Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard
Castle Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 0AQ
England

Website

www.kettlesyard.co.uk

E-mail

mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

Telephone

01223 748100

Fax

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

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

Closed: Mondays

Admission charges

Free

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.
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Marine, 1968

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.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/exhibitions/2014/ihf/index.php

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.
Circuit Gathering

Circuit Gatherings

  • 25 November 2014 7-8pm *on now
  • 27 January 2015 7-8pm
  • 24 February 2015 7-8pm

15 – 25 years old and interested in the arts? Keen to pursue a career in the creative industry or develop your own arts project? Join us for lively monthly presentations and discussions with leading figures from the creative industries including practicing artists, curators and those working in the cultural sector.
Organised and hosted by the Circuit group.
Wysing Arts Centre:
27 January
Kettle’s Yard:
25 November & 24 February
Tuesdays: 7 – 8pm
Free

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Studio Sunday

Studio Sundays

  • 14 December 2014 1-4pm
  • 11 January 2015 1-4pm
  • 25 January 2015 1-4pm
  • 8 February 2015 1-4pm
  • 22 February 2015 1-4pm

Join us in the Learning Studio to make your own artwork inspired by our
exhibitions and collection. A chance to explore, chat, sketch, make and play.
Free.

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Try your hand in Orchard

Try Your Hand in Orchard Park

  • 12 January 2015 7:30-9pm
  • 9 February 2015 7:30-9pm
  • 9 March 2015 7:30-9pm

Do you live in North Cambridge?
Park Arts Group and Kettle’s Yard invite you to join us at Orchard Park Community Centre for a creative chinwag. Artists from Kettle’s Yard will inspire you to Try Your Hand at a variety of art forms.
£3 per session, pay on the door.
No need to book in advance.

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Admission

£3 per session, pay on the door.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Hamilton Finlay Exhibition

Lunchtime Talks: Introduction to the Ian Hamilton Finlay Exhibition

  • 15 January 2015 From 12:30pm

Introduction to the Ian Hamilton Finlay Exhibition
Guy Haywood, Assistant Curator
Free

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Website

http://kettlesyard.co.uk

Jiri Kolar

Lunch Talks: Collection Highlight: Jiri Kolar

  • 22 January 2015 From 12:30pm

Collection Highlight: Jiri Kolar
Marie-France Kitler, Assistant Curator
Free

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Website

http://http:www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Poetry workshop

One-Day Poetry Workshop

  • 31 January 2015 10am-4pm

Join lecturer Jenny Bavidge and poet Redell Olsen for a visual poetics workshop, which will take inspiration from Ian Hamilton Finlay. This day course offers you the chance to read and discuss a range of existing texts in relation to the exhibition and experiment with poetic form and a variety of media in your own writing.
Suitable for beginners. £30 course, all materials and lunch included.
Booking essential - – 01223 748100 or http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=154&prodid=1825

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Admission

£30 course, all materials and lunch included.

Website

http://www.kettelsyard.co.uk

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Evening Lectures: Ian Hamilton Finlay: the Cambridge Connections

  • 3 February 2015 From 7pm

Professor Stephen Bann, curator of Beauty and Revolution and internationally
renowned expert on Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Special opening of the exhibition from 6pm.
Please book – 01223 748100 or http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=154&prodvarid=92

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Admission

£6, (£4), students free

Website

http://www.ketllesyard.co.uk

Hamilton Finlay

Lunchtime Talks: Typography and Print in Ian Hamilton Finlay and his contemporaries

  • 5 February — 5 January 2015

Typography and Print in Ian Hamilton Finlay and his contemporaries
Will Hill, Deputy Head of School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University
Free

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Henry Moore an open-air sculpture

Evening Lectures: Kettle’s Yard House Artist: Henry Moore and open-air sculpture

  • 17 February 2015 From 7pm

Dr Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator at Kettle’s Yard and curator of the
Henry Moore display at Tate Britain.
Please book – 01223 748100 or http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=154&prodvarid=91

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Admission

£6, (£4), students free

Website

http://kettlesyard.co.uk

Hamilton Finlay

Lunchtime Talks: Open Archives: Ian Hamilton Finlay Letters

  • 26 February 2015 From 12:30pm

Open Archives: Ian Hamilton Finlay Letters
Frieda Midgley, Archivist
Free

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

The Practice session

The Practice Sessions

  • 27 February 2015 6-8pm

Start your weekend with something different with this special evening event.
A final chance to see the Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition, followed by a screening of More Love than Money, a short film by Jared Schiller. The film explores the Kettle’s Yard inspired home of collector Ronnie Duncan, whose collection includes many works by Ian Hamilton Finlay.
£5 per session, includes a free drink. Bookable in advance or tickets usually available on the door.
Call 01223 748100 or http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=154&prodid=1827

From July 2015 Kettle's Yard House and Gallery will be closed to visitors. This is to enable the completion of a major building project to greatly improve facilities for visitors, artists and children and young people. For more information, including about our plans for activities offsite, please see www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Admission

£5 per session, includes a free drink. Bookable in advance or tickets usually available on the door.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

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

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/education/kidsfamilies.html

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

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/education/young.html

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

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/education/kidsfamilies.html

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: mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk, 01223 748100.

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