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Art world’s leading lights donate works for £5m Kettle’s Yard appeal

Damian Hirst, Antony Gormley and Maggie Hambling are just three of the artists to have donated works

Published: 17th March 2011.

Damian Hirst, Antony Gormley and Maggie Hambling are just three of the artists to have donated works to a major exhibition at Kettle’s Yard – many of which are to be sold as part of a £5m fundraising appeal.

Running from Saturday (March 19) until May 8, 2011, 'Artists for Kettle's Yard' has seen an incredible range of artists donate sculptures and paintings as the hugely popular house and gallery seeks to raise the funds needed to build a new education wing and extend the library and collection storage.

Director Michael Harrison has been astonished and delighted by the generosity of the artists who are donating.

He said: "The donations from artists as diverse as Damien Hirst, David Nash, Phyllida Barlow and Maggi Hambling demonstrate the great regard with which artists view Kettle's Yard. It is going to be fantastic to see works by artists with whom we have a long relationship such as Edmund de Waal and Antony Gormley, alongside those whom we have recently worked with such as Claire Barclay and Helena Almeida."

Anthony Gormley, best known for his Angel of the North and Another Place - 100 cast iron figures facing out to sea on Crosby Beach, said: "Kettle's Yard is an invaluable visual resource for the university and town that combines a foundational collection made at the birth of modernism in Britain with an evolving programme of contemporary art.

"Kettle's Yard is a necessary balance to the historical collections of the Fitzwilliam and a lively and living place to experience art."

Kettle's Yard launched an appeal at Tate Britain in April 2009 to complete the site with a new education wing. The appeal is raising funds for the building and running costs. So far, over £2 million has been raised. After a successful first round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kettle's Yard has recently submitted a second round bid for £2,326,700 to put them within reach of the £5 million target.

Designed by architect Jamie Fobert, the development is planned to provide a new education wing, a project gallery, an extended art library and collection storage. Supporters include the Monument Trust, the Edlis-Neeson Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, and the Sir Siegmund Warburg Voluntary Settlement.

The artists whose work will be in the show include: Josef and Anni Albers, Helena Almeida, Fiona Banner, Claire Barclay, Phyllida Barlow, Karla Black, John Blackburn, Michael Brick, Sir Anthony Caro, Tony Carter, Stephen Chambers, Michelle Charles, Prunella Clough, Michael Craig-Martin, Natasha Daintry, Jane Dixon, Antony Gormley, Kip Gresham, Maggi Hambling, Mona Hatoum, Barbara Hepworth, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Augustus John, Lida Cardozo Kindersley, Issam Kourbaj, Langlands & Bell, Kenneth Martin, Ian McKeever, Lisa Milroy, David Nash, Elspeth Owen, Mary Potter, Peter Randall-Page, Alan Reynolds, Bridget Riley, Michael Sandle, Jamie Shovlin, Edmund de Waal, Alison Wilding, and Paul Winstanley.



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