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Most of the education programme at Kettle’s Yard happens outside opening hours so we’d like to give you an idea of what we have to offer.We would also like to introduce our exciting plans for the future - the building of a new Education Wing, due to open in 2013.

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  • Education at KEttlEs Yard

    Going Behind the Scenes

  • Kettles Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable

    permanent collection of early twentieth century

    works of art and a gallery presenting a changing

    programme of modern and contemporary art


    Kettles Yard is passionate about education, learning and working with communities. Our vision for the future aims to build on the richness of our current education work. We will extend our welcome to new audiences through our exciting and innovative programme and our beautifully designed new educational facilities. We are indebted to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generosity of many trusts, foundations and individuals who have supported this exciting new development. Looking ahead, we would like to build longer-term creative partnerships with schools and communities both in Cambridge and the region.

    Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettles Yard

    background image: Pebbletastic workshop, responding to the John Cage exhibition,

    Every Day is a Good Day, 2010

  • GoinG BEHind tHE scEnEs

    Most of the education programme at Kettles Yard

    happens outside opening hours so wed like to

    give you an idea of what we have to offer.

    We would also like to introduce our exciting plans

    for the future the building of a new Education

    Wing, due to open in 2013.

  • Jim Ede created Kettles Yard with his wife Helen and lived in the house from 1957-73. He wrote in the introduction to A Way of Life his aspirations for Kettles Yard:

    a living place where works of art would be enjoyed, inherent to the domestic setting, where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery, and where an informality might infuse an underlying formality I hope that future generations will still find a home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and music.

  • All educational activity at Kettles Yard draws inspiration from the house and collection, Jims vision of art as a way of life, and the changing exhibition programme.

    The following pages give a glimpse behind the scenes. While not showing all that we do, we hope they give a sense of our work. We have spotlighted a few projects to give a more in-depth view.

    cHildrEn and YounG PEoPlE adultsForMal EducationFuturE Plans

  • cHildrEn and YounG PEoPlE

    We offer activities for the whole family.

    Practical workshops are led by artists

    and take inspiration from the

    house and the gallery.

    We were made very welcome and given good directions but we were also able to use our own ideas. Kids who are sometimes reluctant to make art immediately wanted to make something when they saw the space.

    Parents responses to Drop In and More, which offers free use of art materials in the education room and

    volunteer-led support over the summer, 2009-2011

  • Wednesday Club (for 8-11s) in St Peters churchyard next to Kettles Yard

    worKsHoPs For cHildrEn and YounG PEoPlE

  • Holey Mackerel half-term sculpture workshop responding to sculptures with holes in the house, 2011

    Artists from Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination running a family workshop, responding to the Bridget Riley exhibition, 2011

    Site Lines half-term drawing workshop for families, 2010

  • Rapunzel lived there and the witch lived there. Because she is a very nasty witch, she gives her loads of worms and bugs and beetles.

    Can you look at the picture and tell me what colours are in there?

    They are just normal colours like we see at nursery and I like the objects because they make me think Im going to paint them at home.

    rEcollEction : KEttlEs Yard oral HistorY arcHivE

    Childrens responses to artworks in Kettles Yard recorded during workshops in 2009

    Emma, aged 4, discussing Kings College Chapel, 1966, by Bryan Pearce:

  • I like it because its got really good textures if you was really angry and really stormed up, its got nice calm colours. You could just sit down and look at it and it would just calm you down so much that you could go out and figure out what was wrong and sort it out. It looks like a farm or a field and its got houses near to it and its, like, the countryside.

    Angel, aged 8, discussing Road Along the Roman Wall, 1925 by Winifred Nicholson:

  • tuEsdaY studio ( for 11-14s)

    Tuesday Studio end-of-term exhibition This sculpture was made in response to the exhibition Modern Times: responding to chaos, 2010

  • sPotliGHt : YounG carErs art GrouP

    In partnership with Centre 33,

    the young carers art group have:

    workedwithtwoartists,threefilmmakers, a poet and an MC

    visitedfiveotherUniversityofCambridgemuseumshostedafilmpremiereforfriendsandfamily at the Arts Picturehouse


    Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.

