What People Say

Inventing games helped us with our own imagination. The games that were there already helped us get more ideas. Having something to touch was important.

Adrianna, Mother, about having games and props in Kettle's Yard Gallery

This project equipped our team with some fantastic skills to really help our children while they're in hospital.

Dr Denise Williams, Clinical Directors of Children's Services

We used the dice to explore and talk about every painting. My daughter wanted to go round all of them and repeat it. We talked in detail and shared really complex conversations.

Mehrdad, Father, about exploring Kettle's Yard Gallery with props

Describing things to people with the blindfold was funny. You had to really think about it. This meant you saw the paintings differently.

Sue, Grandparent and Phoebe, Grandchild, 14, about exploring Kettle's Yard Gallery with props

This was not the usual approach…it was lively, more fun and there was more stuff to do. Having objects made it different. They created more interactions with the art and encouraged dialogue. It helped you communicate with the work and the artists. Normally you stand and look so feel separate and distant but this was like a bridging thing that helps you cross that line.

Anna, Mother, about exploring Kettle's Yard Gallery with props

The Education department at Kettle's Yard has worked closely with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination for many years and has benefited hugely from the quality of their thinking, working and engagement with families. 

Sarah Campbell, Kettle's Yard Gallery

Children and young people are the recyclers of the future, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways of encouraging them to do their bit for the environment. This project is certainly innovative and we believe it will make a real difference.

Julia Barrett, Director of Environment and Regulation, Cambridgeshire County Council

There are many benefits to my organisation - research into new forms of interpretation, improved understanding of how families engage with our gallery, new ways of connecting audiences with our exhibition programme, and new dimensions to existing partnerships between us, CCI and Wysing Art Centre. More importantly, there are many benefits to the children and their families - intergenerational learning, exploring new means of communication, increased visual literacy, exposure to new ideas, and above all, a positive experience that is great fun. We are particularly excited about this project because it is such an interesting and innovative way of introducing both children and adults alike to contemporary art. There is a dearth of support materials to help people tackle contemporary art. This shortfall is often compounded by hostile press coverage and wary public attitudes (the 'Emperor's New Clothes' argument). Contemporary art is the art of our times, a reflection of our current society and there are artists working today who will become the Manets of the future. Children are free from many of the hang-ups that limit adults' understanding of contemporary art and have the potential to be fantastic guides/leaders into this world. 

Sarah Campbell, Kettle's Yard Gallery

From an educational perspective the knowledge, experience and inspiration they have been able to share has been exceptional. The ability to arrange conditions so that children and adults can then feel free to create without the constraints of a predetermined outcome is a considerable skill that CCI obviously have great experience in.

Education Manager, Amey Cespa Waste Management

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