 24, to be involved. 

More info: Take a look at the Rising To The Challenge document. Deadline for entries is Tuesday 4 May. Email Liz Hughes at the Arts Council or call her on 07595 091333 for more info. 

Discover the CoDE

CoDE – the Cultures of the Digital Economy-institute – is the new research and creative industry initiative at Anglia Ruskin University. “We are hoping to get both academics and creative practitioners and businesses involved,” says CoDE director Jussi Parikka.
More info: Visit the CoDE website or their Facebook page 

Support the Kitchen Table Charities Trust

CamCreative member Ellie Stoneley is off to Madagascar on behalf of BBC presenter John Humphrys’ Kitchen Table Charities Trust to look at projects which have applied for funding. She’ll be blogging, tweeting, Facebook-ing and do as much as she can to raise the charity’s profile charity and remind people that behind the glossy movie is one of the poorest countries in the world. 

More info: Read Ellie’s blog, follow her on Twitter or visit her JustGiving page. Plus The KTCT are also on Twitter so follow them too! 

Chat to Phyllis
Phyllis Dunseth needs someone to chat about her paintings for a small publication. You don’t have to be a connoisseur and it’ll take less than an hour. 

More info: Email Phyllis to find out more 

Dates for the diary

As a member of CamCreative you are invited to discuss the vital role of the arts in Cambridge with your parliamentary candidates. 
Green Party Candidate Tony Juniper + Conservative Party Candidate Nick Hillman + Liberal Democrat Party Candidate Julian Huppert 

+ Labour Party Candidate Daniel Zeichner 

 bThere will be no speeches and there is no formal agenda for this meeting, we will be giving YOU the opportunity to lead discussions with all candidates based on your concerns, questions and hopes for the future of the arts in the city.   

More info: The above candidates will be meeting local arts professionals at The Junction, Clifton Way this Monday 19th April at 13:00 until 14:00  Visit the Please RSVP to amelia@gomito.co.uk to confirm attendance. 

Invitation to TEDxCAM

As a member of CamCreative you are invited to attend TEDxCAM – Cambridge’s first ever TEDx event. It’s an invitation-only event where fascinating ideas and disruptive innovation will be presented and discussed by some of the most remarkable thinkers and doers in the world. It is independent from, but supported by, the University of Cambridge and organised under licence from TED. 

More info: Saturday 17th April at the Cambridge Union, cost £12.99 plus £36 if you wish to have dinner. View the agenda or register now, entering the code Guest100408. 

Cambridge Digital Marketing Conference
Make sense of the world of digital marketing: what matters and what’s just a distraction. No hype, no sales pitches, just professional marketers, commentators and service providers sharing their views on current best practice and emerging trends. 

More info: 8th July at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford CB22 4QR. Visit the Digital Marketing Conference website 

CaMedia Q&A: Crash Course on Everyth!ng

A great opportunity to ask questions and debate answers with a selected panel and other members on hot topics concerning the media and creative industries. Questions can be posted in advance on the forum section of the CaMedia site. Good chance to network too. 

More info: Monday April 26th, from 6.30pm at the Cass Centre (Cambridge University Press), Shaftesbury Road. Parking and bar available. Entrance fee: £2 members, £6 non-members. 

Thinking in Materials

Josie Camus from The Fitzwilliam Museum will be at Cambridge charity Rowan to lead discussions and challenge the argument that not all ideas can exist in all media. Having the experience of working with the materials of your art will change the ideas you’re likely to have and the work you produce.  

More info: 6-8pm, 21st April, Rowan, 40 Humberstone Road, Cambridge CB4 1JG. To book a place contact Judith Jones on 01223 566027 or 07888 399156 or send her an email 

Pitch and mix

Connect with the entrepreneurial community in Cambridge. 

More info: Every Thursday morning from 8.45am at Clowns Cafe on King Street. Find out more at the CamTech site 

Jobs and opportunities

Latest vacancies from Brand Digital

Big thanks to Louise Allwood and Ursula Colman from Brand Digital & Creative Recruitment for all their tips last month on making a knockout CV. Here’s some of their latest vacancies: 

Web Developer (contract), Cambridge, LA681500075 £150 per day    

Our client urgently needs an experienced Web Developer for an ongoing contract starting immediately. It is essential you have your own transport. 

Technical skills: PHP/MySQL developer, PHP frameworks, Object-Oriented PHP development, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX 

Web Designer/Developer (Perm), Cambridge, LA68150073 £28,000 – £35,000 – depending on skills & experience  

Responsible for the visual design and backend implementation of our client’s websites and online assets, ensuring a variety of brands are maintained to a high quality throughout.
Technical skills: Photoshop/Fireworks, PHP, HTML, MySQL, CSS and JavaScript 

Lead Graphic Designer (Perm), Cambridge, LA68150055, To £31,000 + excellent benefits    

You will be a dedicated designer who is ideas led with ambition and drive. This role will see you create compelling and inventive solutions for client communication campaigns. You must be able to demonstrate skills with a strong portfolio and equally happy working on print or digital creative. 