    Young Carers at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with artist Lara Jones

  • adultsWe run study days, regular workshops &

    short courses on a range of topics.

    Groups can also book for private tours.

  • crEativE writinG

    Kettles Yard (extract) Rhona McAdam, workshop participant 2012

    Beneath the stairs a burnt angel

    guards its heaven,

    blind and thin as the prow

    of a lost ship

    while on the walls

    the little boats trouble themselves

    in all directions upon the paint,

    unable to make sense

    of the eyes demands

    and plants bathe in the windows light,

    stepped upon stones, each shelf a beach,

    while outside winter comes and goes

    in a watchful lens,

    turning gently on its string,

    its appetite for green.

  • sPotliGHt : saturdaY drawinG

    Meeting fortnightly, Saturday Drawing participants experiment with drawing in its broadest sense. The sessions conclude with reflection on the mornings work over a cup of tea. The artist educators create a welcoming environment for all levels of experience.

  • You were left to try out new things rather than having to stick to anything in particular but the ideas given really helped to start you off. Also, I liked the evaluation of what we had achieved as a group at the end.

  • Mind-Spirit-Body-Matter: Drawn to the Human, a week-long drawing workshop during the Agnes Martin exhibition, 2010

  • FEEdBacK FroM coursE ParticiPants

    I did study Design and Art History, but this one was amongst the very best classes I ever attended... It was very inspiring, very stimulating and I would like to thank everybody involved whole-heartedly.

    From the Handmade to the Readymade

    discussion-based sculpture course, 2011

    A thoroughly enjoyable course it was amazing how quickly the time has passed an effective way to reduce stress and completely clear your mind of your daily worries.

    Blurring the Boundaries practical art workshops with staff

    at Fulbourn Hospital, 2010

  • wE also oFFEr

    Freelunchtimetalksinthehouseandgallery Freetwilightsessionsachancetovisitthe house at dusk

    Specialeventssuchasfilmscreeningsand artist talks

    Studydaysrecentexamplesinclude poetry, print-making and dance

  • coMMunitY and outrEacH

    Regular sessions over the past few years include:

    MonthlyvisitstoAddenbrookesHospital, run in partnership with Wallace Cancer Care and

    the Fitzwilliam Museum

    TouchanddescriptivetourswithCamsightfor blind and partially sighted people

    ExhibitiontoursandhandlingsessionswithHilltop Day Centre for adults with young onset dementia

  • sPotliGHt : a woMans PlacE

    In Autumn 2010, artists Janine Woods and Hilary

    Moreton ran a series of workshops with a group

    of older women in sheltered accommodation at

    Storeys House in Cambridge.

    The women toured Kettles Yard, learned about the

    original owners, and Helen Ede in particular, and

    reflected on what home means to them.

    Their textile designs were exhibited amongst the

    permanent collection and the project concluded

    with an evening for friends and family.

    One participant commented, At this age it is easy to stagnate and she found the challenge of learning new skills particularly inspiring.

    A Womans Place received funding from Renaissance East of England Community Learning and Outreach Fund, administeredthroughtheUniversityofCambridgeMuseumsDevelopmentOfficer.

  • A Womans Place participant with her shell-design cushion

  • Teachers evening for the exhibition Mischief: Lucia Nogueira, 2011

  • ForMal Education

    We support group

    visits for all ages

    from nursery-aged

    childrentoUniversitystudents. We tailor

    sessions to meet the

    needs of the group,

    working with teachers

    to customise talks and


    Exhibition previews

    for teachers include

    refreshments, a tour

    with discussion and a

    chance to pick up new

    resources and network

    with colleagues.

  • sPotliGHt : tEacHEr traininG

    Working with the Faculty of Education at Homerton

    College, we introduce Initial Teacher Trainees to

    techniques for engaging pupils with artworks.

  • It was very interactive and engaging. The Education Officers who worked with us were very