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The History

Cathy Dunbar and Helen Judge initiated The Society of Xtras in 2007. Our first event involved making a life size set of a front living room where people were invited to do in impromptu public performances. Since then, events have included, making films on a man-made beach and knitting furniture.

We are intensely interested in the context in which art is produced and have set about making things with people in various settings. Over the past ten years the Society of Xtras has made work with people at festivals, art centres, community arts event, new build artists interventions, public spaces and commercial premises. Below you can find out about our projects and selected events

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The Hedge

‘The Hedge’ is made on the spot from rubbish at public events. We start it with discarded objects found in hedgerows and at demolition sites. From the rubbish we create a frame as a starting point for people to add their own rubbish. It also incorporates a soundscape powered by renewable energy and text describing
the provenance and future of particular items. The Hedge first grew at Strawberry Fair 2013 in Cambridge. People attending the event were invited to add things they found at the Fair to our initial structure. We have had many people join us making the hedge, getting into creative activity and talking about renewables.

Not a Cardy

This short one minute animation is made from photos of the installation, "Not a Cardy" by Cathy Dunbar and Helen Judge. The looped video of the knitting hands are the Cambridge Six Bells Knitting group."Not a Cardy" began in 2013 and is an ongoing project that currently comprises; media players, pc monitors and inflatables. These are knitted into an assortment of; woolly jumpers, scarfs, cardigans, baby booties and pom poms. It also includes a sofa, lampshade and lighting. Not a Cardy has been exhibited at festivals and in gallery spaces in Cambridge.

All the People I have Knitted With

The Society of Xtras took over an empty shop in Cambridge  during the Cambridge Council lead initiative "Changing Spaces". We used our two-week residency to create an installation from our Interknit events 

all the people I have knitted with

Burliegh St, Cambridge

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Pink Festival

The Xtras were at the fabulous and diverse Pink Festval All were welcome to our parlour to dress up and perform. Many wonderful Xtras joined us on the day.Later in the year we took part at the Pussy Galore Party A Pink Festival fund raiser by Sister Act

Interknit at Strawberry Fair

Saturday 6th June

This year at Strawberry Fair the Society of Xtras invited you to INTERKNIT, hosted by Cathy Dunbar and Helen Judge.

Thanks to all who joined us and added a bit to our ever-growing,
interwoven work.


INTERKNIT at Wysing Inside Out

Launch Thursday 18th September 6pm and on
Saturday and Sunday 20th-21st and 27th-28th September 12- 4pm

Come and take part in Interknit and pay homage to the craft's passed warmth, cosy domesticity, and in particular its social aspects. Cathy Dunbar and Helen Judge will be outside knitting on some comfy living room furniture. 'We plan to make a large interwoven work. With your help we will: relax, knit, weave, and most importantly, chat.'

Please join us on the Sofa Knitting

Wysing Arts Centre,
Fox Rd, (near Bourn)
CB23 2TX

Needles and wool supplied but do bring your own.

Urban Beach

Arbury Park Banana Beach

On Sunday 27th July we joined Artist Kirsten Lavers at the Banana Beach.

It was a perfect day for the beach and we were posing from 12 noon, check out the Xtras on the beach

After posing on the beach some of the xtras were filmed for "Today I am".

We got some great footage for our short film. The plot is based on the game "I went to market and bought ..." but our lines went some thing like: "Today I am ... wearing a hula outfit, a gorilla mask, a spotty hanky etc"

Xtras at Strawberry Fair

Thanks to all who joined us on set at the Cambridge Strawberry Fair over the years

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Not In My Back yard

Shot in one take, in super8 in the middle of a misty English common the living room with an upside down duck, a maid, a mad hatter butler and one crazy musical score.

Cathy Dunbar and Kay Goodridge filmed "Not in my back yard" on Cambridge's Midsummer Common,a place famous for people getting together for fun and entertainment.
Recently near by residents have had concerns about public merry making.Inspired by the controversy Cathy and Kay take the opportunity to play with notions' of quirky British eccentricity, sensibility and theatricality.

Xtras 2007

The Society made its first public appearance at The Cambridge Strawberry Fair Arts Area, June 2007. Thanks to all who joined us