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What Exhibitions are on at the Gallery?

Network Arts Annual Exhibition 2014

30 August - 11 October, FREE

Network ArtsNetwork Arts is a group run by artists for artists. The group gives professionals and amateurs the opportunity to practice and enjoy the support of a community of artists by having an annual programme of workshops covering a range of media and styles.

As a self-managed and financed group, Network Arts maintains independence and reflects the views of its members when selecting professional artists to run the workshops and venues in which to exhibit, as well as organising visits to exhibitions.

The group holds a prestigious annual exhibition where artists - at all stages of their careers, are invited to submit work to exhibit and this year we are delighted to once again have the opportunity to exhibit at the Alfred East Gallery.

For further information please visit http://www.networkarts.co.uk/

© Image courtesy of Network Arts

'Found in the Fields' by Carry Akroyd

30 August – 27 September, FREE

Carry AkroydAn exhibition of 16 hand-drawn lithographs by Carry Akroyd, incorporating texts taken from poems by John Clare, bringing the 19th century poet’s words into the contemporary landscape.

Words and images together express a concern and fascination about the natural world. The artist has for many years maintained a vein of work relating to the poet, whose writing has a particular relevance for today.

The artist selected extracts of varying lengths, from poems of her choice, to put together a set of works that would reflect the joys and the damage seen in nature, as seen both by the poet of 200 years ago and the artist’s eye now.

The exhibition also includes black and white linocuts which record the nature observations made by John Clare through the months in his set of poems, ‘The Shepherd’s Calendar’, with additional linocuts made to illustrate books of selected John Clare poetry: 'The Wood is Sweet’ and ‘This Happy Spirit’.

© Image courtesy of Carry Akroyd

Alfred East Art Gallery Art Browser

1st September – 30th November 2014. 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.

Marlene Snee

BrowserMarlene Snee is both a local artist and qualified teacher who lives and works in Northamptonshire.

Her favourite medium is watercolour, often used together with pen and ink to create textures in her village scenes, but she also enjoys painting animals in pastel and is happy to accept commissions for pet portraits.

If you are interested in joining one of Marlene’s courses or would like her to paint a commission, please contact her on 01933 624847 or alternatively email marlenesnee@hotmail.co.uk.

© Image courtesy of Marlene Snee

Joy Barry

Browser"Loving art all my life, I was self-taught. I am happy with any medium. Whenever I could, I would save up and take myself off on a painting holiday. After a trip to Norway in 2010 to see the Midnight Sun with my husband, I completed 29 pictures ready for my first solo exhibition held at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. Previously I have had occasional weekend exhibitions at the Ibis Hotel, Wellingborough. I have a fixed exhibition at The Old Forge Tea Rooms, Cranford".

www.openhouseart.co.uk/artist/joy-barry or joy.barry164@ntlworld.com

© Image courtesy of Joy Barry

Stella Benford

BrowserFor as long as she can remember, Stella has loved painting and making things. She went to Rockingham Road School for Girls where she won the art prize and whist still at school attended evening classes for art at Kettering Technical College, where she developed a love of oil painting, and later ceramics.

Stella now has a studio at her home in Burton Latimer, adding life size papier maché and recycled metal sculptures to her varied and diverse repertoire. Stella still gets very excited about new ideas and as yet untried media.

© Image courtesy of Stella Benford

'TriAngles - Catching the Moment' by Sue Feetham, Elaine Medcalf and Val Sibley

4 October - 8 November, FREE

TriAngleSue Feetham

Sue has been a keen amateur photographer since her teenage years. She finds that nature is a wonderful provider of a great deal of opportunities which she hopes you will enjoy in the photography she is exhibiting.

Elaine Medcalf

For the last few years Elaine has developed her skills as a serious photographer. She uses light and texture as her focus when composing images and loves the architecture of the plant world, stunning landscapes and the seaside – all reflected in the pictures on show here.

Val Sibley

Val is a photographer and printmaker. She is excited by texture, colour and pattern. Her images, taken from the environment, form part of a composition describing her reactions and responses to the subject. She has works in private collections across the world.

Cordell Garfield: People’s Choice Open13 Winner

18 October – 22 November, FREE

Cordell GarfieldCordell, the People’s Choice Open13 winner, is a Northampton based artist working from his town centre studio.

Working mainly in oils, his paintings are representational works consisting of portraits and figurative images. Whether it’s the inner psychology of a portrait or a situation offering hidden meanings, Cordell’s paintings offer a range of interpretations for the viewer. Along with occasional landscapes and rock music icons, Cordell’s works are sourced from life drawing sketches, reference photos and his own imagination.

After studying at the Slade School and Sarum Studio, Cordell has exhibited extensively throughout Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire, and often at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

He is a member of the Northampton Town & County Art Society.

© Image courtesy of Cordell Garfield

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 

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

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