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.