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Family Fun with the Kettle’s Yard Learning team this summer

The Learning team at Kettle’s Yard are gearing up for a summer of fun with lots of creative activities planned. Before we head offsite from 22 June for a major redevelopment we have a number of exciting family activities taking place at Kettle’s Yard. Please see below details of how to get involved.

Studio Sundays

If you haven’t already, make sure to take part in our regular family creative drop in sessions in our Learning Studio before we go offsite. Led by artists, Studio Sundays offer families the opportunity to make artworks inspired by our collection and exhibition programme. The sessions are free and you can stay for as long or as little time as you would like. We would like to thank all the wonderful families and children who have made fabulous artworks over the last two years – please see some examples below. Recent participants have described Studio Sundays as follows:

‘A lovely atmosphere of freedom and inclusion and creativity and openness, people enjoying this time together.’

‘It is a great chance to learn new skills – creative and therapeutic’

‘I love that my son had the freedom to make what he likes with all the materials he needs’

New Rhythms Family Guide – free family guide to the exhibition

If you are visiting Kettle’s Yard as a family, please do pick up our free family guide to the New Rhythms exhibition. The guide is full of information, pictures and activities to help families explore the exhibition. Children can also submit their own drawing inspired by New Rhythms for a chance to have it displayed in an exhibition at Kettle’s Yard on Castle Hill Open Day (see details below). You can also use the guide at home – download a copy here.

Family Activity celebrating the life of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska – Sunday 7 June

To kick start our summer of family activities, we have an exciting drop in animation workshop for families, taking place from 12-4pm on Sunday 7 June. Working with artist Karolina Glusiec, we invite families to watch their drawings become a stop motion film with Karolina’s incredible drawing machine. This event is part of our Henri Gaudier Brzeska Centenary celebration weekend, marking 100 years since the artist died aged 23 in the First World War.

Castle Hill Open Day – Saturday 20 June 12-5pm

We are celebrating the final weekend Kettle’s Yard is open to the public with Castle Hill Open Day, our annual celebration of the history and heritage of Castle Hill. Museum of Cambridge, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Castle and archives, St Giles, St Peter’s and Castle Street Methodist churches open their doors for free for the day with drop in events for all ages. On Northampton Green there will be a designated family area running all creative activities from 12-5pm – so be sure to come and see us!

Out and about this summer

From July onwards, we will be popping up across the city with family activities for all – make sure you catch us on Saturday 11 June at the Big Weekend and at ChYpPs events across August. Please see our website for further details.

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