New exhibitions head to Alfred East Art Gallery

Published: Monday, 16th May 2016

‘Growing Old Playfully’ & ‘Tulipmania’ both run from 21 May – 2 July

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery are proud to announce two new, very different exhibitions opening at Alfred East Art Gallery on 21st May.

Growing Old Playfully, Alfred East Art Gallery, 21 May – 2 July

“FURY OVER ‘SCARY ADULT PENSIONER’ MASKS AT WOOLWORTHS”, was the headline on October 18th 2008. By coincidence, Roger & Danièle Bradley had just purchased one of these masks for £5 from a local Woolworth store.  

A prominent West Midlands MEP backed the protest, which led to their withdrawal from sale. “Pensioners face enough hardship and this is the last thing they need” was one response, and contrary to this, “Those masks look better than me! I might start wearing one”. This quote was the starting point of a project which led to the purchase of an ‘alter ego’ mask for Roger.  This exhibition includes 50 different masked scenarios, blending fantasy with realism, throughout Britain, across Europe and in Canada. 

A preview event will be held on 21st May, 1-3pm where all are welcome for an opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition, meet and chat to the artists and enjoy refreshments. 

Tulipmania, Alfred East Art Gallery, 21 May – 2 July

Tulipmania is an exhibition of work by Northamptonshire professional artist Angela Stanbridge, demonstrating her obsession with the endless variety of patterns and shapes plus the intense colours of tulips.

Angela is a botanical artist who adds a modern & abstract twist to her work that draws you to look at tulips in a new light.  A visit to Tulipmania will educate viewers to the diversity and extensive range of the tulip through the oil paintings. You’ll also find a history of tulips and Tulipmania via a series of information boards. 

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “If you’re looking to explore more on your doorstep, look no further than what’s on offer at the Alfred East Art Gallery. There is something for everyone in these exhibitions which feature some intriguing masked scenarios and a fantastic display of tulips.”

Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: “Growing Old Playfully is a striking exhibition that gently pokes fun at the inevitable aging process we all have to face. The preview event on 21st May is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and find out more about this fascinating exhibition. I would encourage everyone to visit the Alfred East Gallery to see what’s on offer.” 

Both exhibitions are FREE to visit; find out more at