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by artist Josh Bilton

During the last year I have been working as a visiting artist facilitator devising and running workshops with Kettle’s Yard. This has included Open House, Art in North Cambridge, Studio Sundays and most recently working with 30 students at Coleridge Community College as part of the arts project ACTIVATE.

For this project I was invited by Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge to devise five workshop sessions that engaged students with the collection in the House and the exhibition Actions. The image of the world can be different.  The sessions were inspired by Caroline Walker’s paintings and John Akomfrah’s video piece and explored themes of migration, journeys and sharing stories about homelands and newlands.

The students worked on bringing these together in a number of collective structures that included a spiral of stones inspired by Jim Ede’s Spiral of Stones at Kettle’s Yard, sails with messages describing journeys to newlands and small origami boats carrying messages and maps back to their homeland of Cambridge.

ACTIVATE’s two year Arts Project is being offered to 30 students across years 7 and 8 at Coleridge Community College.

ACTIVATE offers young people the opportunity to learn new creative skills, discover arts and culture venues across Cambridge and gain an Arts Award qualification as well as gaining confidence, exploring other opportunities open to them and developing their roles as young community leaders.

About Josh Bilton

Josh Bilton (b. Hertfordshire, UK) is based in London. He studied at the London College of Communication, completing his BA in Photography in 2007. He graduated with an MA in Photography in 2010 from the Royal College of Art. His practice in photography and video shifts between performance and documentary, often constructing scenarios that both depict and engender subjective encounters with our environment and its histories. His latest work Undersong consists of an immersive three-screen video installation and a self-guided sound and poetry walk through sites of Portland stone. The project is rooted in the Isle of Portland in Dorset from where Portland stone has been quarried for centuries and exported for use in building civic, royal and ecclesiastical buildings, monuments, and banks.

Bilton is currently lead tutor in Photography at the Royal Drawing School and visiting Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communication. Alongside this he is a visiting workshop facilitator at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge; ACAVA in London and most recently working with The Canal & River Trust on the project Hinterlands. His work has been shown in the UK, as well as Europe and USA. Recent exhibitions and projects include Doremi residency & exhibition, Coniston, Lake District 2017; Workshops for Open House Cambridge with Kettle’s Yard & Harold Offeh, Cambridge 2017; Unseen Photo Fair, Thread count by Der Greif, Amsterdam 2017; Space Studio, London 2016; The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2014); L’Aterlier KSR, Berlin (2014); and Rosphoto, St Petersburg (2013).