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.

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.