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Art and Life • Feb-May 2014

University of Cambridge

Kettle’s Yard the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery We are delighted to announce that the repair work to the roof is now complete and from 28 January the house will be fully open and looking better than ever. As well as reopening fully we have responded to the growing demand to visit the house by extending the opening hours to 12-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house that contains a remarkable collection of modern art. In the house you can find paintings and sculptures by great names of early 20th century art including Brancusi, Miró, Henry Moore, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Christopher Wood. Come and explore this inspiring house and collection. £1 for a £1 – never been a better time to give: all donations to Kettle’s Yard until 2015 will be match funded by Arts Council England see

Vicken Parsons, Untitled, 2013

Vicken Parsons: House Artist Following her recent Kettle’s Yard exhibition in St. Peter’s Church, we have invited Vicken Parsons to display a number of her paintings and sculptures among the permanent collection in the house. Look out for them from February onwards. Born in 1957, Parsons studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her most recent exhibitions were held at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London and at Christine Koenig in Vienna. The artist lives and works in London. A special publication documenting the exhibition ‘Painted Objects‘ in St. Peter’s Church is available in the shop, price £7.95.

Discoveries: Art, Science & Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums Two Temple Place, London • 31 January - 27 April 2014 • Admission free Kettle’s Yard is delighted to be participating in ‘Discoveries’. Presenting singular objects and unearthing little-known treasures in the extraordinary interiors of Two Temple Place on London’s Embankment, ‘Discoveries’ is the first major exhibition to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums. Key works from the collection at Kettle’s Yard including pieces by Henri GaudierBrzeska, Alfred Wallis and David Jones are included in the exhibition.

Winifred Nicholson, Summer,1928. Leamington Spa Art Gallery Š The Trustees of Winifred Nicholson

Alfred Wallis, Schooner and icebergs, c.1928


”All artists are unique and can only unite as complementaries not as similarities” Winifred Nicholson

This major exhibition brings together the work of painters Ben and Winifred Nicholson alongside that of their friends and fellow artists Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and the potter William Staite Murray. There is the opportunity to see landscapes, sometimes depicting the same view, as well as paintings and ceramics that were shown together in contemporary exhibitions. Focusing on the years of Ben and Winifred’s marriage from 1920-1931, and the important relationships they had with Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray, ‘Art and Life’ explores how their work shaped the story of 20th century modern art. ‘Art and Life’ has a special resonance for Kettle’s Yard whose creator Jim Ede was friends with, and collected work by these artists. The exhibition is an opportunity to see key works from Kettle’s Yard’s collection, alongside major loans from institutions across the UK and from private collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication with specially commissioned essays, illustrated in full colour. Exhibition price £19.50.

Curated by Jovan Nicholson, Art & Life is a collaboration between
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, and Leeds Art Gallery. Supported by the Ede Circle and the Friends of Kettle’s Yard.

Art & Life Events FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LIGHT SOURCE: TWILIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS Free family workshop – booking essential Wednesday 19 February 5-6.30pm and 7-8.30pm Come and see what light can do! Explore the house and create your own light effects in the learning studio.

STUDIO SUNDAYS Drop in practical art workshops for all ages 23 February; 9, 23 March; 6 April; 4 May, 1-4pm Join us in the learning studio to make your own artwork inspired by our exhibitions and collection. A chance to explore, chat, sketch, make and play. Free of charge, donations welcome.

LOOK, MAKE, TALK Tuesdays after school for 8-12s 8 week course – booking essential 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 22, 29 April; 6 May, 4.15-5.45pm We are delighted to be bringing back our popular weekly after school art club. Join artists Alex Hirtzel and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs to explore the themes of Art and Life and create an exhibition of your own. £70 course, all materials and refreshments provided.

WEDNESDAY SessionS, 5-7pm Are you aged 15-25 years old? Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard are working together on a new youth arts programme called Circuit. We are looking for young people to get involved in developing workshops, commissions and events. Circuit usually meet every Wednesday alternating between Kettle’s Yard and Wysing, with extra workshops in the holidays, a filmmaking workshop is being planned for February half term. If you’re interested get in touch with twitter @CircuitCambs



Thursday talks are free and now start at the earlier time of 12.30, they usually last 30 mins.


27 February ~ Tour of Art and Life exhibition with Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator

Start your weekend with something different. Drop in post-work, pre-pub. £5 per session, pay on the door. No need to book in advance, admission includes one drink (then pay bar). Friday, 24 January, 6-8pm Join us for talks about the collection, music and an exploration of Helen Ede’s role in the house. Friday, 28 February, 6-8pm Take a closer look at how landscape has informed artists’ language in this creative writing workshop with Sophie Smiley. Friday, 9 May, 6-8pm Explore line and colour and create your own artworks using simple dry point printing techniques.

ONE DAY WORKSHOP Booking essential Saturday 5 April, 10am-4pm Join ceramicist Rachel Dormor for a pottery workshop, taking inspiration from the work of William Staite Murray. This day course offers you the chance to experiment with technique and decoration. Suitable for beginners. £35 course, lunch and all materials provided.

