Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
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Home is Where the Art is
A display of art without the pretenses of a standard gallery, Kettle’s Yard holds the collections and harmonization of art curator Jim Ede. Jim acquired and started the house in 1958 when he and his wife Helen moved from their London home and his job at the Tate Britain.
Kettle’s Yard does offer a gallery of artwork, but Jim wanted to build the collection and display the works in a natural manner. The paintings, sculptures, and sets blend with the household objects. This way, visitors can experience how the pieces inspire independently and in the context of a room filled with similarly themed objects.
This video illustrates how Ede arranged his house to complement the works inside. It also focuses on some of the more famous pieces.
The artwork includes pieces created by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Jim visited and developed a close friendship with many of the artists, especially Joan Miro and Christopher Wood.
Visitors to Kettle’s Yard should pay close attention to the unique way Jim designed the rooms. Capturing the natural light through the windows, he positioned the artwork based on the influences of the light and dark. He also worked with the shadows at different times of the day and year to support the emotions provoked by each piece.
Jim Ede meant for his collections to also present an educational opportunity for students to learn about art in a natural setting. He invited people to explore his house even while he lived there. Eventually, he gave Kettle’s Yard to the University of Cambridge, and he and his wife moved to Edinburgh in 1973.