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What Exhibitions are on at the Gallery?

Sorrell Kinley

15 November – 13 December, FREE

Sorrell KinleySorrell is a senior lecturer working at the University of Northampton, after teaching in primary schools in the county for nearly thirty years. With a background and deep interest in art education, he has maintained a particular interest in printmaking, exhibiting locally and internationally, most notably at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on two occasions.

His work spans the range of printmaking techniques, from traditional etching and aquatint methods to relief printing. Recently, he has worked with solar plate etching and gum arabic transfer printing, some of which originate from digital imagery.

The work is inspired by a passion for landscape and architecture and often features the impact of man on the natural environment. The prints are developed into small limited editions in his print workshop in Irthlingborough.


© Image courtesy of Sorrel Kinley

'The Infinite Magic of Limits' by Sarah Uldall

29 November – 10 January, FREE

The Infinite Magic of Limits“Throughout my work of the past few years there have been strong references to textiles – an area traditionally the territory of women. Why are we so mesmerised by the repetitions of pattern and colour? I have studied the Bauhaus movement, and the combination of utility and beauty that was so relevant to it. When John Ruskin and William Morris rejected what they perceived to be as the inhumanity of the industrial revolution in England, the Arts and Crafts movement was born. In a parallel fashion, I have rejected some of the more contemporary methods of today in favour of the more primitive technique of stone lithography.

The making of these images is reliant upon an odd marriage of intuition and discipline. They are a contemplation of proportion and balance; a composite of design, beauty and intangibility. My intention is for my work to appeal to the viewer in a subliminal way. I wish to relay messages or codes in an abstract way and from a different place in time."

© Image courtesy of Sarah Uldall

Alfred East Art Gallery Art Browser

1st December – 28th February. All items are available for sale.

Kettering & District Art Society are showcasing work from their members and providing them the opportunity to display their work over a three month period in the Art Gallery Browser.

Catherine Staveley

Catherine StaveleyA graduate in History of Art, Catherine has been a working artist for thirty-five years and paints principally in watercolour.

She is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and a past President of the Northampton Town and County Art Society. She currently lives in Northamptonshire and welcomes portrait commissions of children in watercolour. http://www.catherinestaveley.co.uk/

Joan E Blissett

Joan Blisset"The natural world is my everything, I respect it, worship it and love it, it is king! Arrogance, superficiality, glory and fame do not exist for me. My eclectic spirit helps me paint pictures in words (poetry) and words in pictures (paintings) and hopefully share this love with others as I continue to exhibit. Each step is an adventure. Evolution is my theme."

Peter B Almond

Peter Almond"A lifelong interest in the natural world, especially that of coastal areas, has inspired my painting. One particular area of focus has been the North Norfolk coast with its beaches, saltmarshes and wide open skies. Scavenging along tidelines yields an array of shells, pebbles, feathers, seaweeds and other sea life which provide realistic inclusions in my paintings."

Corby Photographic Society

16 December - 31 January, FREE

Corby Photographic SocietyServing Corby and the surrounding areas, the club has a mixed programme of competitions and lectures as well as various practical sessions around the county. Our enthusiastic group of photographers, with abilities ranging from beginners to experienced amateurs, value traditional photographic techniques as well as embracing the latest digital technology. At Corby Photographic Club our main aim is to stimulate and encourage members whilst always keeping it enjoyable.


17 January - 21 February, FREE

Discover the history of the traditional selfie. Using portraits from our permanent collection we unravel some of the stories behind the faces that live in our stores. From lavish hats to military uniform, rugged beards to exquisite jewellery, explore the 50 faces

that look out from the gallery walls and be inspired to create your own ‘selfie’ to go on display alongside them. Following the ever growing ‘selfie’ trend we look back on how these first started and how they have progressed to today.

'Places, Portraits & Pot Luck' by Alison Bull

4 February – 4 March, FREE

Alison Bull"My creativity was directed into making five gardens from scratch until in 1996 when I decided to go on an adult education course to learn to paint.

This retrospective exhibition is a collection of the eclectic styles created during this continuing learning process, and contains works in pastel, oils and acrylics and an occasional watercolour.

The subject matter I choose to paint ranges from atmospheric, light filled landscapes and still life, through to figurative work and portraits.

With no formal art college training, I try as much as I can, to go on courses and holidays with other artists I admire, so as to try out new styles of working and hone my artistic skill.

I am a full member of Kettering District Art Society and Northampton Town and County Art Society. I also belong to Network Arts and regularly attend life drawing classes."

Northampton Town & County Art Society

28 February – 11 April, FREE

Northampton Town and CountyThis established art society, now in its 101st year, has a fine reputation for quality.

A great selection of paintings, original print work and sculpture will be on show from some of the "county’s leading professional artists!"

Rich variety of styles, techniques and subject matter - watercolour, acrylic, pastel, oil and mixed media….something for everyone.

Selected Works from the Gallery Collection

Continuous, FREE

The ExileThe Alfred East Art Gallery holds a significant collection of 19th and 20th century fine art. Comprising works by many notable British artists and with large collections by Sir Alfred East and Thomas Cooper Gotch, the collection is a valuable resource for research and enjoyment alike. 

Please note that it is not possible to display all of the works in the collection at once.  For specific queries, please contact the Gallery

'The Exile' by T.C Gotch © Kettering Borough Council

Exhibiting Opportunities at the Alfred East Art Gallery

Find out how to submit a proposal to exhibit your work in the gallery or craft showcase.

Alfred East Art Gallery Craft Showcase

Permanent Collection Special Exhibitions

Last updated 02/12/2014

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