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Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

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The Friends of Kettle’s Yard have a volunteer events committee which organise a varied and busy programme of events for members. Any profits go towards supporting Kettle’s Yard.

To book an event you need to download the booking form from the link on the left (or below if viewing on a mobile) and complete and return it to the address given on the form or follow the instructions in the event description below.

If you have any queries about the Friends and or the Friends events programme please email:


Thursday, 4 April 2019, Three exhibitions plus glassblowing in Bermondsey

We start at the newly opened Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a former public bath house and designed by Turner-winning architecture collective Assemble. A curator tour of the exhibition The Chicago Imagists. Then on to the White Cube Gallery, where curator Irene Bradbury, will give us a tour of Tracey Emin’s solo exhibition Fortnight of Tears. After lunch at one of the lovely restaurants or cafés along Bermondsey High Street (please note that food and drink are not included in the trip price), we will head to the London Glassblowing Studio to experience the ancient craft of glassblowing and see their Silent Auction exhibition, followed by a visit across the road to the Fashion & Textile Museum and their Swinging London – A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran–Mary Quant exhibition. Depart Trumpington Road coach stop opposite the Botanic Garden at  9am. Expected return about 7.30pm.

Tickets: £45 / £44 (concession) / £41.50 (Art Fund member). Organiser: Sally Knowles Email:   Telephone: 07803 031 300

Saturday, 13 April, Jane Perryman – Containing Time at Fen Ditton

Jane Perryman’s multimedia installation Containing Time, comprising ceramic bowls, photos, texts, frottages, poems and sound, has previously toured the UK and been shown in the USA, Sweden and India. Drawing together different strands of her professional practice as a ceramic artist, photographer, writer and film maker, it presents a year-long weekly diary which examines themes of materials, place, time and journeys by exploring randomly found materials, often drawing on her home environment in Suffolk. Friends are invited to the recently re-opened Fen Ditton Gallery for a private view introduced by the artist, who will also talk about her new work in progress. Meet at the Gallery at 10 am.

Tickets including refreshments £15.

Organiser: Lindsay Millington Email: Telephone: 01223 363933

Wednesday, 24 April, Film – Tom Karen: a designer on form

Tom Karen, a longstanding Friend of Kettle’s Yard, received an OBE in the New Year’s honours for his design work, and this film covers his life from his childhood in Czechoslovakia to the present. It was shown last year at the exhibition Designs on Britain at the Jewish Museum in London, which emphasised the immense contribution made to this country by emigrés such as Tom. A re-edited version will be shown for the first time tonight. A number of design specialists comment on his work, which ranges from remarkably innovative car design and the Raleigh Chopper bicycle to the much loved Kiddicraft marble run. They are illustrated and explained – product design has never been so vividly described – and we see the way Tom recycles household objects into quirky and engaging toys. Tom and Martin Mortimore, the director, will be with us to answer questions after the film. Meet in the Ede Room at Kettle’s Yard at 6 pm.

Tickets including refreshments £15. Organiser: Sebastian Carter Email: Telephone: 01223 363669


Wednesday, 8 May, The Secret of Kettle’s Yard – Film screening

In June 2015, the film-maker Cary Parker spent 21 days in Kettle’s Yard, documenting the house, the gallery, the art, and the people at a moment when everything was about to disappear while the site closed for major development. He was intrigued to discover what was the secret of a place which seemed to move people so profoundly. The film features staff recollections and reminiscences, and includes a rare interview with Jim Ede talking about his vision for the House. Cary Parker will introduce his film. Tickets including a glass of wine £15.

The event starts at 5.30 pm (doors open 5.15pm) in the Ede Room at Kettle’s Yard.

Organiser: Deborah Owen Email: Telephone: 01223 410114

Friday, 17 May, Kip Gresham – The Art of Collaboration

An opportunity to meet master printer Kip Gresham at his exhibition in the Heong Gallery in Downing College, and hear him talk about 40 years of artistic partnerships with giants of the British and international art world. His studio history is a journey of collaboration with leading printmakers and technological experts, which continues today. The Heong show includes 60 works by Gillian Ayres, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, John Bellany, Peter Blake, Willard Boepple, Prunella Clough, Alan Davie, Barry Flanagan, Terry Frost, Antony Gormley, John Hoyland, James Hugonin, Richard Long, John McLean, Humphrey Ocean, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Patrick Procktor, Paula Rego, Michael Rothenstein, Trevor Sutton, Joe Tilson, William Turnbull, Alison Wilding, Paul Wunderlich and others. Meet at the Gallery at 6 pm.

