Press Office

Welcome to the Press Office. Please see below for recent and archive press releases and high resolution images. For press queries contact Caroline Cawley, Marketing Manager


Press Releases

21 Nov 2011 Littleport Mural Project Success (docx | )
27 May 2011 Arts Award Advisor Training (doc | )
10 Sep 2010 Bandstand Marathon (doc | )
14 Jul 2010 Summer of Music Press Release (doc | )
05 Feb 2010 Sunday Jazz Club launches in Ely (doc | )
03 Jul 2009 Ely’s Summer of Music 2009 (docx | )

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Fenland Poet Laureate 2014 – Winners Announced (jpg | )

Fenland Poet Laureate 2014 – Winners Announced

Poets and writers from right across the county arrived at the Wisbech Museum on Wednesday 19th March to take part in the third annual Fenland Poet Laureate Awards!

This brilliant local initiative gives writers the chance to compete for the title of Fenland Poet Laureate, a role that allows its recipient to write poetry for local events, and work to help raise the profile of literary and creative writing throughout the Fens.

Originally founded in 2011 by Karen Harvey, the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards received initial funding in the form of a highly coveted Clore Poetry & Literature Award.

This year’s event was organised by local poets Elaine Ewart and Leanne Moden, with support from ADeC, Atelier East and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, and funding from the Wisbech Town Council and Friends of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

Having had two very successful years of awards ceremonies, it’s clear that there is a great appetite for poetry in the Fens, and this year’s event was fully booked too!

On the night, the Wisbech and Fenland Museum was full to bursting with enthusiastic supporters and excited poets, and the atmosphere was one of friendly trepidation.

Elaine Ewart – who won the Fenland Poet Laureateship in 2012 – was the perfect host, and last year’s winner Leanne Moden gave a short speech detailing the fantastic projects she initiated during her tenure.

Then it was on with the show!

Seven of the ten young poets attended the event, and each one read their poem with admirable composure. If any of the finalists were nervous, it certainly didn’t show, and it was wonderful to see so many young people engaging with this local project through their writing.

The seven highly commended poets in the Young Poet Laureate category were Hannah Lemmon, Ben Hamilton, Lucy McInerney, Harry Sayer, Rana Gadir, Macy Hilton, and Rachael White. Third place was awarded to William Sinfield and Kristina Tunnard came second in the competition. It was Kristina’s second time on the winner’s podium – a fantastic achievement!

The Young Fenland Poet Laureate award for 2014 was awarded to Florence Browse for her poem ‘Liquorice Lines’. The judges were really impressed with the sense of rhythm in Florence’s poem, and the wonderfully vivid imagery really captured the spirit of Fenland!

ADeC & Atelier East launch their call for artists for Summer Exhbition (doc | )

Call for Artists for Atelier East Summer Exhibition: Wisbech & Fenland Museum

ADeC and Atelier East have just launched their annual call for artists for this year’s Atelier East’s 8th Annual Summer Exhibition which will run from 20 August - 12 October 2013 at Wisbech & Fenland Museum. The deadline for entries is 20 July.

‘Words for Wide Skies’ new fen-themed poetry anthology launched at WWT Welney (doc | )

An exciting new fen-themed poetry anthology was launched on Friday night in the beautiful surroundings of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Welney.  ‘Words for Wide Skies’, edited and self-published by the former Fenland Poet Laureate, Elaine Ewart, features up and coming poets from East Anglia and is described by eco-literature blogger Irish Sirmons as holding ‘exceptional talent and potential’  The anthology, ‘Words for Wide Skies’, is now available to purchase from the WWT Welney shop, priced at £5 plus postage and packing.  Contact WWT Welney on 01353 860711 or by e-mail at

Babylon Gallery - Craft & Design Summer Exhibition 2013 (docx | )

The annual exhibition launches on Saturday, 22 June, at midday, so come and enjoy our exhibition in the company of some of East Anglia’s most talented makers and designers.

