An extensive programme of public art is being curated by Clare Phillips as part of the Cambridge Investment Partnerships (CIP) programme of new housing. The public art projects are being delivered under the umbrella title ‘Resonance-Cambridge’ and will see the delivery of events engaging with the existing community, together with artwork to be installed across the new housing programmes. Working across seven sites in central Cambridge, the programme will see over £750,000 invested in public art commissions. Artists will be delivering a range of talks, walks, workshops and much more in collaboration with local residents. The conversations arising from the activities and stories collected will inform the design and character of the artworks commissioned for the new public spaces being created.


The following artists have been commissioned as part of Resonance-Cambridge:

Jo Chapman
Hilary Cox Condron
Alec Finlay
Lilah Fowler
Rodney Harris & Valda Jackson
Tom Pearman
Michael Pinsky
Janetka Platun
Sarah Sabin
Emma Smith
Hermione Spriggs

For further information on the artists commissioned as part of the Resonance-Cambridge programme please visit: www.resonance-cambridge.co.uk/artists

Artworks Anstey Way















The artworks Sarah has produced for Anstey Way have been informed by the history of farming, the former Plant Breeding Institute that had been located near the site, and the ongoing horticulture in the community including the allotments and community garden.

The background image for the tiles has been created from digitally manipulated and layered cyanotypes (a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print). These have been produced by local residents and pupils and created from plant life found locally. The background design has then been overlayed with further imagery to make eight, distinct tiled entrances.

Sarah wanted each entrance to have an individual identity. To create the themes, subjects and objects related to Trumpington have been overlaid onto the base design.

Artworks Ironworks

Mill Road, Cambridgeshire, 19/10/2021
Handover of Council homes at the Ironworks Development on Mill Road in Cambridge which was built by Hill Group.
Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021

Initially inspired by the objects on display at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, from electrical engineering to the switch that turns on our kettle. This ubiquitous, yet often overlooked, everyday item conveys much about the people who used the items and the period in which it was created.





Pearman has designed a series of inter-related artworks, introducing a range of different styles of switches and levers that would have been used in and around the site throughout its history. ‘Steam Power’ is a piece referencing the site’s use in the 1850s. Under the partnership of Headly and Manning, The Eagle Foundry manufactured a wide variety of steam-powered machinery and engines including engine boilers, gasometers and pumps for use on the land or for fen drainage. ‘Train Signal Switch’ also references the Eagle Foundry, which occupied the central part of what was to become the council store yard. An OS Map from 1886 showing the land to the left between the foundry and rear gardens of Kingston Street Houses, and to the right between the foundry and the railway has been used to inform the artwork.

The ‘PYE Radio Switches’ reference the radios and TVs, manufactured at the former Cambridge based PYE factory, having been in the homes surrounding the development and many of the PYE workers, local residents of Petersfield and the surrounding areas






Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) was established in January 2017 and is an equal partnership between Cambridge City Council and Hill Investment Partnerships. It is currently supporting the council in the delivery of 500 new affordable homes across the City by developing council-owned land and other sites.

For further information about the public art programme as part of the CIP developments please visit: www.resonance-cambridge.co.uk