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Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

We are closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Please note the house will be temporarily closed for 4 weeks from 14 March 2024


Reimagining the City

29 October 2016 – 8 January 2017 at Wolfson College

Reimagining the City brings together works from the Kettles Yard Collection that capture artists’ interpretations of the city.

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It includes paintings, prints and drawings depicting both real and imaginary cities that span several decades. Works include two sketchbooks by French-born artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) that document his visits to Paris and Nuremberg in the early 1900s. Also included are four prints from Swiss-born artist Dieter Roth’s (1930-1998) German Cities series, which are derived from the vast number of post cards that Roth collected of cities in Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As well as artworks by other modern British artists such as Christopher Wood and Ben Nicholson, the exhibition contains an example of the glassware that Jim Ede collected that is usually displayed in the Kettle’s Yard house. This provides an imaginative interpretation of the city through the eyes of Ede, after he described it as appearing to him to be like ‘a golden city’.

Curated by Kyle Percy, Kettle’s Yard


Photos by Paul Allitt

Celebrating 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge 1966-2016

See the work of 25 artists from the Kettle’s Yard Collection in nine places and spaces across Cambridge.

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jim Ede’s gift of Kettle’s Yard to the University of Cambridge. Jim Ede, a writer and former curator at the Tate, created and opened Kettle’s Yard in 1957. In November 1966 Kettle’s Yard became a University of Cambridge museum. We are delighted to be working with old and new friends, in the university and city, who have generously collaborated with us to make exhibitions and displays.

Reflecting our support for contemporary artists, Lucy Steggals and Jesse Wine are creating new installations at the Museum of Cambridge and Arbury Community Centre.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a lively programme of events across many of the venues, including an anniversary lecture and free talks by students from the University of Cambridge’s History of Art Department.

All the exhibitions are free and no booking necessary unless stated otherwise. Find out more about the exhibitions using the links on the left.

Thank you

We are grateful to our exhibition partners and supporters:

The Festival of Ideas, Murray Edwards College, Wolfson College, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Cambridge, Art at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge University Library, Arbury Community Centre, St John’s College, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, HEFCE, Cambridge City Council and the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden.