ky - an overview
Kettle's Yard is the result of one man's vision to 'create a living place where works of art could be enjoyed, inherent to the domestic setting, where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery.' Created in 1957 from four derelict cottages, Kettle's Yard was home to Jim Ede, former curator of the Tate Gallery, and his wife Helen for twenty years. An extension, designed by the architect Sir Leslie Martin, was added to the house in 1970. Kettle's Yard now houses Jim Ede's important collection of 20th century art with works by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Gaudier-Brzeska, Christopher Wood, David Jones, Alfred Wallis, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Miró and many others.
Presentations, music concerts and other events take place in the House extension.
The ground floor area can accommodate around 90 persons with chairs in theatre-style layout, and a further 20 can be accommodated in the upstairs extension with limited viewing of a presentation below. A more informal set up can also be arranged.
The gallery was added to the House in 1970. It was last extended in the early 90s, and presents a changing programme of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Both the House and the Gallery provide a beautiful and unique setting for events.
The Gallery can be set up to serve drinks, canapés or a buffet supper. You could also use the entrance area and the welcome desk for displaying your company name and logo, brochures and literature, and signing-in sheets.
The House and the Gallery are available from 17.30. We suggest that you allow about an hour for setting up before your event commences.
Kettle's Yard provides various opportunities for companies interested in supporting exhibitions, artists' and musicians' residencies, curatorial studies, education projects and music programmes. We welcome sponsorship, and would be very interested in discussing these further. Please contact us if you think we could collaborate in raising your company's profile while enhancing our activities.