29 December 2018
Image: Hufton + Crow, Jamie Fobert Architects, 2018
We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from everyone at Kettle’s Yard.
The last year has been incredible – one of our most exciting and busiest yet! Thank you to those who have visited, supported us and stayed up to date with us in 2018. We’re already looking forward to 2019, with our next exhibitions ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois and Julie Mehretu Drawings and Monotypes opening on 22 January.
We’ve been looking back over everything we’ve done in 2018 and can’t believe how busy it’s been. Have a look at just some of the highlights from Kettle’s Yard over the last twelve months.
In January we were getting ready for the big reopening! We announced that the Garden Kitchen would be joining us as the café, we saw lots of new stock arriving for our shop and eL Seed braved the cold and started painting his mural in Arbury Court and the installation of Actions. The image of the world can be different began.
On 10 February the new Kettle’s Yard opened to the public! Have a look at some of the activity from the day and find out what visitors think about the new spaces in our video below.
On 17 March we hosted Actions LIVE, an event including performances by Harold Offeh, Anna Brownsted, Candoco Dance Company, Emma Smith and Issam Kourbaj.
Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 2) with Caroline Walker and John Akomfrah opened on 2 April. We were delighted to bring Akomfrah’s award-winning ‘Auto Da Fé’ to Cambridge and to show a new solo project of paintings by Walker, titled ‘Home’, of women refugees living in London.
Antony Gormley SUBJECT opened at Kettle’s Yard in May. It was the most visited exhibition in the history of Kettle’s Yard and we loved seeing visitors photos of themselves interacting with Gormley’s sculptures.
“At a time when our world has rarely felt more bleakly anchored, Gormley’s evanescent, cosmic journey is wonderfully welcome.” – Rachel Spence, Financial Times, June 2018
In April, our community team brought Arbury Carnival to Tate Exchange for a day of activities inspired by the idea of community production. We were excited to share the history of Arbury Carnival with visitors to Tate.
The annual carnival took place once again in June 2018. The Open House team were joined by artist-in-residence Hannah Kemp-Welch for collage workshops, following the parade in which students from North Cambridge Academy displayed puppets they had made with our artist facilitators in the lead-up to the event.
Castle Hill Open Day 2018 took place on 21 July this year. We were delighted to work with all of our partners across Castle Hill and beyond to lead this special day once again.
In August we announced our 2018/2019 Chamber Music Concert series and tickets for subscriptions and individual concerts went on sale. Subscription tickets quickly sold out as our regulars looked forward to the first full series back in the House on the newly restored Steinway piano. The season’s artists in residence are the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, who will play in the House in February and May 2019.
Across four weeks in September we presented fig-futures, a programme of quick-fire exhibitions each lasting for only one week. Each week we had a free opening event – one of which included the first UK performance of Oreet Ashery’s Passing Through Metal, involving participants from Cambridge creating sound through a mass knitting event in the Sackler Gallery, accompanied by live death metal band Anoxide.
You can watch the live stream of Passing Through Metal on Facebook here.
Broomberg & Chanarin’s Bandage the knife not the wound was originally part of their fig-futures installation but is still currently on display at Kettle’s Yard.
On 23 October, Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings, A Young Abstract Expressionist in New York opened. Jim Ede, creator of Kettle’s Yard, first met Pousette-Dart in New York in 1940. Research exploring their transatlantic correspondence over subsequent decades has been a catalyst for this first solo exhibition of the work of Pousette-Dart in the UK. The majority of works on display have been borrowed from US museums and collections, and have not previously been seen in this country. 6 January 2019 is the last chance to see Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings – don’t miss it.
On 14 November we welcomed speakers and researchers from around the world to our conference, Reassessing Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism. On the occasion of the first exhibition of the American artist Richard Pousette-Dart’s work in the UK, the one-day conference explored the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and sculpture with the aim to re-assess the contribution of this medium to scholarship on Abstract Expressionism.
Anthea Hamilton: Projects was installed in the House this month, following Kettle’s Yard’s collaboration with the artist at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2016/17. This exhibition was created by Hamilton in response to works and archive materials in our collection. The new installation in the House includes a series of works from The Hepworth Wakefield exhibition as well as some new works by Hamilton and artists she has selected.