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‘We are delighted to be able to support Kettle’s Yard as it embarks on a project that will not only expand its capacity to showcase great works of art, but also support its education and engagement programme. The new education wing will be a superb resource that will dramatically increase its capacity to reach and engage with more children and young people and to deepen the gallery’s relationship with the local community.’
What will change?
The building project will create:
– a four-floor Education wing
– improved exhibition galleries,
– a new entrance area
– a café.
What will happen to the House?
The house at Kettle’s Yard will remain untouched
Why is the House closed?
We need to close the site completely for the safety of the collection.
Who are the architects?
Jamie Fobert Architects, ‘Meet the Architect’ here
Who is paying for it?
The Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England are major supporters of the building project, click here for a full list of donors
What is Kettle’s Yard doing while the building project is happening?
As well as preparing for the reopening we are programming exhibitions, displays and activities off site.
When will Kettle’s Yard reopen?
We expect to reopen in early 2018.
You can see the plans here.
You can donate by clicking here.
Kettle’s Yard’s development plans began under the directorship of Michael Harrison. In 2011 we were awarded £2.32m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a much-needed Education Wing. In the same year, Andrew Nairne joined Kettle’s Yard as the new Director. During 2012 we had to reschedule the building work due to technical difficulties. In this period we looked again at our options and decided that we could make further significant improvements to Kettle’s Yard – and that it would make sense to undertake a single, holistic scheme. A larger scheme would encompass remodelling the existing gallery spaces and improving services for visitors.
The Kettle’s Yard: Looking Ahead project is designed by architect Jamie Fobert, it encompasses: a four floor Education Wing – including two new learning spaces and an archive and project space; two remodelled and environmentally controlled galleries; and a new welcome space and small café.
The project will transform our work with children, young people and community groups, allow us to curate exhibitions with major artists from around the world, display 20th and 21st century art in the best conditions, and have the facilities to enable even more people to enjoy Kettle’s Yard.
To date the project has been supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, University of Cambridge, Clore-Duffield Foundation, DCMS-Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, Edlis-Neeson Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, The Monument Trust, The Sacker Trust and Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement as well as a number of other trusts, foundations and individual donors.
Jamie Fobert Architects are the architects for Kettle’s Yard: Looking Ahead.
We have three visualisations of our plans, created with Jamie Fobert Architects. They include the Clore Learning Studio, which will accommodate a whole school class and remodelled and expanded gallery and welcome spaces. Please find these visualisations above and a PDF of the floor plans can be downloaded via the links adjacent.
Architect Jamie Fobert gave a talk to the Friends of Kettle’s Yard about the building project, which can be viewed here.
Kettle’s Yard closed its doors on the 21st of June 2015 and the development is expected to take around two years. During the closure period we are planning other activities. There will be displays of the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and at Hepworth Wakefield. We are also involved in a three-year creative collaboration in North Cambridge called the Open House project. The chamber music series will continue at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College.
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If you have any feedback or comments we would be delighted to receive them. Please email Susie Biller, Head of Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see the latest photos from the building site here.