7 April 2016
A partnership project between Kettle’s Yard and North Cambridge Academy
Kettle’s Yard is delighted to announce that artist Johann Arens has been selected to work with us at North Cambridge Academy to create public artworks in their new school building. Students and teachers from North Cambridge Academy selected Johann Arens to be in residence from March – December 2016. He will create artworks for the new school building, taking inspiration from the creativity of the students and their aspirations for learning and their community.
Martin Campbell, Principal, North Cambridge Academy:
‘Having Johann Arens working at the school over the next few months will provide pupils and staff alike with a real opportunity to be involved in the concept, design and implementation of this community art project. It is fantastic that we can also offer Kettle’s Yard a room in the new building to transform into a workshop where pupils and community can become involved in the project. I can’t wait for this project to get started.’
For his installations and films Johann Arens reworks public spaces with sculptural interventions. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Arens completed his MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmith, University of London. Since then he has worked on public commissions assigned by Arnolfini / Art and the Public Realm, Bristol, Letchworth Heritage Foundation and Jerwood Foundation London.
During 2016, Kettle’s Yard Learning team will be based at North Cambridge Academy one day a week, working alongside and supporting students throughout the residency. To make the most of this exciting opportunity, Johann Arens and the Learning team will transform a classroom into an informal studio environment, to be used by students to enrich and widen their understanding of the visual arts.
Taking inspiration from the Kettle’s Yard collection and contemporary arts, the Learning team will lead a programme of workshops, events and activities. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside artists enabling them to contribute to the artist residency and work with teaching staff in determining the feel of their new school.
Keep looking on the Kettle’s Yard website to find out the latest news on the residency and follow @motion_tracks on Instagram.