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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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.
Circuit Curates

Circuit Curates: Gaudier-Brzeska

  • 24 February — 21 June 2015 *on now

The Circuit group are curating a display in Helen’s bedroom in Kettle’s Yard
house that explores the artist’s fascination with birds. The display includes sculptures, ink drawings and sketchbooks.

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

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/circuit-curates-gaudier-brzeska/

Contemporary Drawings

Contemporary Drawings

  • 17 March — 21 June 2015 *on now

To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists can be found in the house. They range from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings. Artists include Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago and Rachel Howard.

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

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/contemporary-drawings/

Whitney McVeigh

Whitney McVeigh
 Inventory: Invisible Companion

  • 25 April — 21 June 2015

Whitney McVeigh is making a new installation for St. Peter’s Church, next
to Kettle’s Yard. Her compelling work explores the presence of history, collective memory and the nature of mark making
as a human imprint. Recent pieces have involved the juxtaposition of found objects from the past century or, in parallel, paintings and drawings concerned with the body and its image. McVeigh is currently Creative Research Fellow at University
of the Arts, London. Born in New York
in 1968, she lives and works in London.

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

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/whitney-mcveigh/

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.
New Rhythms

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Art, Dance and movement 1911–15

  • 17 March — 21 June 2015 *on now

2015 marks 100 years since Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died aged 23 in the First World War. His sculpture and drawings reveal an artist constantly experimenting as
he sought to capture through art the energy he saw in life.
New Rhythms includes sculpture, drawings and paintings by Gaudier-Brzeska and his contemporaries David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Percy Wyndham Lewis, William Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Helen Saunders and Alexander Archipenko. A contemporary dance and music commission completes the exhibition.
Kettle’s Yard has one of the largest collections of works by Gaudier-Brzeska including two strikingly different sculptures of dancers, from which the inspiration for this exhibition comes. New Rhythms explores the pre-war London in which Gaudier-Brzeska lived, with its burgeoning dance scene including performances of the Ballets Russes, the explosion of dance forms like Tango and the growing popularity of wrestling.
This is the final exhibition at Kettle’s yard before closing for a major redevelopment.
http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/new-rhythms-henri-gaudier-brzeska-art-dance-movement-london-1911-1915%E2%80%A8/

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

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/new-rhythms-henri-gaudier-brzeska-art-dance-movement-london-1911-1915%E2%80%A8/

Studio Sunday

Studio Sundays

  • 26 April 2015 1-4pm
  • 10 May 2015 1-4pm
  • 24 May 2015 1-4pm

Drop in art workshops for families with children of all ages. 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.

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

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/event-type/family-events/?range=all

Look, Make, Talk

Look, make, talk... Dance!

  • 21 April 2015 4:15-5:45pm *on now

7 week course for 8 – 12s. Our weekly after- school art club continues with an added dance element, led by artist Alex Hirtzel and dancer Filipa Pereira-Stubbs. Explore the themes of the New Rhythms exhibition, experiment with different materials and create unique artworks of your own.

Tuesdays: 21 & 28 April, 5, 12 & 19 may, 2 & 9 June 4.15–5.45pm

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

Admission

£62 course, booking essential. All materials and refreshments provided.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/look-make-talk-dance/

Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime talk: Helen’s Bedroom

  • 23 April 2015 From 12:30pm

Clare Karslake, Assistant Education Officer and members of the Circuit group introduce their display and discuss the process of curating Helen’s bedroom. Free. Meet in the shop.

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

Free. Meet in the shop.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/helens-bedroom/

Multi Story

The Multi-Story Orchestra

  • 23 April 2015 From 8pm

The Michael Harrison Concert. “forget fusty concert halls, the future of music is emerging in a municipal Car Park” (The Times). Works including Grisey’s seminal Periodes from Les Espaces Acoustiques performed by The Multi-Story Orchestra, who are based in a disused Car Park in Peckham, conducted by Christopher Stark.
To book call 01223 748100
8pm, doors 7.30pm

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

£8 (£5 students)

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Animation Workshop

One day Animation workshop

  • 25 April 2015 10am-4pm

Artist Karolina Glusiec (Jerwood Drawing Prize-winner, 2012) will lead an animation workshop, taking inspiration from Gaudier-Brzeska’s sketches of movement. This day course offers you the opportunity to sketch in the gallery and experiment with stop-motion techniques to create unique hand drawn animations.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30 course, booking essential. Suitable for beginners, all materials and lunch provided.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/one-day-animation-workshop/

Orbis Piano Trio

Orbis Piano Trio

  • 30 April 2015 From 8pm

Martinů: Bergerettes H275
Kapralova: April Preludes
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Concerts begin at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=149&prodvarid=60

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

£16 (£6).

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Alexander Ullman

Alexander Ullman, piano

  • 7 May 2015 From 8pm

Beethoven: Sonata in C minor Op.10 No.1
Schumann: Fantasie Op.17
Chopin: Ballade No.4 Op.52
Chopin: Mazurkas Op.24
Stravinsky: Three movements from Petrushka
Concerts begin at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=149&prodvarid=71

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

£16 (£6).

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Tiny Dancers

Tiny Dancers storytelling

  • 9 May 2015 10-11:30am

Join us for storytelling inspired
by the New Rhythms exhibition and enjoy a cup of tea in our Learning Studio. For 2 – 5s and their carers. £3 per child, booking essential.
All refreshments provided.

