KickstART is a public art project connected to the creation of 106 new homes on the site of Cambridge City Football Club’s grounds in Milton Road by developers Crest Nicolson. It celebrates the history of the club and raises awareness of their move to their new home at Sawston.

In their almost 100-year history, the Cambridge City Football Club grounds in the north of the city have played host to hundreds of games and events for the local community. Now, with the club re-homed, the new housing development on the Mitchams Park site aims to pay homage to the grounds and their contribution to the city's character.

ADeC is supporting local artist Zoe Chamberlain to develop a number of stands to the project.

The first of the project commissions was ‘Making The Move’ when a larger than life footballer ran along the route between Milton Road and Histon Road in Cambridge at the end of September 2014.The footballer was an animation, projected from a specially designed ‘Light Rider’ bike onto buildings along the route - beginning at the Westbrook Centre and ending at Histon Football Club (the then temporary home of the club). Briefly illuminating homes and businesses along the way, the animation included drawings by children from Milton Road primary school, and references to the evolution of City’s former Milton Road site – from ancient gravel pit to football ground to new housing development.

Footage from of  Making the Move was then intertwined with footage of Cambridge City Football Club along with interviews with fans and players to create Service | Movement | Desire - a short film shown at the Arts Picturehouse as part of the Curating Cambridge Festival.

Current ongoing elements of the project include:

Field of Play: Active Landscape

Led by public artist Zoë Chamberlain, in collaboration with Murdoch Wickham Landscape Architects, the next phase of the KickstART project combines year-round public art and a permanent physical art  intervention called 'Field of Play’,  an ‘Active Landscape' which aims to bring local residents and visitors out of their homes and into the community.

Inspired by the grounds' football heritage and the feeling of community the club brought to the area,  Field of Play  will be a place to reflect, relax, socialise and even exercise. Speaking in a recent interview, Chamberlain said: “Field of Play : Active Landscape responds to the energy and enthusiasm associated with football; tactics and gamesmanship and concepts of movement. It makes connections with the visual language of football, whilst encouraging and engaging active lifestyle in the public spaces.”

Designed to allow people to sit and relax, or get in a workout through climbing, running jumping and interacting with the piece, Zoë has been working with sports scientist Diane Johnson to ensure the sculptural elements can be used in different ways.  The Active Landscape aims to be more than a simple reminder of the area's past.

In the run up to the unveiling of Field of  Play: Active Landscape, Chamberlain and the KickstART team have been working with local schools, getting local young people involved in the concept and design of  pieces to commemorate the football club's history, and celebrate its move to brand new grounds.

Field of Play: End Of The Game

Extending inside of the homes on Mitchams Park, sound artists Liminal will be presenting families of each new build with a unique, specially engraved handmade brass whistle. As a sign of respect and as a marker of the site's history, the whistles may be blown only during a 90-minute period from 15:00, annually, on the Saturday closest to the date of the final match played on the Milton Road grounds.

Frances Crow from Liminal said, “The sound of the football crowd is a ‘soundmark’ that defined the area every Saturday. Following Cambridge City Football Club’s move to a new ground, this soundmark is now only a memory.

This lost soundmark signified the coming together of a community, whether they watched the game or only heard it from a distance.”

Field of Play : Spirit of Song

Kathryn and Jason Rowland of Sing Choirs are working with Babylon Arts to create a celebratory event to mark the completion of the development and the beginning of the era for the site.  If you would like to get involved in the creation of some art for the project, we are looking for people to help us write, produce and record a new anthem ‘The Man with the Whistle’ celebrating the area's past, present and future .  The aim is for the resulting composition to be performed at the inaugural Field of Play event in spring 2016  Get in touch with us by the end of November at to find out more and register your interest.

Field of Play

On the Saturday closest to the day of the last Cambridge City football match played at the Milton Road grounds on 27 April 2013, Field of Play will encourage residents and the surrounding community to come together in an annual Field of Play event.

The inaugural event will be held on Saturday 30th April 2016, to mark the final match played at Milton Road Football Ground and to celebrate the new community at Mitchams Park. ADeC will coordinate the event, in collaboration with Zoe Chamberlain, Liminal and Kathryn Rowland.  Field of Play will include Zoe Chamberlain’s Active Landscape; a sculptural all-age play facility embedded in the site, Liminal’s End of the Game; a memorial to the lost sound of the football crowd and Kathryn Rowland’s Spirit of Song; a new anthem for Mitchams Park.

As the development of the new homes progresses into 2016, KickstART and its collaborators will continue to work with the local community, to create, share and remember this part of Cambridge's rich history.

There are other exciting artists commissions being created for the project , follow their development at www. and @camkickstart to find out more.

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