Kettle's Yard is a house with a permanent collection of 20th century art and a gallery showing a changing programme of 20th century and contemporary art exhibitions.
Kettle's Yard House was created by Jim Ede, once a curator at the Tate Gallery. It is more than an art collection, the building and the way in which the art and other objects are displayed are unique. In many ways Kettle's Yard House retains the characteristics of a real home and visitors are welcome to sit in the chairs, read the books and enjoy the art works.
Kettle's Yard Gallery enjoys an international reputation for its innovative exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. A wide variety of exhibitions are shown every year including major retrospectives of modern artists as well as first UK showings by contemporary international artists.
Gallery, Historic house or home
In the Kettle's Yard House there is a collection of 20th century art including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and David Jones and sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. For a list of all the artists represented in the collection see our website. Also on show in the house are the furniture, ceramics and natural objects collected by Jim Ede.
Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Alfred Wallis, David Jones, Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, William Congdon, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi, Naum Gabo, George Kennethson, Joan Miro (represented by one work), Lucy Rie, Italo Valenti, William Staite Murray, Elisabeth Vellacott.
Beauty and Revolution: The Poetry and Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay
- 6 December 2014 — 1 March 2015
The Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925–2006) first met and began to correspond with Jim Ede, the founder of Kettle’s Yard in 1964. In the same year, a group of Cambridge students had started to exhibit and write about his work. Among the students was Professor Stephen Bann who went on to become an expert on the artist.
The exhibition, devised by Professor Bann and coming from his private collection, traces Ian Hamilton Finlay’s artistic development from the poems that made him Britain’s most internationally acclaimed concrete poet to the images and texts that marked his engagement with the ideas of the French Revolution. It also presents his famous garden, Little Sparta, in photographs and film.
Visitors can explore this collection of often vividly coloured and beautifully designed standing and folding poems, prints, cards, emblems and inscriptions. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s works range from the witty and whimsical to the dark and thought provoking. Recurring themes include classical writers, maritime subjects, the French Revolution and war.
Glitter and Glue
Drop-in art sessions for pre-school children and their carers. Sessions are on the 4th Thursday of the month 10.00-11.30.
How to obtain
Sessions are £2.50 per child. There is no need to book but places are available on a first come first served basis.
Artist Lara Jones leads practical art workshops for young people aged 11-14 years, responding to Kettle's Yard exhibitions and their permanent collection. Sessions are Tuesday afternoons 16.30-18.00.
How to obtain
Advance booking is esssential and it costs £42 per term (£32 conc).
A weekly Wednesday art club for 8-11 year olds to try out sculpture, drawing and painting and to explore modern art. Materials and refreshements are provided. Bookings for the Summer term 2009 (from April 29 2009) are now being taken. Workshops are 16.15-17.45.
How to obtain
Advance booking is essential. £56 for the term (£42 conc.)Email or call for further details or to book: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01223 748100.