Following the latest Government guidance, Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery is temporarily closed to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community. If you have booked a ticket for a future date we will be in touch as soon as the situation is clear.
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‘Between 1936 and 1952, except for the years of war, we lived in Tangier where we enjoyed making a garden along a ridge of highland and using our home as a holiday place for soldiers cooped up in Gibraltar. Here from the immense stretches of land and sea I learnt much about light.’ Jim Ede in ‘A Way of Life’, 1984.
We are delighted to invite you to the first online annual talk with Andrew Nairne, Director, specially for the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. Andrew will discuss Kettle’s Yard’s creators Jim and Helen Ede’s time spent living in Tangier, Morocco, between 1936 and 1952, recently the subject of a new series, ‘Tangier Days‘.
Drawing on material from the Kettle’s Yard Archive and the Swan family archive, Andrew will share his own research with the Friends and invite a closer look at the couple’s years in North Africa, in particular how Whitestone – the house built by the Edes in Tangier – laid the groundwork for Jim’s ultimate vision for Kettle’s Yard. In the same spirit of hospitality and generosity with which they would open up their home in Cambridge, Jim and Helen hosted servicemen on leave from the garrison in Gibraltar each week at Whitestone. Offering soldiers and airmen the opportunity to encounter art, music and literature in the surroundings of a home and to enjoy the promise of cosmopolitan freedom in Tangier – then an ‘International Zone’ – the Edes created a social hub that was a place of respite, much like Kettle’s Yard.
Free for Friends, £10 non-Friends, £5 students, booking required
If you are not a Friend and would like to join, you can do so here.
Image: Jim and Helen Ede in Tangier, c. 1937