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house exhibitions music admission free

Von Ribbentrop in St Ives: Art and War in the Last Resort 16 July - 18 September 2011 Andy Holden Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time 14 May - 10 July 2011

Kettle’s Yard On Castle Street in Cambridge is a beautiful and unique house containing a distinctive collection of modern art with an exhibition gallery next door. The exhibitions in the gallery this summer should intrigue and delight visitors. Delve into the world of young contemporary artist Andy Holden from 14 May in an exhibition that encompasses everything from ceramics to an outdoor sound installation. The following exhibition offers a surprising exploration of art and history in St Ives through a wide range of work including paintings, film, models and archival material.

house & permanent collection The house at Kettle’s Yard contains the permanent collection of modern British and European art. Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim Ede, the first modern art curator at the Tate Gallery, who came to Cambridge in 1957. His collection includes paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Alfred Wallis, and sculpture by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Constantin Brancusi and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Andy Holden Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time 14 May - 10 July 2011 This exhibition is introspective and encyclopaedic in its nature – it brings together Holden’s sculpture, music, films, paintings, posters and performances for the first time to explore some recurring themes in his work, such as memory, duration, and our attachment to objects. Andy Holden works with plaster, bronze, ceramics, found objects and images, household paint and printmaking, sound and performance; he has created monumental outdoor sculptures, affordable multiples and complex, poetic events. He makes the plinths and cases that display his work, and the posters that promote and document his performances. He composes music and has his own band, ‘The Grubby Mitts’. Each activity informs other aspects of his work in a cumulative way. His work is complex, experimental, and attentive to a wide web of cultural references. This is the first major exhibition of Andy Holden’s work in the UK. Holden is a young British artist who first came to public attention with his ‘Pyramid Piece’ in Art Now at Tate Britain in 2010. A new publication, structured around a conversation with Dan Cox and including contributions by Juan Cruz, Lizzie Fisher, Darian Leader, Joe Saunders, Aimée Selby, Jon K. Shaw and Tyler Woolcott, will accompany this exhibition. Exhibition supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.

exhibition events

performances in the house

Lecture on Birdsong Saturday, 18 June, 6pm Andy Holden and his father, ornithologist Peter Holden, describe walks taken from their house and the birds they hear on the way.

Six Short Works in Time Saturday, 9 July, 6pm Incorporating projected film, a live camera feed, spoken word, and a string quartet performing music by Johnny Parry and The Grubby Mitts, conducted by Johnny Parry. Featuring the premiere of Quartet for Thingly Time, composed especially for the exhibition. Both events are free but space is limited, please call or email to book a place. The gallery will also be open late on these evenings.

Andy Holden’s studio (preparations for Kettle’s Yard), March 2011

Von Ribbentrop in St Ives: Art and War in the Last Resort 16 July - 18 September 2011

exhibition events Painters and Naturalists at War Wednesday, 27 July, 6.30pm A talk by Peter Forbes, writer and journalist, on artists who have been inspired by camouflage and mimicry. £5 (£3 conc.)

Von Ribbentrop, Wallis and the Daughters of Radon Von Ribbentrop in St Ives is an exhibition and a book by painter, author and filmmaker Andrew Lanyon. The exhibition revolves around two seemingly unrelated moments in history. Joachim Von Ribbentrop, German Ambassador for Britain and later Foreign Minister in Nazi Germany holidayed in Cornwall in the 1930s and gathered intelligence in preparation for a German attack on Britain. The other event is the ‘discovery’ by the London-based artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood of Cornish fisherman-turnedpainter Alfred Wallis in 1928. Perfectly suited to the backdrop of the house at Kettle’s Yard, the exhibition includes works by Andrew Lanyon, his father Peter Lanyon, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alexander Calder and Naum Gabo, archival material, interactive models and specially commissioned works by Paul Chaney, Kenny Everett, Olly Hadfield, Chris James, Sam Lanyon, Paul Mates, Debbie Prosser, Paul Spooner, Stella Turk, Paul Vibert and Carlos Zapata. An exhibition in collaboration with Kestle Barton.

Tuesday, 6 September, 6.30pm Artist and exhibition curator Andrew Lanyon talks about his practice, the exhibition and the publications that accompany it. £5 (£3 conc.)

