Imogen returned to Kettle’s Yard in March 2017, having previously been a member of our young people’s group, Circuit, and worked as our Circuit Programme Assistant from 2014-15.
Imogen assists with all Learning Programmes, working together with the programming team to reach a wide range of audiences – with a focus on schools, families and young people.
Previously Imogen studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and has an MA in Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia. Before returning to Kettle’s Yard, Imogen worked in the education team at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Imogen’s favourite part of the Kettle’s Yard House:
Amongst (too many!) favourite objects for me is the glass inscription on the window from the book of Job: ‘Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades…’ It reminds me of when I first discovered it exploring the house as a member of Circuit, and I love the way it helps you to both look up to something bigger, and notice little details, at the same time!
Morag joined Kettle’s Yard in 2017 from the major gifts team at Tate, where she supported the exhibition, conservation and learning programmes. Previously she was at Christie’s, working on post-war and contemporary art auctions and private sales in London and New York. Prior to this Morag worked in wealth management for an investment bank, specialising in working with high-net worth international clients.
She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Manchester, and an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Glasgow.
Morag’s favourite item in the Kettle’s Yard collection:
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Woman on a horse, 1912-13 (circa)
I’d like to say that it its my favourite work in the Kettle’s Yard collection because of the delicate and exquisite use of line, but really I think it just makes me dream of galloping far away!
Susie took up the position of Assistant Director in 2021 and is responsible, with the Director, for the strategic leadership of Kettle’s Yard. She oversees communications, audience development, operations and financial management, HR, community and learning, the digital strategy and plan, and commercial activity. Susie has been at Kettle’s Yard since 2001 and was Head of Communications from 2012-2021. Previously, Susie worked at Leeds City Art Gallery. She has a BA in History and History of Art from Birmingham University and an MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University.
Susie’s favourite part of the House:
It is impossible to choose a single favourite part of the House, but I can say that one of my favourite things is Lucie Rie’s The Wave (Jim Ede’s name for it), I love everything about it: its position in the House, on a slate table, below three collages by Italo Valenti; the way that light from the skylight above bounces into the bowl and catches the glaze; its shape and texture; the whiteness of it and its undulating rim. I get pure, simple pleasure from it.
Nastasha joined Kettle’s Yard in 2018 as a Visitor Assistant and has since undertaken the role of Full Time Duty Manager, ensuring the smooth running of Front of House on a day-to-day basis.
Before coming to Kettle’s Yard, Nastasha worked for many of the University of Cambridge Museums as an Audience Researcher alongside her previous role of Assistant Producer at Cambridge Junction. She has a BA in Fine Art from Cambridge School of Art and continues her practice where possible, focusing largely on printmaking.
Nastasha’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard:
One of my favourite sculptures in the House is Sleeping Fawn (1913) by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. It really highlights the essence of Kettle’s Yard – that art is to be enjoyed in one’s home. On a plinth, we might admire the materials used and the skill of the artist. However, in the House with Sleeping Fawn resting on a low wooden table, we peer at the artwork through a vase of dried wheat and have to remind ourselves that it is indeed a sculpture and not a living creature taking a moment to rest.
Deborah keeps the music playing at Kettle’s Yard, working with music programmers Justin Lee (Chamber Music) and Tom McKinney (New Music) to provide our renowned and varied concert series. Not to forget our Student Music series which adds another dimension to the mix. Deborah worked in art journalism and has interesting degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge (but not in art, music or journalism).
Deborah’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard:
It’s a great privilege to spend as many hours as I do gazing at the artwork in the Kettle’s Yard extension as the music washes over me. There are two wooden objects in that room that delight and intrigue me. One is John Catto’s ‘St Edmund’ which lurks quietly under the stairs in meditative peace (despite third degree burns). The other is the gargantuan slice of tree trunk that forms the plinth for Gaudier-Brzeska’s ‘Bird swallowing a fish’. This driftwood stonker found its way to Jim Ede from the Scilly Isles – very, very slowly overland – I understand. I like to think of its odyssey.
