A new contemporary art space in Cambridge City centre: open by appointment

Robert Good ‘They Live. We Sleep’ curated by Lizz Brady

18th May–2nd June 2024 Robert Good 'They Live. We Sleep'

Robert Good ‘They Live. We Sleep’
curated by Lizz Brady
May 18th–June 2nd 2024

Sat 18th May: Opening event, 7–9pm

Wed 29th May: 6–8pm Screening of ‘They Live’ (1988)
Note: offsite at Ruskin Gallery, ARU, East Rd, CB1 1PT
Followed by discussion and refreshments at The Salisbury Arms, Tenison Rd 8–9pm
Free but booking is required. Details and booking here.

Sun 2nd June: 3pm Closing event. Informal guided tour with artist Robert Good, discussion of the show’s themes. Refreshments available.


They Live. We Sleep is an exhibition of new work by Cambridge artist Robert Good, curated by Lizz Brady, that explores the impact of technology on our lives.

The catalyst for this exhibition was a research visit by Good to Silicon Valley in 2022, funded by Arts Council England, to search for the home of the internet. A serendipitous encounter with an arts collective called The School of Visual Philosophy, where the emphasis was on craft and tradition through skills such as letterpress and metalworking, led Good to a reappraisal of our relationship to technology and a desire to deconstruct and contextualise it. The title and artwork reference the cult 1988 sci-fi classic They Live.

They Live. We Sleep is the third event in an ongoing collaboration between Brady and Good, which began with a residency and open studio at The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough in 2022 and was followed by a Sunday Salon exhibition at Saturation Point in London earlier this year. They are working towards a major show on art and technology in Nottingham that is currently scheduled for 2025.

They Live. We Sleep provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on the challenges of the digital age.

Robert Good is an artist based in Cambridge whose work explores the migration of knowledge from analogue to digital and the impact of technology on our lives.

Lizz Brady is a curator and artist based in the North West, using lived experience of mental illness to curate progressive visual art exhibitions. Lizz pushes the boundaries of artistic ‘communication and expression, creating experimental, ambitious spaces within galleries.

Sam Jury & David Kefford ‘Test Sites’

16th March–7th April 2024 Sam Jury & David Kefford 'Test Sites'

Test Sites brings together two Cambridge-based artists—Sam Jury and David Kefford —for the first time and launches Quip & Curiosity’s new exhibition programme for 2024. The gallery will become a ‘test site’ during a short residency exploring ideas of displacement and dis-ease in both the landscape and the self. Through restaging multiple works on paper, small-scale sculptures and moving image, the artists will attempt to ask what it means to be ‘out of time’ and how this speaks to psychological and emotional states.

More details

Extended until Sun 7th April

Opening times and events

Fri 15th March: Open by appointment

Sat 16th March: 1–5pm, drop in

Fri 22nd March:

Opening event: 6–8pm More details

Live sound event: 8–10pm More details

Sat 23rd March: 1–5pm, drop in

Friday 29th March: 1-6pm, drop in

Thursday 4th April: 3–6.30pm, drop in

Sunday 7th April: 12–4pm, drop in

Other times by appointment until Sun 7th April

davidkefford.com   |  instagram.com/davidkefford

samjury.com  | instagram.com/samjuryartist

Opening event

Fri 22nd March, 6–10pm. All welcome. Full details

Including live sound & music 8–10pm

8–9pm Experimental and electronic sound

possible area [test table]
Group improvisation using amplified objects based on David Kefford’s sculptural work with found objects, materials and short film.

Gusty Ferro Cross-disciplinary artist working across sound, sculpture, video, drawing and installation. A brutalist sensitivity to texture and material run through many of the sculptural works – concrete and stone meet metal, plastic and paper in writhing, contorted loops. These contorted loops are not only found within the forms of Gusty’s sculptural works, but also in their post-industrial techno soundscapes to be experienced alongside.


9–10pm Live music

Pete UM



3rd march: Hidden Channels: Experimental and Improvised Music

Experimental and electronic group improvisation trying out different formats (and none) as well as short experimental sets and a chance to see and show music and sound hardware, self-invented hacks, techniques and self-written software projects. Free to attend, drop in or take part.

This time we have a featured live set from 198 using a semi-modular synth setup.

198 soundcloud

And also work in progress from possible area.

Sunday 3rd March, 2–6pm, free entry
If you need extra setup time, please arrive between 1pm and 2pm.

Organised by bad timing

Jo Miller 'Here & Now'

Jo Miller ‘Here & Now’ (2018)

A new space for Cambridge

Quip & Curiosity is a new contemporary art space in Cambridge City Centre that supports regional, national and international contemporary artists through a curated and artist-led exhibition and events programme.

The space will host projects that reflect its core interests in cross-disciplinary practice. It aims to facilitate opportunities, develop programmes that foster a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere and create an open network for creatives in the region and afar.

The property, maintained by the multi-media artist and musician Taren McCallan-Moore, was built in 1860. After many years as a dairy, science lab, recording studio and a home for many years to postgraduates, Quip & Curiosity established itself as a business in 1982, the collaboration of Paula McCallan-Moore and the late Graeme Grant Bruce, selling antique curios and contemporary lighting. The space had its first taste of life as an exhibition space during the late eighties. It was hosted by Paula McCallan-Moore, giving voice to Cambridge artists spanning textiles, sculpture and conventional visual art practice.

Please note: 71 Tenison Road is a private address; visitors are personal guests of the proprietors.