Fifty years on from becoming a University of Cambridge Museum, Kettle’s Yard has stayed true to its founder’s vision while attracting 70,000 visitors a year.
“I hope that future generations will still find a home, a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of visual arts and of music", Jim Ede in ‘A Way of Life’, 1984.
This was Jim Ede’s vision for Kettle’s Yard, the place he called home between 1957 and 1973. Fast forward to 2016, fifty years on from becoming a University of Cambridge Museum, and Kettle’s Yard has stayed true to its founder’s vision while attracting 70,000 visitors a year. In 2015, the Museum closed for an ambitious building project:
“Through the Kettle’s Yard: Looking Ahead project, we have a rare opportunity to enhance Kettle’s Yard, with beautifully remodelled galleries and greatly improved services for visitors. This will allow Kettle’s Yard to fulfil its potential as a leading cultural institution in Cambridge and beyond,” explains Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard.
I hope that future generations will still find a home, a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of visual arts and of music.
Jim Ede, 1984
Inspiring successive generations
At the heart of the building project is one aim: to renew Kettle’s Yard so it continues to inspire successive generations. The project will create a new Education Wing, environmentally controlled galleries and better services for visitors, including a café. Social space will be increased threefold; it will transform the Museum's work with school groups and young people; enable Kettle’s Yard to organise exhibitions with major artists from around the world; display 20th century art in the right conditions; and have the facilities to encourage even more people to enjoy all that Kettle’s Yard has to offer.
The Sackler Trust, which is funding the Sackler Gallery, one of two new galleries, is one of numerous donors, made up of individuals, trusts and foundations, who are generously supporting the Kettle’s Yard development.
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