Lauren began working as a visitor assistant when Kettle’s Yard reopened to the public in February 2018 and has since become a Duty Manager and Group Bookings and Events Coordinator.
Lauren is also an Artist Facilitator and has a BA(hons) in Fine Art from Loughborough University and an Masters degree in Children’s Book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
When Lauren isn’t happily talking about the interesting art and objects here at Kettle’s Yard, she is likely to be found drawing and painting in her studio.
Christine started working on the information desk, as receptionist in April 2018.
She has previously worked for The Institute of Public Health on the front desk and in facilities management. She studied illustration at the City of Bath College.
Christine is a member of the Open House panel, which works with artists in residence, promoting art and creativity in North Cambridge. She was previously a school governor and ex-trustee of the Ren Hen Charity.
Helen joined Kettle’s Yard as Communications Assistant in July 2019. She works with Susie Biller, Head of Communications, on all press and marketing activity. She has a BA from UCL in History of Art.
Before coming to Kettle’s Yard, Helen worked as a visitor assistant for The Fitzwilliam Museum and volunteered with Susie and the Kettle’s Yard communications department in her spare time.
Helen’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard:
My favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard is the light in the House. It is continuously changing and this in turn gives different rooms and objects a different feel depending on when you see them. I love all of the shadows and light trails that can be found throughout all of the rooms on a sunny day, at any time of the year. I love taking photos and it makes the House very photogenic!
joined Kettle’s Yard as a Visitor Assistant in 2018 and now works both as a Visitor Assistant and as a Duty Manager.
Previously, Miriam worked as a Project Leader for Cambridge City Council, working with children and families across Cambridge. Prior to that, she ran creative workshops for children in schools in Brighton. She has a BA in Illustration from The University of Brighton and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. Miriam continues to develop ideas for children’s picturebooks and loves keeping sketchbooks full of experimental and reportage drawings.
Miriam’s favourite part of the Kettle’s Yard House:
I enjoy the range in scale of the artworks in the house and how they reflect the intimacy of the space. I particularly appreciate the little torpedo fish by Henri Gaudier Brzeska in Jim’s Bedroom and the collection of artworks in the cabinet in Helen’s Bedroom that includes a lovely painted box by Ben Nicholson and some small sculptures by Naum Gabo.
Rebecca has been an appreciator of Kettle’s Yard since moving to Cambridge and joined in 2014 as a Volunteer, she was invited to assist the Flower Team later in the year when she became a Visitor Assistant for the House and Gallery. A graduate of Illustration with a history of event organising, Rebecca coordinated the Castle Hill Open Day in 2015 and helped facilitate outreach activities during the redevelopment of Kettle’s Yard, whilst temping around the University.
Like so many before her, Kettle’s Yard has been a real Sanctuary for Rebecca over recent years and she was delighted to rejoin as a supporting Visitor Assistant in 2020 and now as Duty Manager in 2021. She continues taking great pleasure in doing the flowers for the House. When she isn’t found at Kettle’s Yard she enjoys being in her studio, walking in nature, and playing the Rav Vast.
Guy is responsible for the development and delivery of exhibitions and artistic projects at Kettle’s Yard. He also oversees the management and care of the collection. Since joining Kettle’s Yard he has been involved in organising over forty major exhibitions, projects and commissions, working closely with artists such as Antony Gormley, Anthea Hamilton, Broomberg & Chanarin, Gustav Metzger, Jesse Wine, Oscar Murillo, Oreet Ashery, Matthew Darbyshire, Rana Begum and Mark Titchner.
He regularly works collaboratively with other institutions and partners. In 2016 he curated Into Boundless Space, an off-site project that brought together artists with leading experimental physicists at the University of Cambridge. In 2018 he worked with artist Florian Roithmayr on a two-year research project The Humility of Plaster with Wysing Arts Centre and the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge. For 2020 he is developing a new commission with artist Marcus Coates within communities in Royston, Hertfordshire as part of New Geographies, a major commissioning project with ECVAN (East Contemporary Visual Arts Network), funded by Arts Council England.