13 March ~ Open Archives: Ben and Winifred Nicholson with Frieda Midgley, Archivist 3 April ~ ‘William Staite Murray in Context’ by Barley Roscoe, craft specialist and writer 24 April ~ Tour of Art and Life exhibition with Andrew Nairne, Director 8 May ~ Collection Highlight: Ben Nicholson’s ‘Cornwall’, by Guy Haywood, Assistant Curator

EXPLORING ‘ART & LIFE’ Monday evening lecture series 7-8pm, with a special opening of the gallery and shop before the talk, doors open 6pm. £8 / £6 Friends of Kettle’s Yard, all 4 lectures £28 / £20. 17 February ‘A Persistent way of life: Ben Nicholson, International Modernism and Rural Tradition’ Dr Chris Stephens, Head of Displays, Tate Britain 3 March ‘Art and Life’ Jovan Nicholson, Curator of the exhibition 24 March ‘Abstract Matter: William Staite Murray’s stoneware pottery’ Julian Stair, artist and writer 31 March ‘The Allure of the South: Ben and Winifred Nicholson in Switzerland and Italy’ Sebastiano Barassi, Curator, Henry Moore Foundation

William Staite Murray, Persian Garden, 1931. Courtesy York Museums Trust

Chamber Concerts Concerts begin at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm, £15 (£5 students). 30 January ~ Fauré Piano Quartet 6 February ~ Kathryn Stott, piano 13 February ~ Heath String Quartet 27 February ~ Colin Carr, cello & Thomas Sauer, piano 6 March ~ Elizabeth Watts, soprano & Simon Lepper, piano 1 May ~ Nick van Bloss, piano 8 May ~ Bartosz Woroch, violin & Robert Thompson, piano 15 May ~ Kungsbacka Piano Trio 22 May ~ Heath String Quartet Booking and more information call 01223 748100 or online:

FREE Friday Lunchtime Concerts resume on 31 January 2014 Concerts begin at the earlier time of 12.15 (doors open at 12.00). Hear music performed by students from the University of Cambridge.

Sunday New Music Presented by New Music Associate Richard Causton 12.15pm, coffee served from 11.45am, £8 (£5) 26 January ~ Chroma Ensemble Includes the UK premiere of Fabio Vacchi’s Dai calanchi di sabbiuno, Richard Causton’s Phoenix, a Kettle’s Yard commission by Andrew Thomas and works by Donatoni and Castiglioni. 16 February ~ Anton Lukoszevieze, cello & Mark Knoop, piano Michael Harrison Memorial Concert New pieces written as a tribute to Michael Harrison, former Director of Kettle’s Yard by composers he appointed: John Woolrich, Richard Baker, Camberwell Composers Collective, Kenneth Hesketh, Anton Lukoszevieze, Stephen Montague. 2 March ~ Hiroaki Takenouchi, piano Jeremy Dale Roberts’ Oggetti for piano (homage to Giorgio Morandi) alongside music by Luigi Dallapiccola, John Hopkins, Edwin Roxburgh and Castiglioni. There will be a pre-concert talk by Jeremy Dale Roberts at 11.30am. 27 April ~ Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin & Roderick Chadwick, piano Richard Causton, Donatoni, Priaulx Rainier, Jeremy Thurlow, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Castiglioni and a Kettle’s Yard commission by Kate Honey. 11 May ~ Trevor Wishart A selection of electroacoustic works including the world premiere of his newly commissioned work in memory of Richard Orton. 25 May ~ Kreutzer String Quartet Work by Jeremy Dale Roberts, his teacher Priaulx Rainier and Leosˇ Janácˇek. 15 June ~ Errollyn Wallen - Songs with piano A selection of songs from the Errollyn Wallen Songbook performed by the composer.

cover: Ben Nicholson, c.1925 (Jamaique) © Angela Verren Taunt, 2013. All rights reserved, DACS


Kettle’s Yard Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ telephone 01223 748100

House Open House open Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm

Gallery & shop open Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-5pm Open Bank Holiday Mondays, closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday

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Access The exhibition gallery provides wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. Limited wheelchair access can be provided to the house. Entrance via the path off Castle Street.

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THE SHOP in the gallery offers an enticing range of cards, prints, gifts and art books.

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Travel By road From South: M11 exit at junction 13. From North: from A14 take the A1307 to Castle St. Parking is limited; we recommend the Park & Ride service, 01223 718167.

Kettle’s Yard is grateful to the following: Arts Council England, The Higher Education Funding Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Cambridge City Council, The Isaac Newton Trust, The PRS for Music Foundation, The Holst Foundation, EY, The RVW Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, The Faculty of Music, The Ede Circle, The Friends of Kettle’s Yard, Dr Shirley Ellis, and other individual donors.

Leaflet February-May 2014  

Kettle's Yard events leaflet covering Art And Life 1920-1931 Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Sta...