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Newcomers and Visiting Scholars


Celebrate the NVS’s 50th Anniversary - Be part of our new community project:

A tile wall installation at the Eddington Campus, Cambridge


Theme: “Oh Cambridge, how I love thee”

  1. Find something that you love in Cambridge. It can be anything: person, place, thing, even an idea.
  2. Use any type of medium (painting, drawing, collage, fibre, textile, clay etc.) to represent the thing you love. I hope to get lots of different types of art for our wall.
  3. Some very important information to remember about your art:
  • It must be created so I can turn it into a square image. If you make a rectangular painting, some of   your work will get chopped off. The same thing will happen with a photograph.


  • If you make a 3-dimensional art piece, I will need a high quality square shaped photo image of the piece. I can take this photo if you want. If you create a textile or fibre piece, I must be able to photograph or scan the image.


  • Remember, your finished tile will only be 150mm X 150mm. The finished wall will likely have 100 tiles in the installation. This means small details will not be seen. For instance, if you want to show that you love the Cambridge cows, make sure your art has a close-up of the cow not a tiny cow in the middle of a field.


  • While colourful tiles would be nice, black and white is just fine.


  • Art from Children is welcome as long as it works with our theme.


  • Please submit your art to Andrea Bronskill. I will be at most NVS Tuesday morning programmes, in and out of term. Or Email her at to arrange a pickup. Please label your art with your: Full Name, email address, your country, and a statement of why you chose your image. All original artwork will be returned to you. A book will be created, in the future, documenting the process.


  • There is no charge to be part of this project. If you would like another tile made as a souvenir of your time in Cambridge, I will make one for you for £5.00. This money will help pay for this project to be installed at Eddington.



NVS Quilt - Andrea Bronskill writes:

A photo book, “NVS Quilt Makers and Their Inspirations” is in preparation to accompany the NVS quilt. You can view or download the contents of the book by clicking here

Or copy and paste this link into your browser:

It is a HUGE file so please be patient with it downloading. To save a copy of the e-book. members can download and save the file to their desk tops etc.



*  Christopher Johnson writes about rowing in Cambridge:

Rowing on the river: conditions.
•Their conditions are as follows:
•they only want to help beginners ('novices')
•they only do sculling (with 2 oars), mostly in singles, but sometimes in doubles or quads
•they do not enter competitions
•therefore, proficient rowers or people who want to 'sweep' row in Eights or to participate in competitions should join one of the other town clubs or we may be able to introduce them to a graduate college like Wolfson
•they have a waiting list for initial coaching and assessing/confirming competence; we don't know how long this is, but it might involve 1 or 2 months.
•initial coaching costs £30 and this includes a capsize drill and swim test. Thereafter they charge £37 per quarter.
•once coached, participants would be expected to become members of the Club and help out generally like other members.
•Contact Christopher for more information or to put your name on the waiting list: janosfy@gmail.comor 07785 296 225

Learning to row on the river
•A club called “Camrowers”
•( has agreed to train up to 4 members of NVS who do not have access to College clubs.
•Camrowerswere established to introduce older townspeople to rowing, and are prepared to help NVS out. Their arrangements are cheaper and more flexible than the other Town clubs.
•They have 6 sessions a week -at 9.30 & 11.15 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.Most members row once a week but a few come more often.