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Kettles Yard, Cambridge

Last week I visited Kettles Yard in Cambridge. I had only been once before and that was when I was little. However I wanted to go before it closes for two years. I found this out a couple a weeks ago on Instagram by someone I follow. They took the most beautiful photographs that I thought I had to go and see this beautiful place while I had the chance.

This home and its interiors appealed to me because of the beautiful layout and use of recurrent shapes and curves throughout. Filled with circular forms like pebbles and bowls, I was in my element. All had been meticulously placed but every new aspect which had been added complimented the last. There was a lot in the house but it felt well balanced and inviting.

The home also housed artwork by Ben Nicholson whose work I was first shown to at University and my friend loves his work. His use of minimal shape and line fitted in with the aesthetic of the house. Being able to see original art work like this in a home rather than a gallery was a new experience for me but it was great to be able to interact with the work.

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 Miro, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The house was left to Cambridge University and attracts lots of interest from art lovers.

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Although the house and gallery is closed for two years I felt privileged to have been able to see such a beautiful house.

I took these photographs while I walked round the house. The beautiful interior is something to aspire to.


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