Five key objects from the world-class collections at Kettle’s Yard have been made available online to view through film, sound, photographs and 360 degree views.

A Handful of Objects showcases exceptional works from the Kettle's Yard collection.

Lucy Wheeler

A Handful of Objects, developed in conjunction with teachers and young people, aims to introduce the objects to new audiences while Kettle’s Yard is closed as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment that will transform its gallery spaces and house a new, four-floor education wing and cafe. 

The objects range from paintings and ceramics to natural objects displayed within the Kettle’s Yard house.

The five objects are:

‘Red Stone Dancer’ a sculpture by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska,
‘Five Ships – Mount’s Bay’ a painting by Alfred Wallis,
‘March 1962 (Argos)’ a painting by Ben Nicholson,
‘Bowl (aka Wave/Shiny White)’ by Lucie Rie  
‘Spiral of Stones’ an arrangement of pebbles by Kettle’s Yard founder Jim Ede.

Lucy Wheeler, Assistant Education Officer at Kettle’s Yard, said: "A Handful of Objects showcases five exceptional works from the Kettle's Yard collection. The beauty and importance of the objects is illustrated through high quality images, films and archive material. I hope visitors find the resource easy and enjoyable to use and hope they will add their thoughts online to create a wider discussion about this rich collection.”

Kettle’s Yard hopes to add more objects to A Handful of Objects in the future, making other famous objects from its collection of 1,200 objects.


A Handful of Objects allows viewers to experience artworks close up through high-quality images and the option to zoom-in, as well as 360-degree carousels to see sculptures and ceramics in the round. The process of making the artworks is also examined through sound clips, sketchbooks and images of the artist at work.

Throughout the resource there are options to share information through Facebook and Twitter – as well as inviting people’s thoughts and comments about the artworks themselves.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, who funded the work, said: “We are delighted that, thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to fund this innovative new resource that will allow many more people to explore objects from the collection at Kettle’s Yard and learn about their fascinating histories.” 

Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

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