London, United Kingdom

John's Artwork

Nova Cantabrigiensis is a utopian island in the middle of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.

It is the invention of visionary outsider artist John Devlin, and was designed to recreate the atmosphere and architecture of Cambridge, England, which John considers to be the perfect city.

John came to study in Cambridge in 1979, and fell in love with its unique ambience. When mental illness forced him to return home to Canada after just one year, he became obsessed with discovering the secret to 'the Cambridge essence'.

Over ten years, John created over 360 beautiful and unique illustrations, dream-like sketches of re-imagined and reconfigured Cambridge buildings, drawn again and again in the pursuit of perfection.

The Book Project

The artist book NOVA CANTABRIGIENSIS will be thoughtfully collated and beautifully produced to show John's artwork and writings as they deserve to be seen. We plan to stock it in independent bookshops throughout Europe and North America, and the launch of the book will be accompanied by exhibitions of the original artwork in London, Cambridge and Nova Scotia.

Our project has been awarded funding by the arts charity IdeasTap, but we need to raise more to cover our initial printing costs.  By pre-ordering a copy of the book, you can help us to bring John's amazing work to a wider audience, and give as many different people as possible the chance to see it.

You can find out more about John Devlin and our book project at

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The Book + Launch party

£14.00 or more : A copy of the book Nova Cantabrigiensis will be delivered to your door. You will also be invited to the launch of the book and exhibition of John's work this summer. (If you collect the book at one of our launch events, we will be able to refund postage costs to you)


Limited Edition, Signed Copy of the Book + Launch party

£36.00 or more : You will receive a copy of Nova Cantabrigiensis signed and numbered by the artist, from a limited run of 25. You will also be invited to the launch of the book and exhibition of John's artwork this summer.


Sponsorship + Book + Launch party

£75.00 or more : As well as receiving a copy of the book and invitation to launch events, you will be thanked within the book as an official sponsor.