Opening Hours

Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

Please note that our galleries will be closed on
Sunday 16 September 2018
Sunday 23 September 2018
Sunday 30 September 2018
Tuesday 2 October 2018
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mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

 

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Our work of the week is Maternity (1913) by the French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, depicting a mother embracing her child. This work is currently on show in Beauty & Balance at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The original was carved in marble. This is one of seven casts made from the original by Jim Ede. Kettle’s Yard owns two of these casts. Gaudier-Brzeska approached the subject of maternity again in another sculpture he made in 1914, this time depicting three figures instead of two. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska enlisted in the French army at the start of World War One. During his time in the trenches he still managed to satisfy his creative urges by making small sculptures using soft stone and a penknife. He even managed to return to the theme of mother and child, one final time, by carving a small ‘maternity’ from the butt of a stolen rifle.