LodeStar Festival 2010

LodeStar is a new, fresh and exciting festival near Cambridge which plans to bring local and national talent together through all forms of the performing arts and music.
More info: Whether it’s performing, trading, catering or working at the festival for more details visit the LodeStar website or send LodeStar an email

Musicians and dancers wanted for Heart of the World 2010 

Take part in this wonderful world music and culture festival and perform all over Cambridge! If you are a musician, singer or dancer performing world or international performance styles then please get in touch. 

More info: 11th to 24th July. Email Elaine Midgley or give her a call on  01223 457592   

The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival 2010: Arts Coordinator

Creative visual artist required! The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival is looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to develop its on-site visual ambience, creative artwork and less visited areas of the site.  They’re looking for someone who: 

– is a keen Festival supporter
– has exciting creative ideas
– is keen to get mucky to create some artwork with volunteers, young people and others
– is a good coordinator and project manager able to manage a team of volunteers 

More info: Send Eddie Barcan an email for full details of the position and how to apply. Deadline for applications:  21st April 2010. 

Just for fun

If you’re bored by all the electioneering you might want to try the Leaders’ Debates Drinking Game*. Listen out for any awkward pop references, Cameron saying he’s bringing sexy back or Brown doing ‘that thing with his chin.’ 

*Please drink responsibly. Actually, do what you like. 

APRIL  annoucmentSpice releases Social Media Intelligent Language Engine (SMILE).
In conjunction with the Cambridge Centre for Applied Technology, Spice, the digital marketing consultancy, has developed the world’s first intelligent, automatic social media platform, The Social Media Intelligent Language Engine (SMILE).  Incorporating the latest in Artificial Intelligence research, heuristic social interaction theory, and machine/human intersemiosic doctrine, SMILE takes over your social engagement, freeing you up to continue your day-to-day business activities.

Using its revolutionary intelligence engine, SMILE observes your social interaction and, over time, learns to “behave” like you in the social networks; it learns to interact like you, engage like you, create like you.  Simply start using the platform to converse with people on Facebook, or Twitter, or any social network.  As you are doing this, the engine is learning your style, your personality, the way your mind works.  When it has assimilated enough information it can slowly take over your engagement, becoming “you” to the outside world.  

Not only will SMILE learn to be you, it will also learn your business and your industry, enabling it to create relevant, engaging blogposts with keyword-rich text for high quality SEO. 

This isn’t simplistic spam auto-retweeting or newsfeed aggregation.  The Social Media Intelligent Language Engine platform employs breakthrough, patented (pending) technology designed to authentically replicate you and your interactions. 

To download the FREE technical whitepaper go to: www.spice.co.uk/smile 
or email: AprilF@spice.co.uk 



Paul Smith paul@spice.co.uk 07768 255967

 Eric Swain eric@spice.co.uk 07773 798259





How to produce a great CV! 

Louise Allwood and Ursula Colman from Brand Digital & Creative Recruitment will be talking about structuring a great CV. So many creative’s produce very poor documents to prospective clients – shame on us! 

•Introducing Brand recruitment & Brand Digital & Creative – history, who we are, our
clients / job sectors we cover
•How to structure your CV
•10 tips to make sure your job search is on the right track 




Ever wanted to publish on the iPhone but didn’t know how?  

Hear Louise Grant of Fuzz Illustration talk about her experience creating an iPhone eBook for kids. Louise will discuss why and how she created the book, what worked, and what she learnt along the way. Thursday 25th February. Cambridge Arts Picture House. More details: www.meetup.com/camcreative 

Thanks to all who came Thursday 25th – great presentation by Louise!
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/paulsmithuk/camcreative-iphone-ebook
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOrdY1x8OjA 


 Hello everyone and Happy New Year 2010!! 

Hope you all had a good brrrrrr-eak. What with no meet-up in December there’s been no CamCreative since the end of November. It’s been too long! 

So do join us at the next meeting: Thursday 28th January, from 7pm at the Arts Picturehouse.
Paul Smith     is back in the chair, hosting the CamCreative Arts Review Quiz. So get your thinking trousers on and join us for a look back over the creative highlights of the last year. 

Winner gets free lifetime membership to CamCreative, plus the chance to meet some of the finest creative folk in the Cambridgeshire area. What’s that you say, it’s all free anyway? Well in that case we’re all winners. 


Thursday November 26th.
Calling all creative types across Cambridgeshire. Join CamCreative on Thursday NOVEMBER 26th at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. 7.00pm onwards! 

Thursday November 26th. Social Media and monitoring – what does it mean to you and your business? 

We’ve all heard about Twitter, Facebook and the many other social spaces on the Internet. People are talking and discussing about products, services and brands through these social sites but how are you engaging with this new dynamic? 

Both small and large size companies are finding ways to use these social platforms to listen to conversations, engage and respond. 

Eric Swain from Limenoodle, a social Media consultant, will be giving CamCreative an overview of what’s happening out in cyberspace and hints and tips to help you understand and tackle this area. 

Well done to Scott and Dill for jointly winning the CamCreative photography competition in November! 