Country Boy’s Struggle : Fantastic opportunity to see stunning National Touring show at Ely College& (docx | )

On Friday 7 June Ely College will host a unique show which mixes Hip Hop music, spoken word and physical theatre. Country Boy’s Struggle is a debut solo show written and performed by Maxwell Golden and presented by Contact and NRTF. Maxwell plays over 30 different characters as the story follows an MC’s journey from the cliffs of Cornwall to the streets of London.

The performance is being organised by ADeC (Arts development in East Cambridgeshire) who are working with students from Ely College as part of their Challenge and Develop programme.

Jill Bradley : The Flowers He Sent Me exhibition opens at the Babylon Gallery Satuday 4 May (doc | )

Saturday 4 May - Sunday 2 June 2013 at the Babylon Gallery, “… Just sometimes after all the years, It remembers soft embraces, And feels once again Loves rhythm, singing.”

Flowers He Sent Me is a lyrical exhibition of words and images in mixed media on the themes of love, memory, aging, regret and acceptance.

Straight from the horse’s mouth! (doc | )

Straight from the horse’s mouth! Heritage Lottery grant awarded to Field Theatre Group to unlock hidden horse heritage.
The Field Theatre Group are celebrating an award of £49,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance their major new project entitled The Horseman's Word. This will explore the social history and folk practices of the legendary 'horse whisperers' of East Anglia.

Ely Cinema launches Going Digital Campaign (docx | )

Ely Cinema has just launched its ‘Going Digital campaign to raise £42,000 to buy and install digital projection equipment. The community cinema based at the Maltings is run by local arts charity ADeC with the help of volunteers and  part-time professional projection and duty manager staff.

Schools Art Competition at the Babylon Gallery, Ely (doc | )

Once again local schools have signed up to take part in the ADeC Babylon Gallery Art Competition, My View, sponsored by Hereward & Ely Rotary Club and Tindalls. Prizes will be awarded at a special preview for all children, parents, and staff, on Friday, January 11 and the general public will be able to view the work from Saturday January 12 – Sunday 20 January. 

Chase away the New Year blues – come and join our band of Babylon volunteers! (docx | )

Chase away the New Year blues – come and join our band of Babylon volunteers! Call for volunteers – drop in evening Friday 18 January 6 - 7.30pm at the Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely.

Gainsborough House Printmakers : Babylon Gallery (doc | )

For the second year running, the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Riverside  is delighted to present the work of the Suffolk-based Gainsborough House Printmakers for a selling exhibition of contemporary handmade prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday 9 February and runs through to Sunday 10 March 2013

Ely’s Free ‘Summer of Music’ concerts 2012 (doc | )

ADeC and ECDC are staging their annual series of FREE Saturday afternoon bandstand concerts in Ely’s beautiful Jubilee Gardens, starting on Saturday 21 July. From 2-4pm the gardens will come alive with the sound of local music, ranging from country and folk to pop and rock. Bring a picnic and a blanket – hopefully the weather will allow for glorious, umbrella-free concerts.

Electric Eel Unplugged! Babylon Gallery (doc | )

It's live, it's local, it's Electric Eel Unplugged at the Babylon Gallery. On Friday 25 May come and enjoy music from John Barry, Easily Pleased, Just William and Ross Howard. Should be a great intimate gig. Tickets 01353 616991.

Emily Smith at St Peter’s Church, Ely (doc | )

Emily Smith is up there with the likes of Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis and Heidi Talbot. This May she brings her fresh and evocative interpretations of traditional songs to St Peter's Church, one of most beautiful and intimate venues in Ely.

Family Adams Project - Celebration Weekend Press Release (doc | )

If you can’t get it at Adams, you can’t get it anywhere! A seven month community project celebrating Fifty Years of a Fenland Community based around the J H Adams Ironmongers shop in the heart of Littleport culminated in a successful celebration event in the Village at the weekend.

stitch-links : Reworking the Image. (doc | )

The Babylon Gallery welcomes back stitch-links a group of contemporary textile artists. The six women, based in East Anglia and London, have a common interest in textile art but work in a diversity of styles, ranging from large scale installations, to sculpture, to small and intimate pieces and colourful hand and machine-embroidery.