His interests lie in 21st century contemporary art and culture with a focus on performance and interdisciplinary practices.
Guy studied sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. Previously he worked in the studio of UK-based artist Andy Holden.
Lucinda oversees all finance activity at Kettle’s Yard. She has been at Kettle’s Yard since 2014. Previously, Lucinda worked at Deloitte, JDMIS Singapore (a Jewellery Design & Management School) and Sedgwick Richardson (a branding and design group). She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics from the University of Sydney and is a qualified CPA.
Adéla joined Kettle’s Yard in January 2018 and works as a Visitor Assistant.
She studied Classical Archaeology at the Charles University in Prague, where she was involved in field expeditions to Uzbekistan and various parts of the Mediterranean region. Along with Archaeology, she graduated with a Masters degree in History of Art at the same university, focusing on decorative arts.
Adéla has previous experience from museums and galleries both as a researcher and an employee. During her studies, she worked as an Education and Outreach Assistant at the Prague City Gallery and the National Gallery in Prague, and an Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
Adéla is also currently pursuing her PhD focused on the history of Renaissance and Baroque engraved glass in Central Europe.
Andrew became Director of Kettle’s Yard in November 2011. From 2008-2011 Andrew was Executive Director, Arts for Arts Council England. In this role he led the development of Arts Council England’s 10 year Strategic Framework for the Arts, ‘Achieving great art for everyone’, published in 2010.
Andrew Nairne was Director of Modern Art Oxford between 2001 and 2008 where he curated exhibitions by established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world. Previously he was the first Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Visual Arts Director of the Scottish Arts Council, and Exhibitions Director at CCA Glasgow, supporting the rise to international prominence of a new generation of Scottish artists and co-curating the British Art Show 1990 which toured to the Hayward Gallery, London.
A Fellow of the RSA, and former visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Andrew has also held positions including Chair of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association and Trustee of the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. As a former member of the Arts Council’s Executive Board he was responsible, among other roles, for leadership of the digital agenda.
Andrew Nairne is involved in several projects across Cambridge and beyond within and outside of the university. Andrew is currently Chair of the North West Cambridge Public Art Advisory Panel and is a member of the following panels and committees: University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group, Cambridge City Council Public Art Panel, Cambridge Arts & Cultural Leaders, University of Cambridge History of Art Faculty Board & Degree Committee, Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement Steering Committee, CB1 Public Art Steering Group, CBC (Cambridge Biomedical Campus) Public Art Steering Group, What Next? (Cambridge), East Contemporary Visual Art Network (East CVAN), Friends of Kettle’s Yard, Plus Tate.
Phil joined the team at Kettle’s Yard in January 2018, following his retirement, at the end of 2017, after a long profession based scientific career in industry and later in the civil service.
Phil has lived most of his life close to Cambridge and has been a regular visitor to Kettle’s Yard since his first visit in the mid 1980s.
Phil has maintained a fascination and interest with Twentieth Century art throughout his life and joining Kettle’s Yard has enabled him to further expand this knowledge and use many of the people skills he learned in his career.
Phil’s interest in art, probably started with his visit to the Bloomsbury home at Charleston, in the 1980s. He has been a regular volunteer and organiser of Bloomsbury related events for the Friends of Charleston, in different parts of the UK, and particularly in Cambridge.
When not working at Kettle’s Yard, Phil can be found acting as a volunteer and Trustee at another local public art gallery, the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, and acting as Chairman to the T E Lawrence Society.
Phil’s first grandson, is also now occupying some of his time.
Alison joined Kettle’s Yard as Operations Manager in July 2021 having previously worked as Front of House Manager for Norwich Castle. She has a BA in History of Art from the University of East Anglia and has been working with front of house teams welcoming visitors to museums and galleries since 2007.
When she is not working at Kettle’s Yard she can often be found with a crochet hook in hand, or baking cakes for friends and family.
