The Kettle’s Yard collection is on tour for the first time in its history.

When Jim and Helen Ede purchased four derelict cottages in Cambridge they had a vision to create 'a living place where works of art could be enjoyed… where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery'. The result was Kettle’s Yard, a unique property functioning both as a gallery and a family home. The remarkable collection they amassed was due in part to Jim’s former position as a curator at Tate, where he forged friendships with leading artists of the day, including Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miro and Barbara Hepworth.

While the house goes under extensive redevelopment, the collection has gone on tour, beginning with a major exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery. Instead of mimicking the displays at Kettle’s Yard, works of art are displayed thematically, drawing shared connections between both permanent collections.

Hastings Contemporary

Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

01424 728377


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Tues – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays)

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