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Charity hopes Abbey ward artwork ‘brings a smile’ to everyone’s face

Arts and wellbeing charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI) and Abbey People have shared a new piece of public art at The Hub in the Abbey ward of Cambridge.

The work, unveiled on Monday, March 20, the UN International Day of Happiness, is a celebration of the local chalk stream, Coldham’s Brook, and the creativity of everyone involved.

From left, Ruth Sapsed and Nicky Shepard. Picture: Keith Heppell
From left, Ruth Sapsed and Nicky Shepard. Picture: Keith Heppell

It was made by artist Hilary Cox Condron and is gathered from the 16 workshops and events that were run by CCI with artists Filipa Pereira Stubbs, Sally Todd and Hilary Cox Condron. Nearly 200 people took part.

Ruth Sapsed, director of CCI, said: “We work with communities to reimagine the world just outside their doors. They are able see these spaces afresh through these creative experiences, as places of wonder and joy that need loving and caring for.

“It was such a privilege to be able to connect so many different people in Abbey ward during 2022 to the precious chalk stream that runs through their community. To now see their work celebrated on the front of this community space is the perfect conclusion to the project.

[Read more: Cambridge MP opens The Hub for Abbey community, Abbey ward cost of living pop-up offers food, advice, information – and a free blackout-proof LED light bulb]

“We hope it will bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

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