Our “secret spaces” revealed

Lucy Rowden has opened the shutters on her community project – Cambridge’s Secret Spaces.

As the News revealed last November, the photographer has worked with Cambridge Museum to uncover spaces which were once seen regularly in the community.

She staged an exhibition to coincide with the start of the town’s Autumn Festival last week, and also unveiled a couple of picture which juxtapose past and present.

Lucy Rowden

Seven illutrations showed aspects of St Andrews Church, Cambridge Town Hall, Sanitorium Hill, Valmai hot house, the fuel bunker at Lake Te Kooutu, The Cambridge Post Office and Masonic Hotel

The project attracted $2300 funding from the Creative Communities Scheme, in association with the Waipa District Council and Creative NZ.

Lucy Rowden plans to gift the exhibition to the community once it closes.

“I couldn’t have done this exhibition without the support I received from the community,” she said.

“On the whole, people were excited and intrigued to hear about the project and share their memories of the spaces.”

She particularly appreciated the help received from Cambridge Museum and the generosity of the Te Awa Lifecare Village owners who allowed her to exhibit in their historical homestead, Arnold House.

She says she is looking forward to hearing more stories and memories from people as they come through.

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