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Progress on the Kettle’s Yard extension was celebrated on Thursday 9 February, as the building reached its highest point. The contractors, SDC, hosted a topping out ceremony and invited guests from the University of Cambridge, Kettle’s Yard and major funders of the scheme – Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Cambridge City Council.
The new Kettle’s Yard, designed by architect Jamie Fobert, 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 entrance space and café.
“Being able to stand in what will be the new galleries and education spaces is so exciting. We can now get a real sense of what the new Kettle’s Yard will feel like and all the opportunities it will bring to welcome new audiences.”
As part of the ceremony a time capsule was placed in the roof by Dominika Grzeskowik, a student from North Cambridge Academy. The time capsule holds a small sculpture of a piano made by Dominika in response to her memories of the grand piano in the House at Kettle’s Yard. Also included is a pebble from Jim Ede’s collection, a work by artist Harold Offeh, a Kettle’s Yard newsletter and tote bag, a USB drive from SDC, and sketches by Jamie Fobert.
This event marks a major milestone in Kettle’s Yard’s transformation and we thank SDC for hosting the Topping Out Ceremony. You can read more about the day and see interviews in this Cambridge News piece.