Thursday, 30 January 2020

February 19th 2020 7:30pm


2020 vision: Looking Back


The last year has seen a lot of activity in Kettering around the Friends and KDAS joint community project known as ARTworks (a gallery and meeting place in Newlands Shopping Centre ... and if that just came as news to you, you need to pop down and have a look round) ...

The project is entirely volunteer run and, whilst providing an exhibition space for local artists, hopes to raise additional funding through donations to help its main ambitions to support the Gallery and Museum.


Meanwhile an ongoing feature at the art gallery itself has been the very popular film nights ...


And every third Wednesday evening, the Friends host their talks on art and local history topics (here, printmaker John McGowan explains how he works) ...


And exhibition previews remain popular (here, the KDAS annual exhibition)

The Fiends made two excursions to prominent local heritage sites ...


Apethorpe Hall (or Palace, if you follow the modern naming) ... and in August ...


... a rare opportunity to visit Rushton Hall.

The sun also shined for the Museum and Gallery's games event in the gardens (where Friends ran some of the activities) ... 


And also on our now regular Cemetery Walks ...

(Friends Chair David Brown leading the August heritage walk in London Road Cemetery)

Evening talks have included how women prortray themselves in art ...


Kettering's connection to the Newlyn School ...


And the wartime art of Henry Moore 


(complete with a demonstration of the techniques involved)

Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum have supported the Mayor's Charity events ...


... and lent a hand in Kettering's regular monthly art fairs (Spring to Autumn, on Sundays at Kino Lounge) ...


Not forgetting an outing to Holdenby in July for the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards (where the Museum picked up Best Exhibition for 'Local Treasures' - the British Museum comes to Kettering) ..

(Northampton Heritage Forum Award Winners 2019)

Indeed, Kettering welcomed the Heritage Forum in October, hosting the popular NHF History Day at the Cornmarket Hall


This year saw the annual Open Exhibition and Youth Open move to September ...

(The very popular preview event for the Open Exhibition 2019)

 The Winter show at the Gallery had a Scandinavian flavour this year ...


Kettering was at play in the Museum



And the exhbits were constantly refreshed at ARTworks ...


Coming into 2020, the Long Gallery has concentrated on local views both from the Permanent Collection and from local artists working now ...


And 2020 Vision has just opened ... a fantastic collaboration between the Alfred East collection and the Tate.  Stunning ... The year to come looks rich indeed.


Sunday, 14 July 2019

17 July Alfred East Art Gallery

Also in the news this month, well done to the team at Kettering Museum and Gallery: the Manor House Museum won Best Exhibition for the stunning Local Treasures (click on that link for a review we hosted here) at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum's Awards Night.

(Kettering Museum joined Northamptonshire Battlefields Society, Desborough Heritage Centre and many others in the winning line up at the NHF awards 2019)

Thursday, 16 May 2019

May 2019 - How things are made.

('History' ... at the heart of Kettering)

If there has been a theme running through May it has been how things are made.

The first weekend of the month, as well as the now usual open day at ARTworks in the Newlands Centre, the Art Gallery hosted a meet the artists (at work) day as part of 'It's a Joy' - Brenda McKetty, Pat Bustin and Annette Sykes ... with woodworker David Haynes joining them in showing how they work ...

(It's a Joy: meet the artists)

(David Haynes demonstrating traditional skills)


Meanwhile, just down the road at ARTworks ...



On the 15th May, the Friends hosted an evening talk with John McGowan who explained many of the processes of print making from learning lithography and lino cuts to screen printing and to the rich technologies of today.

(John McGowan showing aspects of the print process at the Alfred East Gallery)

A large part of John's fascinating presentation was a step-by-step analysis of how some of his familiar and recent images were made ...



... and the creative decisions that define how images develop over time ...

(John McGowan)

This was a very well received talk and it is hoped that future Kettering events will be able explore these 'nuts and bolts' aspects of the artistic process in coming months.

Next month, Sue Lydia Taylor will discuss 'An Aspect of Women in Art'.  Sue will focus on some well known women artists who have used their self-image to break down some conventions that have impacted on the world today.

June 19th Alfred East Gallery 7:30pm

Meanwhile, here's a quick glimpse of the youngsters' contributions at ARTworks ...