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 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.

The Butterfly Effect is the culmination of an engagement project to connect young people with University of Cambridge climate scientists. It is the first time the Museum has connected past mass extinctions with the current climate crisis, in the galleries.

During their residency at Kettle’s Yard as part of 20/20, Faramawy has been exploring the dynamics of hospitality by examining the relationship between the roles of host and guest.

Kettle's Yard are pleased to announce A G E N D A, a new series of artist projects that respond to global events and address pressing issues of our time.

The series aims to show how a single work of art can offer insight and understanding beyond the 24-hour news cycle.

The first project displays the photograph ‘Deti’ (2023) by Ukrainian artist Yevheniia Laptii (b. 1992, Kharkiv) on the second floor of Kettle’s Yard, outside the Research Space.

Enjoy exploring a selection of stunning, winning images from the 17th International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition (IGPOTY). These will be displayed in large format, outdoors, near the Grass Maze.

The exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from across the competition’s main categories as well as a selection of higher-placed winning photographs images from the ‘Discovery in Cambridge University Botanic Garden’ competition, run in partnership with IGPOTY.

Did you know that the word ‘posey’ means both ‘a little flower’ and ‘a little poem’? Explore the Botanic Garden in this self-guided trail and see how many poems you can spot. Student writers have joined with the Garden to give a voice to plants that people tend to walk past or overlook. Each little poem serves as a new kind of label, speaking to those of us who don’t understand much from a Latin scientific name alone. There is a link on the poem label that invites the reader to reply with their own poems.

National Treasures: Botticelli in Cambridge brings together a selection of renaissance works from our own collection alongside the Italian artist’s iconic painting of lovers — Venus, the goddess of love and Mars, the god of war.

The arrival of Venus and Mars in Cambridge presents a rare opportunity to see the work outside of London. Until now, the painting has never before left its home at the National Gallery where it’s become one of their most popular and well-loved works since it was bought in 1874.

Sometimes seen as an eccentric figure or lone genius, William Blake’s Universe is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s boundless imagination in the context of wider trends and themes in European art including romanticism, mysticism and ideas of spiritual regeneration.

Heads, jaws, teeth, backbones, limbs.  The evolution of these key features has allowed the vertebrates – animals with backbones – to diversify to include species as different as sharks, frogs, turtles, eagles, elephants, and humans.  But how and why do these features evolve?

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