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Art Moves

Come and visit us this weekend in the Olympic Park for Art Moves with the Abbey Gardens honesty stall. Top quality Gherkins and much much more!

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Past, Present, Somewhere

We'd love you to come to Cambridge and see this at Kettle's Yard in person of course, but for those who can't there are now some pictures here ...

Past, Present, Somewhere

Kettle’s Yard is delighted to present projects and films by artists Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, who have worked under the name ‘Somewhere’ for almost twenty years. This is their first solo exhibition since they were awarded the Northern Art Prize in 2007.

Past, Present, Somewhere is a rare opportunity to see early video and web-based projects and watch the artists’ remarkable documentary films (screened daily). For the past year Somewhere have been part of the North West Cambridge Art Programme; working with Cambridge Archaeological Unit, the exhibition includes new work inspired by this collaboration.

Andrew Nairne, Director

“Let us take you to the Essex seaside in the 1940s, travel forward to a present-day Japanese farming village, walk around a local manor house in Tudor England. Come on a bus with us from a factory on the edge of the Thames to the Czech Republic and the start of a shoe empire. Make your way across Scotland to the Western Isles and, of course, come home with us. Finally, step into the future on your doorstep and try and see Cambridge in 2040.

You will find separate pieces and places here, but many themes that bind them together. The space between each project is elastic for us, like the time travelled in between and within each piece.

There are no expert opinions here, there are many anecdotes and much is made by amateurs. There is all of domestic, messy, mixed up life. Together we strive, alongside people we meet, to piece together the past and make a stab at the future. Most importantly we spend time now, in the moment, struggling with the stuff of ‘Somewhere’ and trying to record what this can look like.”

Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, 2014

You can pick up the lovely free Somewhere map designed by Koby Barhad at the show, which includes a new essay by writer David Crowley: the full text is available here too.

Massive thanks to Kettle’s Yard staff and volunteers for all their help with the work, especially Marie-France and Pete. We would also like to thank Koby Barhad, David Crowley, Kirsten Lavers, Chris Evans, The Prospectors, and all those who helped with the cob build & install - a hard 2 weeks!

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

There's a LOT happening at Abbey Gardens in the next few weeks and also some ways you can help us to raise the important funds we need to keep the garden running.

We will be taking part in the Art Moves exhibition on September 20th-21st; celebrating Urban Food Fortnight with a charity dinner on September 24th and of course there is PUMPKINFEST, our Annual Harvest Festival on September 27th, which is a free event in the garden from 1-4pm.

Art Moves
September 20th/21st, 10am-6pm Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Abbey Gardens’ Honesty Stall will be part of the Art Moves exhibition on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September (10am -6pm) in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Mandeville Place. The exhibition will showcase the very best of mobile architecture and design as part of Open House London weekend. Vicki will be with the stall during the event but any volunteers would be most welcome! If possible email Vicki at admin 'at' abbeygardens.org

Urban Food Fortnight, Abbey Gardens fundraising dinner
September 24th, 7pm EastTwenty Cafe
To celebrate Urban Food Fortnight, EastTwenty ( the café of the arcelormittalorbit tower) are planning a special fundraising dinner for Abbey Gardens on Wednesday 24th September at 7pm. Working with Abbey Gardens they we will be serving visitors a special menu of fresh, seasonal produce – that has been grown and made within London and some at Abbey Gardens (as far as possible!)

Tickets are priced at £25 and include two courses and a botanical cocktail (with wonderful Abbey Garden herbs). The event will be at EastTwenty Hospitality Suite. A donation from the ticket price will be made to Abbey Gardens with an additional commission if Abbey Gardens sell the tickets!

There will also be a prize draw on the night, where you can win numerous great prizes!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – CALL 0333 800 8099 TO BOOK!

PUMPKINFEST
September 27th, 1-4pm Abbey Gardens
This year’s Harvest Festival at Abbey Gardens is PUMPKINFEST – a free, fun-filled event celebrating all things pumpkin!

Firstly, we are hoping that many of you will take part in one of the two competitions:
1. Pumpkin-squash-gourd competition – bring your best looking or most interesting pumpkin, squash, gourd or marrow for display and it might win a prize! All produce will be returned after the event.
2. Creativity with vegetables – create something unique with your vegetables – entries can include carved pumpkins, decorated pumpkins, vegetable sculptures – anything!

Our competition prizes have been kindly donated by Foyles and Sawmills Cafe.

Other activities include:

*Enjoy delicious food from the chefs at Vegan Peasant
*Listen to music from the Regent Community Band
*Take part in children’s activities, including harvest crafts, facepainting and a pumpkin story tent
*Have your photo taken as a PUMPKINHEAD
*Enter this year’s vegetable quiz in order to win an Abbey Gardens prize
*Learn the history of pumpkin carving

And of course there will be our honesty stall and the popular tea and cake stall. In particular, this year we have been working really hard on some original Abbey Gardens produce – there will be homemade tea, chutneys and over 100 jars of Abbey Gardens original gherkins – all available for donations to the garden!

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Our new film has a website!

After what seems like an age we've got our website up and live HERE for my new film The Closer We Get - many thanks to Caroline Gowers, Zoe Guthrie and Maria Duvidzon for their input, and James Franklin at Assemble for their technical expertise.

