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Led by Cambridge University Students Union and Graduate Union sabbatical officers Christine Pungong and Claire Sosienski Smith, Our Streets is a mapping and archive project that aims to present alternative narratives, histories and legacies of Cambridge Universities.

Pungong and Sosienski Smith are creating a psychogeographical map that visualises and geo-locates feminist histories, memories, friendships and experiences in relation to physical space. (Psychogeography is the study of the interrelatedness between people, their emotions and the urban environment.) They have asked women and non-binary University of Cambridge students, both past and present, to contribute to a map by pin-pointing places in Cambridge that they feel are imbued with particular emotional significance.

After their survey closed in December 2018, the team behind Our Streets launched a series of events, including reading groups and archival workshops. The events and this exhibition at Kettle’s Yard offers students and visitors to Kettle’s Yard the chance to engage with the project and the University’s feminist histories.

At the Kettle’s Yard Late event on Friday 8 March, Our Streets will launch an exhibition of work produced by artists through this map.

“A few months ago we got the idea to create a map. Not just a regular map but one that tries to encapsulate what it’s like to be a woman and non-binary student at this University, both historically and presently. As Welfare and Rights Officer [Christine] and Women’s Officer [Claire], it’s our job to listen to and advocate for students. Part of how we do this is providing spaces where women and non-binary students can feel comfortable sharing their experiences, such as the Women’s Campaign Forum, reading groups and creative workshops.

“Physical space is not neutral; all spaces are coded and speak to certain bodily experiences, emotions and feelings. We were inspired to create something that recognised the importance physical space has in creating (or deterring) a sense of community, happiness and autonomy, and that captures where women at Cambridge past and present have organised and found safety and solidarity. That’s why we decided to make a psychogeographical map that visualises and geo-locates feminist histories, memories, friendships and experiences in relation to physical space.

“This mapping project, which we’ve named ‘Our Streets,’ aims to serve as a reminder that even despite the challenges that women may face while they are here, Cambridge can still be a place for friendship, feminist work, community and joy.”

Join us at our Late on 8 March from 6–9pm for the opening of the exhibition. Click here to book a ticket now. See the display on the night, or drop in over the weekend, the exhibition will be in the Ede Room, on the second floor of Kettle’s Yard until Sunday 10 March.