The Palette and the Retort: Andrew Lanyon and St Ives Tuesday, 13 September, 6.30pm In this illustrated talk, Michael Bird explores the many incarnations of St Ives – both the place and its art history. Michael Bird is the author of ‘The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time’. £5 (£3 conc.)

above: Andrew Lanyon, Alfred Wallis noticing Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood half an hour before their discovery of him, in August 1928

EVENTS Workshops must be booked in advance, unless stated otherwise. Book online at or call 01223 748100. All under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

SATURDAY DRAWING For adults and people aged 16+ Summer Term: 14, 28 May; 11, 25 June; 9, 23 July, 11.30am-2pm Autumn Term starts 17 September, bookings from 22 August £8 (£5 conc.) per session or £49 (£35 conc.) for the term


WEDNESDAY CLUB Weekly art club for 8-11s Summer Term: 4 May-29 June, 4.15-5.45pm a few remaining places. Autumn Term starts 28 September, bookings from 1 September. Explore modern art and try out sculpture, drawing and painting. £56 (£42 conc.) per term

TUESDAY STUDIO Weekly art club for 11-14s Summer Term: FULLY BOOKED a few remaining places Autumn Term starts 4 October, bookings from 1 September Creative art workshops that take inspiration from our exhibitions and permanent collection. £42 (£32 conc.)

For adults and those aged 16+ Summer Term: FULLY BOOKED Autumn Term starts 24 September, bookings from 22 August, 11.45am-1.45pm Enjoy the house and take inspiration for your writing. All levels of experience welcome. £48 (£36 conc.)

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination Family Workshops Workshops for all the family Sunday 19 June, 2.30-4.30pm A creative workshop led by Caroline Wendling and Deb Wilenski, inspired by our Andy Holden exhibition. Sunday 18 September, 2.30-4.30pm A creative workshop led by Sally Brown and Caroline Wendling, inspired by our exhibition Von Ribbentrop in St Ives. £5 per adult, £2 per child per session

DROP IN & DRAW & MAKE THINGS Our Education Room is often open for you to make your own work; a selection of materials is available free of charge. It is best to check with us before you visit if you need to be sure it will be open.

CREATIVE CHAOS 19 May, 23 June, 21 July, 8 September, 10-11.30am Monthly drop in art sessions for preschool children and their carers. Just come and have fun making whatever you want. Admission is first come, first served. £3 per child

DROP IN & MORE Tuesdays-Fridays & Bank Holiday Monday in August, 1-4pm Throughout August, a gallery assistant will be on hand each weekday afternoon to offer ideas, talk about the artworks and support the use of some messier materials.

HALF-TERM for kids and families BANK HOLIDAY BONANZA For families Monday 30 May, 1-4pm, drop in Round off a bumper crop of bank holidays with some drawing, painting and making. The Education Room will offer a range of quality art materials with which to experiment and education staff will be on hand to offer ideas, help and suggestions. Free, no booking necessary, there may be delayed admission during busy periods.

SUPERHEROES & TALKING MICE For 5-8 year olds and their carers. Tuesday 31 May, 10am-12noon Transform old comics into colourful new artworks, inspired by our Andy Holden exhibition. You are welcome to bring in old comics, we will also provide images. With artist Emily Ward. £10 per child (£7 conc.)

TIME TRAVELLERS For 9-12 year olds Wednesday 1 June, 10am-12noon Use digital photography and collage to illustrate a favourite journey. Join artist Janine Woods and take inspiration from the Andy Holden exhibition and Alfred Wallis paintings in the house. £10 per child (£7 conc.)

Cartoon, Andy Holden, 2008, photograph, Edition 10, courtesy the artist and works | projects

Lunchtime talks

Adult courses & events

Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 1.10pm and usually last 30 mins.


19 May ~ The birth of Savage Messiah, Jim Ede’s biography of Henri GaudierBrzeska, by Sebastiano Barassi 26 May ~ Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Andy Holden and Tyler Woolcott 9 June ~ Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, exhibition tour with Lizzie Fisher 16 June ~ James Dixon by Sebastiano Barassi 23 June ~ tour of Kettle’s Yard House with Andy Holden 30 June ~ Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s drawings by Sebastiano Barassi 7 July ~ Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, exhibition tour with Lizzie Fisher 28 July ~ Traitor Painters: Art And Espionage in Cornwall by James Fox 11 August ~ Gabo in Britain, by Michael Harrison 25 August ~ The English Douanier: Wallis’s encounter with Nicholson and Wood by Sebastiano Barassi

DESCRIPTIVE TOUR OF ‘VON RIBBENTROP IN ST IVES’ Monday 18 July 10-11.30am Our descriptive tour is for blind and partially sighted people and their friends and offers an introduction to our current exhibition. Booking essential, please contact Camsight to book on 01223 420 033. Free of charge.

Mondays, 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4 July, 6-8pm Sculptor Desmond Brett will draw on the permanent collection in the house and the Andy Holden exhibition in the gallery to introduce 20th century trends and contemporary approaches to sculpture. Discussion-based, all experience levels welcome. £45 (£37 conc.)