Alison’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard:
I find it difficult to select one favourite artwork, but what I love every day is the sense of calm I feel when I walk through the House, especially seeing the changing patterns from light and shade around the rooms at different times of day.
Tom graduated with a degree in English literature but found his true calling working with artists and curators on the logistics of exhibition installation. He has been involved with Kettle’s Yard since 2011 in different capacities, and currently splits his time between working in the gallery, as a freelance art technician and doing artist studio work in London and Cambridge.
Highlights at Kettle’s Yard for Tom include attaching eighty miniature microphones to knitting needles for Oreet Ashery’s performance Passing Through Metal, and working on a joint Kettle’s Yard and Museum of Cambridge project involving a fully immersive light and sound exhibition of the ceramicist Jesse Wine.
Steven joined the team at Kettle’s Yard as Facilities Manager in July 2017. Previously, he worked at the Department of Material Science & Metallurgy as a Senior Building Technician, taking care of the fabric of the building and its facilities.
He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Design Communications from the University of East Anglia and worked in various exhibition and marketing agencies prior to moving into the area of building and facilities.
Laura joined Kettle’s Yard in 2013, initially as Assistant to the Director before taking on the role of Retail Manager in 2017. Laura is responsible for all retail activity at Kettle’s Yard in both the physical and online shops, including buying and product development. She also oversees sales of Kettle’s Yard publications to trade customers.
Previously Laura has worked in a variety of roles in the boutique retail sector, and also ran her own small business designing and selling handmade jewellery and knitwear.
Sabrina joined Kettle’s Yard in 2000 and worked as a Visitor Assistant in the House and the shop. She has also been doing the fresh flowers in the House since 2012 on an alternate weekly basis. Sabrina really enjoys working with flowers. Since reopening she is very happy to be back working as a Visitor Assistant in this wonderful new space and the beautiful House.
Daniela joined Kettle’s Yard in February 2018 as part of the Front of House team, in 2020 she became Programme Assistant, and recently has taken up the post of Assistant to the Directors & Programme Support. She has a background in Graphic Design, and a degree in Art History and Management.
Before relocating to Cambridge in 2017, she worked at Ignacio Liprandi Contemporary Art, a high profile art gallery based in Buenos Aires where she assisted with the production of exhibitions and coordinated the participation in international art fairs. Previously she worked as an educator at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art.
Karina joined the Kettle’s Yard retail team in November 2019. As Supervisor, she is responsible for the running of both the physical and online shops. She also works alongside Susy Oram (Enterprise & Retail Co-ordinator) on the development and ordering of bespoke products.
Following graduation from Norwich University of the Arts in 2017 with a BA in Illustration, she began volunteering at Kettle’s Yard and assisting at a collaborative printmaking studio. Her interest in visual art and craft has developed into a particular passion for printmaking and ceramics.
Karina’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard
What feels so unique about the place, is that whilst moving through the cottages, your attention is brought to both the deliberate craft of artists and the art found within nature, the imperfect and the ‘everyday’.
I like to point out the changes in light and shadow in the House, and The Dancer Room is my favourite place to pause.
Elizabeth joined Kettle’s Yard in April 2021, having previously worked in a number of museum and heritage sites across London. Her last role was Sales Account Manager for corporate and private events in the Hospitality Team at the Museum of London. Prior to this she worked in engagement, leading tours exploring London’s history, a passion which means she is still often found leading private tours exploring heritage sites, museums and art galleries in her spare time.
Elizabeth read Philosophical Studies: Knowledge and Human Interests at Newcastle University, and while still confused, you’ll often find her pouring over a text when she’s able to.
Elizabeth’s favourite part of Kettle’s Yard
Having started in a pandemic I haven’t had a chance to visit Kettle’s Yard for some time, so it’s difficult to pick just the one object or piece. However, the one thing I do clearly remember about my first ever visit many years ago, was the impact the space had on me – I went straight home and cleared my flat so I could have a proper conversation with the room before choosing where things should go.
