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A number of works from the Kettle’s Yard collection will soon be on show at Variations on a Weekend Theme at 78 Akeman Street in North Cambridge.
Emma Smith, the first Kettle’s Yard Open House artist in residence, has been collaborating with local communities to develop a new artwork, exploring people’s restorative pastimes. She is taking over and transforming the now disused Maskell’s Bakery on Akeman Street for three days. The shop will become an ‘art apothecary’ where visitors are invited to receive remedies for a variety of malaises and situations. While reusing the original bread shelves and glass counter, the shop will be completely redecorated and a few selected works from the Kettle’s Yard collection will be on display. Emma has selected prints by Naum Gabo and Ben Nicholson and sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ovidiu Maitec, Gregorio Vardanega , Richard Pousette-Dart and Kenneth Martin.
The title for the work ‘Variations on a Weekend Theme’ comes from an unpublished manuscript written by Jim Ede detailing his thinking and activity in Tangiers when he first conceived of having an ‘open house’ where soldiers could stay, try something new and recuperate. Smith’s art apothecary has also been inspired by The Casebooks Project, currently the focus of research by the Department of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge. The Casebooks are a collection of astrological-based diagnoses from the 17th century by Simon Forman and Richard Napier.
Open Friday 27 – Sunday 29 November, 12 – 5pm, free, 78 Akeman Street, Arbury, Cambridge CB4 3HG