From queens, emperors and divine beings, to scientists, artists and global communities, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

How do labels and categories affect the stories we choose to tell, or how we connect with each other? How do they affect our interaction with our natural world, and how we imagine the future?

From queens, emperors and divine beings, to scientists, artists and global communities, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

How do labels and categories affect the stories we choose to tell, or how we connect with each other? How do they affect our interaction with our natural world, and how we imagine the future?

From queens, emperors and divine beings, to scientists, artists and global communities, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

How do labels and categories affect the stories we choose to tell, or how we connect with each other? How do they affect our interaction with our natural world, and how we imagine the future?

Recent understandings of the impact of human activity on the systems of the planet have highlighted the ways in which nature and humans are deeply entangled, calling the often extractive character of our relationship to the Earth into question.  
 
Taking these ideas as her starting point, artist Rona Lee has created two new works, informed by research in the Sedgwick Museum’s archives and installed in the Whewell Mineral Gallery, that challenge the ways in which we normally view the items displayed there.  
 

This year’s theme is ‘Weird and Wonderful in Cambridge University Botanic Garden’, which invites visitors to capture and showcase the Garden’s heritage landscape and diverse plant collection, including rare and endangered plants from all over the world.

Highlights of the Garden include: Glasshouse Range, Bee Borders, Scented Garden, Rising Path and Systematic Beds, Limestone Rock Garden, Lake and Woodland Garden.

Megan Rooney has been working with Temitope Ajose and Leah Marojevic since 2017. Their performance-based practice oriented around movement and colour has been part of Serpentine Park Night, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Megan Rooney: Echoes & Hours

This is the first major solo exhibition in the UK of work by Megan Rooney (b. 1985, South Africa). Her paintings have an irresistible life and energy, renewing the potential of abstraction to embody the richness of the visual world.

This is the first major solo exhibition in the UK of work by Megan Rooney (b. 1985, South Africa). Her paintings have an irresistible life and energy, renewing the potential of abstraction to embody the richness of the visual world.

In June 2024, Rooney will spend three weeks making a new ‘mural’, painting directly on the walls of one of Kettle’s Yard’s two galleries. In the other gallery a group of new paintings will be exhibited for the first time.

Vicken Parsons (b.1957, Hertfordshire) lives and works in London. Her paintings are held in major national and international collections including Tate, The Government Art Collection, The Arts Council Collection, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Jerwood Foundation, the Belvedere Museum, Vienna and Museum Voorlinden, the Netherlands.

Parsons makes small, intimate paintings on wood panel using thin layers of oil paint. Her subjects are usually partial views of interior spaces or landscapes, some remembered and others imagined.

Throughout time, people of all cultures have sent their loved ones off with gifts and supplies for the next stage in life’s journey. Sarah Talks, Education and Outreach Assistant, will invite us to explore Saxon and Roman objects used as funerary gifts and share stories about them. Artist, Sally Todd, will invite us to consider what gifts we might like to give or take with us ‘on the journey’ and provide clay and other textural materials to help in the making of these.

Welcome to the perfect opportunity to show your creativity in a unique setting.

Pencils, wine, and an inspiring gallery open late… It can only mean that drink and draw is back!

 

Join us for a relaxed and friendly evening of sketching amongst our awesome sculptures. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of wine and our expert instructors will offer you guidance to build your confidence and skills.

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