Grenfell victim of art in new £5m gallery

The work of an artist who died in the Grenfell Tower of fire, in an exhibition to mark the reopening of the Cambridge gallery.

Photographer Khadija Saye, 24, has accepted an invitation to be part of the Kettle’s Yard show days before his death in June 2017.

The new gallery will be open again on Saturday after a restoration that lasted two years and cost £5m.

Director Andrew Nairne was described as a “flagship of the next generation”.

Real estate of Khadija Saye

Among the 38 artists whose work features in the first exhibition of four photographs by Khadija Saye, whose career was just beginning, when she died on June 14, in the fire at Grenfell Tower of London.

She has lived on the 20th floor of the tower block with his mother, who died in the fire, and, a few months before his death, has set its debut at the exhibition at the 57th session of the Venice Biennale.

The photographer had told the BBC that it was planning to take his mother to Venice to see his work on the show later that summer.

His work has been based on the Gambians, the spiritual practices and British art gallery Tate Britain has displayed one of his works after learning of his death.

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The Kettle of the Court gallery was founded in 1957 by Jim Ede, a former curator at the Tate, and a collector of 20th Century art, who bought and renovated the original row of cottages.

He and his wife Helen has donated the property to the University of Cambridge in 1966.

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The gallery includes “remarkable” works by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Joan Miro.

The director of the gallery of Mr. Nairne, said he hoped the new gallery with its remarkable collection and dynamic connections, can be a beacon for the next generation”.

Kettle’s Yard

A campaign in 2011 to raise funds for the renovation of the attracted donations from some great artists such as Maggi Hambling, Damien Hirst.

Funding has also been secured from the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.