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Enni worked with local community groups and individuals developing the Campaign for Empathy for North Cambridge – the world’s first community-centred campaign to promote empathy as a way to foster a sense of community and connection in a time of physical distancing and social isolation.
By creating activities, conversations and moments of connection that culminate in empathy artworks, Enni brought people together to explore the following questions:
What does the empathy mean to us individually and as a community? What’s the role it should play in our shared environment?
Where and when does empathy already live in the local community, and where is it needed?
How can we better understand each other’s experiences and perspectives?
Can we feel connected without any physical contact?
Could “social distancing” actually bring us closer?
Who do we want to be when the doors open again?
Find out what Enni-Kukka Tuomala got up to during the first six months of the Campaign For Empathy.
There are lots of ways you can still enjoy the legacy of the Campaign for Empathy for North Cambridge.
Empathy Objects was a display of a series of artworks which have been created by Open House artist in residence 2020/21, Enni-Kukka Tuomala, working with local community groups and residents of North Cambridge. The Empathy Objects were displayed around North Cambridge and the Kettle’s Yard House in July 2021.
“The role of art is to give food for thought, to act as a stimulant, to entice the onlooker to inspect things, people, emotions, from a new point of view.”
H.S. “Jim” Ede, Kettle’s Yard creator
This collaboration has resulted in a series of artworks, Empathy Objects. Inspired by art and people’s experiences, the Empathy Objects aim to connect the Kettle’s Yard House collections with the local communities in North Cambridge through new collaborative works.
The Empathy Diary documents moments of empathy for oneself and for others, as well as the lack of it, in the context of isolation and loneliness. The Empathy Diary can be found in Helen Ede’s bedroom at Kettle’s Yard, or you can view the pages of the Empathy Diary in this film.
You are able to still experience Empathy Objects by watching this online tour.