Kettle’s Yard is the reason why you should visit Cambridge. The former home of Tate curator Jim Ede and his wife is a place of overwhelming beauty and attention to detail.
Kettle’s Yard was created by Jim Ede and his wife Helen, who lived here from 1957 to 1973. Jim Ede was Tate Gallery’s first curator for modern art during the 1920s and first and foremost, as he called himself, a friend of artists. During his time at Tate he developed long lasting relationships with artists such as the couple Winifred and Ben Nicholson, Joan Miró and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Some of the works in Ede’s personal collection were gifted to him by the artists, others he acquired for as much as £3 – the cost of the canvas and the frame. But Kettle’s Yard is not only about art – it’s the interplay of interior design, light, decoration and art that makes this place so special. A single stone or a bouquet of flowers contributes as much to the harmony of the space as a painting or a sculpture does. You are invited to sit in all chairs of the house in order to fully experience the perfection of Ede’s arrangements.
Kettle’s Yard was conceived as a place where the Edes could welcome students from the nearby Cambridge universities on a daily basis and give them access to art without the greater austerity of a museum or gallery. Now, there are two artists rooms with contemporary art exhibitions in the extension of the house as well as a shop and a cafe. The entry to the house and the artist rooms is free, just make sure to book a time ticket on the website in advance.
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am – 5pm