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Elisabeth Vellacott: Figures in the Landscape

2 November 2016 – 15 January 2017 at The Women's Art Collection

This display draws together rarely seen drawings and paintings by Vellacott from Kettle’s Yard’s Collection and loans from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition is the first to focus on Vellacott’s imaginative portrayal of the figure in her landscapes.

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A newly commissioned text by William J Simmons, a PhD candidate at The City University of New York, will accompany the display.

Kettle’s Yard’s Collection includes twenty-six works on paper by Elisabeth Vellacott. Vellacott was a founder member of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors in 1954. She met Jim Ede, the creator of Kettle’s Yard in the late 1950s and, soon after, he began to acquire her work. Vellacott exhibited her delicately executed drawings and paintings regularly in London during her lifetime. Two retrospective exhibitions were held at Kettle’s Yard in 1981 and 1995.

 Curated by Guy Haywood, Kettle’s Yard and Eliza Gluckman, Women’s Art Collection


Photos by Paul Allitt

Celebrating 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge 1966-2016

See the work of 25 artists from the Kettle’s Yard Collection in nine places and spaces across Cambridge.

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jim Ede’s gift of Kettle’s Yard to the University of Cambridge. Jim Ede, a writer and former curator at the Tate, created and opened Kettle’s Yard in 1957. In November 1966 Kettle’s Yard became a University of Cambridge museum. We are delighted to be working with old and new friends, in the university and city, who have generously collaborated with us to make exhibitions and displays.

Reflecting our support for contemporary artists, Lucy Steggals and Jesse Wine are creating new installations at the Museum of Cambridge and Arbury Community Centre.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a lively programme of events across many of the venues, including an anniversary lecture and free talks by students from the University of Cambridge’s History of Art Department.

All the exhibitions are free and no booking necessary unless stated otherwise. Find out more about the exhibitions using the links on the left.

Thank you

We are grateful to our exhibition partners and supporters:

The Festival of Ideas, Murray Edwards College, Wolfson College, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Cambridge, Art at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge University Library, Arbury Community Centre, St John’s College, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, HEFCE, Cambridge City Council and the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden.