Actions. The image of the world can be different

10 Feb 2018 – 6 May 2018

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The exhibition, with work by thirty-eight artists, marks the opening of the new Kettle’s Yard. Actions. The image of the world can be different seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world.


Inspired by a letter by artist Naum Gabo, Actions reflects the energising diversity and breadth of art in the modern and contemporary period within the UK and internationally.

Artists in Actions:

Basel Abbas + Ruanne Abou-Rahme
John Akomfrah
Rana Begum
Joseph Beuys
Anna Brownsted
Candoco Dance Company (choreography by Laila Diallo)
Alice Channer
Nathan Coley
Edmund de Waal
Jeremy Deller
eL Seed
Jamie Fobert
Helen Frankenthaler
Naum Gabo
Regina José Galindo
Anya Gallaccio
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Barbara Hepworth
Callum Innes
Mary Kelly
Idris Khan
Issam Kourbaj
Richard Long
Melanie Manchot
Julie Mehretu
Gustav Metzger
Oscar Murillo
Ben Nicholson
Harold Offeh
Cornelia Parker
Vicken Parsons
Katie Paterson
Zoran Popović
Khadija Saye
Emma Smith
Caroline Walker
Kate Whitley

Actions will occupy spaces across Kettle’s Yard, including the House (among the collection), outdoors and online. There will be live events, talks, discussions and activities. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication edited by Sarah Lowndes and Andrew Nairne.

The exhibition includes nine new commissioned works by: eL Seed, Melanie Manchot, Cornelia Parker, Caroline Walker, Idris Khan, Issam Kourbaj, Harold Offeh, Rana Begum, Candoco Dance Company (choreography by Laila Diallo) and Regina José Galindo. Including painting, photography, performance, film and video, installation and new media, many of the works in Actions are presented for the first time, including new works by Callum Innes, Oscar Murillo, Julie Mehretu and Linder.

Actions is in two parts. The first part including all artists ends on 2nd April. The second part is from 11th April to 6 May. During this period there will be a solo project of new paintings by Caroline Walker, titled ‘Home’, of refugees living in London in Gallery 2, and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning ‘Auto Da Fé’ in the Sackler Gallery. Work by the following artists will also continue to be on display throughout until 6th May: Cornelia Parker, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Issam Kourbaj, Rana Begum, Nathan Coley, and eL Seed.

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