Making, Feeling, Reaching, Taking: on some women artists in 'The Human Touch'

In this online talk Dr Amy Tobin, curator of Exhibitions, Research and Events at Kettle’s Yard explores gender, art making, performance and desire in the works by three women artists featured in The Human Touch exhibition: Alexis Hunter, Ketty La Rocca and Geta Bratescu.

This event is linked to our upcoming exhibition The Human Touch.

The Human Touch – Skin to Skin: a tactile understanding of medieval manuscripts

Join us for a three-way online conversation with specialists in Manuscripts and Printed Books as they reflect on the importance of touch in the making and conserving of medieval manuscripts, and how medieval readers themselves left traces – devout and destructive - of their touch.

Speakers: Suzanne Reynolds, Sara Oberg Stradal and Edward Cheese.

This online talk is linked to our upcoming exhibition: The Human Touch.

Curator's Tour: Casting Light on Classical Sculpture

Join Curator Dr Susanne Turner on this virtual tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology's Cast Gallery.

The Museum houses a rather unusual exception: instead of original statues, the Cast Gallery is packed with more than 600 historical plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. But why do we have all these replicas? And how might thinking about copying help us to look differently at ancient sculpture?

Dreams and Fragments: Manifestations of Classical Literature in Modern Poetry

How and why does classical antiquity live on in us and in our worlds?

Join us online for poetry readings by Lesley Saunders and Josephine Balmer, framed by the evocative surroundings of our gallery of classical casts.

Their performance responds to the idea expressed by the classical scholar Edmund Richardson that ‘we work with fragments, we work with dreams, we work with the longing for lost texts to be discovered, for every broken thing to be repaired…’

Online Event Series – Grassroots: Artmaking and Political Struggle

This series of online events, Grassroots: Artmaking and Political Struggle, explores relationships between art, activism and political organising in Britain during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Across six panels over three days, speakers will take a number of different approaches to thinking about how art works and visual culture both interrelate with, and have acted as, catalysts for social change.

ONLINE COURSE Hand sewing techniques: Dresden plate chrysanthemum

Take your hand sewing skills further with this traditional Dresden plate ‘chrysanthemum’ block. In the first class you will learn to use English paper piecing and applique to create the flower shape of the block. You will also be taught how to use a hand applique technique to apply the plate to the top of the placemat. You will be asked to complete this as ‘homework’ before the next session. The tutor will be available by email during the week to provide support if needed.

ONLINE COURSE Around the world in a handful of spices

This virtual workshop will introduce you to the weird and wonderful world of spices.  We’ll take you on a journey to far flung places to find out where our familiar and not so familiar spices come from.  We’ll explore the different plants and plant families they come from and learn a bit about their history.  What’s the difference between herbs and spices?  How do spices pack such a punch of flavour?  What’s the best way to use and store your spices at home?  Which spices are easy to grow for yourself?  Find out these answers and more during this fun and interactive session.  Participants w

ONLINE COURSE Death in the garden: poison, plots and painters

From poisonous plants to poison gardens, gothic garden murder mysteries, and tragic tales of plant hunters, the garden is full of fatalities.  In the midst of the hum and buzz of garden life we are stalked by dangers and beset with metaphors of momento  mori.  A Garden of Eden replete with serpent and wolfsbane. Taking inspiration from horticulture, history and literature we will explore the ways in which gardens and plants can literally be a “fatal attraction”. You may never dare to go into your garden again!

ONLINE COURSE An exploration of edible plant families

2021 has been declared the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by the United Nations. Promoting the contribution of fruits and vegetables to diversified, balanced and healthy diets and lifestyles is amongst its aims. This course will explore the chemistry and botany of the main “edible” plant families that contribute fruits and vegetables to the human diet. We will examine the chemistry behind the superfood headlines, discover how plants can be used as crop protection agents and reveal the chemical truth of urban legends such as “green potatoes are poisonous”.