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Day trip to Cambridge

15 May

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A visit to Kettle’s Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

In the late 1950s, Jim Ede, one-time curator at the Tate and friend to many of the artists who shaped the history of twentieth-century century British art, transformed four tiny dilapidated cottages that then comprised Kettle’s Yard to create a fitting home for his wonderful collection of paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and other objects that he had gathered during his peripatetic life. These include definitive works by Ben Nicholson, David Jones, Alfred Wallis, Winifred Nicholson, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, and so much more. The harmonious whole, now sensitively maintained by the University of Cambridge, in itself forms an incomparable work of art and is the main objective of our proposed visit to Cambridge.

Arriving at Kettle’s Yard by mid-day, we will enjoy a short curatorial introduction, then have ample time for a leisurely appreciation of the collection and a visit the associated Art Gallery next door.  On departure, a short walk (15-20 mins) will take us to the Fitzwilliam Museum for personal time here. We are most fortunate that this proposed visit will coincide with the display of Botticelli’s Venus and Mars which will be making the journey to Cambridge as part of the National Gallery’s two-hundredth birthday celebrations. More information concerning its display will be available shortly.

Practicalities:  Our Ingleby’s coach will depart from Memorial Gardens at 08.00.  We shall leave Cambridge at 16.45, hoping to arrive back in York around 20.00. There will be no group booking for lunch; there is a small café at Kettle’s Yard and a major one in the Fitzwilliam.

Because of the need to confirm the provisional booking by the end of February, please e-mail the organsier, Sue Greenhow (details below) to express interest or receive further information as available. A minimum of 25 participants is required.  The cost is £65 per person.

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15 May


Sue Greenhow