Aid & Abet: Temporary Residence



Temporary Residence

12 January - 24 February 2013



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1 March - 14 April 2013


Artists will be taking over the gallery at Kettle's Yard - come and see what emerges and take one of the many opportunities to meet the artists and get more involved. We have invited two artist-led spaces from the East of England to take up temporary residence in the gallery. Aid & Abet from Cambridge, and Outpost from Norwich, will bring together artists from their networks to exhibit work, perform and take part in a programme of events.

AID & ABET was founded in 2009 by artists Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony. Currently occupying a large warehouse near the railway station in Cambridge, Aid & Abet provides artists with opportunities to innovate, collaborate and engage in critical discourse. Their project at Kettle’s Yard looks at transitions and thresholds as a way of exploring the dynamic relationships between artists and institutions.

OUTPOST was founded in 2004 and since then has established itself as a leading centre for artistic activity in the East of England. Regularly conducting exhibitions, screenings and live art events, they are run by an elected steering committee made up of practising artists based in Norwich. Their project at Kettle’s Yard will reflect the type of work that they do and the strength and variety of their membership, from recent graduates to emerging and mid-career artists.




In each ‘salon’ invited guests will lead discussions in the style of an art school ‘crit’: come along to observe or take part in constructive criticism and debate in response to artists’ work.
FREE, booking essential as spaces are limited.

Friday 18 January, 11.30am-1.30pm
This session focuses on works in the exhibition.

Friday 1 February, 11.30am-1.30pm
This session will critique the work of two of Aid & Abet’s Associate Artists.

Friday 15 February 11.30am-1.30pm
An OPEN session: take advantage of this opportunity for critical discussion of your work with fellow artists. To submit your work for this session, email an image of the work that you would like to bring on the day to by 8 February.
Up to 5 works will be selected at random for critique; selected artists will be notified in advance.

PERFORMANCE: Prince Volume

Friday 11 January 7.30-8pm, FREE
Artist Iain Paxon presents the story of Prince Volume, an offshoot yarn in words, pictures and sound.


Thursday 31 January, 5.30-8pm, FREE
Please note: The Debate has been postponed due to unforseen circumstances and will be rearranged at a later date, to be announced.


Friday 22 February, 7-7.30pm
A tale of dark magic and misplaced love with musical accompaniment on keyboard and visual accompaniment on slides by Iain Paxon.
This performance is part of the Practice Sessions
£8 per session, pay on the door


Wednesdays 2-4pm in Kettle’s Yard House
Annabel will be drawing with silverpoint in the house as part of her ongoing enquiry into social relationships mediated through objects.


Thursday 24 January, 1.10-1.40pm, FREE
Aid & Abet: an introduction. Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony, co-founders of Aid & Abet.



ART IN THE EAST: A Panel Discussion

Saturday 16 March, 5-8pm, FREE
Is enough being done to support artists so they can make exciting, innovative art in Cambridge and the Eastern region? Join Andrew Nairne, director of Kettle’s Yard, Amy Botfield, Arts Council England, Outpost committee members and artist Ian Giles to debate the issues.
The discussion will be followed by refreshments and a participatory performance by Ian Giles.
Booking essential call 01223 748100.

Can't make it? This event will also be live streamed on our website.
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You can join the conversation by using #artintheeast

The panel discussion will be followed by a participatory performance in the house by Ian Giles.

Clay Meditation [A brief history of time]
Members of the public are invited to take part in a meditation using clay, devised by Ian Giles. The meditation begins with participants being put into pairs, who are then invited to paint each other’s faces with a small amount of clay.  When all of the wet clay has been applied, each pair is asked to sit and calmly watch each other’s faces dry. This drying process leads the meditation.

Here meditation is understood as a focused period of calm and reflection. Patterns form on the participant’s faces as the clay dries, mirroring the aging process and evoking thoughts about time, mortality and change.

The meditation lasts 35 minutes and will be led by gentle music. Warm water and fresh towels will be provided to wash off the clay after the meditation.

Please note: The clay used during this performance is designed to be applied to skin. It tightens as it dries in a similar way to facemasks and may cause some reddening to the skin as it brings blood to the surface. For more information about the product prior to the event please contact or ask to speak to a member of staff on the evening.

You can view a previous Clay Meditation by visiting



22 March, 6-8pm
A series of films selected by Outpost will be screened in the house at Kettle’s Yard.
This event is part of the Practice Sessions
£8 per session, pay on the door.


Thursdays, 1.10-1.40pm, FREE
7 March - Outpost: an introduction.
Artist member, Outpost.
4 April - Outpost: an introduction. Artist member, Outpost.