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From 7–19 April 2020, Open House artists in residence for 2019-20, Wright & Vandame, were scheduled to host a display and series of events in the Ede Room at Kettle’s Yard, which celebrated and reflected upon the outcome of their year-long residency, Meeting Ground. Unfortunately, this display is unable to be realised in its original form due to the temporary closure of Kettle’s Yard in light of government advice responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are delighted to invite Wright & Vandame to instead share their experience of collaborating with North Cambridge communities through our blog and social media platforms. Wright & Vandame will host a take-over of Kettle’s Yard’s Instagram feed from 17 – 19 April 2020, reimagine their meditation and artist talk events on Kettle’s Yard Facebook page on Saturday 18 April and share their thoughts, experiences and artworks through the Kettle’s Yard blog over the course of the week.

From the very beginning of the residency, we wanted to work with a local space in North Cambridge, find ways to transform it and make it our own, for as long as possible. This was always going to be a final outcome.

At some point in our research, we realised that it was important to be able to have multiple spaces (rather than one space/installation), which could serve different purposes from something more sociable and energetic to something more quiet and calming. Physically, we wanted it to be accessible and flexible to allow for different needs and uses in the community. Within our year timeframe, we liked the idea of organising the space in January or February, which is often considered to be associated with the “winter blues” and, for many, the most depressing time of the year. What this would look like or where it would take place took some planning.

Guillaume Vandame (GV): From mid-September 2019, we began the hunt for a space in North Cambridge. We looked at a couple places locally but it seemed more challenging than we anticipated. At some point, we were invited by Golzar Zandi, Community Development Manager for North Cambridge Community Partnership, to look at a space called the Nun’s Way Pavilion. I was instantly drawn to its open crescent-like structure and barn-like shape, almost like a cross between Firstsite in Colchester and the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, Long Island. It was loved but needed some love. By the end of the site-visit, I gave Golzar a massive hug: I knew this would be a perfect match.

Nun’s Way Pavillion

Josh Wright (JW): With the transformation of Nun’s Way Pavilion, we wanted to distill the essence of Kettle’s Yard and tailor it to the needs of the community centre and its users. The colour palette was inspired by the remarkable colours of Bryan Pearce, specifically the calming and cool hues of his watercolour Coal Boat, 1965. It was also really important for us to introduce fabrics to the space to provide a warmth and softness to the furniture and houseplants to add life and a touch more colour.

Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le

GV: For the final takeover, we tried to tap into the existing architecture as much as possible, referencing some of my favourite spaces like MoMA P.S.1 or DIA Beacon. It meant that we could radically transform the space and the community could take ownership of which parts they wanted to keep after the two weeks.

Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le
Meeting Ground Opening, photo: My Linh Le