Laura Freeman

Thu 13 July 2023

Interviewed by Martin Latham

Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle’s Yard Artists

Laura is chief Art Critic of The Times. Jim Ede was a friend to artists such as Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Henry Moore, Christopher Wood, Barbara Hepworth, David Jones, Alfred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. He was a man of extraordinary energies: a collector, dealer, fixer, critic. For Ede, Art lived and a life without art, beauty, friendship and creativity was a life not worth living. Art was not for galleries alone and it certainly wasn’t only for the rich. At Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, this extraordinary man opened his home and his collection to all comers.