For ALL2016


Tom Hackett – Shaggy Dog Story

Proposals are now invited for this year’s Art Language Location.

Art Language Location (ALL) is an art festival taking place from 10 – 29 October 2016 in locations throughout Cambridge, featuring innovative and experimental contemporary artists from across the UK and beyond who use text in their work.

ALL2016 will feature an extended exhibition of art around Cambridge and a day of performances, discussions and events to accompany the exhibition and bring together artists and audiences.

Each artist must find an appropriate venue for their work: the resulting intervention creates a conversation between artist, artwork and location. This extended exhibition aims to punctuate the city with a series of visually exciting and unexpected encounters in which our everyday interactions with text can be explored and challenged.


Artists from across the UK and beyond working in any media with an interest in art, text and place.


Proposals are invited for this year’s Art Language Location (ALL2016), the fifth festival of art, text and place being staged in locations at Anglia Ruskin University and across Cambridge, punctuating the city with contemporary, exciting and innovative visual encounters. ALL2016 will also include a one-day symposium featuring talks, discussions and performances.


Exhibition: 10 – 29 October 2016.

Symposium: Saturday 15 October 2016 (tbc) 12.00 – 17.00.


Each artist will receive £200, subject to successful grant application.


No charge to apply or to participate.


All work must incorporate some link to language and must be situated in a location appropriate to the work. The link to language may be freely interpreted and may be taken to mean text, speech, lettering or any other verbal or linguistic reference point. The link to location must be relevant and appropriate.

ALL would love to hear from artists who:

  • provide engaging, innovative and alternative ideas both for the work and its placement
  • create significant interventions that are accessible and visually engaging
  • demonstrate a commitment to work of a high standard
  • have a clear and compelling link between artwork and its location.

For further details and to apply please visit the website:

Visitors are invited to track down the artworks across Cambridge, and in so doing, discover some fascinating and lesser-known corners of the city. A programme of supporting events and activities will critique, investigate and articulate the work being shown.

ALL is a not-for-profit, collaborative organisation run by a Committee with help from many supporters. We are delighted to confirm Anglia Ruskin University as a major sponsor this year with further generous support from Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Everyone is welcome to get involved. ALL2016 is the fifth such event, which began with Text&Context in October 2012.

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