The Creation of Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and it’s collection – Andrew Smith
VilSoc Talk Tuesday 29th June 7.30pm
Andrew has been a long-term fan of Kettle’s Yard since he moved to the area in the 1980s.
He’s worked as a visitor assistant since 2014, after a career in the design and manufacture of household electrical products and regularly gives guided tours of the house. His recent research projects include researching the history and background of the furniture in Kettle’s Yard House, although Andrew still describes himself as an enthusiast rather than an expert! He is a wonderful speaker and his enthusiasm for the house is totally infectious.
The Talk: A History Of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and is founder.
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge was quoted as ‘One of the country’s most intimate and spellbinding museums, the collection of one man and his unerring eye; restorative, homely yet life-changing’ by Mark Fisher, in ‘Britain’s Best Museums and Galleries, 2004.’
This unique talk will cover the history and architecture of Kettle’s Yard and why it has been so influential as an ‘art environment’. The life of its founder, Jim Ede, is fascinating and Andrew will discuss what he was trying to achieve in the creation of Kettle’s Yard with some wonderful social history context, especially the effect of two world wars on Jim. Insights will also be given on some of the most important artists in Jim’s collection and also the ‘non art’ objects that are important to the collection.
About Kettle’s Yard:
In a quiet corner of Cambridge, overlooking St Peter’s Church, is a beautiful house filled with beautiful objects, once the home of H.S (Jim) Ede and his wife Helen.
Between 1958 and 1973 Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede. In the 1920s and 30s Jim had been a curator at the Tate Gallery in London. Thanks to his friendships with artists and other like-minded people, over the years he gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miró, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
At Kettle’s Yard, Jim carefully positioned these artworks alongside furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects, with the aim of creating a harmonic whole……. More information on Kettle’s Yard or to book a visit https://www.kettlesyard.co.uk