A new contemporary art space in Cambridge City centre: open by appointment and during exhibitions and events.

Tamsin Morse & Jo Chate ‘Outliers’ 15th June–6th July 2024

15th June–6th July 2024 Tamsin Morse & Jo Chate 'Outliers'

Extended until Sat 6th July.

Outliers is a two-person show that presents recent paintings by Jo Chate and Tamsin Morse in Q & C (Quip and Curiosity) Gallery, Cambridge. Showing together for the first time as a complimentary pair, they describe themselves as ‘outliers’, standing at the gate of the contemporary art world but feeling detached from it. Whilst being mothers, they are still artists. And yet, it is precisely as women, that they have a deeper understanding of its prejudice against women artists. Like the characters from French Novelist Camus in The Outsider, they are watched with strange eyes in a noisy club and seen as reckless intruders who do not conform. Not only as women but also as humans who have lived multiple identities, Jo and Tamsin are questioning conformity as outsiders with their strengthened souls hardened by accumulated life experience.



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Fri 14th June: Private view 6–9pm. All welcome.
Fri 28th June: Artists interview with Jennifer Thatcher, 4:30pm RSVP  Note, now at earlier time.

Opening times

Thurs–Sat 12–6pm, or by appointment with the artists


Recent projects

LIve music: Phil MFU 'Fictitious Music' + Pete UM, Fri 7th June 2024

Phil MFU ‘Fictitious Music’

Inspired by the retro cosmic sounds of 70s library and Karlheinz Stockhausen with the idiosyncrasies of slanted outsider rock. Phil MFU has played and recorded with BroadcastFaustLaetitia Sadier (Stereolab), and many others as well as being keyboardist for Vanishing Twin on their first three albums.

Returning to Cambridge for his first solo appearance here in many years, ‘Fictitious Music’ is a brand new show AV created for Quip & Curiosity artspace, exploring the space and time across his expansive catalogue, fictional, factual, traversing outer rock to sublime electronics. With contributions from Laetitia Sadier and more.


Pete UM

“A master of the miniature electro-acoustic song-poem, a form he has more or less invented and crystallised himself, his work displays a sardonic wit combined with a healthy misanthropy, in marvellous micro-collages of voice, instruments, samples, and electronics.”

-Ergo Phizmiz



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

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

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.

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.

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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.