The Family Adams Project Celebration Weekend (doc | )

Over the last six months The Family Adams Project team has been researching the unique history of The J.H Adams & Sons Ironmongers shop, Main Street, located in the Conservation area of Littleport. Join us at our celebration event at Littleport Village Hall on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April, to see what has been discovered, read the Living Memory Book, see the photographic exhibition and scale model and enjoy the premiere of the film and the play. Come and help us celebrate this new community archive!

New YPL Music Rooms showcase Press Release (doc | )

End of term showcase at new YPL Music rooms in Littleport
Come along and check out some great local music at the end of term showcase event at the YPL Music Rooms in Granby Street Littleport on Friday 30th March at 7pm.

Chris Wood: Light exhibition opens at the Babylon Gallery Saturday 17 March (docx | )

An exhibition of artworks by Cambnridgeshire based artist Chris Wood exploring the phenomenon of Light opens at the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside on Saturday 17 March.

Printmaking from Gainsborough’s House : Babylon Gallery (doc | )

The Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside is delighted to present the work of ten contemporary printmakers from the Gainsborough House Print Workshop based in Sudbury, Suffolk. The exhibition opens on Saturday 4 February and runs through to Sunday 11 March 2012.

Littleport Mural Project Success (docx | )

Throughout November young people have been getting creative in the YPL (Young People Littleport) building to bring a flash of colour to the walls of the new music rooms.

ADeC is seeking a creative apprentice (doc | )

ADeC is offering a 12 month Live Events and Promotions Apprenticeship in partnership with the Junction in Cambridge. Deadline Friday 14 October.

Jane Frost Material Matters Press Release 2 (doc | )

Press release on Jane Frost's forthcoming exhibition Material Matters opening at the Babylon Gallery on Saturday 17 September.

Folk Duo Spiers & Boden live at the Maltings, Ely (doc | )

Fresh from performances at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Latitude (in their alter-ego as Bellowhead) Spiers and Boden will be performing live at the Maltings, Ely on Tuesday 27 September.

Art Critic Brian Sewell : Fakes & Forgeries and how we value art - TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR (doc | )

As part of the Fakes & Forgeries exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, ADeC is bringing art critic Brian Sewell to Ely for a rare public appearance. Considered one of the UK’s leading and often controversial critics for his outspoken views on modern art and artists he will be giving a talk at the Hayward Theatre, King’s School on Saturday 3 September at 3pm

G-Factor Talent Competition Comes To Ely (doc | )

Talent Competition Comes To Ely. This year’s exciting G-Factor, a major talent competition for young people from East Cambridgeshire, will be held on Wednesday 20th July at The Lighthouse Centre, Chapel Street, Ely, starting at 7pm.

C W Stoneking and His Primitive Horn Orchestra Press Release (doc | )

CW Stoneking will be performing on Friday 15 July in one of Ely's most beautiful, intimate venues. St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, Cambs. His UK tour includes performances at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, Womad and the Secret Garden Party. He has also been a featured artist on Jools Holland Later and the Bob Harris Show.

Fakes & Forgeries: An Auctioneer’s Tale. New Exhibition opening at the Babylon Gallery (doc | )

The Babylon Gallery will be showing one of its most unusual exhibitions to date when it plays host to the private collection of local auctioneer David Palmer. The exhibition opens on Friday 22 July and continues over the summer holidays to Sunday 11 September. Over the years David has acquired a number of paintings, sculpture, and ephemera, some of which may be unsigned masterpieces or clever copies designed to fool the unwary collector. Each piece has a fascinating story to tell…

Frances Hatch : Drawn to Antartica Press Release (doc | )

An exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, photographs and sketchbook notes which trace an artist’s fascination with Antartica will be opening at the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside on Saturday 2 July and continues to Friday 15 July. Frances Hatch went to the Antarctic Peninsula in the company of about a hundred passengers on MS Endeavour.

Arts Award Advisor Training (doc | )

ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) are running a one-day course on Monday 20th June, training people to become an Arts Award advisor and play an important role in helping young people develop in the arts.

