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Leading artists donate works to Kettle's Yard

22nd March 2011

A number of the world's foremost artists have pledged to donate works to Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, as the gallery undergoes a major redevelopment.

Damien Hirst is among the donors, giving away his plastic skeleton St Avertin Syndrome Charity Spin, while Edmund de Waal said his contribution, a A Small Predella, for Saenredam, was created with Kettle's Yard in mind.

Director Michael Harrison said he was 'astonished and delighted' by the generosity of the artists, who also include David Nash, Phyllida Barlow and Maggi Hambling.

'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,' he added.

In April 2009, an appeal was launched by Kettle's Yard at Tate Britain to redevelop the site with a new education wing, at a cost of GBP 5 million.

If a recent second round bid for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund is successful, the gallery will be within reach of the target.

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