I’m absolutely thrilled to be back at Kettle’s Yard, this time with a full-time job as Learning and Engagement Assistant.
I first discovered Kettle’s Yard as a student, when I joined the Circuit group. Not only did this give me my first real encounter with modern and contemporary art, but it also introduced me to the possibility that I might be able to work in this area myself.
After I graduated, I was very fortunate to be able to work for Kettle’s Yard through the paid Circuit internship. This gave me fantastic insight and experience in gallery learning and engagement projects. I fell in love with the house and vision of Kettle’s Yard, and also with the process of working with audiences to help them explore these for themselves.
Another key part of the internship was working with the wider Circuit network. Going to national Circuit meetings, along with other national gallery learning conferences, made me realise how interested I was in the wider questions surrounding gallery learning and engagement.
Through the Education Assistant at Kettle’s Yard at the time, I found about the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts MA Fellowships – an opportunity to gain a Masters in Museum Studies whilst working in the Sainsbury Centre’s education department. Supported by the Kettle’s Yard team, I applied for this and was delighted to be accepted on the Masters and the Fellowship scheme.
Having finished my Masters, I continued working at the Sainsbury Centre, and as a SEN Teaching Assistant. Coming back to Kettle’s Yard was always a dream in the back of my head, and I am so excited that it has actually happened. I am particularly looking forward to working with the Circuit group, as I know what a difference it can make in helping young people get started in the arts – which can seem pretty impossible without these opportunities and support!