Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A Summer with the Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum

Well it has been a busy time ... some sunny times with the pop-up museum at Kettering By the Sea .. a new collaboration with KDAS bringing art to Sundays in the Market Place, three Cemetery walks - and an excursion to Nassington and Fotheringhay.

Here are some pictures from our Summer ...

(Kettering Market Place bathed in Sunshine: a Summer with the Friends of the Gallery and Museum)

(... and a little plug for them)

(Lego was the favourite activity for the youngsters)

(Kettering Cemetery ... people assemble for the first of this year's Graveyard Tours)

(Art sales at Kino Lounge: look out for these monthly events every 2nd Sunday)

The Friends Annual Summer Excursion was to the Prebendal Manor in Nassington and to Fotheringhay

(The Friends Summer Excursion: tea and a guided tour of the Prebendal Manor)

(The New Inn in Fotheringhay ... dating from the 15th Century for visitors to the castle)

(The Friends Summer Excursion: the view from the motte of Fotheringhay Castle)

(artist's impression: Fotheringhay Castle on the river Nene in its heyday)

Fotheringhay Castle: the execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587)

(back in Kettering for the 'War Graves' Cemetery tour ... ) ...

('Not' Saving Private Chapman ... the headstone to the 4 Chapman sons killed in the Great War)

(War Memorial ... the plaque outside the Art Gallery to Kettering's Cockleshell hero)

(London Road Cemetery: James Dray who died in Kettering Workhouse - but turned out to have been a veteran of the charge of the Light Brigade in 1854)

(Kettering's Blitz Cafe: a fitting place to end our tour of the town's war graves and memorials)

A busy summer ... it is now back to our Autumn schedule centred on monthly talks ...

19th September ... 7:30pm Tim Upton-Smith on local archaeology (Art Gallery)
22nd September ... 'Local Treasures' opens at the Museum
14th October ... Art at the Kino Lounge
17th October ... 7:30pm Anastasia Geyer on Samaitans founder, Chad Varah (Art Gallery)

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(A Busy Summer: thistles grow at Fotheringhay Castle on the site where Mary Queen of Scots lost her head)

Monday, 3 September 2018

Archaeology talk coming up in September

Supporting the exhibition opening this month in the museum, the Friends' evening talk is about local archaeology and is by Tim Upton-Smith ... everyone's invited so do come along.

The usual arrangements apply.

It is September now so talks resume: every third Wednesday up to December, in the Art Gallery.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

London Road Cemetery Guided Tour - 5th August 2018

Investigations of a Dog - Colin Smith - June/July 2018

Investigations of a Dog ran through June and July at the Alfred East Gallery in Kettering.

Ian Luck went along for a look ...

The title of this exhibition at the Alfred East Gallery is taken from a Kafka short story in which a dog tries to rationalise episodes from its past but sees misapprehension or confusion ...

Here the viewer is faced with a series of large works, all oils, all with vigorous brushwork.  Although the figurative paintings do seem to suggest anxiety, this is not a disturbing exhibition.

Only one portrait faces the viewer, even then the subject is wearing shades, giving a feel of detachment.  There are many questions among these works, as if time is captured, but not explained.

In 'the wardrobe' series, human contact has left, these are shapes hanging over each other, were they ever worn?  An empty jacket, a solitary overcoat, somehow just staring at the viewer.

Much of the subject matter has the distant feel of Edward Hooper, both in subject matter and pallet.  The viewer must add their own narrative - is there misapprehension or confusion?  This is precisely what the artist wishes.

An important exhibition for the Gallery, which should be viewed.  I hope it is.

Ian Luck

(photos supplied by Ian Luck)

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Some changes to the Friends Kagam Website


A couple of additions I have been asked to flag up for you ...

The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum (KAGAM) have published a new GDPR compliant Data Protection Policy ...

And have uploaded the PDF version of their Annual Report ...

Both can be accessed through the website or by the links above.