Fresh Exhibitions arrive at the Alfred East Art Gallery this Spring/Summer

Published: Friday, 29th March 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/Summer 2019.

It’s a Joy!

Brenda McKetty, Pat Bustin and Annette Sykes

Also featuring the work of wood sculptor and chair maker David Haynes

Large Gallery

27th April – 8th June

An explosion of creativity, showcasing three eminent local artists. A truly eclectic mix of colourists whose inspiration comes from their emotional response to their immediate surroundings interpreted in colour, line and form, through acrylics, mixed media and print.

From landscape to seascape and everything in between. An impressive exhibition not to be missed.

A preview event will be held in the Alfred East Art Gallery on Saturday 27th April 1 – 3 pm where all are welcome for an opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition and meet the artists. There will also be an Artists Day in the gallery on Saturday 4th May, where visitors will have the opportunity to see the artists and work. 

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The Art of Monochrome

East Midland Monochrome Group

Long Gallery

11th May – 8th June

East Midlands Monochrome Group is a photo club that meets at Sywell Village Hall twice a month. The club is there to promote monochrome photography. Members mainly use digital cameras to produce their images, which are either taken in monochrome or converted to mono in post-production. Some members still use traditional darkrooms to produce their prints and one member even uses large mahogany cameras with wet plates, although not exclusively.

The club has been going since 1999 and aims to promote monochrome photography as an art form. They welcome new members, whether old hands or new to photography. They have a varied programme of open and specific assignments to produce prints to share with other members on a non-competitive basis. Some members will give lectures throughout the year and there will be photographic outings in the daytime during spring and summer as well as practical evenings.


The 114th Annual Exhibition

Kettering and District Art Society

Large and Long Gallery

15th June – 27th July

Long-running art society and gallery supporters Kettering and District Art Society return to the Alfred East Art Gallery this Summer with their 114th annual exhibition, which will span the Large and Long Gallery spaces. The wide range of talent, styles and mediums within the society always offers a diverse range of work and this year is no exception. With artwork to suit all tastes, this exhibition is always a crowd pleaser and well worth a visit.

A preview event will be held in the Alfred East Art Gallery on Saturday 15th June 1 -3 pm where all are welcome. The preview presents an opportunity to see the exhibition before it is in full swing and offers a chance to speak to many of the artists in person. Suitable for all ages.


Craft Showcase

In May, the Craft Case sees first time exhibitor Stoned Affection bring her beautifully crafted pieces to the Alfred East Art Gallery. Stoned Affection is a small, quirky shop run from the home of Susan Askew, in Kettering. Susan works with beautiful insects, bones and many other natural materials – taking inspiration from nature to create and source weird and wonderful jewellery, accessories and homeware.

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Local artist Wendy Casson will be bringing her beautiful mixed media bird studies to the Craft Case this June. Wendy was born in Yorkshire and attended Hull College of Arts and Crafts, then became a primary head teacher, teaching in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Nigeria.

Wendy enjoys working in mixed media and is currently producing studies of birds, using watercolour, etching and ceramic techniques.

All Craft Case works are for sale.

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

“We’re delighted to have these new fresh exhibitions to kick start Spring and Summer off 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 new exhibitions have to offer throughout the coming months.”