New exhibitions head to Alfred East Art Gallery

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery are proud to announce new exhibitions coming to the Long Gallery and Craft Showcase at the Alfred East Art Gallery for Spring 2019.

Paintings, prints and Ceramics

David Williams 1941 - 2018

2nd March – 30th March

David Williams was a prolific painter, printmaker and ceramicist, who sadly passed away in 2018 but left behind a large legacy of artworks. Heather Williams and friends of David have selected a representative collection of works for a celebratory exhibition in the Long Gallery at the Alfred East Art Gallery. All works are for sale at remarkably low prices, the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Cancer Research UK. 

A preview event will be held in the Alfred East Art Gallery on Saturday, 2nd March 1 – 3 pm where all are welcome for an opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition, meet and chat to David’s friends and family and enjoy refreshments.

Woodcuts and Linocuts

Caroline Bilson

6th April – 8th June

Most of Caroline’s work has been inspired by her great love of architecture, the more extravagant and eclectic the better. During her career as an artist, she has produced many drawings, lithographs and woodcuts featuring railway stations and other grand nineteenth century buildings as this is a subject that has fascinated the artist as has their monumental scale and wealth of detail. Many of these are large pieces of work but over the last two years, Caroline has been working on a smaller scale and focusing on smaller buildings or details of buildings.  Caroline has recently also been exploring a new theme and has produced a series of woodcuts related to items found in the kitchen and to food preparation.

Craft Showcase

In March, the Craft Case will be exhibiting the work of Ruth Rignall. Ruth enjoys hand knitting as an instant and portable way of responding to the world around her and the ideas that develop from what she sees. Ruth likes the balance of control and surprise in the process of designing a knitted piece for transforming into felt; the soft wool yarn becoming a sturdy fabric.

The April Craft Case welcomes the return of local artist Stella Benford. This new exhibition explores the theme of favelas and shanties, the ideas coming from the artist’s travels, developed from places she has visited and sketched. Most of these works are ceramic and are created using slabware, the method of rolling clay and leaving it to harden to a leather hard state. The pieces are then joined together using slip. During this process, holes are made for metal and wood which are added to create the finishing details to each piece after firing and painting, helping them evolve into the finished work the viewer sees.

All Craft Case works are for sale.

All exhibitions are FREE to visit; find out more at

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

“We’re delighted to have two new exhibitions at the Alfred East Art Gallery, with a stunning collection of artwork on show, all available to view for free”.

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said:

“Please come along to the Alfred East Art Gallery and enjoy the diversely engaging and thought-provoking works that these two exhibitions have to offer throughout the coming months.”