3 September 2012
Summer in 3D
Every year, Kettle’s Yard joins up with Centre 33 Young Carers’ Project and at least two other University of Cambridge museums to deliver a series of workshops to a self-selecting group of young people.
This year, we worked with the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (both veterans of previous young carers’ art projects). Artist Bethany Mitchell led an intensive four days of creative workshops with a dedicated group of budding artists.
We explored all three collections, getting an introduction from the education staff at each place. The theme of scale was the springboard for a series of making activities – using wire, string, stickers and cellophane. We sketched, took notes and photographed as part of our examination of the selected objects.
We took our collected notes and ideas into the education room at Kettle’s Yard and created wire and paper sculptures, mashing up what we had seen over the previous couple of days to create a Museum of the Imagination. Everyone wrote an extended label for their artwork, providing an imaginative title, date, location and description. ‘Timmy’, for example, is part-man, part-whale (Homo-orcious) and has been extinct for millions of years. The description for Timmy reads: They had gold 45 million years ago. Went extinct because they were over confident.
The Museum of the Imagination is a surprising, creative, funny exhibition that is touring all three venues – come see it for yourself.