Sanctuary: Presented by ArtCan East Anglia

New Market Road, Cambridge CB5 8JJ

25th – 28th May 2023

ArtCan is pleased to present ‘Sanctuary’ the inaugural exhibition organised by the ArtCan East Anglia group in the town of Cambridge.

Members of ArtCan East Anglia won a bursary to bring art by women from around East Anglia to the sanctuary of the Leper Chapel. The Leper Chapel is a magnificent 12th century Romanesque building and is one of the oldest complete surviving buildings in Cambridge. The chapel, which is not usually open tothe public provides the backdrop for the work of 12 women artists who worked together to create a show that incorporates painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and drawing. Not following a specific theme for this exhibition, the artists aim is to showcase their work so that it resonates with the wonderful space engaging in an uplifting way with their audience.

The exhibition runs from 25 – 28 May, 11 – 4pm at the Leper Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene, Barnwell Junction on the Newmarket Road in Cambridge, CB5 8JJ.

A launch event takes place on Saturday 27 May 2023, 17:00-20:00. Free Entry. Step access to venue.

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Participating artists:

Liliana Dobbs, Jane Hindmarch, Sarah Milne, Sarah Pooley, Emma Copley, Rebecca Moss Guyver, Wendy Brooke-Smith, Jill Desborough, Juli Fejer, Deborah Pendell, Amy Wormald, Karen Turner.

ArtCan East Anglia would like to thank the Hollybush Prize and the Women in Art Prize for their ongoing support for women artists, who are still under-represented in the art world.

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About ArtCan

ArtCan is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally.

ArtCan’s work is supported by the efforts of artist-member volunteers and contributions from donations and Friends of ArtCan. ArtCan works with galleries, but also seeks new spaces where art becomes a part of everyday life and with the aim of involving audiences in an organic and personal way.

ArtCan’s artist-centred ethos means that the model does not involve charging membership fees or commissions on sales, to help artists focus on developing a sustainable practice.



For further information please contact:
Kate Enters, Founder and Director –
Contact/ Website & social media: / / @ArtCanOrg

About ArtCan East Anglia

The ArtCan East Anglia group is one of the first pilot regional groups set up in 2023 to bring together ArtCan artists located in the East of England, with the purpose of networking, share their artistic practices and be ArtCan enthusiastic ambassadors.

ArtCan East Anglia’s fourteen artists come from Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. They have been collaborating since January. As individuals they have exhibited widely in regional, national, and international exhibitions. Some are full time artists while others dovetail their art making into busy lives. As a result, members bring different levels of experience and expertise to the group, all of which is celebrated. They look forward to sharing their practices with art lovers in East Anglia with the launch of this exhibition.

About Holly Bush Prize and WIA ART

The Women in Art Painter Prize, formerly The Holly Bush Painting prize awarded two £500 bursaries earlier this year. Sue Ecclestone awarded one bursary to ArtCan East for their inaugural exhibition in East Anglia. The main prize is in its sixth year and is open for submissions now. The Women In Art Prize is part of a broader project with “Women In Art” to assist and celebrate women artists. It focuses on the careers of emerging female painters and photographers. The prize will be moving into other mediums as they recognise other women artists want to be involved.

IG: @womeninartprize