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5 April 2019


In Autumn 2018, Kettle’s Yard hosted four week-long exhibitions as part of fig-futuresfig-futures follows fig-2 in which 50 projects were presented across 50 weeks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2015. fig-futures took the one-week exhibition structure along with fig-2 alumni artists to venues across the UK including Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Kettle’s Yard; The Gallery at De Montfort University, Leicester; and The Box, Plymouth. As part of this exciting contemporary programme, we partnered with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery on acquisitions that would build on the legacy of the project.

fig-futures at Kettle’s Yard began with a presentation of A Setup, a collaboration between renowned sculptor Eva Rothschild and choreographer Joe Moran. Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery have acquired Joe Moran’s durational performance ‘Singular’, 2011. ‘Singular’ explores the idea of a single consciousness embodied in more than one form and was performed at Kettle’s Yard by two dancers amongst sculpture by Eva Rothschild. Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery will also acquire a sculptural work by artist Eva Rothschild.

In the second week of fig-futures at Kettle’s Yard, artist Oreet Ashery presented the first UK performance of Passing Through Metal, involving participants from Cambridge creating sound through a mass knitting event, accompanied by live death metal band Anoxide. The sound work from this unique performance has also been acquired by Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Oreet Ashery, Passing through Metal, sonic performance, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 2018. Originally commissioned by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, 2017 Photo: Josh Murfitt

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery will also be acquiring a site-specific work by artists Broomberg and Chanarin. Currently at Kettle’s Yard you can see work by Broomberg and Chanarin, Bandage the knife not the wound, 2018. The title, a quotation from the German artist Joseph Beuys, a warning to pay attention to the causes rather than the effects of violence.

We are delighted to see the celebration of the fig-futures project and the artists live on through these acquisitions. Please visit the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery website to find out more about them and their collection.