Tate Gallery Comes to Kettering

Published: Thursday, 19th December 2019

2020 Vision: A Contemporary View

25th January – 7th March

Alfred East Art Gallery

Kettering’s art collection is renowned for its classical artworks from masters like Thomas Cooper Gotch and Sir Alfred East, but amongst the huge Victorian landscapes and the gilt-edged frames, there are equally important examples of contemporary art. Artwork that inspires, innovates, and push forward into new territory.

This January, artwork from Tate will travel to Kettering for the first time and feature in a stunning new exhibition in the Alfred East Art Gallery. Contemporary work from artists such as Leon Kossoff and Howard Hodgkin will be exhibiting in Kettering’s art gallery, complementing and showcasing the wide variety of art in our own collection.

Key loans for the 2020 vision exhibition have been made possible through the Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by national Lottery players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.

 

Launch Night

Friday, 24th January 6pm - 8pm

Join us for the opening night to be one of the first to see this stunning art.

 

Alongside the exhibition, the Alfred East Art Gallery will host a series of events on contemporary art:

 

Lunchtime Talk: Modern Art and St Ives 1920-1985 by Ian Luck

Friday, 31st January 1pm

Referencing artists from the Alfred East Art Gallery’s permanent collection, this talk by renowned local artist Ian Luck focuses on St Ives and the important role it played in 20th Century art.

  • Refreshments served from 12.30
  • Tickets: £5 (£3.50 with Kettering Leisure Pass)

 

Film Night: Lucian Freud - A Self Portrait

Friday, 31st January 7pm

One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. Now together in one intensely compelling film, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. 

  • Tickets: £10 (£8.50 for Kettering Leisure Pass holders and Students)
  • Refreshments included
  • Limited spaces, booking is essential

 

Children’s Workshops

Monday, 3rd and Tuesday, 4th February 2020

In conjunction with two local secondary schools, The Alfred East Art Gallery will host art workshops, where students will focus on the works on loan from Tate. The finished results will then be displayed in the gallery space as part of the 2020 Vision exhibition.

 

 

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

“It’s fantastic news to hear that some of the Tate contemporary pieces are coming to our Borough for the first time and that local people will have the chance to see them. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase many contemporary pieces from our permanent collection. I heartily congratulate staff and volunteers who have made this happen.”

 

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

“Please come along to the Alfred East Art Gallery in the New Year to enjoy the diversely engaging and thought-provoking contemporary artwork that this exhibition has to offer.  The exhibition includes pieces from the permanent collection along with some pieces from The Tate which we are very privileged to be able to experience.”