Kettle’s Yard House & Gallery

Currently closed while we carry out a major building project

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Kettle’s Yard: Looking Ahead

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House cottages, upstairs, the Bechstein room
House cottages, downstairs, the dining room
House extension, downstairs Showing Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s ‘Redstone Dancer’ (1913-14; cast of 1969) and ‘The Wrestlers relief’ (1914, cast of 1965)
House extension, upstairs Designed by Sir Leslie Martin, opened in 1970

Between 1958 and 1973 Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede. In the 1920s and 30s Jim had been a curator at the Tate Gallery in London. Thanks to his friendships with artists and other like-minded people, over the years he gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

At Kettle’s Yard Jim carefully positioned these artworks alongside furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects, with the aim of creating a harmonic whole. His vision was of a place that should not be

“an art gallery or museum, nor … simply a collection of works of art reflecting my taste or the taste of a given period. It is, rather, a continuing way of life from these last fifty years, in which stray objects, stones, glass, pictures, sculpture, in light and in space, have been used to make manifest the underlying stability.”

Kettle’s Yard was originally conceived with students in mind. Jim kept ‘open house’ every afternoon of term, personally guiding visitors around his home. In 1966 he gave the house and its contents to the University of Cambridge. In 1970, three years before the Edes retired to Edinburgh, the house was extended, and an exhibition gallery added.

Kettle’s Yard house and gallery is currently closed while we work on our major building project to create a better Kettle’s Yard for all.