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Kettle’s Yard is reopening today

Much loved Cambridge art gallery Kettle's Yard is set to reopen today, following an extensive two-year refurbishment.

The Castle Street institution will welcome its return with a exhibition of iconic works and new commissions by thirty-eight international and British artists.

The renovation work has created a four-floor education wing, improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance and even a new cafe.

What's new at the new Kettle's Yard?

The relaunch also promises improved exhibition spaces, a new glass entrance area and the addition of a café.

Two-years of renovations have also seen the gallery's three original cottages transformed with the construction of state-of-the-art learning facilities over four additional floors.

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It is hoped these new public research spaces, will foster greater community engagement, especially among the young.

Announcing the opening date, Kettle’s Yard director Andrew Nairne, said: “This is a proud moment for all of us.

The shop's already stocked! Picture: Warren Gunn

"It’s not just about encouraging people to come to a museum. We want to reinvent the notion of what a museum and gallery can be, and do.

"I believe Kettle’s Yard, with its remarkable collection and vibrant connections with artists of today, can be a beacon for the next generation.”

What art is on display there?

The opening exhibition is entitled: Actions.The image of the world can be different, and seeks to 'reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world'.

In the new gallery spaces visitors will encounter iconic works by Richard Long, Ben Nicholson and Mary Kelly, with new and recent work by Julie Mehretu, Oscar Murillo, Regina José Galindo and Linder among others.

Street view looking out from part of the new learning studio. Picture: Warren Gunn

For the Kettle’s Yard House, works by Cornelia Parker and Edmund de Waal will be installed among the permanent collection. Callum Innes is making a set of watercolours to be shown in the new Research Space. Rana Begum is creating a new large-scale installation for the church of St. Peter’s next to Kettle’s Yard, and Tunisian artist eL Seed will create a new mural in North Cambridge.

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There will also be a programme of live events, talks, discussions and activities.

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