CamCreatives: Where creative minds come together


Canny Curation: The art of running a successful exhibition

Tuesday 16 July 7:30pm
@ The Blue Moon, Cambridge

Join us as Chris Burgess, Head of Exhibitions and Public Programmes, is quizzed by Sue Keogh about Cambridge University Library’s rich mix of public exhibitions.

From Margaret Thatcher’s head to Darwin’s notebooks and Agatha Christie’s typewriter, just how do you showcase these most intriguing and precious items? How do you use storytelling and graphic design to engage audiences? And how do you get them through the doors?

Sue will ask these questions and more, and you’ll get the chance to ask your own!

About Chris

As Head of Exhibitions and Public Programmes at Cambridge University Library, Chris develops the programme of events and looks for ways to engage the public. Appointed in 2017, Chris has curated diverse exhibitions and managed the transfer of the “Darwin in Conversation” show to the New York Public Library. He previously served at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and holds a PhD on British Election Posters.

About Sue

Some of you may know Sue, who used to run CamCreatives along with Paul and Steve in the early years. She also hosted a podcast with the UL on the Mystery of the Missing Darwin Notebooks, and her agency, Sookio, is running the campaign for the Murder by the Book exhibition.

About Cambridge University Library (The UL)

It’s one of the world’s oldest university libraries, home to a physical collection of nearly ten million books, maps, manuscripts, photographs and priceless objects, spanning thousands of years of human thought and discovery – in more than 2,000 languages, across 17 floors and more than 130 miles of shelving.

What you may not realise is that the Library runs regular exhibitions – and you don’t have to be a member of the University to enjoy them!

Recent exhibitions have included:

  • Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective
  • Darwin in Conversation
  • Samurai: History and Legend
  • Spitting Image: A Controversial History

And currently running is Murder by the Book: A Celebration of 20th Century British Crime Fiction, featuring the very manuscript of the novel in which Agatha Christie kills off Poirot, among other gems.

About CamCreatives

We are a 4000+ inclusive East Anglian community of like-minded people. We look to share knowledge and focus on creating a great space to discuss and explore different ideas.

The growth of our community shows the desire for something like this to exist. Educating, mentoring, supporting and helping to find new opportunities and discuss the latest challenges. We are here to embrace a more citizen-minded, creative world.

CamCreatives encompasses a diverse group of interests including design, arts, media, literature, publishing, photography, multimedia, performing arts, education and culture.

Our evenings are about relaxed, friendly socialising and networking. Come along to hear people’s stories and learn about the extensive variety of forms creativity can take.

We’re a wide and diverse group of friendly people, and new people turn up every month so don’t worry about being the only newbie!

Feel free to suggest new speakers – including yourself!

Get in touch with our friendly team.

Our aims are:

  • To provide the Creative and Tech sectors of Cambridgeshire with a credible regional, national and international profile
  • To encourage collaboration in and across sectors – good things happen at the edges!
  • To attract new business and new talents to the Creative and Tech sectors
  • To highlight the dynamism of our members
  • To create solid and sustainable growth in the economy
  • To develop new wealth creation, training and job opportunities

Events are on the third Tuesday of each month at the Blue Moon, Norfolk Street, Cambridge.

If you decide not to attend do please update your RSVP on our MeetUp page to release your place for someone else.

Past events

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Stuart Scott
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