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Autumn 2019 at The Alfred East Art Gallery

Published: Thursday, 8th August 2019

Open 19 and Youth Open 19: Long Gallery, 21st September – 2nd November

This year our annual open exhibition has moved to a new slot in the exhibition calendar, from April to September in the hope of attracting more youth entries and encourage more of those young artists of the future to submit artwork. Northamptonshire has a wealth of creative talent and the open exhibition always attracts a wide range of artists and visitors from Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. As usual, there will prizes awarded in both the adult and youth categories, chosen by a panel of independent judges. The submission date for this year’s entries are September 12th, 13th and 14th. Please see the submission form for all terms and conditions, these can be downloaded from our website or hard copies can be collected from the Alfred East Art Gallery.

Preview Event

The preview evening for the Open 19 and Youth Open 19 will be on Friday 20th September from 6 – 8pm. Suitable for all ages. All welcome.

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

“Every year the competition encourages more people to come along to the exhibition and participate in the upcoming Open19 and Youth Open19. The Open People’s Choice award title is an invaluable opportunity for budding artists to have their work showcased and recognised in the award-winning Alfred East Art Gallery, so let see what this year’s Open exhibitions will bring!”

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

“It’s wonderful to see local artists being given the chance to exhibit and possibly win a great opportunity of putting on a solo exhibition at the Alfred East Art Gallery. There is some amazing talent in the area, and I can’t wait to see this year’s Open19 and Youth Open19 exhibitions.”

Craft Showcase

Our craft showcase changes each month and exhibits a variety of smaller unique artworks for sale by local artists, perfect for a gift or simply a personal treat. September sees the work of Michael Wright return to the Alfred East after his almost sell out show last autumn. Michael’s beautifully crafted quirky sculptures comment on social issues and went down a storm during his one man show.

Regular craft showcase exhibitor Julie Aves will be selling her beautifully delicate miniature enamelled ceramics during October. Julie’s works are always popular with visitors who return again and again to view and purchase them.