5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event information
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at Kettle’s Yard to celebrate the opening of our next exhibition Paint Like the Swallow Sings Calypso. Explore the galleries after hours and enjoy a drink with friends.

FREE, booking recommended, pay bar

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There will also be special bookable performances from 3.30-5pm in the Kettle’s Yard House – a musical performance by Keith Waithe as well as poetry readings from artist John Lyons. Tickets for these performances are limited. Find out more and book tickets here.

About the exhibition

Paint Like the Swallow Sings Calypso is a major new exhibition curated in dialogue with artists Paul Dash (b. 1946, Barbados), Errol Lloyd (b. 1943, Jamaica) and John Lyons (b. 1933, Trinidad), three important first-generation diaspora Caribbean painters that were working in the UK during the same period that the Kettle’s Yard House and collection was still being established.

Alongside a selection of their own works, the artists will bring together the collections of Kettle’s Yard and The Fitzwilliam Museum for the first time, assembling paintings and works on paper that reflect the rich history, themes and forms of Carnival, from street parades with music and dancing, to folklore, flora and fauna.

28 artists whose work span across five centuries will reflect elements from Carnival’s rituals and celebrations, including Jean-Michel Moreau, Albrecht Dürer, Helen Frankenthaler, Avinash Chandra, David Bomberg, Graham Sutherland and Barbara Hepworth.


The galleries on the ground floor are fully wheelchair accessible. They can be accessed easily from the entrance area by steps or a ramp.

The Clore Learning Studio is fully wheelchair accessible. It can be reached by stairs or by lift, to the basement -1 floor. There is an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities in the basement beside the Learning Studio. There are more toilets and facilities on the ground and first floors.