VIDEO: The treasures of Kettle’s Yard come to Jerwood Gallery in Hastings

A striking new show in Hastings gives fresh impetus to Jerwood Gallery’s burgeoning national and international reputation with art lovers.

Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery (12 September 2015–3 January 2016) brings a treasure trove of works by some of the 20th century’s most important artists to the Hastings gallery for the very first time.

Kettle's Yard exhibition at Jerwood, Hastings. Pictured: sailing ship and orchard by Alfred Wallis.

Kettle's Yard exhibition at Jerwood, Hastings. Pictured: sailing ship and orchard by Alfred Wallis.

Kettle’s Yard was the Cambridge home of Jim and Helen Ede, who created an impressive collection of British and European art. During his life, Jim had been a curator at Tate Gallery and described himself as a ‘friend of artists’. Jim acquired much of his collection through these friendships and Kettle’s Yard remained the Edes’ home, but also became a unique space to view art works by artists including Constantin Brancusi, Naum Gabo, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Henry Moore and Joan Miró.

Jim was particularly fascinated by the display of artwork and natural objects together and with the possibilities of natural light to transform objects.

When the couple retired to Edinburgh in 1973, they gave the house to Cambridge University. The house has been maintained as Ede originally intended and welcomes visitors to explore the collection in this unique setting. Now, due to a major capital redevelopment at Kettle’s Yard, the full collection is available to tour for the first time in its history. Jerwood Gallery is the first venue to stage a major exhibition with selected works from the house.

Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery will be exhibited across several galleries, with works from Jerwood’s permanent collection of 20th and 21st century British art filling the other spaces. Horizons will also bring furniture, sculpture and European art works to Jerwood Gallery.

“There are numerous links between the collections,” says Jerwood Gallery’s Director Liz Gilmore. “For example work by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Prunella Clough, Alfred Wallis, Paul Feiler, Augustus John and William Scott feature in both collections. Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery will also provide us with an opportunity to examine the European influences in the Cambridge collection, such as that of George Braque and Brancusi, combined with their British counterparts Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis. The exhibition takes a thematic approach, rather than replicating the display at Jim and Helen Ede’s Cambridge home, allowing visitors to see paintings in one space, sculptures in another, and so on. Interestingly, the Ede’s house inspired Jerwood Gallery’s architects, HAT Projects’ award-winning design of the gallery.”

Andrew Nairne, Director Kettle’s Yard said “We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Jerwood Gallery to display works from the Kettles Yard’s Collection. We hope visitors will enjoy these special works displayed in a new context, away from their home in Cambridge.”

For more information about Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings follow @jerwoodgallery on Twitter and visit www.jerwoodgallery.org

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