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

  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per child, booking essential.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/tiny-dancers-storytelling/

Art, wrestling and sport

Evening talk: Modern Art, wrestling and sport

  • 13 May 2015 6-8pm

An evening talk and performance exploring Gaudier-Brzeska and modern artists’ engagement with wrestling and sport. Join Gaudier-Brzeska expert
 Dr Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and poet and trained wrestler Steven Fowler. Art historian Professor Lynda Nead (Birkbeck) will chair the event. A viewing of the exhibition and glass of wine will follow the talk.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission


£5 (£4 concessions), booking essential.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/modern-art-dance/

Simon Crawford & Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power, viola & Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano

  • 14 May 2015 From 8pm

Brahms: Three song transcriptions
Koechlin: Viola Sonata (1915)
Prokofiev: Eight pieces from ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Concerts begin at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=149&prodvarid=61

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

£16 (£6).

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Concert

Chamber Concerts

  • 14 May 2015 From 8pm

Brahms: Three song transcriptions
Koechlin: Viola Sonata (1915)
Prokofiev: Eight pieces from ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£16 (£6 full time students)
To book call 01223 748100 or visit the website

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/music/chamber/index.php

Kettle's Yard Talk and Tour

  • 15 May 2015 5-8pm

Enjoy the sun going down in the house at Kettle’s Yard with pop up talks about the collection and a tour of the New Rhythms exhibition by curator Dr Jennifer Powell. Music from the ballet Anka’s Story will be performed by composer Alex Cook in the house.
Tour will begin at 6pm, meet in the shop.

Suitable for

Museums at Night

New Rhythms at Sunset

  • 15 May 2015 5-8pm

Enjoy the sun going down in the house 
at Kettle’s Yard with pop up talks
 about the collection and a tour of the New Rhythms exhibition by curator 
Dr Jennifer Powell. Music from the ballet Anka’s Story will be performed by composer Alex Cook in the house.

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

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/museums-night/

Krysia Osostowicz & Julian Jacobson

Krysia Osostowicz, violin & Julian Jacobson, piano & clarinet (tbc)

  • 21 May 2015 From 8pm

Mozart: Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, K 498 'Kegelstatt'
Ravel: Violin Sonata in G major
Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale - suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Concerts begin at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=149&prodvarid=65

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

£16 (£6).

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Print Power

Print-Power: Print-making half-term workshop

  • 28 May 2015 10am-3pm

Learn about the fascinating work of Gaudier-Brzeska and create 
you own lino prints inspired by 
the New Rhythms exhibition.
Led by artist Jo Miller, for 11–14s.

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

Admission

£10 per child, booking essential. All materials and lunch provided.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/print-power-print-making-half-term-workshop/

Ghost and mirrors

Ghosts and Mirrors


  • 28 May 2015 From 8pm

Recital by upcoming star of contemporary piano Richard Uttley, including Lindberg’s Piano Jubilees, Thomas Adès’ Mazurkas, a new work by Matthew Kaner, and Day Break Shadows Flee by the recently appointed Master of the Queens’ Music Judith Weir.
8pm, doors 7.30pm
To book call 01223 748100

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

£8 (£5)

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Practice Session

The Practice sessions– Drawing movement

  • 5 June 2015 6-8pm

Join artist Jevan Watkins Jones and dance artist Debbie Watkins Jones for an exclusive life-drawing session. Capture movement and dance through drawing in the inspiring setting of Kettle’s Yard house.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8 per person, booking advisable. Includes free drink. No drawing experience necessary.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/practice-sessions-drawing-movement/

Savage Messiah

Evening talk & Film screening: savage messiah

  • 6 June 2015 6-8pm

A talk about Gaudier-Brzeska’s life by Dr Evelyn Silber, author of the Gaudier-Brzeska catalogue raisonné, followed by a screening of the Ken Russell film Savage Messiah (1972), which immortalised the artist.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8 (£6 concessions), booking essential.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/evening-talk-film-screening-savage-messiah/

Live Dance

New Rhythms:
 Live Dance


  • 6 June 2015 From 12pm, From 2pm, From 4pm

Three performances of the new music and dance commission for New Rhythms by dancer and choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon (formerly Ballet Rambert).

The performances will take place
in Kettle’s Yard house.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, booking essential. Standing room only.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/practice-sessions-drawing-movement-2/

Drop in Animation

Family Drop-In 
Animation workshop


  • 7 June 2015 10am-4pm

Join us in the Learning Studio and make animations inspired by the
New Rhythms exhibition. Watch your drawings become a stop motion film with help from artist Karolina Glusiec and her incredible drawing machine.

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/events/family-drop-animation-workshop/

Late opening

Late Opening & 
Conversation about Drawing

  • 10 June 2015 6-8pm

Join Director Andrew Nairne and Mary Doyle, Co-Director of Drawing Room, London for a discussion of Gaudier- Brzeska’s practice and how contemporary artists use drawing today.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/late-opening-conversation-drawing/

Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime talk: Collection highlight–Richard Pousette-Dart

  • 11 June 2015 From 12:30pm

Join curator Guy Haywood for an insight into the work of the collection artist Richard Pousette-Dart. The talk will also explore Pousette-Dart’s early interest in the work of Gaudier-Brzeska.

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

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free. Meet in the shop.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/collection-highlight-richard-pousette-dart/

Lucy Landymore

Lucy Landymore

  • 11 June 2015 From 8pm

Solo percussion recital by Cambridge born Lucy Landymore, winner of 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion section, including the notorious ‘The Black Page’ by Frank Zappa.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit
http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&deptid=93&catid=149&prodvarid=99

Admission

£8 (£5)

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Castle hill

Castle Hill Open Day

  • 20 June 2015 12-5pm

Museum of Cambridge, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Castle and archives, St Giles’, St Peter’s and Castle Street Methodist churches open their doors for free for the day with drop-in events for all ages. There will be tours, talks, activities, music and more with historians, artists, archaeologists, local experts and others. This date also marks the last weekend that Kettle’s Yard will be open before closing for a major redevelopment.

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://Further information can be found at kettlesyard.co.uk/openday

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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