Online Talk – ‘Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy’ with Martin Gayford

Art Critic Martin Gayford’s new book Spring Cannot be Cancelled is an uplifting manifesto that affirms art’s capacity to divert and inspire. It is based on a wealth of new conversations and correspondence between the artist David Hockney and Martin Gayford, who are long-time friends and collaborators. Their exchanges are illustrated by a selection of Hockney’s new Normandy drawings and paintings, many previously unpublished, alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel, and others.

‘Alfred Wallis: Artist and Mariner’ – Robert Jones in conversation with Eliza Spindel

Join us for an online conversation exploring the life and work of Alfred Wallis, inspired by our current exhibition Alfred Wallis Rediscovered.

Alfred Wallis spent most of his life as a seaman and fisherman in Cornwall, only turning to painting at the age of seventy. Although he painted from memory, his evocative images of ships, fishing vessels and the Cornish landscape were based on a lifetime of direct experience.

Scent from Nature: Beauty's botanical origins

Plants have been used in the beauty and fragrance industry for thousands of years, from ancient times up until the present day.

The exhibition features watercolours from the our exceptional botanical collection. Works include those by Nicolas Robert (1614–85), Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–70), Joseph von Plenck (1735–1807), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840) and Henriette Knip (1783–1842). They are displayed alongside a range of perfume vessels from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as scent bottles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces

Touch is our first sense. Through touch we make art, stake a claim to what we own and those we love, express our faith, our belief, our anger. Touch is how we leave our mark and find our place in the world; touch is how we connect.

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years and from across the globe, this exhibition explores the fundamental role of touch in human experience, and offers new ways of looking.

Untitled: Art on the conditions of our time

Kettle’s Yard is pleased to present Untitled: art on the conditions of our time. This exhibition brings together work by 10 British African diaspora artists with a focus on how their innovative practices ask important questions about some of the most important cultural and political issues of our turbulent times. The exhibition will feature new commissions by Barby Asante, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom and NT, as well as new and recent work by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Phoebe Boswell, Kimathi Donkor, Evan Ifekoya, Cedar Lewisohn, Harold Offeh and Ima-Abasi Okon.

Alfred Wallis Rediscovered

Alfred Wallis’ (1855-1942) expressive drawings and paintings capture the immediacy of his direct experiences of the sea. Wallis lived in Cornwall throughout his life, working on deep sea fishing boats and then as a marine scrap merchant. He turned to painting when he was in his seventies and with no formal training, and used this creative outlet as a means to escape the isolation and loneliness that he felt following the passing of his wife.

Performance: ‘Imploded, burnt, turned to ash’ by Issam Kourbaj

Join Kettle’s Yard, The Heong Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum for a live streamed drawing and sound performance by Syrian-born and Cambridge-based artist Issam Kourbaj, marking the tenth anniversary of the Syrian uprising – a crisis that resulted in violent armed conflict and ongoing civil war. This is a collaboration with composer Richard Causton and soprano Jessica Summers.