28 April 2015
I’m very excited to be back at Kettle’s Yard, this time as a Curatorial Fellow. The role will be working with residents in North Cambridge and the Kettle’s Yard collection to put on an exhibition in the Autumn, as part of the Open House programme.
I couldn’t have anticipated two years ago that I would be sat here writing this. I first got properly acquainted with the House when I joined the Circuit group in August 2013. Since then I have had the opportunity to make new friends, work with artists and most recently collaborate on curating Grace and Speed in Helen’s bedroom at Kettle’s Yard. Almost exactly a year ago, I embarked on a six months internship as Circuit Programme Assistant. I knew then that I was interested in curating, but during the internship I really enjoyed collaborating with artists and community groups to help realise projects. I didn’t know whether these things could be combined into one role, and then six months later I saw this fellowship advertised. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity.
As predicted my first few weeks have been highly enjoyable. The staff have been welcoming and encouraging. Positivity radiates from all who work here. They, like Jim Ede, make you feel at home. A couple of highlights for me so far have been a trip with Karen Thomas, the Community Officer, to the North Cambridge area and a tour of the Kettle’s Yard House with Jenny Powell, Senior Curator. It was particularly interesting to see the House through a curatorial perspective and learn about some of the challenges of displaying artworks in a domestic setting. For example, the importance of natural light in the house, while beautiful, can cause the fading of artworks, such as drawings on paper. The trip to North Cambridge included visits to some of the well-used community centres, which helped me to see the kinds of activities and clubs people get involved in.
I am so grateful to the Artisa Foundation for funding my post. It’s really a brilliant opportunity for someone, like me, who is at an early stage in their career and in need of gaining more relevant experience. The Curatorial Fellowship offers a really interesting and rare opportunity to engage with museum education and community work, as well as to curate an exhibition.
I’m looking forward to meeting more people in North Cambridge in the upcoming months and working with them on this exciting project.