About the Project

The Cabinet of Curiosities is about the curious things that we find, treasure and keep. These objects may be displayed proudly, or kept at the back of a drawer somewhere. They may be rare, or quite commonplace. They usually have a story behind them.

This collection shows the breadth of curios that people in the North West area of Cambridge have: Roman pottery, a piece of meteorite, WW1 badges, archive photograph negatives, homegrown vegetables, found and homemade objects, fossils, things dug up in back gardens to name but a few.

In autumn 2014 Jane toured locations in North West Cambridge, Girton, Histon and Impington with her bright blue mobile studio. There, visitors talked about their objects and were able to watch as their curiosities were recorded as a cyanotype, one of the oldest forms of photography. Objects were placed on light sensitive paper, exposed to sunlight, or a UV lamp and then the paper washed in water; a simple, but magical process that transformed objects into two-dimensional blue and white images.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is commissioned by Barratt Homes, managed by Artscape and supported by University Campus Suffolk. It is part of the Darwin Green Art Programme.

About the Artist

Jane Watt is an artist based in East Anglia who has made work in the public realm for twenty years. She is inspired by everyday materials, situations and spaces. She tries to create extraordinary and delightful interventions that uplift and challenge the viewer's usual perception of that object or environment.

Past projects include changing the skyline of Shoreditch, East London with a flock of one hundred artificial birds on a city roof, trying to make a straight rainbow on the Pentland Hills in Scotland, creating a taste of summer in mid-winter on the streets of Helsinki and getting hundreds of people to dance under magenta spotlights in forgotten corners of north London.

See more of her work at: www.janewattprojects.com