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

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

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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.

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Wednesday 17 July – Pottery in the Bernard Leach tradition

We are invited to Wolfson College to view a significant collection of studio pottery and meet the collector, Dr Harry Bradshaw. Dr Bradshaw and his wife, the late Dr Norma Bubier, took a particular interest in the Leach Pottery and makers who had been students of Bernard Leach, and formed their collection through personal contact with these potters, such as William Marshall, Richard Batterham and members of the Leach family. The visit will include an introduction to the collection (with images) by Dr Bradshaw and access to pieces not normally on display. It will conclude with refreshments and the opportunity to look round the Wolfson College gardens.

Meet at the Porters Lodge, Barton Road, at 2 pm. Tickets including refreshments £15.

Contact: Lindsay Millington,

Saturday 27 July – Moore Mackintosh Rego – Northampton and MK

Our day of artistic contrasts will start at St Matthew’s Northampton which, surprisingly for a late Victorian church, is the setting for a striking Henry Moore Madonna and Child in Hornton stone, and Graham Sutherland’s stark depiction of the Crucifixion. St Matthew’s second vicar, Walter Hussey, was a great champion of twentieth century British artists, and gave his personal collection to found Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. We will then make the short journey to 78 Derngate to see the Georgian house famously remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1917 for the Bassett-Lowke family. The house is a stunning showcase for the architect’s avant-garde designs – realised against the challenging conditions of WWI. It became his last major architectural project and was the only house he designed in England. We will be given a guided tour of the house and there will be time to have lunch. No. 78 has a very small café/restaurant (pre-booking essential). There are also lunch places close by, or bring your own.

There’s much more to Milton Keynes than roundabouts. Our afternoon visit will be to the MK Gallery, imaginatively transformed by 6a Architects, also responsible for South London Gallery’s new Fire Station site. The MK Gallery’s exhibition space has been doubled in time to house Paula Rego’s first retrospective in the UK for over 20 years. We will be given an introduction to the show, which spans her entire career since the 1960s and includes previously unseen works on paper from the artist’s family and friends. There is a café open for tea. Depart Trumpington Road coach stop opposite the Botanic Garden at 8 am. Clerk Maxwell Road 8.15. Expected return around 6 pm. Tickets including coach and entry charges £45.


Martin Thompson,
John Gray,

Friday 4 October – Yoko Ono’s first Cambridge exhibition

A curator-led tour of three locations of Ono’s exhibition, Looking for…. A pioneer of conceptual art, Yoko Ono (born 1933, Tokyo) was a major figure in the late 1950s and early 1960s New York underground avant-garde scene, and continues to this day to create thought-provoking art and music. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Ono’s and John Lennon’s concert Cambridge 1969 in the Lady Mitchell Hall, there are installations across Cambridge of her work. We will be led by the curator Gabriella Daris, starting at the Alison Richard Building and Lady Mitchell Hall, and continuing to the Heong Gallery, where we will see Ono’s Sky pieces, and have refreshments. Please note that you will need to walk or cycle – or take a taxi – between the Sidgwick site and Downing.

Meet at 10 am at the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT. The visit will finish around noon. Tickets including refreshments £15.


Tess Recordon,

Wednesday 16 October – AstraZeneca’s new global headquarters

A guided live site visit to the latest addition to the Addenbrooke’s site. Get a glimpse into the heart of Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’s exciting triangular, disc-like building. The work spaces were designed in close consultation with AstraZeneca’s scientists and are separated by internal glazing to promote ‘visible science’ with a large internal courtyard connecting the separate blocks. Please note that this is a live site visit with walking, and that you will need to wear trousers suitable to wear under high visibility ones – and hard hats. Tickets £10. Meet promptly for 12.30 pm start at the Visitor Centre, 1 Francis Crick Avenue, CB2 0AA.


Tess Recordon,

Monday 25 November – Christmas party and AGM

Notice is given that the thirty-fifth Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Kettle’s Yard will be held at Kettle’s Yard on 25 November in the Leslie Martin Extension. All members are invited to attend. The meeting will be followed by a party with drinks and refreshments. Full details will follow soon.

Weekend 21–22 September – Nottingham and Birmingham

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.

Click here to find out more and for booking details.

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