Sarah Lightman came  along on the 27th discuss Women in Comics as part of the Cambridge festival of ideas. 


Sarah’s web: www.sarahlightman.com 

 camcreative july2009Thanks for all who came in July! Thank you Bill Thompson! 


Thursday 25th June: Robert Good spoke about “Ideas into Artwork” – a look at the design process from the first scribble to the final flourish. Robert is an artist who explores life’s little complexities in paintings that range from tiny snatched snippets to wall-sized epics. http://www.robertgood.co.uk

We also found out more about this year’s Cambridge Open Studios, as Robert was one of the 200 artists taking part. 

Quiz Night Question - The answer? 

Fun Quiz night, everyone enjoyed the night although we had a few faces missing !  Need to be aware of half term holidays! Next meeting, Thursday June 25th. www.meetup.com/camcreative to sign up. 

 Thanks to all that came last nigt to hear Mark Desvaux speak. Great night considering I was so TIRED!! Next meeting Thursday May 28th at the Arts Picture House from 7.00pm onwards.
We’ve decided to have a fun arts quiz session for 20 minutes! A bottle of wine for the winner. It’ll be a broad selection of questions so beware!
Mike Dicks at CamCreative
Mike Dicks at CamCreative

 Thanks to Mike Dicks speaking on Wednesday 26th Feb. Brilliant job! Great night had by all!  For more details on the next event, 26th March 7.00pm onwards, go to: www.meetup.com/camcreative    26/02/09  


Just a note to day we now have a Facebook and linkedin site. 05/02/09
Thanks to the 40 plus folks who came to the January kick off! Fun was had by everyone!!! Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone here, lots of folks come alone!!! I was pooped by the end of it, but it was great fun! 

jan09 CamCreative  

We are showcasing some of the finest creative people and companies in Cambridgeshire.  So take this chance to get involved! This is YOUR creative community for Cambridgeshire! 


Creative Networking with MEETUP!
Besides this being a location to share ideas and thoughts – CamCreative helps you to network within the region, getting people together on a monthly basis to talk creative with a focus that brings together creative people and organisations from across the Cambridgeshire county. CamCreative Meetup information can be found here at: http://www.meetup.com/camcreative  We had over 50 people tuen up in December!


Keep in Touch
Join our e-mail list group (email chat). For more details please go to: http://groups.google.com/group/camcreative/subscribeWe will be sending out a monthly Newsletter to keep you posted on what’s going on, Salary surveys, jobs and other opportunities so sign up now to avoid disappointment!




Next CamCreative is Thursday April 30th. Speaker Mark Desvaux                                                                !  

Mark Desvaux is a Recording Artist (Urban Myth Club), Social Entrepreneur and BBC Radio Broadcaster. He owns several business in the media and property industries and is focused on help create a world that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. 


For more info on Mark, visit his web site at http://www.4000saturdays.com 

Introducing THANKUBANK.org & Part of the Solution (the movie) 

Two exciting “social profit” projects have recently been launched in Cambridge. Mark Desvaux will tell us more about thankubank.org and Part of the Solution- the movie. 

THANKUBANK.org – In the midst of economic collapse and financial fury, a new kind of bank for a new generation has quietly launched after two years of planning and development. Unlike any other bank, this one issues a free currency called the THANKU. You can’t buy anything with it, only give it away. The THANKU is the international currency of gratitude, and hope to revolutionise people’s lives around the world. So what is the THANKU, how does it work and how might it cheers us all up? How could it contribute to help the environmental problems in the world as well as helping make the world a better, more balanced place? Find out more at the Cam Creative talk. 


PART OF THE SOLUTION (the Movie) – Have you ever watch a documentary about the impending end of the earth and come away completely depressed and overwhelmed? Age of Stupid, Inconvenient Truth, anyone? A group of filmmakers in Cambridge and London are currently producing a new documentary feature film call Part of the Solution, focusing on where hope lies for the future. With some amazing interviews already completed, find out how you can get involved. Watch the trailer and visit the web site at: http://www.4000saturdays.com/movie 


Next CamCreative is Thursday May 28th. Speaker TBC!  

Thanks to Mark for a great presentation and to all of you who turned up! I actually got to relax a bit for the first time since I began CamCreative! 


CamCreative March 2009 


  1. Hi,
    Please let me know how I can get our website development, design and hosting services listed on this site.
    Many thanks,
    Sean Greentree

    netXtra Limited

  2. Hi,
    Please can you let me know how to get my details posted in the graphic design section offering my creative web, digital, print design services.

    Kind Regards

    Matt Thrower

  3. Looks like I really did miss an important first night — that looks a bit like Jesus in the photo!


  4. Folks,

    Wish to ask for designers interested in international development to revamp of humanitarian centre web site?

    the centre is a Cambridge based hub organisation that ‘thinks local and acts global’ with over 40 member organisations involved with international development & relief

    Ian steed manager has an expressions of interest document to identify needs ian.steed@humanitariancentre.org .

  5. Hi,

    My company is looking for a graphical web designer to help shape the “image and feel” of 2 new websites that we are launching.

    Further, we also need help with designing a logo.

    Can anyone help?


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