Detective Days Out: Cambridge

From May till September 2022 Detective Days Out are coming to Cambridge.

We aim to attract local history and detective lovers, as well as those who are after family-friendly events in the open air, from Cambridge and beyond.

Local volunteers are at the heart of making this project. 

The programme of a Detective Day Out includes an interactive adventure Murder Mystery Game on the streets of the city during the day and theatre performance at a landmark venue in the evening.


 

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Led by a Game Master, guided by a GPS-based DayOut app and secret signs, groups of participants will move from one location to another trying to resolve three murder mysteries. Will you be fooled by the smart criminal or will you be able to crack the mystery through the victims' life stories while exploring the city?

The game participants will be flexible with their time: to stop for lunch at a pub, picnic on the grass, visit a museum or make any impromptu detour from the trail is ok as long as you are back on track and the mystery is resolved in the end ...

The walking trail is linked to historical places of Cambridge, including some hidden gems, allowing discovery (or rediscovery) of its past, no matter dark or glorious.

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The evening site-specific performance will allow the audience to witness a crime plot unfolding in a spooky old house. Seated outside, you can follow the story both by seeing visible events through the windows and by hearing invisible goings on inside.

As always with Christie, what one assumes is deceptive and the truth is hard to uncover.

However, the three cases investigated earlier in the Murder Mystery Game may shed light on who's who.

In collaboration with 274 Theatre Company.

28 Spokes

Inspired by London Cyclist's compilation of bicycle stands from all over the world, we decided to get involved by bringing some unconventional bespoke designs into the capital. 

 

In collaboration with commissioned artists, openspace will create, produce and install a series of unique outdoor bicycle stands.

 

By introducing elements of innovative design into the area we intend to improve its visual  environment, as well as promote cycling and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Where:  The Borough of Newham, east London.

 

What:    28 bespoke bike racks in 7 locations.

 

When:   tbc

 

 

 

                      There are at least 28 spokes in a bike wheel

My School Playground

This programme gives pupils the opportunity to have a real impact on their environment by integrating the arts into their school culture through a 1-month artist residency. The residency consists of series of participatory workshops based on the artist's initial proposal.

 

During the first two weeks, a professional artist works alongside the school community to creatively explore the school environment through a series of workshops as it relates to the initial design idea. Workshops will then develop the design, introducing various techniques and media, art history examples and their personal vision. These series are tailored to suit the specific needs of the school, by picking the subject matter, materials and hours most relevant to them. 

 

Over the next two weeks the children will create the piece – usually a sculpture or mural – under the direction of the artist.

 

For each school we specially commission established professionals with their own unique style and experience of engaging with children in an educational setting. Our approach is to let the artist give a general direction to the workshops, at the same time encouraging creative input from pupils both at the stage of developing the design and – most importantly – in the practical work of creating the art piece itself. 

 

The project helps pupils develop visual perception and literacy, creative thinking, teamwork, initiative, concentration and responsibility by taking them through the entire creative process. By producing a tangible art piece My School Playground encourages a sense of ownership and belonging within the learning environment and ensures a living legacy, which will inspire future generations of students.

My School Playground, openspace

In November - December 2014  openspace commissioned the artists, as well as devised and managed the programme in William Bellamy Primary School, Marks Gate Junior School and Marsh Green Primary School in the borough of Barking and Dagenham (east London).

 

You can read a report by The Barking and Dagenham Post here: Meet the Children Turning Their Playgrounds into Art.