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Open House: Art and Engagement in North Cambridge

In Hear it and Say, Waterbeach 2012 (C) Richard Youell

In Hear it and Say, Waterbeach 2012 (C) Richard Youell

Emma Smith announced as first Artist in Residence in North Cambridge

Open House recently held a public meeting where community members and Kettle’s Yard selected Emma Smith as the first Artist in Residence. Emma Smith will be ‘in residence’ from April to December 2015.

From July 2015, Kettle’s Yard will be closed to the public for a significant capital build. During this exciting period of re-development, Kettle’s Yard will be delivering a major off-site programme, Open House: Art and Engagement in North Cambridge, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Cambridge City Council.

Open House is a three-year creative programme, developed in partnerships between Kettle’s Yard and its neighbouring communities in North Cambridge. Open House will be working collaboratively with community partners to develop a dynamic and integrated programme of events, exhibitions, artist residencies and activities, which will be situated in and around the north of the city. Open House will support communities of Arbury, King’s Hedges and East Chesterton in becoming an active voice in the cultural offer of their city. Open House is commissioning innovative and inclusive projects conceived by artists, as a series of three residencies over the next three years.

Reflecting on the founder of Kettle’s Yard, Jim Ede’s vision for Kettle’s Yard that art should be an integral part of life, Open House will be accessible to everyone, support pioneering art practice and value the importance of direct experience with artworks as well as the beauty found in natural forms and everyday objects.

Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. She explores the inter-relation between people and place through performance, participation, sound and text. Often collaborating with the public to develop ideas, events and to create participatory experiences, her work is particularly focussed on social and collective action.

‘It is fantastic to be continuing Jim Ede’s legacy in creating a home-place for art that is open to all. I am particularly excited to be working across a number of areas that form a part of the neighbourhood in which I live, bringing a special pertinence to this exploration of the blurring of art and life; public and domestic space’.
Emma Smith

Over the next few months, Smith will be meeting people across North Cambridge and finding out about the area as well as exploring Kettle’s Yard to develop responsive and engaging projects in collaboration with the community. Keep looking on the Kettle’s Yard website to find out the latest news on the residency.

The outcomes of the residency are not predetermined, allowing the programme to be a truly open and responsive exchange between the artist, communities and Kettle’s Yard. This exciting and flexible approach we hope will encourage a wide range of people to get involved, come together and celebrate the creativity and positive aspects of North Cambridge.

Open House is a Kettle’s Yard project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Cambridge City Council.

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