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Empathy Objects is a new display of a series of artworks which have been created by our Open House artist in residence 2020/21, Enni-Kukka Tuomala, working with local community groups and residents of North Cambridge. The Empathy Objects will be on display around North Cambridge and the Kettle’s Yard House.
FREE, booking recommended to visit the objects in the House
“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
Empathy Objects will be on view in the Kettle’s Yard House until Sunday 4 July, and around North Cambridge until Wednesday 7 July.
Tuomala has been working with local community groups and residents in North Cambridge since March 2020, collaborating on the Campaign for Empathy x North Cambridge – the world’s first community-centred campaign to promote empathy through art as a powerful tool for fostering a sense of community and connection in a time of physical distancing, social isolation and beyond. Together with local residents, Tuomala has also been exploring where empathy lives in North Cambridge and what its role is, and should be, in the lives of the local communities.
This collaboration has resulted in a series of artworks, Empathy Objects, which can be found across North Cambridge and in the Kettle’s Yard House. 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 Objects are located in the Kettle’s Yard House, for which you will need to book a ticket to visit, and in the following community locations:
North Cambridge Academy – school façade and visible externally
Arbury Court Library – front window and, visible externally
The Grove Primary School (access for general public not permitted)
Arbury Community Centre – Campaign for Empathy Pop-up Event (Fri 4 – Sat 5 June)
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.
If you are unable to visit Empathy Objects in person, you can watch this online tour of the project.
Enni-Kukka Tuomala is a Finnish Empathy Artist and Designer based in London. Her vision is to transform empathy from an individual feeling to a radical collective power across age, gender, race and culture to tackle some of the biggest global challenges facing us today. Having created artworks and led projects around the world from London and Tokyo, to New York and Helsinki, Tuomala’s collaborative and research-based practice builds on examining the delicate relationships between empathy, culture, space and systems.
Open House is a long-term collaboration between Kettle’s Yard and our neighbouring communities in North Cambridge.
Open House welcomes an Artist in Residence each year, selected by the community, to explore the local area, collaborate with local residents and create new artwork together.
Please note that the House is not fully wheelchair accessible. The Empathy Objects are located in the ground floor and first floor of the cottages, both of which have stepped access. There is no lift available. Documentation of the Empathy Objects will be recorded and we are delighted to share this with visitors upon request.
Entrance to the House is by free, timed entry tickets. These can be booked online in advance of your visit. Click here to book a House ticket now.
For access to the Empathy Objects in community locations are free to view as they are visible externally. The artwork installed at the Grove Primary School is not accessible to the general public.
The Campaign for Empathy Pop-up at Arbury Community Centre on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 June is fully wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available in a public car park next to the centre.
Image: Empathy Disc, Enni-Kukka Tuomala, 2021. Photo: My Linh Le