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Exhibiting at the Alfred East Art Gallery

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The Alfred East Art Gallery’s exhibition programme is devised and confirmed by the Gallery’s programming team up to two years in advance. Exhibitions are selected on the extent to which they complement the gallery’s exhibition strategy.

The exhibition strategy for the Alfred East Art Gallery is based on providing a showcase for established and emerging artists. We encourage proposals in all styles and media, which are of a calibre suitable for a regionally recognised arts venue. Proposals are considered on their individual artistic merit as well as their compatibility with other scheduled exhibitions within the programme.

The programming committee is keen that artists do not assume that certain exhibition proposals are not suitable for the Alfred East Art Gallery. We welcome all proposals which exhibit strong artistic integrity, regardless of style.

We ask that all exhibiting artists are available to host an informal tour, workshop or lecture of their exhibition on a Saturday during the second half of their exhibition. The purpose of this is to develop the relationship between artists, the Gallery and its audience and increase awareness of current artistic practice. This is not required for artists exhibiting works in the craft cabinet.

Proposing an exhibition

If you feel that your work is well positioned to complement the Gallery’s exhibition strategy please submit your exhibition proposal, portfolio and curriculum vitae for consideration by the programming committee.

This should be sent marked for the attention of The Gallery Officer

Kettering Museum & Art Gallery Kettering Borough Council
c/o Municipal Offices
Bowling Green Road
NN15 7QX

You should also include a stamped addressed envelope for the return of your portfolio. If you require your portfolio to be returned by a particular date, please specify this in your covering letter.

Alternatively you can send your proposal by email to museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

What should I include in my submission?

Your proposal should identify and provide a rationale for the exhibition concept or theme. So that we can gain as much relevant information about you and your practice, please use the following as a guide of what to include;

  • A letter introducing yourself, including your contact details
  • A statement about your work and your practice
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and Biography
  • A description of what you propose for the Alfred East Art Gallery
  • A brief summary of your proposed exhibition for publicity purposes (max 100 words). This is not required for exhibiting in the craft cabinet.
  • A minimum of ten clearly labelled examples of work in the form of printed images, digital images, or on a DVD and a list of these works with title, date, media, and dimensions/duration.
  • A list of prices, taking the commission and VAT into consideration.

Please do not send any original material.

Please note: if you wish to send images by email a maximum of 5MB of attachments may be sent to ensure that we can receive them.

If you are sending your proposal by post, be advised that no original art works or images should be posted as the Alfred East Art Gallery cannot be held responsible for receipt

We advise all artists to visit our spaces before submitting any proposal. If this is not possible, dimensions of the space are available on request.

How and when will I find out if my proposal has been successful?

The Alfred East Art Gallery receives many requests from artists to exhibit their work. To ensure our full consideration is given to your proposal, it must be presented at a programming meeting. These meetings are scheduled on a six month basis and therefore artists should expect to wait a maximum of six months for a response of what decision has been made by the committee.

View the terms and conditions of exhibiting at the Alfred East Art Gallery