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
FROM 22 JUNE 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
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.
BEING MODERN Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum
- 8 October 2016 — 31 March 2017 *on now
Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together. The display unites prints, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections, including Lucie Rie, William Scott, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Roger Hilton.
- Family friendly
SLUDGY PORTRAIT OF HIMSELF Jesse Wine at the Museum of Cambridge
- 29 October 2016 — 5 February 2017 *on now
This project, devised by artist Jesse Wine, will weave together objects, light and sound into an abstract narrative that draws inspiration from the rich history of folklore in Cambridgeshire’s watery fenland landscape. New work by Wine, along with objects selected by him from the collections of both the Museum of Cambridge and Kettle's Yard, will become part of the eclectic displays throughout the Museum of Cambridge’s seventeenth century buildings. Visitors will be guided through the spaces by a new sound work by London based musician Daniel Woolhouse, that takes on the form of a museum audio tour.
Wine takes particular interest in the story of Joseph Hempsell, a ‘fen slodger’ who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the watery depths of the fens before returning as a ghost. His story will play out through new works by Wine, as well as objects from the collections of the Museum of Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard, selected by the artist, including works by Max Ernst, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Ben Nicholson.
Jesse Wine is a British artist who often works with ceramics. He is based in New York. Wine graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art in 2010 and his work has been exhibited internationally.
- Family friendly
Museum of Cambridge
2/3 Castle Street
£4 (concessions £2)
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: email@example.com, 01223 748100.