Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery.
The new Kettle’s Yard opened in February 2018 with a four-floor Education wing, new and improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance area, shop and café. The project transformed their work with children, young people and community groups, allowing them to curate exhibitions with major artists from around the world, display 20th and 21st century art in the best conditions, and have the facilities to enable even more people to enjoy Kettle’s Yard.
The permanent collection at Kettle’s Yard is found on display in the House. Between 1958 and 1973 Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede. In the 1920s and 30s Jim had been a curator at the Tate Gallery in London. Thanks to his friendships with artists and other like-minded people, over the years he gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miró, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Kettle’s Yard hosts an exciting variety of events throughout their exhibition programme. From talks and lectures to art workshops they offer something for everyone and most of their events are free. Music has always been played at Kettle’s Yard and there are regular chamber and new music concerts. There are two pianos in the House at Kettle’s Yard and when it was a home to Jim and Helen Ede they used to hold small concerts.
(Photo: Jamie Fobert Architects, Hufton + Crow, 2018)