The Arts Award is a national qualification managed by Trinity College London which supports young people aged 11 – 25 to enjoy the arts, develop creative skills and become arts leaders. It can help young people who are interested in any art form drama and music to film and photography.

YPL Young People Littleport Music Rooms (doc | )

Exciting news for Littleport musicians. Thanks to a successful funding award from Youth Music, work has begun on converting the upstairs of the YPL (Young People Littleport) building in Granby Street into a multi purpose music facility.

Multi award-winning Irish folk singer/ songwriter Cara Dillon (doc | )

Multi award-winning Irish folk singer/ songwriter Cara Dillon and her partner Sam Lakeman come to the Maltings, Ely as part of the regular ADeC Live! series on Sunday 6 March.

Become a DJ…Making Waves Project (doc | )

ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambs) are looking for young people to become radio DJs and producers as part of their latest project ‘Making Waves’.

Working with Peterborough FM ADeC are offering 5 young people (aged 13 – 18) the chance to learn everything they need to know about; microphone techniques, using a digital editing suite, putting together a radio show, recording live music performances in the studio and being a DJ.

John Shuttleworth: ADeC Live! at the Maltings (doc | )

With classic songs "I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now" and “Get the Volvo,Val" John Shuttleworth, also known as actor Graham Fellows will be hammering out some old (and new!) favourites on his trusty Yamaha keyboard. John, who is best known for his BBC Radio 4 show The Shuttleworths will perform his live show ‘ A man with no more rolls’ at the Maltings, Ely on Wednesday 24 November.

Beatles Weekend & Artist’s Talk at the Babylon Gallery (doc | )

PRESS RELEASE. A weekend dedicated to all things Beatles takes place at the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside on Friday 15 & Saturday 16 October. Artist Bill Zygmant will give an insight into the stories behind the images on Saturday 23 October.

ADeC Live! A week of Live Music, Comedy and Film (doc | )

ADeC Live! A great week of entertainment of live music, comedy and film with Lau, Brian Kennedy, Arthur Smith and Psycho.

Bandstand Marathon (doc | )

ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) are delighted to announce that they have been working with the organisers Superact! To once again bring the Bandstand Marathon to Ely with a free performance taking place in the wonderful Jubilee Gardens on Sunday 26 September between 2pm and 4pm.

BOSH BASH workshop music workshop comes to Sutton (doc | )

The BOSH BASH tour of music workshops allows young people the chance to learn songs and make music. On Thursday 26th August the tour will come to the Glebe in Sutton. Click on the document for full details.

Press Release: Emily Haysom Rapunzel’s Shout, notes of a trainee firefighter (doc | )

Rapunzel's Shout, an exhibition of artwork by Emily Haysom, artist and firefighter will be launched at the Babylon Gallery on Ely's Riverside on Saturday 7 August from 2-4pm, entry is free and everyone is welcome. The show features contemplative photographs, text, painting, stitching and installation, capturing what it means to be a female firefighter in today’s Service.

Take a challenge for the London 2012 Open Weekend with ADeC (doc | )

As part of aTake a challenge for the London 2012 Open Weekend with ADeC n annual UK wide celebration counting down to the London 2012 games the Open Weekend 2010 will take place from the 23-25 July. ADeC is inviting you to take a challenge whether it’s playing an instrument at the BOSH BASH, pedaling your way to see the end of the film with our bicycle powered cinema or knitting your own sporting equipment at our Knitathon.

Summer of Music Press Release (doc | )

This summer ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) will be staging their annual series of Saturday afternoon bandstand concerts in Ely’s Jubilee Gardens.

ADeC launches Live! Autumn - Winter programme (doc | )

Music | Comedy | Theatre

ADeC Live! Tickets are now on sale for all our forthcoming events.  Cambridge Voices, Bury Theatre Royal,  Lau, Arthur Smith, Brian Kennedy John Shuttleworth and Rich Hall will perform at local East Cambs venues.

The Babylon now home to three creative organisations (doc | )

The Babylon Bridge building on Ely’s Waterside is now home to three creative organisations. ADeC have officially taken on the lease on the building and with two commercial tenants, Isle Interactive and Mole Architects, has secured a more permanent home for ADeC and the Babylon Gallery.