Tickets including refreshments and a keepsake printed by Kip Gresham at his studio £15.

Organiser: John Gray Email: Telephone: 01223 354218

Thursday, 23 May, Fifty years of the Keatley Trust

Collector John Keatley founded the Trust in 1968; since then it has built up a stunning collection, including some of the best designed and most finely-crafted ceramics, glass, metalwork, woodwork, furniture and book bindings of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To date, the Trust has lent over 1,500 pieces to museums around the UK for the benefit and enjoyment of the public, and a large part of the collection is at the Fitzwilliam Museum. We will hear from John Keatley about his passion for collecting and some of his favourite pieces, as we look at the Museum’s current display, Design Evolution: Highlights of the Keatley Trust, and then go behind the scenes into the Applied Arts Reserve to see some of the items close up, perhaps with the opportunity to handle them. Meet at the Courtyard entrance of the Fitzwilliam at 1.30 pm. Possible second group at 3 pm.

Tickets including refreshments £15.

Tess Recordon  Email:   Telephone: 07870 963 587
Lindsay Millington Email: Telephone: 01223 363933

Thursday, 13 June, Stanley Picker House and Dorich House Museum

A rare opportunity to visit three hidden gems. Stanley Picker (1913–82) formed a very individual collection of twentieth-century art, including Chagall, Frink, Hepworth, Lowry and Rodin. His house in Kingston upon Thames, designed by Kenneth Wood, is a time capsule of the 1960s, with an open plan interior and garden designed for living and working amongst his collection. Dorich House was designed by the sculptor Dora Gordine (1895–1991) in the 1930s, and is an exceptional example of a modern studio home created by a female artist. Today it houses drawings, paintings and sculptures by Gordine and an important collection of Russian art and artefacts. Finally, at the Stanley Picker Gallery, the director David Falkner will give us a tour of the gallery and their recently commissioned exhibition by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, whose work spans objects, installation and film. Numbers strictly limited.

Please bring a picnic to eat in the Dorich House grounds. There is a café serving coffee and cake. Unfortunately there is restricted access for people with limited mobility and no lifts on this trip.

Depart Trumpington Road coach stop opposite the Botanic Garden at 8 am. Expected return around 7.30 pm.

Tickets £58.

Organiser: Sally Knowles Email:   Telephone: 07803 031 300

Save the date: Weekend 21–22 September – Nottingham and more

Some of the best emerging and international talent can be seen and found in Nottingham, home to an exhilaratingly diverse and thriving art scene. Wrapped in award-winning architecture, showcased in dynamic public spaces and nurtured in multi-studio initiatives, we will see: the Undead: Pop Culture in Britain beyond the Bauhaus exhibition; an extensive private twentieth-century art collection; Scandinavian ceramics; Sculpture in Focus celebrating Epstein; the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts; and more.

Interested? Contact:
Tess Recordon  Email:
Sally Knowles  Email:
Lindsay Millington  Email:

30 May – 6 June 2019, Exploring New England

Exploring New England. For details of our trip to East Coast USA in 2019, see below and link on this page to further information.

Our week-long visit will take us from the sweeping vistas of the Hudson Valley through the gentle beauty of rural Massachusetts to majestic Boston. Throughout the trip we will experience New England’s unique blend of the progressive and the traditional in art, architecture and culture, representing the best of ‘liberal’ America. The itinerary falls into complementary halves. The first three days’ travelling by coach through Upper New York State and Massachusetts discovering cutting-edge art and lively centres of cultural activity off the beaten track, will be balanced by a stay spanning four days in the heart of Boston, giving time to explore its boundless attractions, including world-class art collections and historic places. We have chosen high quality, boutique-style hotels with real character, both en route and in Boston itself. There we will be staying for three nights at the Godfrey, a stylish contemporary hotel within a century-old building, centrally located at Downtown Crossing.

Click here for further information.

For full details, costs and a booking form please contact the organisers by 14 December 2018.
Louisa Riley-Smith Email:
Martin Thompson Email: