Widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest galleries, Kettle’s Yard exhibits modern and 20th Century art. Home to Jim and Helen Ede between 1958 and 1973, Kettle’s Yard has seen Jim’s extensive art collection flourish. Once curator at the Tate Gallery, Jim’s collection included works by Christopher Wood, Joan Miro, Winifred Nicholson and Alfred Wallis (to name just a few!)
Jim’s unique vision was to place the art works alongside ceramics, glass, furniture and natural objects in order to achieve a ‘continuing way of life from these last fifty years.’
Originally, Kettle’s Yard was created to allow students to experience great works first hand and every afternoon Jim would guide visitors around his collection. In 1966 the house and its contents were given to Cambridge University. Now visitors are encouraged to ring the doorbell (every afternoon except Monday) and sample the artistic delights and the relatively recent exhibition gallery.
You may be wondering how Jim Ede managed to collect such a rich and varied array of pieces. Well, over 50 years he became friends with a lot of artists and so acquired many works through these close relationships. Interestingly, the way in which Jim arranged his assortment of works remains virtually unchanged because he had such vision and insight into how to the pieces related to each other. For this reason Kettle’s Yard is a wonderful place to visit as it offers a multi-faceted experience.
Popular with thousands of visitors each year, Kettle’s Yard promises to be a delightful experience for both art-fanatics and those who are trying to widen their exposure to art.
Castle Street Cambridge, CB3 0AQ
Tel: 01223 748 100
Opening Times: Winter – Tuesday to Sunday 2pm-4pm. Summer – Tuesday-Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm. Open bank holiday Mondays. Closed Good Friday. Gallery & Bookshop – Tuesday to Sunday 11:30am-5pm (also open bank holiday Mondays). Closed 22nd December – 3rd January.