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

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+44 (0)1223 748 100
mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

 

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15 February 2019, 6.15 – 7.30pm

Talk exploring Congdon’s paintings and the artist’s connections with Jim Ede. With Jennifer Powell (Head of Collection and Programme), Kyle Percy (Researcher) and Alessandro Rubin (Researcher), chaired by Donal Cooper (History of Art). In association with Jesus College on the occasion of their exhibition ‘Congdon: An American Modernist Abroad’, West Court Gallery (15 January–3 March).

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About William Congdon

William Congdon (1912-1998) was born at Rhode Island, USA, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He began to paint whilst studying English and Spanish literature at Yale University. He travelled extensively in Europe in the 1930s, before returning to the US in 1937 and sculpting for a period. Following war service as an ambulance driver in Africa and Italy, Congdon returned to New York, where he began to paint semi-abstract landscapes and urban scenes. In 1950 he returned to Italy, accompanied by Jim Ede, and painted intensively in Venice and Rome. These works were instrumental in establishing his reputation. In the late 1950s he settled in Italy and converted to Catholicism. He lived in Assisi in the 1960s and 1970s, painting series of pictures of Venice and Subiaco. From 1979 he lived in a monastry in Gudo Gambaredo, near Milan. Illness and old age hampered his output in his last years, although he was enthusiastically involved with his “Foundation for Improving Understanding of the Arts”. Congdon typically constructed his paintings from thick layers of paint into which the outline of the subject is scored. A compulsive traveller, his range of subject matter is very diverse, and there is a persistent spiritual element underpinning his art.

Important information for your visit

Due to conservation and security reasons, no bags, including handbags, or large coats are allowed in the House.

Please note that the House is not fully wheelchair accessible. Talks are accessible for wheelchair users, if you would like to reserve a space for yourself and a carer please call us on 01223 748100. For further access information please visit our access page online or call 01223 748100.

There is a virtual tour of the House available online here.

Please note that there are no toilets in the House.

No food or drink are allowed in the House.

Visitors are invited to sit at the library table in the House at Kettle’s Yard and browse the books, however this is not a lending library.

Photography is encouraged but we ask that you do not use flash. Commercial photography and filming is not allowed unless advance permission is given. Please get in touch to enquire about permissions, 01223 748100, mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

We welcome artists but only pencils and pads/books size A3 or smaller can enter the House. No wet materials (including pens) or chalks are allowed.

Children who will be carried do not need a ticket. Please note that the House is not suitable for buggies.