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Artists for Kettle’s Yard

19 March – 8 May 2011

This exhibition presented works of art that were for sale in aid of the Kettle’s Yard Development Appeal. Over the first weekend more than  £180,000 were raised through sales.

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As part of a wider fundraising project for the new education wing, Kettle’s Yard presented an exhibition of works donated by artists to the museum. The exhibition offered a rare opportunity to see some of the biggest names in contemporary art – from major sculptures by Damien Hirst, David Nash, Phyllida Barlow and Antony Gormley to sumptuous paintings by Michael Craig-Martin, Bridget Riley, Lisa Milroy, Callum Innes and Maggi Hambling, and ceramics by Edmund de Waal and Natasha Daintry. Donations came from many quarters and included former Artist Fellows: Tony Carter, Stephen Chambers, Jane Dixon and Paul Winstanley; recent exhibitors: Ian McKeever, Alan Reynolds, Michelle Charles, Helena Almeida, David Ward, Karla Black and Claire Barclay; Cambridge artists: Lida Cardozo Kindersley, Elspeth Owen, Michael Brick and Jon Harris and artists such as John Blackburn and John Golding who have a long association with Kettle’s Yard.

Alongside these were gifts from the estates of Kenneth Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Josef and Anni Albers. The range of artists, as well as collectors, who donated to the exhibition reflected the scope of the exhibition programme that Kettle’s Yard presented. Their generous support was an indication of the value they placed upon the gallery.

Many of the works were available for sale in the exhibition. As well as the education wing, the development raised funds for a new project gallery, an extended art library, proper collection storage and a cafe.



Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Helena Almeida, Eugene Atget, Claire Barclay, Phyllida Barlow, Regine Bartsch, Karla Black, John Blackburn, Michael Brick, Jeffrey Camp, Anthony Caro, Tony Carter, Stephen Chambers, Michelle Charles, Prunella Clough, Paul Coldwell, Stephen Cox, Michael Craig-Martin, Natasha Daintry, Francis Davison, Jane Dixon, Ken Draper, Jennifer Durrant, Vanessa Gardiner, Eric Gill, John Golding, Antony Gormley, Kip Gresham, Maggi Hambling, Jon Harris, Mona Hatoum, Claude Heath, Barbara Hepworth, Jason Hicklin, Nicola Hicks, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, John Hubbard, James Hugonin, Callum Innes, Augustus John, Tory Lawrence, Alex Lowery, Peter Logan, Anish Kapoor, Linda Karshan, Lida Cardozo Kindersley, Paul Klee, Issam Kourbaj, Langlands and Bell, Ian McKeever, Kenneth Martin, Edward Middleditch, Lisa Milroy, David Nash, Elspeth Owen, Bryan Pearce, Mary Potter, Marc Quinn, Peter Randall-Page, Alan Reynolds, Bridget Riley, Ceri Richards, Matthew Sanderson, Michael Sandle, Yuko Shiraishi, Jamie Shovlin, Daniel Sturgis, Edmund de Waal, David Ward, Alison Wilding, Paul Winstanley, Christopher Wood, Bill Woodrow.

Kettle’s Yard is an invaluable visual resource for the university and town that combines a foundational collection made at the birth of modernism in Britain with an evolving programme of contemporary art. Kettle’s Yard is a necessary balance to the historical collections of the Fitzwilliam and a lively and living place to experience art.

Antony Gormley