New look for Kettering’s Art Gallery in run up to centenary
Published Friday, 22 June 2012
Signs and banners to add more artistic visual introduction to the Gallery
The new look signs and banners for the art gallery coincide with the Olympics and the Summer Celebrations being held at the Market Place in Kettering. They will also mark the start of the gallerys centenary celebrations next year marking the 100 years that the gallery was built and the life of Sir Alfred East.
The project has involved a number of people working together with Kettering Borough Council and the Council would like to offer their thanks to those that have helped and supported the project including:
· Friends of The Art Gallery and Museum
· Chris Prout, local artist (who has designed the new look)
· Typestart, Caroline Nall, local design company
· On the edge, Rob Chapman
· Artisan, local sign printer
Those working on the project hope that the new look will help to draw in more visitors to the art gallery. Similar work to improve the look of the museums signage will also take place soon.
Chris Prout, local artist, said: Personally, I felt that this wonderful cultural offering was underselling itself. Without doubt 'The Alfred East Art Gallery is the finest environment to show fine art in Northamptonshire. It reaches out to the professional and amateur artist, to students, schools and colleges. It's a wonderful space but is sadly being passed by.
My vision was to simply flag this up... demonstrate my thoughts visually...and say, c'mon lets show off! The signage will direct and inform visitors old and new, saying 'Here's what's going on and here's the front door and are all welcome.' Today is the start of something new, something fresh and hopefully the catalyst of greater things to come.
John Wilson, Chair of the Friends of KAGAM, said: We hope the new signage will create a new brand image for the art gallery and museum complex. We expect to support further work to improve the museums signage as well, and to have additional signage in other parts of Kettering town centre. In this way we hope to draw in more visitors to the cultural quarter generally.
Val Hitchman, Kettering Borough Councils Head of Community Service said: The Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum and local suppliers have been very generous and we really hope the new look helps further promote this valuable cultural asset in the heart of Kettering.
Councillors Steve Bellamy, Kettering Borough Councils Portfolio Holder for the Community said: The new look for Ketterings Art Gallery and Museum is really exciting and now provides a better introduction to these cultural icons in the town centre. I would encourage people to come and visit to see first hand what the Art Gallery and Museum have to offer.
Councillor David Bishop, Ward Councillor for the William Knibb Ward said: The Art Gallery and Museum are real treasures and I am excited about the new look and hope it helps attract even more visitors to this important attraction.