Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard
Castle Street




01223 748100


01223 324377

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A red brick cottage in the centre with a building with a steeple to the left and a smaller cottage to the right
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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Gallery 11:30-17:00
House 12:00-17:00

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges


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.

Collection details

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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger: LIFT OFF!

  • 24 May — 31 August 2014 *on now

24 May – 31 August 2014, FREE
“When I was young I wanted art that would lift off - that would levitate, gyrate,
bring together different - perhaps contradictory aspects of my being.”
Gustav Metzger
Visitors to Lift Off! will be submersed in Gustav Metzger’s world of creative experimentation and activism between the late 1950s and early 1970s. Bringing together archive, film, sculpture and installations, this ambitious exhibition focuses on Metzger’s auto-creative work – the alter ego of his better-known auto-destructive practice.
The exhibition includes Metzger’s landmark piece Liquid Crystal Environment (1965 remade 2005) on loan from Tate. This hypnotic environment is composed of projections that create constantly shifting psychedelic patterns. The exhibition will also showcase works that use air, water and heat that Metzger first made in a university laboratory in Swansea in 1969 and which have not been seen since.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Studio Sunday

Studio Sundays

  • 3 August 2014 1-4pm
  • 10 August 2014 1-4pm
  • 17 August 2014 1-4pm
  • 24 August 2014 1-4pm
  • 31 August 2014 1-4pm

Drop in practical art workshops for all ages
Join us in the Education Studio to make your own artwork inspired by our exhibitions and collection. A chance to explore, chat, sketch, make and play.
Free of charge, donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


White Heat

WHITE HEAT Art, science and social responsibility in 1960s Britain

  • 26 July 2014 9:30am-7pm *on now

One-Day Symposium

A one-day conference exploring the relationships between art, science and society in the 1960s. 50 years on, key figures from this period will join speakers from the fields of art and cultural history, the history and philosophy of science, contemporary art, science, activism and popular culture to revisit one of the most intense periods of intellectual and cultural ferment.
Speakers include Alice Bell, Martin Kemp, Roger Malina, Jerry Ravetz, Jasia Reichart, Neal White and Bob Young.
The conference is followed by a drinks reception at Kettle’s Yard from 17:00 until 19:00, private view of Gustav Metzger: LIFT OFF! and a panel discussion with Gustav Metzger, Bronac Ferran and others about art, music and counterculture in the 1960s.

Call 01223 748100 to book


9.30am-4pm Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge and 5-7 pm Kettle’s Yard £20 (conc. £15) including lunch. Evening at Kettle’s Yard only £8 (conc. £5) including refreshments.


Art Party

The Art Party

  • 21 August 2014 6-8pm

Join us for a screening of ‘The Art Party’ a film by Tim Newton and Bob and Roberta Smith. Part documentary, part road movie the film champions the importance of art and it’s place in education and modern politics. The film is being released simultaneously at nationwide art parties to coincide with the day of GCSE results.


FREE, but places limited.
Email to book your place.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.

Tuesday Studio

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).

Wednesday Club

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:, 01223 748100.