Andrew has been a fan of Kettle’s Yard since his first visit to the House in the early 1980s.
After an early career that included both product design and marketing management Andrew completed an MBA at the University of Hertfordshire. Later Andrew and a colleague formed a small company designing and producing gas and electric cooking and heating products.
Following a period of ill health coupled with the economic downturn Andrew took early retirement in 2011. On his recovery he started volunteering at Kettle’s Yard, officially becoming a member of staff in February 2014. He was delighted to be able to join the team again when Kettle’s Yard reopened in February 2018.
When not working in Kettle’s Yard, Andrew can often be found taking visitors round Bourn Post Mill or singing old music hall songs to anyone who’ll listen.
Eliza joined Kettle’s Yard in August 2018, initially assisting with curating and researching temporary exhibitions such as Artist: Unknown and Alan Reynolds: A Legacy. Since August 2019, she has taken on responsibility for the Kettle’s Yard House and permanent collection, including collections management, research and assisting with exhibitions. Eliza holds a degree in History of Art from Cambridge University, where her interests lay in British modernism and its exploration of ‘Englishness’, heritage and the landscape.
Eliza’s favourite thing about Kettle’s Yard:
I think my favourite place has to be the little conservatory of houseplants just before the bridge to the extension. As well as housing some beautiful artworks, like Ben Nicholson’s 1928-29 (two mugs) and Gregorio Vardanega’s suspended Disc, the space feels constantly alive with the shifting sunlight and jungle of plants. It even smells amazing thanks to the lemon-scented geraniums that grow there!
Karen joined Kettle’s Yard and University of Cambridge Museums as Community Officer in 2013. She has strategic overview of engagement activity with a particular focus on working with communities in North Cambridge, and currently manages the Open House project.
Karen has previously worked as part of the Learning team at Firstsite in Colchester, and in arts development in local authorties and Swavesey Village College. She has a BA (hons) in History and Heritage Studies from the University of Kent and an MA Museum Studies from University College London. Additionally, Karen is a trustee of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.
Amy joined Kettle’s Yard in 2018, she works between Kettle’s Yard as a curator and the Department of History of Art, where she lectures in Contemporary Art.
Before coming to Cambridge Amy taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, City and Guilds Art School, West Dean College and the Universities of Birmingham and York. She has also worked on exhibitions at Raven Row, London; Cooper Gallery, Dundee; Barbican Art Gallery, London; The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and the Norman Rea Gallery, York.
Her research looks at identity politics and representation in modern and contemporary art and film. She completed her MA (2011) at the Courtauld Institute of Art and her BA (2010) and PhD (2017) at the University of York. Her thesis was titled ‘Working Together, Working Apart: Feminism, Art and Collaboration in Britain and North America, 1970-1981’. Amy’s research has been published in British Art Studies, MIRAJ and Tate Papers and she has contributed chapters to Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents, (Courtauld Books Online, 2017), Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s (IB Tauris, 2017), Feminism and Art History Now (IB Tauris, 2017) and A Companion to Feminist Art (Blackwell, 2017 [forthcoming]). Amy is also a co-editor of London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960–1980 (Penn State University Press, 2018) with Jo Applin and Catherine Spencer and the author of A Woman’s Place (Raven Row, 2017). She is currently working on a monograph on feminism, art and sisterhood in the 1970s and 1980s.
Kathryn leads the Development team at Kettle’s Yard with responsibility for raising money to support our programme and other campaigns. Kathryn has worked at Kettle’s Yard since 2011. Prior to this she worked in development for the RSC and Churchill College. In 2014 she was awarded “Best Regional Fundraiser” by the Institute of Fundraising for her work on Kettle’s Yard’s capital project.
Kathryn holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts.
Kathryn’s favourite work in the House:
There are so many to choose from I am finding this really hard but I do love the Richard Pousette-Dart rings, they are so tactile. I quite understand why Jim liked to carry them in his pocket.