ADeC Live! Ezio & Booga with Aimee Peartt-Webb (docx | )

Ezio & Booga will performing at the Maltings in Ely on Friday 16 July. The duo of Ezio Lunedei and Mark "Booga" Fowell will be playing with talented local singer Aimee Peart -Webb as support.

Arts Award Success for 18 East Cambridgeshire Young People ( | )

Eighteen young people from East Cambridgeshire aged from 12 - 19 years have successfully completed their bronze, silver and gold Arts Award.

ADeC win national Youth Music funding for rap project (doc | )

ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) have won a national bid to deliver a rap music project with young people in East Cambridgeshire. The Youth Music funded project ‘Beat The Rap’ will start in June and continue until July 2011.

ADeC Live: John Cooper Clarke - The Maltings, Ely. Press Release (pdf | )

Punk, poet, legend...John Cooper Clarke will be bringing his unique style of entertainment to The Maltings, Ely on Sunday 16 May. Caroline Cawley, Marketing Manager from ADeC who are promoting the event said ‘He is often referred to as "the bard of Salford" usually refering to himself on stage as "Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle". He is best known as the original punk poet, working as a support act for many seminal punk bands such as the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division, Elvis Costello and Siouxsie and the Banshees, to name but a few. Expect a mix of hilarious anecdotes of life in a Northern town interspersed with machine-gun fast delivery of some of his best poems.

Sunday Jazz Club launches in Ely (doc | )

A laid back Jazz Club is being launched by Nigel Smith in Ely on Valentine's Day.

ADeC needs your help. Proposed changes to Arts Service in East Cambridgeshire (docx | )

Dear Supporter - We need your help please!

We were informed on Wednesday afternoon this week that a proposal to end the 18 year partnership between ADeC and East Cambridgeshire District Council from June 2010 is going to the Community Services Committee on Thursday evening, 21 January. Please open this file so you can see how these changes will affect you. .

Adventures in Creativity, Free summer sessions for young people in Huntingdonshire (doc | )

A packed programme of creative activities funded by Cambridgeshire County Council have been put together by ADeC to keep young people aged 13 – 19 years entertained during the holidays throughout the Huntingdonshire district. From Film Making, Belly Dancing, and BBoying to Circus Skills, Beat Boxing and Street Dance there are a wide range of free half day sessions taking place at Huntingdon, Sawtry, Yaxley, St Neots, St Ives, Sommersham and Earith. Following a successful tender for the project ADeC are working with the Youth Centres to develop arts and cultural activities in Huntingdonshire.

New film screening licence now available to Community Groups (doc | )

A new tailor-made screening licence has been launched for local film societies and community cinemas by MPLC and BFFS (British Federation of Film Societies)

Ely’s Summer of Music 2009 (docx | )

Once again ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) are working with ECDC to stage six bandstand concerts throughout July and August in the wonderful setting of Ely’s Jubilee Gardens. On Saturday afternoons from 2 – 4pm the gardens will come to life with FREE music ranging from classical and folk to rock and pop. Concerts start on Saturday 18 July.

Launch of Ely Arts Award drop in centre for young people (docx | )

ADeC announces the launch of a drop in centre for the Arts Award at The Garage, Lighthouse Centre, Chapel Street, Ely.

Session dates for Fen Jam Guitar workshops (doc | )

Aspiring young guitarists are invited to join seasoned Fenland Jam professionals in a series of Guitar Workshops being held on 4th, 16th and 25th February and on 11th and 25th March from 7.30pm -9pm. The sessions are being held in conjunction with the Garage Youth Club, The Lighthouse, Chapel Street in Ely.

Lyndall Phelps: Coded Ornithology, Babylon Gallery (doc | )

Press release on Lyndall Phelps exhibition opening Saturday 29 March at the Babylon Gallery

Adam Bridgland - Every Town Can Be Full of Interest If You Train Yourself to Find It (doc | )

Forthcoming Exhibition at The Babylon Gallery.


Caroline Cawley - Marketing Manager
T: 01353 616994