Alfred East Art Gallery re-opens following temporary closure

Published: Thursday, 24th August 2017

Following its temporary closure over the last few weeks, the Alfred East Art Gallery will re-open on Friday, 25th August at 10am.

The Art Gallery was closed due to a theft of lead from the roof, which has now been replaced with lead substitute along with increased security around the Gallery and Manor House Gardens.

Exhibitions such as Collection Connections will be open to members of the public from 10am on Friday, 25th August in the small gallery. The Collection Connections exhibition celebrates Kettering’s local artist history by showing the connections among the artists within their collection.

Other upcoming exhibitions include Amanda Drage’s: Animals, Colour and Light which will preview on Friday, 1st September from 6pm - 8pm and will officially open to the public on Saturday, 2nd September in the long gallery. Amanda was the People’s Choice Winner in the Open 2016 and will return this year with her stunning collection of animal themed paintings and drawings.

Richard Jarvis’ Wildlife Impressions exhibition will also open from Saturday 2nd September, which will showcase his intricate wildlife sketches.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Now that the roof has been repaired, we are delighted to finally announce that the Alfred East Art Gallery will re-open. It is definitely worth taking a visit to all of the upcoming exhibitions from a range of talented artists that the gallery has to offer.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said:

“This is the second closure of a facility that we have seen over the past few weeks. Whilst both closures were forced upon us by circumstances beyond our control, staff at both facilities have worked tirelessly to ensure that they reopen better than before. With the re-opening of the Alfred East Art Gallery we all have a great opportunity to experience some fantastic exhibitions not only in the coming weeks but for years to come.”