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29 August 2021, 9.30am – 6pm

Join the Friends of Kettle’s Yard for a day out by coach from Cambridge to visit the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes to see their new exhibition ‘Memphis: Plastic Field’, which features witty, colourful work of the Italian Memphis design group. This will be followed by a private tour of Turn End in Haddenham, a seminal Grade II* listed 1960s house and garden designed by the architect Peter Aldington. Peter, who still lives in the house with his wife Margaret, will be our guide for this special Friends’ visit.

£50 per person, booking required.

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Please note when booking this you will need to input your Friends membership number, found on your membership card, at the checkout.

Memphis: Plastic Field at the MK Gallery explores the subversive and irreverent spirit of the Memphis Group. It brings together over 150 of the celebrated Italian design collective’s most significant objects whose bold and playful look pushed boundaries and sparked a new era in international design. Their furniture was colourful, kitsch and geometric, drawing on Pop Art, Bauhaus and Art Deco to create a new aesthetic, full of punch and vitality. Founded by designer and architect Ettore Sottsass in 1980, Memphis gathered an international collective of young designers united in their desire to inject humour into the design world and shatter the prevailing codes of the late twentieth century.

Image: Memphis: Plastic Field, MK Gallery

Turn End

As innovative modern housing constructed of wood, concrete block and glass in a traditional setting, Turn End has been much celebrated and studied. It is a rare British representative amongst the best examples of twentieth century European housing design. In 1970, together with two neighbouring houses by Peter Aldington, it received the RIBA Award for Architecture. The small but beautiful garden has been much featured on television gardening programmes. With its curved glade leading to a series of ‘garden rooms’, space is skilfully used to create an illusion of size. It is now acknowledged by Historic England as a Garden of Special Historic Interest. Created in conjunction with the house, it is an expression of the architect’s belief that architecture and landscape design are an indivisible whole. This intimate linkage is rare in a later twentieth century scheme and Turn End is the only post-war listed project where the house and garden were created by the same hand.

Image: Turn End. Photo credit Richard Bryant/Arcaid.

Join the Friends

This is a Friends only event. If you are not a Friend and would like to join, you can do so here.

Additional information

The coach will leave Trumpington Road coach stop, Cambridge (opposite the Botanic Garden) at 9.15am and will return around 6pm.

Seating on the coach will be arranged in line with the current Covid guidelines. This may mean that masks should be worn. There will be plenty of space for separate seating as a large coach has been booked with a maximum of 30 people.

Lunch will be available in MK Gallery café before we leave for Turn End.

£50 per person to include coach travel and entry tickets. Lunch is not included.