12 December 2016
At the beginning of November on a cold frosty evening, a group of Ede Circle members and guests celebrated the recent opening of Portraits of Place Works from Kettle’s Yard and Richard Long at the beautiful Heong Gallery, Downing College. This exhibition forms part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Jim Ede’s gift of Kettle’s Yard to the University of Cambridge and marks this remarkable act of philanthropy with events across Cambridge.
Portraits of Place brings together paintings, sculptures, collages and works on paper by leading twentieth and twenty-first century artists who have been inspired to make artworks that respond to the places in which they have lived and worked. It includes an array of intimate depictions of British landscapes from the Kettle’s Yard Collection, ranging from early paintings of Cumberland and Cornwall by Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis, to evocative textual and material compositions that engage with ‘place’ by Ian Hamilton Finlay.
After welcoming everyone with champagne and canapés our Director Andrew Nairne, reflected on the progress of the building project and the joy of watching the four-floor Education wing and improved exhibition galleries start to take shape. Following the speech, our guests were treated to a special tour of the exhibition by the Curator of the Heong Gallery Rachel Rose Smith.
This opening event was one of the special events organised for Ede Circle members. If you are interested in joining the Ede Circle more information can be found here. Or alternatively, please contact the development team firstname.lastname@example.org / 01223 748100.