Friday, 11 December 2020

12th - 13th December Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at ARTworks in the Newlands Centre


This weekend.  Please wear your mask and respect social distances BUT we are able to open the exhibition space up for these last weekends before Christmas so please come and look around.

If you are looking for that special handmade gift ... ARTworks is for everyone.

Saturday, 21 November 2020



In the second of our virtual talks, David Brown will be recounting his travels in Australia as he uncovers the history of little-known Benjamin Cursley.

Yes, sadly, we are in another, hopefully shorter, lockdown, and face-to-face meetings seem still a long way off.  But launch zoom from your member link email, and join the Friends for an online monthly talk by Chair, David Brown.  Keep informed, and keep in touch.

All welcome.  All friends have received an email with a link.  Get in touch with your usual contact  if you haven't had an invitation or renew your membership asap and join in.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

The Friends' talks resume - by Zoom

The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum have relaunched their talks programme - suspended because of the Covid-19 epidemic.  For now, talks will be by Zoom, with invitations sent to all current members.  The first talk will be on the 20th October.

Friends Vice Chair, Phil Steele will cast a cultural eye over the 17th Century, and the world of 1645, the year that etched the name of a small Northamptonshire village on the timeline of world history.  Naseby. The age of the Baroque ... of Rubens and Inigo Jones, of Velazquez and Bernini - and an age of unexpected treasures around the world.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Lockdown Eases - August 2020

Great news ... the progressive easing of lockdown will see Kettering Art Gallery open on the 11th August 

(starting where it left off - Kettering Art Gallery reopens with Sue Lydia Taylor's People & Places)
ARTworks in the Newlands Centre, the Friends' community arts project in support of the Gallery and Museum reopens after Covid-19 secure reorganisation on Saturday 22nd August at 10am

Stay in touch


Thursday, 5 March 2020

2020 Vision: Looking Forward


I began 2020 looking back at what was, for art in Kettering, a very busy 2019.

2020 has started in the same positive way with a fantastic new exhibition at the Art Gallery.

Art from the Tate collection has come to Kettering for the first time and features in a stunning new exhibition in the Alfred East Art Gallery. Modernist work from artists such as Leon Kossoff and Howard Hodgkin are on show in Kettering’s art gallery, complementing and enhancing the wide variety of art in the core collection.

(2020 vision: works by Leon Kossoff from the Kettering collection and the Tate collection, side-by-side) 

The exhibition closes on March 7th so it is worth getting down to enjoy these paintings over the next few days.

The carefully relaxed mood of the hanging reminds us how moving simple abstract works can be.  A triumph - although,as the Gallery team expected, not all agree.

(stunning and striking modernist canvasses in Kettering's 2020 exhibition) 

(John Piper)

(Howard Hodgkin)

The exhibition has enjoyed some welcome sponsorship and the opening night was certainly a convivial occasion.  A landmark in the history of the Alfred East Gallery - and let's hope it opens the way for more exhibitions of this sort.

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