What's On

LPW July

Textile Screen Printing
with Leicester Print Workshop
Art Workshop

Saturday 20th July, 10am - 4pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
£70 Adults / £60 Kettering Leisure Pass holders

Spend the day exploring the process of screen textile printing using stencils. You will use multiple colours and layers to create beautiful images. You can experiment with repeating your designs and colour mixing overlay. A day for complete beginners full of fun and discovery.

Please note the price of this workshop is higher due to the type of course, resulting in a higher cost of materials and a smaller number of spaces available.

For more information about our upcoming art workshops, including how to book your place, please visit the art workshops section or call the Gallery on 01536 534274.

july-august 2019 crafts

Summer Holiday Crafts
Children's Activities

25th July - 31st August
at the Manor House Museum and Kettering by the Sea

Join us for a fun-packed programme of children's activities this Summer. With a different craft session available everyday, there is something for everyone!

For more information on the Summer crafts activity programme please visit our children's crafts section or call the Museum on 01536 534219.

Russ Ingram Preview

Never Mind the Critics, Here's Russ Ingram
Exhibition Preview

Friday 2nd August, 6pm - 8pm
Alfred East Art Gallery

Local artist Russ Ingram was the People's Choice winner of the Open 18 exhibition. For the first time, Kettering born, self taught artist Russ Ingram exhibits his collection of work.

For more information about the current and upcoming exhibitions at the Alfred East Art Gallery, please visit our exhibitions section.

national play day

National Play Day
Children's Activities

Wednesday 7th August, 12noon - 3pm
At the Museum and Gallery Gardens

Come along and join us to celebrate National Play Day for a fun packed programme of free activities, games, balloon modelling and face painting.

For more information on our children's activity programme, please visit our children's crafts section or call the Museum on 01536 534219.

Jamie Boots Workshop

Drawing Workshop
with Jamie Boots
Art Workshop

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August, 10am - 4pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
£105 Adults / £95 Kettering Leisure Pass holders

Subject: Brown Bear

Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch. Using a pencil blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard and using a variety of tones, learn how to create the effect of fur and feathers, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye. 

With expert tuition from Jamie over the course of a weekend, you will learn and be able to practice new techniques to develop your drawing skills.

For more information about our upcoming art workshops, including how to book your place, please visit the art workshops section or call the Gallery on 01536 534274.

September Lunchtime talk

The Tiffany Connection:
a new window on Alfred East
By Douglas Jackson
Lunchtime Talk

Friday 6th September, 1 - 2pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
Tickets £5 / £3.50 Kettering Leisure Pass holders.

Tickets are available to reserve and collect from the Alfred East Art Gallery.
Refreshments available from 12:30pm. 

To book your place, please call the Gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk. 

For more information about our upcoming talks, please visit our Talks section.

Workshop September

Drawing in Ink - British Wildlife
with Catherine Matthews
Art Workshop

Saturday 7th September, 10am - 4pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
£50 Adults / £40 Kettering Leisure Pass holders

This workshop will cover a range of techniques and tools for drawing with ink. It will be a relaxed and informative workshop, suitable for all abilities, with qualified art teacher and professional artist, Catherine Matthews, as your teacher.

All materials are included, plus a card mount for your favourite finished drawing.

For more information about our upcoming art workshops, including how to book your place, please visit the art workshops section or call the Gallery on 01536 534274.

life drawing

Life Drawing Sessions

Monthly at the Alfred East Art Gallery, 7pm - 9pm
£10 per session

Life drawing drop-in sessions are held on the third Wednesday of the month, 7pm - 9pm, at £10 per session. All abilities are welcome. Please bring your own materials and paper - Models and some easels are provided. No booking required.

  • 17th July
  • 18th September
  • 16th October
  • 20th November
  • 18th December

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum
Art Gallery & Museum Talks

Alfred East Art Gallery, 7:30pm - 9pm
£4 per person, FREE to Friends members.

Once a month on a Wednesday evening, the Friends put on a talk in the Alfred East Art Gallery. Talks are £4 per person, free to Friends members. No advanced booking is required.

  • Photography in Art
    By Duncan West

    Wednesday 17th July
  • Schools of Painting
    By Ian Luck

    Wednesday 18th September

For more information on The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum Talks, please visit our Talks section.


Archaeological Finds Surgeries

Monthly at the Museum, 1:30pm - 4pm

Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Meet the Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox, at our free drop-in sessions, 1:30 - 4pm on the following days:

  • Friday 26th July
  • Friday 30th August
  • Friday 27th September
  • Friday 25th October

A drawing of a house

Local History Tasters

Monthly at the Museum. 
Wednesdays, drop-in between 11am - 2pm

Join us for a brand new set of local history themes. These drop-in sessions will give you the chance to talk to our experts, get some hands-on experience of the topics and see if you would like to learn more.

No booking needed.

There are currently no Local History sessions scheduled at the Museum.

Old photos

Family History Sessions

Monthly at the Museum

Once a month, at 11am on a Saturday morning, local historian and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale leads themed Family History sessions to guide you in discovering your own family. Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is recommended.

Andrea also offers one-to-one Family History advice sessions which are £12.50 or £10.00 with a Kettering Leisure Pass per 30 minute session. Please note one-to-one sessions are available on the same dates, from 1pm onwards in consecutive order only. Booking is advised.

There are currently no Family History sessions scheduled at the Museum.