by Eunhae Lim, post-graduate at the University of Leicester
I am Eunhae Lim, I have been doing my placement at Kettle’s Yard as a part of my current post-graduate programme over the last 8 weeks.
I first discovered Kettle’s Yard as a history of art undergraduate student, and my interest in Kettle’s Yard has grown since exploring its various off site exhibitions, especially the collaboration exhibition with The Hepworth Wakefield, Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard, concerts and learning and community activities, which have continuously inspired people to enjoy contemporary art, despite being closed for renovation. I was so excited that I had an opportunity to work at Kettle’s Yard.
My experience at Kettle’s Yard has been absolutely amazing and worthwhile. The key role of my internship was researching history of Kettle’s Yard Student Picture Loan Scheme, which has been an integral part of Kettle’s Yard since it was started by Jim Ede in 1957. The opportunity to directly liaise with and interview former borrowers, who have diverse backgrounds (ranging from students to experts, e.g. art historians, medical specialists, and a Nobel prize winner), but at the same time, have close connections with artworks they borrowed from Kettle’s Yard in their time in Cambridge, gave an insight into how the collections can interact with future audiences.
Another irreplaceable opportunity was encountering and recording Student Loan Collections. I came to value and admire the vision of Jim Ede and Kettle’s Yard through the scheme, and I fell in love with the collections. I wish I could borrow artworks, which are incredibly beautiful and impressive, and stay with them in my room, as students of University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University have been done. I personally love John Christopherson’s painting, The Red Door, Wesgrove Lane, Greenwich, 1970 (pictured above).
Although my placement at Kettle’s Yard ends, I believe that this valuable experience becomes a part of my ‘continuing way of life’ as Jim Ede said, and I am really looking forward coming back here to see Kettle’s Yard’s exciting re-opening exhibition.
You can read Eunhae’s interview with Charles Jones, Student Loan Scheme participant, here.