We think it looks splendid, and you can sign up there for film updates etc, so please do - and we promise there will be a trailer soon!

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Website goes live!

"I don't do minimalism"

But I am learning to speak the second language of the white gallery (after a very long break since the Northern Art Prize show in 2007), here during the Kettles Yard install in Cambridge - our show 'Past, Present, Somewhere' opens from Sat Sept 13th....

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There Is a Brown Field Far Away….

Here is a nice little film made by Kettles Yard during Tomorrow, Today now up online where I stand in a windy field - eventually I tell you a bit about the early origins of Somewhere, after showing a bit of cob and rather too much white flesh :-)

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Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope from Kettle's Yard on Vimeo.

Thanks to Kettles Yard

Gathering up of Somewhere

Just one week to go till I mobilise southwards with a car full of wonders to contribute to our forthcoming show at Cambridge's lovely Kettles Yard. These things range from home-made jam to a kilt. Now that I type that it doesnt sound like much of a range.

Designer Koby Barhad has taken the show design by storm and is producing lovely things for walls and bits of paper - this scan was for one of his things, so you will be as thrilled as we are with the results I'm sure.

Opens to the public September 13 - lucky for some :-)

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Somewhere We Don't Know

Bye bye Maria D

Our latest intern Maria has recently finished her post with us and wrote this little report. Whilst we don't offer formal internships, If you think you might be able to bring something to Somewhere as an intern do get in touch with us.

I’ve spent a very exciting few months working for Somewhere and now sadly it’s time to say goodbye. My tasks involved anything and everything from finding the copyright to a Winnie-the-Pooh sticker to digitising tapes to making cob buildings.

I’ve approached Karen when I started looking for an academically assessed internship in the creative industries as part of my Masters programme. Having met her at the Floating Cinema 2013 (which Somewhere curate and program) wrap-up party I remember thinking I wanted to find out more about the organisation; and I did just that. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the different experiences I took part in while working with Nina and Karen, which often provided a practical counterpart to my theoretical academic knowledge gained at lectures and seminars. Through helping out on a variety of tasks related to the now-almost-finished feature documentary The Closer We Get, I’ve learnt a great deal about the film industry: how laborious editing a film can be, especially when faced with hours of raw material if making a documentary; how bureaucratic the process is, with permissions and licenses for virtually anything; how expensive filmmaking is, partly due to the music and other rights fees.

If I had to choose my favourite memory, it would have to be the day spent in Cambridge on the NW Cambridge building site, where Somewhere were working on their Tomorrow, Today scale model. I learnt to operate a digger, found out how cob is made (part sand, part clay, part straw) and how strong a material it is, I got to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air while spending the day doing physical work, I met volunteers from various backgrounds brought together by their engagement in the project. For me, that’s what working in the arts is all about: you never know where the project might take you, what skills you will develop, and who you will meet. Finally, the idea behind the model is beautiful in its simplicity; it is the combination of past, present and future.

I wish Nina and Karen best of luck in their future endeavours and look forward to hearing about them (and watching the final cut of The Closer We Get).

Maria

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Karen & Maria very muddy whilst working on 'Tomorrow, Today'

The Return of the Honesty Table

Very excited to announce that our Honesty Table will be part of our forthcoming mini retrospective at Kettles Yard in Cambridge (from Sept 13 2014).

For those of you not in the know, this is one teensy satellite of a global, slightly anarchic and unregulated network of artist-led honesty shops many of which you can enjoy online here at the International Village Shop. In fact shopkeeper and artist Kathrin Bohm will bring the concept to an event on our Floating Cinema on Sat. 21st September, highly recommended. Other players in the field include Grizedale Arts' permanent Coniston Honest Shop and we are all inspired by the brilliant Kate Rich's Feral Trade project.

How does it work?
Our Honesty Table is based on a low, square Japanese table, as it derived from our 'Seven Samurai' project in Japan. It has space for 6 product ranges at a time, so turnover wants to be pretty swift and product runs should be small, as should the items!
Popular things tend to be home grown fruit / veg (bagged up pref.), jams and pickles, baking, small craft items. Suppliers can label their stuff up with a recommended price but the money collecting jars are not policed so you get what you get! Extra stock can be shelved below the table but suppliers should be prepared to visit the gallery during opening hours often to check on their stock and income.
Items should be hand-made or small scale production and local-ish. Common sense should prevail as there are no guarantees - i.e don't expect to sell raw sausages or home-made porn from it.

Occasionally Nina and I will contribute some stuff, and it's been known to appear on eBay shortly afterwards at a considerable mark-up. We're fine with that :-)

So if you're local to Cambridge and make, bake or gather suitable stock, get in touch if you'd like to 'sell' on the Table during the show.

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'the honesty table' at the opening of the Northern Art Prize

Photo: Nina Pope

A little bit B&J

I'm up on Mull at the moment and as we are re-visiting A Hypertext Journal (affectionately known as AHJ to Somewhere) for our Kettles Yard show I've been rather enjoying some time on the Boswell & Johnson trail again. The Ulva ferry is still under the confident command of Donald who took Karen and I over there in 1996 ... I don't, however, recall seeing this very strange little model
In the Mull Museum then!

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