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Exhibitions

What Exhibitions are on at the Gallery?

Alfred East


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." 


#selfies

17 January - 21 February, FREE

selfiesDiscover 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.


Alfred East Art Gallery Art Browser

1st March – 31st May. 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.

Jean Edwards

Browser"I have lived in Northampton for about thirty years and worked as a teacher, deputy and head teacher in primary schools before becoming a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. I make collagraph prints from found and recycled materials. I am often inspired by the natural world, historical artefacts and local buildings. I am beginning to explore the potential of digital technology in making art."

Keith Pask

BrowserKeith was born in 1929. At the age of eleven he was 'Highly Commended' for a national poster competition and had his poster exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. That started him on a lifetime of drawing and painting. Having worked as a Pattern Cutter/Designer in the leather trade nearly all his life, with a knife in his hand, Keith mostly paints in oils using a pallet knife and brush.

Richard Chapman

BrowserRichard is a self taught artist specialising and enjoying working in watercolours. Mostly Richard paints 'plein air' in and around Northamptonshire, often depicting local village streets and lanes. He has painted many of the local churches and distinctive architectural buildings in the county, usually in landscape settings, in his own distinctive style. 


Elaine Warden

Long Gallery

7 March - 11 April, FREE

Elaine Warden"My paintings are very much inspired by my surroundings the way a landscape gives up its patchwork of pattern and linear rhythms of tracks and hedges; a still life, how things sit together, divide space and create it; the zing of a colour. I observe, feel and interpret. Although I favour working with acrylic paint, because of its versatility, I also enjoy using pastels, gouache, graphite and charcoal, often combining some or all of these in one painting.

I like to play with altered perspective, combine line with colour and experiment with the process used to make a painting. For me, the process that makes a painting is as important as the final piece. It is of immense importance to me that my work continues to move on, excite and challenge. Whether you prefer landscape or still life, this collection of work hopefully shows this."


Open15 & YouthOpen15

18 April - 23 May, FREE

Open15This annual Open exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for young, amateur and professional artists to showcase their artistic talents.

The Open15 exhibition is open for artists 18+ and for younger talents the YouthOpen15 is open to 8-18 years, all competing for a range of awards.

The popular and diverse exhibition presents an array of artworks and contemporary craft by artists from the local and regional areas around Northamptonshire.

The exhibition includes a wide selection of different art forms with painting, photography, illustration, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.

Works for the exhibition are chosen by a panel of judges from the submitted entries. All works selected for the exhibition are for sale, providing an ideal opportunity to start your own art collection and support local artists.

To apply to submit works for Open15 and YouthOpen15, download a copy of the entry forms at www.kettering.gov.uk/open15 or pick a copy up at the Art Gallery.

Submission dates:

  • Thursday 9 April, 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 10 April, 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday 11 April, 10.30am - 4.30pm


Art in Mind

Long Gallery

27 May - 24 June, FREE

Mind"Kettering Mind is a local charity based in Russell Street since March 1994. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Our resource centre provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where service users have access to 1:1 support, community support, peer support, various courses such as relaxation, anxiety management and creative groups such as music and art. As well as being therapeutic, groups such as art, mosaic, knitting and quilting help individuals to learn new skills and achieve success in creative activities. This helps to build confidence and improve self-esteem.

We are delighted with this opportunity to exhibit our work and hope that it will help to reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues in today's society."

For any information about services, contact Mind:

Telephone: 01536 523 216

Email: kettmind@hotmail.com


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 17/02/2015


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