Portraits of Place: Works from Kettle's Yard & Richard Long

5 November 2016 - 15 January 2017

Portraits of Place brings together works by leading twentieth and twenty-first century artists who have responded to the places in which they have lived and worked. It includes intimate depictions of British landscapes from the collection of Kettle’s Yard, ranging from early paintings of Cumberland and Cornwall by Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis to text compositions by Ian Hamilton Finlay and non-British artists Italo Valenti and Helen Frankenthaler.

The collection of Kettle’s Yard particularly highlights how artists have found new ways to represent their emotional and physical connections with landscapes. The exhibition takes a wider view of this theme by including a rarely-seen painting by John Constable from the collection of Downing College, as well as works by British contemporary artist Richard Long, lent by the artist. 2017 will mark fifty years since Long made his formative piece, A Line Made by Walking (1967). A small range of works made since 1992 show how walking has continued to offer Long a vital way of portraying his personal experiences of place.

This exhibition is part of Kettle’s Yard in New Places and Spaces, a celebration marking 50 years since Kettle’s Yard became part of the University of Cambridge.

Wednesdays 10am–8pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am–6pm


The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge CB2 1DQ

For further information contact Prerona Prasad, gallery@dow.cam.ac.uk


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Image credit:

Alfred Wallis (1855–1942) Two ships and steamer sailing past a port – Falmouth and St. Anthony lighthouse, c. 1931 (Oil on card, 26.3 × 40.9 cm) Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge