Saturday 30 December 2017

Conserving Alfred East paintings ...

The newly conserved painting of Lake Bourget returned to the Alfred East Gallery in 2017

Over recent years the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum have helped fund a significant programme of conservation of the large canvasses that make up the national Alfred East collection.

Michaela Straub has written about her work on the paintings here

Saturday 28 October 2017

Halloween was celebrated at the Museum on Friday

Face painting, lucky dip, spooky tales and pinning a tail on the black cat ... plus pumpkins, skeleton bookmarks and fancy dress.   And then there were the youngsters!

Don't forget next month's evening talk ... on Northampton's national Leather Collection.

Philip Warner is curator of the collection and will be giving us a guide to collection and its fascinating story.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

What's on at the Art Gallery and Museum ...

The Development of Brass Instruments was very entertaining, and was a different sort of evening for us at the Gallery.  The acoustics are very good so we should have music more often ... 

Perhaps in addition rather than instead of monthly talks on art and history?

Alfred East Etchings

Unfortunately I missed the exhibition opening - but I got my copy of the new book and a browse around the exhibition whilst I was down for the talk.

It's a must - the book and the exhibition.  East was prolific and accomplished.  And this is probably the definitive collection.  

Some will be unfamiliar subjects, some reflect East's work in oils.   

So there is a Halloween event at the Museum on the 28th
The KDAS exhibition is now on the Large Gallery
Kettering Cooperatives has just opened at the Museum
There's a series of films in the Gallery
... and the etchings exhibition.

It'll take more than one visit.

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Stop Press! Change of this month's evening talk at the AEG!

Unfortunately there has had to be a change to the published Wednesday night Friends Talk at the Gallery this month.  

Steve Weston will be taking a fascinating look at the development of brass instruments.

Rachael Aldridge will give her talk on Stained Glass in January

Monday 29 May 2017

The Railway came to the Gallery ...

Some pictures from the very well attended talk at the Gallery earlier this month ... Full to capacity for a fabulous look at Kettering's railway past.

These evening talks, mostly related to art or to local history and heritage, are an excellent extension to the work of the Art Gallery and Museum - and are excellent value coming as part of your Friends Membership (or you can join us just for the night for £4) ...

Make sure you don't miss them.  The next dates are:-

June 21st - Ian Luck on Alfred East's etchings
July 19th - Phil Steele on Northamptonshire's Lost Battles
August 6th (all tickets in advance) - a summer guided visit to the London Road cemetery
September 20th - David Milner on William Carey
October 18th - Rachael Aldridge (NOST 2016 Studio Prize winner) on Stained Glass

Except for the Cemetery Tour, all are at the Gallery and all start at 7:30 (doors open from 7:00, refreshments available)

Tuesday 23 May 2017

New Accession at the Alfred East Gallery ...

(the Overgrown Garden by Alfred East)

The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum are pleased to have been able to support the purchase of Alfred East's Overgrown Garden for Kettering Art Gallery (home of the Alfred East National Collection)

Sunday 9 April 2017

Lake Bourget returns to the Alfred East Art Gallery

March also saw the return to the gallery, after extensive conservation, of Alfred East's imposing painting of Lake Bourget ...

A sizeable crowd gathered for the unveiling which was combined with a preview of 'Around the World in 18 Frames' and a special showing of 'The English in Aix' 

Aix Les Bains rests on the shores of Lake Bourget and was a fashionable choice for Victorians (and Victoria herself) escaping the English Winter.

Claire Delorme of the Grapevine association from Aix was a special guest at the unveiling - Grapevine celebrates and explores the English connection and has done much to enhance Alfred East's reputation in the French resort ...

(Friends President Phillip Hollobone MP along with the Mayor, Gallery Officer Katie Coleman and Claire Delorme in front of  a revealed Lake Bourget)

The conservation was funded by the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

You can see Alfred East's Lake Bourget from Mont Revard in the Small Gallery ... drop by during the day or make an evening of it at the Friends AGM (which will be followed by a talk by outgoing Chair John Wilson on the theme of Friends Associations around the world) ..

There is so much more going on.

Coming up in April

Exhibition Preview ... Fill This Space: Thursday 13th April
AGM and talk: Wednesday 19th April

Saturday 8 April 2017

Saturday 11 March 2017

Kettering Art Gallery, Weds 15th March - 7:30pm

Refreshments and an opportunity to mingle from 7:00 pm ...  All welcome.
Please also note that Thrursday evening will see the unveiling of Alfred East's Lake Bourget ... newly conserved with the help of the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum ... and a short film about the english in Aix Les Bains.

On Friday 17th, Paul Johnson will give a lunchtime talk on Alfred East (check with the Gallery to book)

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Sergio de Camargo sculpture on display

Fresh from conservation and on display for the first time in decades, this rediscovered piece by influential Brazilian modernist master Sergio de Camargo was unveiled at the Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering earlier in the month.

The conservation and the new display case were funded by the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum.  You can now see the iconic 1960s piece at the gallery which is open 10 - 4:45 (last admission 4:30) Tues - Sat.

Thursday 12 January 2017

18th January at the Art Gallery


Anthony Eden, a local art history lecturer, will share ideas on how to look at pictures.

Alfred East Gallery, Sheep Street, Kettering 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 18th January 2017 Admission £4 (Free to Friends of KAGAM)