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.
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.

Website

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

Issam Kourbaj

Issam Kourbaj New Installation

  • 13 September — 26 October 2014

Born in Syria, Kourbaj has lived in Cambridge since 1989 and has been artist in residence at Christ’s College for many years. This recent work is informed by current events in his native Syria. In ‘Unearthed (In Memoriam)’ old hardback book covers are placed side by side covering much of the church floor, some covers are painted with white or coloured paint others have a black line painted across them, a representation of the ribbons placed over the photographs of the recently deceased in Syria.

Website

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

Gwen Raverat

Gwen Raverat Wood Engravings

  • 13 September — 23 November 2014

In Helen Ede’s bedroom, in the house at Kettle’s Yard, a series of wood engravings by Gwen Raverat (1885-1957) are on display. Gwen Raverat is already represented in the house in the form of a portrait by Elisabeth Vellacott. Most famous as the author of ‘Period Piece – a Cambridge Childhood’ Raverat also played a significant part in the wood engraving revival in Britain at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/exhibitions/2014/gwen-raverat/index.php

Past, Present, Somewhere

Past, Present, Somewhere

  • 13 September — 23 November 2014

A rare opportunity to enjoy the collected films and projects by artist duo Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, in this their first gallery exhibition since they won the Northern Art Prize in 2008. Visitors to the exhibition will encounter a diversity of work from the analogue to the digital – from a cob-based installation to earlier examples of the artists’ ground-breaking digital and video works.
Their acclaimed documentary films shine a light on often marginalised or unknown communities ranging from historical re-enactors (Living with the Tudors, 2007, based at Kentwell Hall near Cambridge) to seaside fugitives (Jaywick Escapes, 2012). Of their first film Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future (2005) critic Andrew O’Hehir said “It’s drily funny, sad, deeply weird and British to the very core of its being.”
This exhibition follows the artists from their early video installations and websites to later large-scale sculptural work and feature-length films, screened daily in a gallery cinema.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/exhibitions/2014/past-present-somewhere/index.php

I come from a place

I Come from a Place

  • 18 — 26 October 2014

Social documentary photographer Katherine Green and the ‘Club United’ group of teenage girls from North Cambridge have been photographing their community and experiences. At the same time, Katherine Green has been interviewing and taking portraits of some of the long term residents and community leaders from the area.
The resulting exhibition celebrates this vibrant and welcoming part of the city.

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

  • 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

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/children-families/studio-sundays/

Studio Sunday

STUDIO SUNDAYS

  • 14 September 2014 1-4pm
  • 28 September 2014 1-4pm
  • 12 October 2014 1-4pm
  • 16 November 2014 1-4pm

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

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/children-families/studio-sundays/

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime Talks

  • 18 September 2014 12:30-1pm

Introduction to the work of Pope and Guthrie by curator Marie-France Kittler
Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 12.30pm and usually last 30 mins.

Website

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

Look, Make, Talk

Look, Make, Talk

  • 23 September 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 30 September 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 7 October 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 14 October 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 4 November 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 11 November 2014 4:15-5:45pm
  • 18 November 2014 4:15-5:45pm

Work with artists Alex Hirtzel and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs to explore the themes of Curating Cambridge, experiment with materials and create unique artworks of your own.

Admission

£62 course all materials and refreshments provided.
Please contact education@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk for more information
To book call 01223 748100

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/children-families/look-make-talk/

Digital media

Digital Media and Computing History Event

  • 11 October 2014 2-4:30pm

Talks and discussion with: Sarah Cook, curator, writer and co-founder of CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new media art; Andrew Chitty who devised the BBC’s first website and was former editor of The Net; and Jason Fitzpatrick a computer historian and curator at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

Admission

With tea and cake break, £8(£6)
To book call 01223 748100 or visit the website

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/adults/special-events/

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime talks

  • 16 October 2014 12:30-1pm

Gwen Raverat and the wider context printmaking and wood-engraving by Dr Veronique Chance, Senior Lecturer MA Fine Art & Printmaking, Anglia Ruskin University
Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 12.30pm and usually last 30 mins.