“VERY UN-KETTLE’S YARD” Monday 23 May 6-8pm & Tuesday 24 May, 1.30-4.30pm A small group of BA Fine Art students from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, have been working with Kettle’s Yard since February to create place-specific artworks responding to the house. Join us for either a twilight or afternoon viewing to see the works and meet the artists. Free, no booking.

PRINT STUDY DAY For adults and 16+ Friday 2 September, 10am-4pm A unique opportunity to combine a tour of the house with hands on printing tuition. Following an introduction to prints in the permanent collection, artist tutors from The Curwen Print Study Centre will lead printmaking sessions on relief and dry point techniques. £60 (£50 conc.) per person, including all materials and lunch.

OPEN CAMBRIDGE – Sunset TOUR Friday 9 September, 6-8pm Join us for an introductory talk about Kettle’s Yard house and an evening viewing of the collection. Free but booking essential through Open Cambridge, tel 01223 766766


Programmed and introduced by Stephen Montague. Sunday, 1 May ~ 12noon-1pm New Music Morning: free

Thursday Evening Chamber Concerts 2011/2012 series booking opens 18 August Book online at:

David Ryan, clarinet & Joe Zeilin, cello

Friday Lunchtime Concerts

fusing improvisation and classical music making

The rising stars of the University of Cambridge. Concerts begin at 1.10pm, last about 40 minutes and are free. Donations welcome.

Sunday, 8 May ~ 12noon-1pm Coffee Concert: £7 (£4 conc.)

Langham Research Centre humour in electronic music Tuesday, 17 May ~ 8-10pm Evening Concert: £10 (£6 conc.)

Electric Voice Theatre with Frances Lynch electro-acoustic music theatre Sunday, 22 May ~ 12noon-1pm Coffee Concert: £7 (£4 conc.)

Benjamin Powell British Contemporary Piano Competition Winner – astonishing contemporary piano

29 April ~ Nick Mogg (baritone), Harry Ogg (piano) ~ Purcell, Schubert, Schumann 6 May ~ Kate Whitley (piano), Stephen Craigen (horn), Rebecca Minio-Paluello (violin) ~ Bartok, Ligeti 13 May ~ Emma Willan (oboe), Andrew Goldman (piano) ~ Hindemith, Poulenc, Schumann 20 May ~ Nina Ashton (bassoon), Kausikan Rajeshkumar (piano) ~ Bartok, Saint-Saens, Ashton, Liszt 27 May ~ Fra Rustumji (violin), Freddy Brown (piano) ~ Brahms and Debussy 3 June ~ Shiry Rashkovsky (viola), Luis Pares (piano) ~ Bach, Britten, Enescu

Sunday Coffee Concerts, coffee is served in the gallery from 11.30am.

10 June ~ Rosie Ventris (viola), Ilyoung Chae (violin) ~ Mozart, Pleyel, Weiner

Book online at:

17 June ~ Emily Francis (cello) ~ Beethoven and Debussy

cover: From a Second World War German album (Archive of Modern Conflict)

New Music

Langham Research Centre

All concerts take place on the ground floor of Kettle’s Yard house. For detailed programmes and to book online please visit or call 01223 748100.

Kettle’s Yard

The bookshop in the gallery at Kettle’s

Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ telephone 01223 748100 fax 01223 324377

Yard offers a range of art books, magazines,

House open

activities you may like to join the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. Kettle’s Yard also offers a wide-reaching education service to meet the needs of those in and

Tuesdays-Sundays 1.30-4.30pm

Gallery open Tuesdays-Sundays 11.30am-5pm

cards and gifts. If you would like to hear regularly from and support Kettle’s Yard as well as participating in a variety of art related

outside formal education.

open Bank Holiday Monday

Admission Free

For further information about what Kettle’s Yard can offer please see our web site or for a specific enquiry please call us on 01223 748100.

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Concession rates apply to fulltime students and people on incapacity or unemployment benefit

to request the leaflet text in an alternative format please phone 01223 748100

By train/bus The C1 bus runs from the station to Bridge Street, a short walk over Magdalene Bridge leads to the gallery.

By road From South: M11 exit at junction 13. From North: from A14 take the A1307 to Castle Street. Meter parking on Northampton Street or Pound Hill. Parking is limited; we recommend the Park & Ride service, 01223 718167.

Kettle’s Yard is grateful to the following who have supported this programme: The Friends of Kettle’s Yard, Arts Council England, The Higher Education Funding Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils, The Isaac Newton Trust, The PRS Foundation, The Holst Foundation, The RVW Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, The Faculty of Music, D.G. Marshall of Cambridge Trust, and many other individual donors.

Leaflet May-September 2011  

Kettle's Yard events leaflet covering the Andy Holden and Von Ribbentrop in St Ives exhibitions, May-September 2011.

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