14 April 2015
Liz Hughes, Kettle's Yard Capital Project Coordinator
Kettle’s Yard is embarking on an ambitious project to remodel its galleries, create a four floor education wing and develop a new welcome area, cafe and expanded shop. I am particularly delighted to be joining the team to deliver this project as project coordinator.
When I moved to Cambridge over a decade ago I took some time off and visited Kettle’s Yard for the first time. Once I had rung the bell I was welcomed in to the cottages and instantly felt at home. I soon fell in love with Kettle’s Yard. Around the same time my husband and I occasionally ate out at a small restaurant on Castle Street, called Chopsticks. I could not have imagined that nearly ten years later I would be working on the site where Chopsticks had stood to help create a new arts education facility for Kettle’s Yard.
I started working with the team at Kettle’s Yard as Capital Programme Coordinator in the late autumn. I work with the director, head of operations, project manager, architects and design team, University Estates Management, our many funders (including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and City Council) as well as our neighbours (the Museum of Cambridge and Churches Conservation Trust) to support the delivery of this ambitious project.
What excites me about this project is that not only will it increase the physical scope of Kettle’s Yard to develop its exhibition, music and community programmes, but it will also enhance the resilience of the organisation by developing a new café and enhanced shop.
If, like me, you have crowded in to the education room for Studio Sundays with your children, you might like to know that when we reopen we will have an education space that can take thirty children comfortably, as well as an additional learning room for lectures, a project space and a new purpose built archive.
It is going to be a busy couple of years but I am already looking forward to our reopening and seeing a whole class of pupils file in to Kettle’s Yard’s new education studio, to then go on to explore the galleries and house. Who knows where their first visit to this wonderful place will lead them!
You can read more about the capital developments and offsite programme at Kettle’s Yard here.
For information about how to donate to the Kettle’ Yard Looking Ahead appeal click here.