Sunday was a wet and early start at Kettle’s Yard. We wanted to celebrate the Olympic Torch running past the gallery and provide a place for the community to participate in all the excitement. We thought we’d have a casual breakfast of croissants and coffee available in the gallery for whomever was out and about in the early hours to cheer on the Flame.
We had a buffet of croissants, chelsea buns, coffee and orange juice. Four lovely volunteers came at 6:30am to help us set up and serve the treats. For a while it was looking like we might be all to attend but suddenly at 6:45am, people starting filing through our door with eager eyes at the sight of coffee and pastries.
Delicious pastries, nicely laid out… they wouldn’t last long!
As the party bus approached, out everyone ran to cheer and began wildly screaming as the Torch ran past us. Some were in the street and some up on the church yard, which gave spectators great views of all the action. The rain wasn’t deterring anyone!
Views from the church yard
After the Torch went past, everyone piled into the gallery and were all taking advantage of their early morning entrance on the last day of Alfred Wallis: ships and boats. What a great way to finish the show!
Happy children, family and friends in the gallery
All in all, we serverd 80 croissants and 30 chelsea buns as well as an ample supply of biscuits to 4 volunteers, 4 staff members and 300 visitors!! We had a great time!
Alfred Wallis: ships and boats / Final week / Wednesday 4th July
This is the final week of Alfred Wallis: ships and boats. It has been wonderful to see the enthusiastic response to Alfred Wallis’ beautiful paintings.
We’ve had over 10,000 visitors to the Alfred Wallis show since the beginning of April. There have been some great comments left in our comment book:
Kettle’s Yard visitor book, 2012
Among the positive press was a review from Richard Cork of the Financial Times, “Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge has mounted an illuminating survey of his work. The location proves ideal”. There have also been some lovely blog posts about our Alfred Wallis show. These include Art Burger with vivid pictures of Wallis and the house, an interesting account of childrens interpretation of Wallis on the blog Children Take the Lead, and a lovely blog about one of the Alfred Wallis lunchtime talks, featuring the historian Ruth Scurr, University of Cambridge, on Cambridge Commentary.
If you haven’t made it to the show you have until 5pm on Sunday 8 July! Watch this space for news of the exhibition tour and a new Wallis publication.
For all artists and arts organisations: the Arts Council has produced a series of videos, released monthly, to promote the Grants for the Arts scheme to individual artists. This is funding designated for individual artists and small arts organisations. Take a look and see how some of the artists are using their funding.
Grants for the arts is for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. It is funded by the National Lottery. Perhaps you can watch the videos and get some ideas to apply for your own stream of funding.
This month’s video focuses on visual artist Ben Rivers which you can watch below.
Robert Jones, Alfred Wallis expert, delivered a talk at Kettle’s Yard, 12 June. You can watch the talk here.
The Cornish artist and author Robert Jones was born in Newquay, Cornwall. The beaches and cliffs were his childhood playground. He studied at Falmouth College of Art where he was taught by Robert Organ and Francis Hewlett. He continued to paint whilst teaching in various schools including A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School for three years, and for seven further years fishing around the Cornish coast. A period as part time tutor at Penzance and Falmouth Colleges of art, followed by a successful exhibition at Newlyn Orion Art Gallery encouraged him to concentrate on his painting. He was able to reduce his teaching commitments and then to paint full time. He is a prolific artist who has exhibited widely.
In 1995 he began researching the life and work of the artist Alfred Wallis, and in 2000 his book, ‘Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner’ was published to critical acclaim. Continuing with his fascination with maritime subjects he has completed his next book which is about the pierhead painter Reuben Chappell. The book ‘Reuben Chappell Pierhead Painter’ came out in the spring of 2006.
From December 2011 to May 2012 I was Music Assistant at Kettle’s Yard, working on the Thursday Chamber Subscription Series and the New Music Series. My job has been to make everything run smoothly on concert day, from setting up the room to making the programmes to getting in tea for the musicians, so I’ve definitely been kept busy! I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible performers and hear some amazing performances. I’m writing this on my last day, and the last day of the subscription series for the year, so now is a good chance for me to look back on the concerts and on my time here and pick out a few highlights.
I knew the New Music concerts were going to be a lot of fun when they started with an irrepressible quartet of tuba players in costume and character – Youtuba put on a brilliantly entertaining show which was also musically dazzling. Two weeks later and I was holding on for dear life page-turning a monster of a piece by Michel Finnissy for Mary Dullea, performing with top contemporary violinist Darragh Morgan, and soon after I was laughing along with the vocal acrobatics of Rebecca Askew and Melanie Pappenheim’s performance of Orlando Gough’s Flam.
On the chamber music side, personal highlights were hearing Ronald Brautigam perform a treat of a programme (all Beethoven – yes please), and the wonderful humour of singers Karen Cargill and Marcus Farnsworth. Marcus, who subbed in at eight hours’ notice (!), ended with one of the funniest encores I’ve ever heard!
We made a particularly big effort in promoting the visit of top contemporary string group The Smith Quartet, and it was great to see the place filled to the rafters for their performance of George Crumb’s dark masterpiece Black Angels. A week on and we had a van load of percussion (everything including the kitchen sink) for the fabulously fun ensemblebash, but perhaps the highlight was working with John Paul Jones, the bassist with Led Zeppelin. I never thought I would be doing sound for someone of that stature but working here has been full of surprises!
Throughout it all I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic people. Kettle’s Yard is very fortunate to have such a large community of friendly, interested and loyal concert-goers, and we’ve also been delighted to see our New Music concerts drawing in people who’ve never visited before. The staff and volunteers work really hard to make things happen here and it’s been a pleasure to be a part of things here, even if I’ve been pretty tired at the end of some very long days!
I’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers I’ve worked with but especially Ruth for being totally dependable and generous with her time and Lara for somehow managing to juggle about three jobs and still come out smiling.
I’m delighted to be moving on to a role with the Creative Learning department of the Britten Sinfonia, and I have no doubt I’ll be coming back to Kettle’s Yard soon, but maybe next time as an audience member!
Olympic Torch runs past Kettle’s Yard / Olympics 2012 / Tuesday 29th May
Come and celebrate the Olympic torch passing through Cambridge by joining us for early morning celebrations with coffee and tea. We’ll be feeling extra patriotic as we watch the Olympic Flame jog past us, up Castle Street right past Kettle’s Yard!
Enjoy a free regal breakfast of coffee, tea and croissants at 6:30am on 8 July, 2012.
A great photo of some of the constructions created during the Space Makers project. It’s always a lot of fun walking through the education room when this project is going on, makes you wish you could stop and join in. Some of the architects of the future at work!
For the Space Makers project Kettle’s Yard is working with a primary school, a secondary school, artists and Shape East to involve students in the process of building a new Education Centre at Kettle’s Yard.
Over a two year period we are working with one primary school, St Mary’s St Neots, one secondary school group, Comberton Village College, two artists – Raksha Patel and Jo Chapman, Shape East and project evaluators Flow Associates. The project will see the artists work to creatively develop the knowledge and skills of the young people in the fields of architecture and the built environment.