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Trips to the archive, meeting residents in North Cambridge & being inspired by natural objects in the collection

Hannah Kershaw

Having just met with the Artisa Foundation, the charity funding my post, I thought this would be a good time to reflect on my journey so far. My role as Curatorial Fellow is to work collaboratively with residents in North Cambridge and to consider ways in which some of the Kettle’s Yard collection could be brought to the area. This is the third month of my post and already I’ve had so many great experiences and opportunities.

One of these is having had the privilege of talking with Frieda, the Archivist at Kettle’s Yard. It was a really special experience to look through letters, photographs and academic research relating to Jim Ede and the creation of Kettle’s Yard. It was this that sparked my interest in the found objects in the collection. I’m hoping to do a bit more research into some of the stones Jim’s artist friends bequeathed to him.

I’m starting to gain more of an overview of what’s involved with curating such as completing risk assessment forms, accessing the collections database and writing proposals. As well as this I’m meeting more residents in North Cambridge and I’ve attended my first North Cambridge Community Panel Meeting. The panel was formed as part of the Open House Programme as a way of discussing projects with members of the community. I look forward to the next meeting where I hope to talk through my project.

The main challenge of this role is to find ways to connect Kettle’s Yard with the North Cambridge community in a meaningful way. I’m in the process of organising a series of creative workshops for different groups of residents in North Cambridge that will culminate in an exhibition in the autumn. These workshops will make use of materials and produce local to the area taking inspiration from the found objects in the Kettle’s Yard House and Jim Ede’s methods of sharing knowledge about his collection and engaging with artists.

As well as working on the project I have also been included in other Kettle’s Yard curatorial and learning activities. This includes a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum with the Curatorial Team to discuss the upcoming Kettle’s Yard display there and helping at a children’s Arbury Carnival workshop.