Kettles Yard was originally a small group of 4 derelict houses bought and renovated in 1958 by Jim and Helen Ede. Jim Ede had been a curator at the Tate Gallery and was a friend of important Modern English artists such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Christoper Wood and others in their circle such as Alfred Wallis. The house was extended first in 1970, partly as living space and partly as gallery, by Sir Leslie Martin and David Owers, and again in 2018 by Jamie Fobert as major new gallery spaces.
The house combines 2 extraordinary aesthetic sensibilities: on one hand, of Jim and Helen Ede and on the other, Sir Leslie Martin and David Owers. The new house is a beautiful series of spaces, with an interplay of levels and light. There are almost no windows in the new house, with most light coming from hidden sources overhead. This serves to distance the spaces from the site, so strongly emphasised in the old house, and focus experience on the interior spaces. While the work of Leslie Martin is - quite rightly - characterised as Modern, in this house one can see the props of Modernism such as rationality and abstraction complemented by a new sensuousness and materiality.
Shot at 200 ASA on Agfa 100 ASA consumer slide film and push processed. This gave a slightly dreamy quality to the photographs that I thought complemented the abstract architecture and showed the true nature of the space.