CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange’s brochure cover has a whole new look after the venue teamed up with Cambridge School of Art at Anglia, specifically the illustration course, to produce a hand drawn and created design, depicting the venue (which has its own interesting architectural history) and also the Guildhall, its sister event space.
After receiving a brief, a small group of students were shortlisted and one selected – Cecelia Wood, and it is her work featured on the front of the current spring season brochure.
Ben Casement-Stoll, Marketing and Communications Manager said: ‘We wanted to highlight what’s unique and special about the Corn Exchange, which has a beautiful façade in an architectural style known as Florentine Gothic dating from 1875. The Guildhall, while in a very different style, also has a real sense of civic grandeur which makes it a landmark. They are both right next to the historic Market Square, which is the heart of the city centre and always so lively, and we wanted to make the most of that on the cover. Working with a group of student illustrators from the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin, we chose a concept that brought all those beautiful historic buildings together and will be very recognisable to Cambridge people.’
Artist Cecelia Wood says: I'm currently in my final year, studying Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. This project was a really exciting opportunity to work on a live brief, to create an illustration of Cambridge landmarks. After the venue got in touch with my course, a number of us pitched our proposals for the commission, and my idea of a large-scale collage was selected. The original image was created using handmade and recycled paper and prints, and the final work will be a great addition to my portfolio as I graduate.’
(illustration: preparatory stage image)