In line with current Government guidance, Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery will be temporarily closed from 5 November.
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Circuit is a group of 18-25 year olds who work on creative events and projects with art galleries Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre.
If you’re 18-25 years old, like being creative and want to meet people and learn new skills, Circuit is for you.
Circuit is an opportunity to:
Circuit meets on alternate Tuesday evenings from 5-6.30pm via Zoom.
There are also some optional, in-person meetups at Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre on Tuesday afternoons (subject to changing guidance around Covid19). Booking is essential – see below for dates and details.
All Circuit sessions are free to attend, and we provide transport from Cambridge when sessions run at Wysing.
To join the online sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Book your place here for our first in-person sessions of the term at 1pm or 3pm on Tuesday 20th October.
These hour-long session will be a chance to come and explore Kettle’s Yard with other Circuit members. Take a tour of the Kettle’s Yard house, discover about upcoming projects and start your own creative responses.
Kettle’s Yard is a Covid-secure building and the session will operate with social distancing and all appropriate measures to keep you safe.
‘I come to meet other people, different people that have similar interests.’
‘It feels privileged to get to be in the galleries after hours. It’s also nice for me to be doing something creative with other people as normally everything I do is self – led.’
‘I’ve done a lot of volunteering but Circuit is one of the places where I’ve felt more valued and welcomed. It’s GREAT getting food and snacks. I really enjoy taking part in Kettle’s Yard Lates and getting involved in events.’
‘I’m so chuffed by this project – I can’t believe my work is in the galleries next to Louise Bourgeois, and we mixed it, recorded it, edited it.’
Email email@example.com to join the Circuit mailing list or get in touch with any questions.
Find out about our past projects at the bottom of the page, or at the Wysing Art Centre archive.
Watch the video below to experience our Circuit Unlocks Festival – a day-long festival of digital art workshops created by the Circuit group in 2016.
Click through below to hear Circuit’s alternative guide to the Kettle’s Yard ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois exhibition (22 January 2019 – 24 March 2019).
Click here to view a full screen version of Louise Bourgeois: An Alternative Guide.
Watch Actions Artists Interviews, the film Circuit made for our reopening exhibition in 2018, Actions.
The next postcard from our virtual visits to places we can't currently visit is from @freyapryceart Freya says of the process: 'Because the satellite image was so sunny and bright, I wanted to take the picture to the extreme to exaggerate how it was how I wanted it to be. I then added my own photographs I had taken at the location to show the elements that made me love it and that weren’t visible from the satellite image.' Image description: A landscape image by water where the colours have been altered to look unusual, creating a light blue mass of water, orange sands, black clouds and a lime green hill in the background. Over the top of the image are three greyscale images that appear to show the texture of sand and long grasses. White text is overlaid over the main image that reads: 'Walking alongside the sea, jut outside of its grasp, for miles and miles. It hits you so suddenly, the openness, the freedom.'
The next postcard is by James. This picture is of Himeji Castle in Japan and brings in a sense of rootedness and calm. I think it related strongly to some of the common themes and feelings that people have at this time. For example, the building is an ancient and fragile structure, but one that had managed to last in the face of history’s challenges. The fact that it is so ornately structured and well organised has kept up its survival, a truth that can be applied to simple gifts such as being able to schedule the day. You can see the serenity and space of the castle and feel the sense of peace, of tranquil & of beauty. There are a couple of tourists but not too many, which was fine. James talks us through his editing process below: Hearing from my fellow group members about the nostalgia that the task of “going on a virtual holiday” brought, especially in the current climate, I attempted to create a range of sepia tones, perhaps reminiscent of the more traditional forms of photography. From there, I used the blur and colouring tools to create a more vibrant haze. Next I tried to implement a variety of different symbols that I thought gave the image more underlying abstract tones to open up the picture past the restrictions of realism and create a feeling of idealism. I added a background that I linked with the conventions of older Japanese art and with the appearance of black ink. I tried to complement this with the name of the castle in Japanese Kanji characters to convey a sense of authenticity. Image description: an image of a white castle with pointed roofs, taken from a viewpoint looking up at the castle. The image shows the castle with pink edges and a pink tinge, set against a purple sky. At the base of the castle is a purple wall. Around the edge of the image you roughly drawn black frame, with some black marks appearing on the image. Over the top of the image pink Japanese Kanji characters say the name of the castle.
We've been busy exploring ideas around communication and connection, including going low-tech and sending letters to each other. Last week we created some postcards to share with everyone via social media, so we'll be sharing them here over the next few days. First up, a postcard from Circuit member @dora.housham Image description. Two highly saturated images combine to show a sunny day by a lake, with a mountain in the background. In the foreground are two picnic benches, two sun loungers and three trees on grass by the lake. The branches on one of the trees are bare, and there is an empty road next to the grass with text on the road that reads 'Wainui Main Road' as on a map. Over the top of the image there is white text which reads: 'In New Zealand everything is back to normal pretty much and so soon the memory of six months spent in isolation is hazy and hard to bring yourself back to. This postcard is sent from a place called Wainui Beach, but there's not much of a beach at all. You might think it's just because the tide is all the way in, but the rocks on the beach are far too big to sit on - that's probably why these picnic benches are here. I'm not complaining though, the scenery is very beautiful and serene. Even though I haven't seen another person here I don't feel lonely, more at peace with myself. It's easy to understand why the virus isn't such a big problem here. It feels worlds away from the stuffy carriages of the underground.'
Even more glad we got to spend some time at Kettle’s Yard IRL recently. Now we’ll get creative in new ways with lockdown Circuit #seeyouonzoom
Did our event on Tuesday inspire you to find new artists and inspiration? Check out @NewContemps exciting new digital platform for #BNC2020, showcasing the work of the 36 artists selected by internationally-renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder. Head to their platform to see some of the UK’s most dynamic art practices from the next generation of contemporary artists: https://bnc2020.newcontemporaries.org.uk/
Thanks to everyone who came to our Burst Your Bubble Circuit Social yesterday with @Harold_Offeh. Here are some of our screen share highlights! This screen shot shows some of the brilliant masks and decorations created yesterday to create new playful persona's outside of the bubble. Some excellent work here I think you'll agree! If you were there, or even if you couldn't make it, you can still upload your inspiration, selfies and responses at https://wysingbroadcasts.art/explore/burst-your-bubble Image Description: a screen shot over zoom which shows 17 people holding posing for the camera. Their faces have been decorated and disguised with colourful masks, painted faces and hands obscuring some of their faces.