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10 February 2018 – 2 April 2018

Actions (part 1)

Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 1)

38 artists including work by Oscar Murillo, Khadija Saye, Vicken Parsons, Barbara Hepworth and Idris Khan. Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 2) opened on 11 April 2018.

In the second part of Actions, there was a solo project of new paintings in Gallery 2 by Caroline Walker, titled ‘Home’, of women refugees living in London and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning film ‘Auto Da Fé’ in Gallery 1.

Work by the following artists continued to be on display until 6th May: Cornelia Parker, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Issam Kourbaj, Nathan Coley, and eL Seed in Arbury. Rana Begum’s installation in St Peter’s Church continued until 29th April.

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Actions. The image of the world can be different

The exhibition, with work by thirty-eight artists, marked the opening of the new Kettle’s Yard. Actions. The image of the world can be different sought to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world.

Inspired by a letter by artist Naum Gabo, Actions reflected the energising diversity and breadth of art in the modern and contemporary period within the UK and internationally.

Artists in Actions:

Basel Abbas + Ruanne Abou-Rahme
John Akomfrah
Rana Begum
Joseph Beuys
Anna Brownsted
Candoco Dance Company + Laila Diallo
Alice Channer
Nathan Coley
Edmund de Waal
Jeremy Deller
eL Seed
Jamie Fobert
Helen Frankenthaler
Naum Gabo
Regina José Galindo
Anya Gallaccio
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Barbara Hepworth
Callum Innes
Mary Kelly
Idris Khan
Issam Kourbaj
Richard Long
Melanie Manchot
Julie Mehretu
Gustav Metzger
Oscar Murillo
Ben Nicholson
Harold Offeh
Cornelia Parker
Vicken Parsons
Katie Paterson
Zoran Popović
Khadija Saye
Emma Smith
Caroline Walker
Kate Whitley

Actions occupied spaces across Kettle’s Yard, including the House (among the collection), outdoors and online. There were live events, talks, discussions and activities. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated publication edited by Sarah Lowndes and Andrew Nairne.

The exhibition included nine new commissioned works by: eL Seed, Melanie Manchot, Cornelia Parker, Caroline Walker, Idris Khan, Issam Kourbaj, Harold Offeh, Rana Begum, Candoco Dance Company (choreography by Laila Diallo) and Regina José Galindo. Including painting, photography, performance, film and video, installation and new media, many of the works in Actions were presented for the first time, including new works by Callum Innes, Oscar Murillo, Julie Mehretu and Linder.

Actions is in two parts. The first part including all artists ended on 2nd April. The second part was from 11th April to 6 May. During this period there was a solo project of new paintings by Caroline Walker, titled ‘Home’, of refugees living in London in Gallery 2, and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning ‘Auto Da Fé’ in Gallery 1. Work by the following artists continued to be on display throughout until 6th May: Cornelia Parker, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Issam Kourbaj, Rana Begum, Nathan Coley, and eL Seed.

eL Seed’s mural in Arbury

Circuit Documentary about Actions

Image credits

Melanie Manchot, The Ladies (King’s Dining Hall), 2017. Digital Chromagenic print. Courtesy the artist and Parafin, London. © Melanie Manchot

Helen Frankenthaler, Abstract, circa 1960-61. Acrylic on paper. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge © Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2017

John Akomfrah, Untitled, 2016. C-type print mounted on Dibond. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Oscar Murillo, tamawuj, 2017. Oil, oil stick and graphite on canvas and linen. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London. © Matthew Hollow

Turning 20, Candoco Dance Company. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Callum Innes, Transparent Orange Rose / Delft Blue Watercolour. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photo: Thomas Nolan

Khadija Saye, Peitaw, 2017. From the series: Dwelling: in this space we breathe. Photograph, wet plate collodion tintype on metal. Courtesy the Estate of Khadija Saye.

eL Seed, Perception, 2016. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Mehdy Khmili

Naum Gabo, Linear Construction in Space No. 1, 1944-45. Perspex and Nylon thread. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. © Nina & Graham Williams

Nathan Coley. The Same for Everyone, 2017. Originally commissioned as part of the Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture. Courtesy Studio Nathan Coley and Parafin, London. © Aarhus 2017