Website

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

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime Talks

  • 23 October 2014 12:30-1pm

Introduction to ‘I Come from a Place’ Katherine Green and North Cambridge Girls by Karen Thomas Community Officer and project participants.
Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 12.30pm and usually last 30 mins.

Website

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

Drawing Connections

Drawing Connections

  • 28 October 2014 10am-12pm

For 8-12s. Bring your own objects to create a modern still life inspired by the arrangements in the Kettle’s Yard house and experiment with different ways to draw them. Led by artist Hilary Moreton.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per child, booking essential. To book call 01223 748100.

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/children-families/special-events/

Exhibition in a day

Exhibition in a day

  • 30 October 2014 10am-3pm

For 11-14s. Become an artist and a curator in a day! Draw inspiration from Kettle’s Yard house to make and create your own artwork and curate an exhibition. With tutor Genevieve Guetemme. All materials and lunch provided.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 11-13

Admission

£10 per child, booking essential

Practice session

Practice Sessions: Big Draw Special

  • 31 October 2014 6-8pm

Join artist and tutor Hannah Webb to explore the contrasts of light and shadow with simple tonal collage drawings. An informal evening to enjoy creating something different in the inspiring setting of the Kettle’s Yard house, no drawing experience needed.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5 per session, pay on the door, admission includes one drink (then pay bar).

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/adults/practice-sessions/

Film making weekend

Film Making Weekend

  • 1 November 2014 10am-5pm
  • 2 November 2014 From 10am

For 14-18s. Be inspired by films from our exhibition Past, Present, SOMEWHERE and work with artist filmmaker Peter Harmer to plan, shoot and edit your own film to be screened at the end of the weekend. Experiment and learn new skills and techniques. No film making experience needed. Materials and lunch provided.
To book call 01223 748100

Admission

£45 for the full weekend, booking essential

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/young-people/film-making-weekend/

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime Talks

  • 6 November 2014 12:30-1pm

Open Archives. Exploration of experiences of WWI through archival material with Frieda Midgley, Archivist
Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 12.30pm and usually last 30 mins.

Website

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

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime Talks

  • 13 November 2014 12:30-1pm

Introduction to Cobbing by Kate Edwards, cob-building tutor Thursday lunchtime talks are free, begin at 12.30pm and usually last 30 mins.

Website

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

Panel discussion

The New (Public) Art in Cambridge

  • 15 November 2014 6-8pm

What is the future of public art in the city? There is currently an unprecedented concentration of public art being developed across Cambridge. How is this activity perceived on a local, national and international level? To what extent is this activity contributing to the cultural development of the city? Join Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard; David Wright, Commission Projects; Andy Robinson, Futurecity and Fabienne Nicholas/Sam Wilkinson, Contemporary Arts Society/InSite Arts to debate the issues.
Special viewing of the exhibition 5-6pm

Admission

Free but booking essential – email mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk or call 01223 748100

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/adults/special-events/

Story Morning

Story Morning

  • 15 November 2014 10-11:30am

For under 5s and their carers. Join us for story-telling inspired by Kettle’s Yard house and a cup of tea in the Learning Studio. Please contact education@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk to book your place.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/children-families/special-events/

Lunchtime talks

Lunchtime Talks

  • 20 November 2014 12:30-1pm

Introduction to Kettle’s Yard House and the role of Jim Ede
With Lucy Wheeler, Learning & Engagement Officer

Website

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

Practice Session

One day Woodcuts workshop

  • 22 November 2014 10am-4pm

Take a closer look at the work of Gwen Raverat and be inspired to make your own designs using a simple relief woodcut method. Join Curwen Print Study Centre woodcuts tutor Emma James for this full day workshop.
Suitable for all abilities. All materials and lunch provided. Booking essential

Admission

£40 Booking essential.
To book call 01223 748100 or visit the website

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/learning/adults/special-events/

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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