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 from Tuesday 28 August – Sunday 9 September inclusive as we install our next exhibition.
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+44 (0)1223 748 100
mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

 

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24 November 2007 – 20 January 2008

For the last thirty-two years of his life Francis Davison (1919-84) made coloured paper collages. A Cambridge graduate, he began as a poet but turned to painting in the late 1940s after Patrick Heron, a friend from school days, had invited him to St Ives.

In 1950, now married to the artist Margaret Mellis, he moved to Suffolk. The early paintings and collages of landscapes and cottages confess their Cornish roots but, progressively, colour took over and, while a strong sense of landscape remained, any hint of depiction was dismissed. Davison’s mature collages are made of coloured papers, butting, interlocking or overlaid, added and subtracted, built and adjusted towards their eventual, accumulative shape.

By choice an outsider, Francis Davison has still to be fully acknowledged as one of the major British abstract artists and colourists of the 20th century.