Come and join us in our exploration of how experiences are remembered and evoked by our senses. Learn about Arbury Carnival’s 40-year history through an immersive banquet devised by artist Gayle Chong Kwan. Taste, smell, hear, touch and contribute to the joys of this unique Cambridge community celebration that attracts over 4,000 people.
Carnival of Senses is inspired by Kettle’s Yard founder Jim Ede’s vision to produce a sanctuary for everyone to experience art. Kettle’s Yard was Ede’s home and a place where each object comes with a story, from the perfectly round pebbles gathered on the Norfolk coast to Alfred Wallis’ seascape paintings. In the afternoons, Jim Ede personally welcomed people to Kettle’s Yard and invited many visitors to afternoon tea. The seating arrangements, cutlery and crockery were all carefully selected. Tea was poured from the Queen Anne silver teapot into cracked china cups. These rituals created a sense of familiarity and connection. Even today, visitors’ experiences of Kettle’s Yard are like a shared journey with Jim Ede, and Carnival of Senses will bring you on another journey with Arbury community.
Carnival of the Senses explores how communal experiences can be produced and shared. We will re-create the carnival using all of our senses. Gayle Chong Kwan has worked with North Cambridge communities, archives of the carnival, and carnival committee members over the past few months to create Carnival of Senses.
This event is programmed by Kettle's Yard a Tate Exchange Associate.
About Kettle's Yard
Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Kettle’s Yard has recently reopened after a major building project to create a four-floor Education wing, improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance area and a café.