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Last week I made two visits to the newly re-opened Kettle’s Yard. First, a preview for members of the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. Second, a re-launch party for a mixture of employees, supporters, curators, artists, journalists, etc. While oversimplifying, the difference between the two groups and events offered an allegory for the polar demands of a diverse gallery audience. Innovation vs Tradition? Inclusive vs Exclusive? Read More >

Posted: February 16th, 2018
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Life, Belief and Beyond at Modern Art Oxford includes examples of Rose Finn-Kelcey’s performance work from the 1970’s and 80’s, through her transition to objects and installations in the 1990’s until 2000. Finn-Kelcey routinely reinvented and developed her work, often reimagining projects with the latest technologies. Read More >

Posted: October 11th, 2017
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Aid & Abet launched their new exhibition space ELAN with Expanded Studio Project – Variety Show XIII – 26 artists from Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge and Primary Studios in Nottingham were paired through a lottery system. Their 13 outcomes were displayed and performed over a weekend. Read More >

Posted: April 26th, 2015
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David Kefford and Sarah Evans of Aid & Abet are nearing the end of a year long residency at the North West Cambridge Art Programme studio space on the site of a major new housing and community development by Cambridge University. Read More >

Posted: April 21st, 2015
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Last week I spent the morning with a group of forty design students in their second year at the London College of Communication. I gave a modified version of the Cambridge Creative Futures talk from March, interspersed with questions and discussion. The students are preparing for their year in industry and are in the process of applying for work placements, attempting to get funding for their projects, and working out how to fund themselves while they intern. Read More >

Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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On Monday July 7th the Tour de France will be passing through Saffron Walden on its way from Cambridge to London. To commemorate the event we have created a special edition of our Light Traffic Only cups and tea towels. They can be purchased from our online store Apropos-Shop or in person and online from the Design Essentials shop on Market Hill in Saffron Walden, who are the exclusive stockists. Read More >

Posted: March 27th, 2014
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Raven Row steadfastly refuse to put on a dull show. Their latest is no exception. The lower gallery houses a Öyvind Fahlström’s The Little General (Pinball Machine) – a 20ft raised pool containing a montage of images and signs with GI Joe doll, brain and foetus incased within perspex boxes beneath the water. Read More >

Posted: October 17th, 2013
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A Way of Life – Matthew Darbyshire

A good time to see Matthew Darbyshire’s installation covering the windows at Kettle’s Yard is during evening traffic as bikes and cars stream past, stop at the traffic lights, queue for a few minutes before moving on. He has designed a series of lifestyle magazine covers inspired by the collection and “in homage to Jim Ede”, the gallery founder. Read More >

Posted: October 11th, 2013
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Mark Neville’s show at The Photographer’s Gallery documents the Northamptonshire town of Corby. Neville follows the fortunes of the Corby 16 – a group seeking compensation from the local council after negligent disposal of waste from the town’s steel mills which closed in the 1980’s. Read More >

Posted: September 13th, 2013
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We’re back from a week in Calla Ferrera, Mallorca, where we did nothing very much. Laid in the sun. Swam in a pool or in the sea. Ate and drank. I read quite a bit which I mention because it doesn’t happen very often. I read Ernest Hemingway’s “Fiesta” (The Sun Also Rises), a collection of his short stories, and chapters from “A Farewell to Arms”, “To Have And Have Not”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Death In The Afternoon”. Read More >

Posted: September 4th, 2013
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