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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11am – 5pm
Wednesday: 11am – 5pm
Thursday: 11am – 5pm
Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Please note the House opens at 12pm, with last entry to the House at 4.20pm

Kettle’s Yard will be closed between 23 December 2021 – 3 January 2022 inclusive.

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Our work of the week is Alfred Wallis’ ‘Land, Fish and Motor Vessel’.

This work is from 1932-34, which is within Wallis’ most productive period. During this time parcels ‘criss-crossed and knotted with a thousand pieces of string’ were sent to Ben Nicholson and Jim Ede as soon as the paintings were dry.

From many years as a mariner and fisherman, Wallis built up a deep and intimate knowledge of his subject matter; ships and boats. His ships and boats were often painted with an extraordinary amount of technical detail which would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a person without prior knowledge to illustrate. Using his memory as the source for his paintings was a way for Wallis to hold on to an age that was fast disappearing, or rather redeveloping. His attachment to the ships of his lifetime can be felt in his work and his writings: “each boat of that fleet had a soul, a beautiful soul shaped like a fish”.