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Kettle’s Yard Development Plans

Kettle’s Yard house and gallery will close for development from 22 June 2015

Kettle’s Yard is now in a position to make the development plans a reality, having recently received second stage backing from the Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme and notification of planning permission from Cambridge City Council. The Arts Council funding of £3.5m coupled with Heritage Lottery Funding of £1,982,200 (from a total grant of £2,456,300, which includes activity costs) will substantially support the creation of a new Education Wing and major improvements to the exhibition galleries, alongside better services for visitors including a small cafe. The plans have been drawn up by Jamie Fobert Architects.

Education Wing

Education Wing

Gallery View

Gallery View

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to support Kettle’s Yard as it embarks on a project that will not only expand its capacity to showcase great works of art, but also support its education and engagement programme. The new education wing will be a superb resource that will dramatically increase its capacity to reach and engage with more children and young people and to deepen the gallery’s relationship with the local community.’

Andrew Nairne, Director, Kettle’s Yard said:

‘We are now able to move forward with our exciting plans for renewing and developing Kettle’s Yard so that even more people can engage with great art of the 20th and 21st Century.’

At this final stage, all donations large or small can really help, click here to find out more.

You can see the plans and a selection of visualisations on the Kettle’s Yard website.

Architect Jamie Fobert gave a talk to the Friends of Kettle’s Yard about the building project, which can be viewed online.

Closure & offsite period

The development is expected to take around two years.  21 June 2015 is the last day that Kettle’s Yard house and gallery are open to the public. During the closure period we are planning other activities. There will be displays of the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. We are also involved in a three-year creative collaboration in North Cambridge called the Open House project. The chamber music series will continue in another venue.

Sign up to Kettle’s Yard emails or check the website to stay informed of the building progress and our offsite activities.

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