Collection Spotlight: Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard, an extraordinary home-turned gallery space on the outskirts of Cambridge has opened its doors again following several years of extensive redevelopment. A brand new extension has been added and we can't wait to see the selections of new artwork on display.

In the meantime, we wanted to spotlight some highlights from our current Kettle's Yard collection.


Pears, 1979 (colour litho), William Scott, (1913-89) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


Bird Swallowing a Fish (indian ink on paper), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, (1891-1915) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


The Gallery is known for the eclectic mix of items and artwork displayed in its collections, which highlights the ethos of the gallery's curator and originator, Jim Ede, who also curated exhibitions at the Tate gallery. Incorporating Ede’s own comprehensive collection from the first half of the 20th Century, artists such as Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miró stand alongside sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.



Three Masted Ship Near Lighthouse (oil on board), Alfred Wallis, (1855-1942) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


Cat, c.1913 (brush and ink on paper), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, (1891-1915) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK



Paintings and sculpture are interlaced with furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects with regular exhibitions, educational events and lectures, an archive and a library - the presence of the Edes is still very much a large part of the gallery's appeal today.



1924 (goblet and two pears), Ben Nicholson, (1894-1982) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


Building the Boat, Treboul, 1930 (oil on board), Christopher Wood, (1901-30) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK



The redevelopment has increased the size of the gallery substantially. Cambridge University, of which the gallery is now a part, benefits from an additional four-floor education wing, improved exhibiton galleries, a brand new entrance area, and a cafe. For a time, the gallery was regarded as the single place in the UK with the most work by artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, a painter and sculptor whose style of carving has much in common with the Primitivism aesthetic.



Bird Swallowing a Fish, 1914 (plaster & green paint), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, (1891-1915) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK


Red Stone Dancer, 1913-14 (bronze), Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, (1891-1915) / Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK



Get in touch if you have any questions regarding the new and upcoming content from Kettle's Yard, or if you have any additional queries about items already available on the site.

Find out more

See more of our Kettle's Yard image collection here

Read more about the redevelopment of the gallery and house here




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