A beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art, Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery.
The new Kettle's Yard opened on 10 February 2018 after a major building project to create improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance area and café, and a four-floor education wing.
The house is no ordinary gallery, with works of art placed among furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects in a series of intimate rooms. Originally the home of Jim and Helen Ede – Jim had been a curator at London’s Tate Gallery in the 1920s and 30s – the house is testament to his vision that an art gallery or museum is not simply a collection, but a lived-in space.
It was designed with students in mind, as “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,” Ede said. In 1966 he gave the house and its contents to the University of Cambridge.
The permanent collection includes works by French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, St Ives fisherman-turned-painter Alfred Wallis, and artists William Congdon, Italo Valenti and Elisabeth Vellacott.
Kettle’s Yard hosts a programme of modern and contemporary exhibitions, a café and shop.
It was the home of Jim Ede, a former curator at the Tate Gallery, who gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Mirö, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Next door is a modern art gallery showing a changing and exciting programme of modern and contemporary art.