Kettle's Yard

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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

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

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.
Painting by William Scott

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
Cambs
CB2 1RB
England

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/modern-fitzwilliam-museum-cambridge/

Abstract painting by Italo Valenti

IN SEARCH OF NEW FORMS At Cambridge University Library

  • 15 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition draws on Kettle’s Yard’s extensive collection holdings of abstract painting, collages and prints that date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Artists who have variously used abstract forms, colours, symbols and words in their works such as British painter Roger Hilton, Italian painter and collagist Italo Valenti, and Czech-born artist and poet Jiří Kolář are included in the exhibition. The latest dated work on display is a quickly executed vibrant painting by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) who was one of the defining artists of American Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DR
England

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/search-new-forms/

Painting of Chelsea by Christopher Wood

REIMAGINING THE CITY

  • 29 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

Reimagining the City brings together works from the Kettles Yard Collection that capture artists’ interpretations of city life. It includes paintings, prints and drawings depicting both real and imaginary cities that span several decades. Works include two sketchbooks by French-born artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) that document his visits to Paris and Nuremberg in the early 1900s. Also included are four prints from Swiss-born artist Dieter Roth’s (1930-1998) German Cities series, which are derived from the vast number of post cards that Roth collected of cities in Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As well as artworks by other modern British artists such as Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson, the exhibition contains an example of the glassware that Jim Ede collected that is usually displayed in the Kettle’s Yard House. This provides an imaginative interpretation of the city through the eyes of Ede, after he described it as appearing to him to be like ‘a golden city’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Wolfson College
Barton Road
Cambridge
CB3 9BB
England

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/reimagining-the-city/

Ceramic piece by Jesse Wine

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Museum of Cambridge
2/3 Castle Street
Cambridge
CB3 0AQ
England

Admission

£4 (concessions £2)

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/sludgy-portrait-of-himself/

Drawing by Elisabeth Vellacott

ELISABETH VELLACOTT Figures in the Landscape

  • 2 November 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

Murray Edwards College is the home of New Hall Art Collection, a significant collection of contemporary art by women artists. This display draws together rarely seen drawings and paintings by Vellacott from Kettle’s Yard’s Collection and loans from the Arts Council Collection. The exhibition is the first to focus on Vellacott’s imaginative portrayal of the figure in her landscapes.

Kettle’s Yard’s Collection includes twenty-six works on paper by Elisabeth Vellacott. Vellacott was a founder member of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors in 1954. She met Jim Ede, the creator of Kettle’s Yard in the late 1950s and, soon after, he began to acquire her work. Vellacott exhibited her delicately executed drawings and paintings regularly in London during her lifetime. Two retrospective exhibitions were held at Kettle’s Yard in 1981 and 1995.

A newly commissioned text by William Simmons, a PhD candidate at The City University of New York, will accompany the display.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College
Huntingdon Road
Cambridge
CB3 0DF
England

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/elisabeth-vellacott-figures-landscape/

Painting by Alfred Wallis

PORTRAITS OF PLACE Works from Kettle’s Yard and Richard Long

  • 5 November 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, collages and works on paper by leading twentieth and twenty-first century artists who have been inspired to make artworks that respond to the places in which they have lived and worked. The exhibition includes an array of intimate depictions of British landscapes from the Kettle’s Yard Collection, ranging from early paintings of Cumberland and Cornwall by Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis, to evocative textual and material compositions that engage with ‘place’ by Ian Hamilton Finlay. Selected collages, paintings and photographs responding to rural and urban sites by non-British artists such as Italo Valenti and Helen Frankenthaler are also on display.

The Kettle’s Yard Collection particularly highlights how artists have drawn on the emotional, visual and physical sensations of their engagement with ‘place’. Reflecting the continuity of artists’ engagement with this subject today, Portraits of Place also includes works by British artist Richard Long (b. 1945), lent by the artist. By gathering together and using materials such as natural forms, images, words, and employing and recording his own physical gestures, Long continues to respond to the feelings, scale and textures of places and journeys.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Heong Gallery at Downing College
Regent Street
Cambridge
CB2 1DQ
England

Website

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/portraits-of-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

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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