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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.


While we might have different styles and aesthetics, we often like to describe our practice as space and programming coming together. There’s the way we might transform a space through an installation or intervention. And then there’s the way we might activate that space through live events.

Once we established the site for Meeting Ground and the dates for the space between 16 February and 1 March 2020, we wanted to think about the kinds of events we would organise for the local community and residents. In some ways, we liked this idea of a buffet as a model. Artist facilitators at Kettle’s Yard led community projects in the Autumn/Winter in response to Meeting Ground and hosted a public workshop, responding and celebrating these projects, once Meeting Ground opened to the public.

Josh Wright (JW): There were three things which guided the criteria of our workshops: something healthy or delicious, soothing, and fun. It ultimately had to make you feel good about yourself and offer ways to make this manageable in your own life.

Guillaume Vandame (GV):  Some of the highlights for us included a series of Art & Soul creative workshops, a Twilight at the Museums event which included screenings of two iconic sky-inspired movies, supported by Cambridge Film Festival, an animal farm in one room, and two original sessions, ‘Night Owls’, a midnight gathering with a cheese board and mocktails, and ‘Early Birds’, an early morning workshop to watch the sunrise and share a coffee. I liked this idea of “an out-of-hours” artist, working at all times of the day rather than “business hours”. There are 24 hour gyms, why not 24 hour community centres or art spaces?!

Twilight at the Museums at Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le
Twilight at the Museums at Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le

JW: Programming 48 live events in just two weeks offered this intensity and energy that was palpable. Particularly on the final day when every session bled into each other and was a wonderful, and at times chaotic, mix of events and activities. The perfect close to the project!

GV: Needless to say, when we began the residency, I never would have imagined I would be judging a muffin baking competition in a Columbian poncho amidst a maelstrom of fruit sculptures, flatbread, poetry, singing and dancing, all on the last day…

Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le
Yoga at Meeting Ground
Flatbread Making at Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le
Muffin Making at Meeting Ground, photo: My Linh Le