The Alfred East Art Gallery takes us to the end of 2019 with new art exhibitions

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Why not end 2019 with a visit to the Alfred East Art Gallery to shop for Christmas gifts and view an array of fascinating, new and FREE exhibitions in the Large Gallery, Long Gallery and Craft Case.

Take a look at what’s on for the rest of the year:

Breaking Boundaries II
Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsman in collaboration with Swedish partners Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län
Large Gallery
9th November – 11th January

The Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen (NGDC) has a membership of around 35 designer-makers spanning furniture, musical instruments, textiles, ceramics, glass and jewellery, to name a few. The Guild aims to raise the profile of its members’ work in the context of British contemporary crafts by bringing together individuals, who work in isolation, to promote their work collectively.

‘Breaking Boundaries II’ is a follow-on joint exhibition with Swedish counterpart, Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län, with whom NGDC have had an association since 1996 and with whom they maintained a regular exchange programme until 2000. A few busy years followed where both organisations concentrated on their own group exhibition programmes. It was in 2009, following a successful Grant for the Arts application, that the NGDC were able to renew their association with their Swedish friends which resulted in a visit to Sweden for Guild members and two joint exhibition opportunities there that year.

Since then we have maintained a healthy exchange programme, alternating our exhibitions with one another in Sweden and the UK every two to three years.

Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen are delighted that Konsthantverkarna i Örebro Län are able to jointly show with them at the wonderful venue that is the Alfred East Art Gallery.

‘Breaking Boundaries II’ is certain to be a varied and exciting show, a feast for the eye, where you will find high quality objects of desire, unique artefacts exquisitely hand-made by talented Artisans; made for you, your home, your friends, for everyone.

A preview event will be held in the Alfred East Art Gallery on Saturday, 9th November where all are welcome for an opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition and meet some of the craftsman from both groups. 

Art Around Us
Rosanne Wilson
Long Gallery
2nd – 30th November

Rosanne was born in Hong Kong and lived in the Pacific and Caribbean in her early childhood with her family. They finally settled in Kettering in 2004 when Rosanne was 11 but her mind was still on their family travels. 

Art was a good subject for her at school where she could express herself quietly and creatively. The exhibition shows Rosanne’s work span the years from 2009, when Rosanne was studying her GCSEs, through to A-levels in 2011 till the present. 

She studied Architecture at the University of Kent for a year by which time this was about her 10th school! She decided to return to Kettering finding voluntary and work opportunities, mainly in teaching. She is now embarking on an Open University course in Geography and Environmental Science. This exhibition is the first time Rosanne has shown her work.

On the Scene
Friends of Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Long Gallery
5th December – 8th February

Friends of Kettering Museum and Art Gallery present an exhibition of local scenes by local artists to compliment a small selection of works from the gallery’s own Permanent Collection.

Craft Showcase
To end the year, local artist Kelly Gardner will be exhibits in the craft Case in November, selling her beautifully crafted mosaic gifts, all made using vintage china. December sees the return of The Crow Road with a stunning collection of handmade mixed media gifts including unique Christmas decorations.
All Craft Case works are for sale.
Instagram: @kellygardner_artist
Instagram: @the_crow_road

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: ‘These new and free to visit exhibitions from the award-winning Alfred East Art Gallery are a fantastic opportunity for talented, local artists to showcase their creative work. With Christmas also on its way, the gallery is the ideal place to shop for unique gifts for the whole family.’   

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: ‘It’s wonderful to see local artists being given the chance to put on exhibitions at the Alfred East Art Gallery. The work on display this year offers something for everyone and I am looking forward to viewing these exhibitions in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year!’

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Kettering Museum & Art Gallery is situated on Sheep Street, Kettering, easy to get to by train, bus or by car. It is near the library and close to the parish church of SS Peter and Paul.