28 November 2013
Kettle’s Yard House is now open from 12-5pm (Tuesday to Sunday) giving visitors a chance to see the house in a whole new light.
For Jim & Helen Ede the play of light & shadow in the evenings at Kettle’s Yard were very special, as you can see from the following extracts:
‘I was once told a story about some friends who had been invited to dinner with Jim and Helen at Kettle’s Yard. When they arrived on the designated evening, the house was dark and it seemed as if no-one was home. The dinner guests thought perhaps they’d got the wrong date. As they were about to leave, Jim opened the door and exclaimed “Come in! Come in! We don’t turn the lights on because the light is so exquisite at this time of day!’
Winifred Nicholson (Music of Colour), p.10
‘I have wanted to find some way to show pictorially the immense pleasure I got each evening as I walked around Kettle’s Yard in the dark. It was never really dark because of large street-lamps which shed their light through the windows, and every month there was the great beauty of moonlight. All this created a new and special adventure, so much was blotted out and so much revealed.
Suddenly when I supposed that I could get no further, there arrived by post from Canada a newspaper cutting about Kettle’s Yard with an article and photograph by Catherine Campbell, and all my wishes were fulfilled. Here through the magic of the camera I could find again the wonder of my moonlit home. The mystery of shadows revealing to me the presence of hidden objects..’
Jim Ede, A Way of Life, p.120-121
These beautiful images of the house were taken by our Visitor Assistants, see more here.