I come from a place…

Kettle's Yard

I come from a place

Commission focussing on celebrating the community of Arbury Estate, Cambridge.

A commission and exhibition

for Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

I come from a place...

The project focused on the North Cambridge area and in particular the Arbury Estate, which was built from 1957. Working with both young people and those who were instrumental in forming the new community, the project explores the needs of a new community, how those needs are met and the impact on a new generation.

Katherine worked closely with a local girls youth group, ‘Club United’, teaching photography skills and exploring their local area. At the same time, Katherine met with key community members – both the early residents and those making an impact in the current community, photographing them and the varied architecture of the estate and collecting oral histories. She spent time in the archives looking at community campaigns for facilities on the estate dating back to when it was first built. She also collected historic photos of the Arbury Carnival, a key event on the estate which has brought people together every year since 1977. 

The resulting exhibition at Kettle’s Yard included contemporary photographs by Katherine, photographs by youth group ‘Club United’, newspaper clippings, historic photos of Arbury Carnival donated by the community and oral histories. Additionally, around the estate, large posters and billboards were displayed with portraits of community leaders as well as outside Kettle’s Yard which was in the process of being redeveloped. 

See Kettle’s Yard websitefor a blog post by Katherine.

Student Nick Willoughby put together this lovely film of the opening night of the exhibition on 18 October 2014, with introduction by Andrew Nairne. 

Please respect the copyright in these images and only use them with my permission - thank you. Katherine