3 November 2015
Hannah Kershaw, Curatorial Fellow
On a warm Sunday in September Kettle’s Yard welcomed over 120 visitors to On Your Doorstep at 37 Lawrence Way, a community house in King’s Hedges, North Cambridge. On Your Doorstep was the culmination of an events programme I led as part of my Curatorial Fellowship. The event included an exhibition featuring works from the Kettle’s Yard collection, alongside artworks from North Cambridge, and creative workshops in the garden. The exhibition showcased objects and furniture found locally and restored by the YMCA Reparations group, artworks loaned by contemporary artists practising in North Cambridge and objects and artworks collected and created during workshops with local groups.
The exhibition at No 37 was not only a success but also a revolutionary idea full of inspiration…To bring the ‘Art gallery’ to the heart of the community was an ingenious and commendable idea.
Ricardo Arbelaez, King’s Hedges Neighbourhood Partnership Committee Member
We were blessed with the weather and many residents enjoyed sitting in the garden, decorating pebbles, drawing and jam tasting. The day was attended by local residents, families, artists and city councillors and supported by King’s Hedges Neighbourhood Partnership. Exhibiting artist and Open House Community Panel member, Mohammed Djazmi, said that he had been waiting since 1988 for something like this to happen!
Open House is a long-term creative programme with Kettle’s Yard and communities in North Cambridge.