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Alfred East Gallery

FREE ENTRY

However, please note that charges apply for some events and activities.

The Alfred East Art Gallery is accessible to wheelchair users via ramp access in the adjoining Kettering Library building. 

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4.45pm (Last Admission 4:30pm)
Sunday
Closed

The Gallery is closed on bank holidays.

What does the Gallery offer?

- Permanent Collection Exhibitions

- Temporary Exhibitions

- Fun Days

- Craft Showcase

- Art Workshops

- Lunchtime Talks

- Art Gallery Shop

Click here for more information about the Alfred East Art Gallery Permanent Collections

The gallery building

Location


History

Kettering has its own centrally-located art gallery, housing a rich collection of paintings, ranging from 19th-century works to 21st century works, by contemporary artists.

Local artist, Alfred East, wanted to make art accessible to Kettering workers and created a strong stimulus for a public gallery to be built. He shared ideas with philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who gifted a library to Kettering in 1904 to give the working man the opportunity for self-development.

The Collection was started when ‘The Connoisseur’, a portrait by W B Gash, of a wellknown local antique dealer, was purchased by local subscribers and presented to the town as a possible foundation for a permanent art collection.

In 1910, East received a knighthood in the King’s Birthday Honours List. This was celebrated with a banquet at the Royal Hotel, Kettering. At this celebration East presented the town with the painting, Midland Meadows, which initially hung in the Public Library for three years.

The town soon accepted a much larger gift by East, a collection of seventy of his best works. The condition of the gift was that the town should build a purpose-built gallery to house this body of work.

Funded by public subscription, the Alfred East Art Gallery was officially opened on 31st July, 1913, by Earl Spencer, K.G., Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. Unfortunately, Sir Alfred East was unable to attend due to ill health, but was represented by his nephew, W D’ Este Emery.

East’s greatly wished for recovery never took place and, less than three months later, the great artist passed away without seeing his gift of works hung in a gallery in his native town.


Information on Alfred East Gallery

Get in touch with Kettering Borough Council

Email: customerservices@kettering.gov.uk. Telephone: 01536 410333.

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