Alfred East Art Gallery

Alfred East Art Gallery
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN
England

Website

www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Telephone

01536 534 274

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The Gallery was originally built to house the Sir Alfred East painting collection which he gave to the Borough of Kettering in 1910. It now holds a significant collection of 19th and 20th century fine art by many notable British artists and the collection is a valuable resource for research and enjoyment alike. It is not possible to display all of the works in the collection at once. For specific queries, please contact the Gallery.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-16.45

Closed: Sun-Mon and bank holidays

Admission charges

Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

The Gallery was originally built to house the Sir Alfred East painting collection which he gave to the Borough of Kettering in 1910. It now holds a significant collection of 19th and 20th century fine art by many notable British artists and the collection is a valuable resource for research and enjoyment alike. It is not possible to display all of the works in the collection at once. For specific queries, please contact the Gallery.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Various paintings, watercolours and etchings by Sir Alfred East,
  • Various works by Thomas Cooper Gotch,
  • Various watercolours and drawings by C. Dudley Brown,
  • Figures
  • Peter De Francia,
  • Various Paintings by Walter Bonner Gash,
  • Various works by George Harrison,
  • Various Works by W.T.Wright,
  • Various works by F.B.Jowett,
  • Willesden Junction Summer,
  • Leon Kosoff
  • July the Seaside, 1943
  • L.S.Lowry,
  • Various works by J.T.Nettleship,
  • Sea Fruit,
  • Birgit Skiold
  • The Violinist,
  • Sir Stanley Spencer
  • Five Contrasting Forms,
  • Paule Vezelay
  • Tafel 16, Metallization of a Dream,
  • Eduardo Paolozzi
  • Various works by Ralph Hartley
  • Van Gelden Monument at Warkton, Fotheringhay Church,
  • John Piper
  • The Sea, Winter II,
  • Joan Eardley,
  • Orange and Black,
  • Terry Frost
  • Staff Meeting,
  • Howard Hodgkin,
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Landscape,
  • Ivon Hitchens
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Network Arts

Network Arts Annual Exhibition 2014

  • 30 August — 11 October 2014 *on now

Network Arts is a group run by artists for artists. The group gives professionals and amateurs the opportunity to practice and enjoy the support of a community of artists by having an annual programme of workshops covering a range of media and styles.

As a self managed and financed group, Network Arts maintains independence and reflects the views of its members when selecting professional artists to run the workshops and venues in which to exhibit, as well as organising visits to exhibitions.

The group holds a prestigious annual exhibition where artists - at all stages of their careers, are invited to submit work to exhibit and this year we are delighted to once again have the opportunity to exhibit at the Alfred East Gallery.

For further information, please visit www.networkarts.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Dianne MacRae

Dianne MacRae - Ceramic Artist

  • 1 September — 1 October 2014 *on now

My interest as an artist is in taking natural forms, both figurative and inanimate, out of context, often to comedic or whimsical effect. My ceramic work demonstrates a variety of ideas and notions, often working around the themes of 'Gossips', 'Fishwives' and 'Bathing Belles' but not exclusively.

Much of the work has developed from my observations of groups of women talking and gossiping, resulting in individuals who are sometimes alarmed, and often shocked by the words exchanged, but the arrival of the fish is purely imaginative.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

WW1

Kettering Faces: of the First World War

  • 13 September — 15 November 2014 *on now

The First World War 1914-1918, was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone.

'Kettering Faces: of the First World War' is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the war. In the exhibition, the life stories of a selection of local Kettering Borough people will be revealed. Learn more about the war and life in Kettering Borough at the time, as told through the stories, photographs, letters and mementoes of local people, who experienced the effects of the war first-hand.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Stella Benford

Stella Benford - Ceramic Artist

  • 1 — 31 October 2014

In 1983 Stella became Potter in Residence at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, where, for almost 20 years, the public could watch while she produced her pottery.

Stella now has a studio at her home in Burton Latimer, adding life size papier-mache and recycled metal sculptures to her varied and diverse repertoire. Latterly, her paintings are in acrylics, using layers to convey different views of a subject or theme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Photos

TriAngles - Catching the Moment

  • 4 October — 8 November 2014

Sue Feetham
Sue has been a keen amateur photographer since her teenage years. She finds that nature is a wonderful provider of a great deal of opportunities which she hopes you will enjoy in the photography she is exhibiting.

Elaine Medcalf
For the last few years Elaine has developed her skills as a serious photographer. She uses light and texture as her focus when composing images and loves the architecture of the plant world, stunning landscapes and the seaside - all reflected in the pictures on show here.

Val Sibley
Val is a photographer and printmaker. She is excited by texture, colour and pattern. Her images, taken from the environment, form part of a composition describing her reactions and responses to the subject. She has works in private collections across the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Cordell

Cordell Garfield - People's Choice Open13 Winner

  • 18 October — 22 November 2014

Cordell, the People's Choice Open13 winner, is a Northampton based artist working from his town centre studio.

Working mainly in oils, his paintings are representational works consisting of portraits and figurative images. Whether it's the inner psychology of a portrait or a situation offering hidden meanings. Cordell's paintings offer a range of interpretations for the viewer. Along with occasional landscapes and rock music icons. Cordell's works are sourced from life drawing sketches, reference photos and his own imagination.

After studying at the Slade School and Sarum Studio, Cordell has exhibited extensively throughout Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire and often at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He is a member of the Northampton Town & County Art Society.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Yvonne Peabody

Yvonne Peabody - Gem Trees

  • 1 — 30 November 2014

When my daughter was born, I decided I wanted to be at home for her. I have a gem tree that I bought in America many years before that I always loved. So I said to myself, "I can do that.", 4 weeks later I had my first craft show. I took 12 trees and sold 8 of them, which definitely inspired me. A while later I started making jewellery. That was 15 years ago. I later discovered magnetism, so no more fiddly clasps! So here I am today with my gem trees and inspirational, easy to wear jewellery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Sorrell Kinsley

Sorrell Kinley

  • 15 November — 13 December 2014

Sorrell is a senior lecturer working at the University of Northampton, after teaching in primary schools in the county for nearly thirty years. With a background and deep interest in art education, he has maintained a particular interest in printmaking, exhibiting locally and internationally, most notably at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on two occasions.

His work spans the range of printmaking techniques, from traditional etching and aquatint methods to relief printing. Recently, he has worked with solar plate etching and gum Arabic transfer printing, some of which originate from digital imagery.

The work is inspired by a passion for landscape and architecture and often features the impact of man on the natural environment. The prints are developed into small limited editions in his print workshop in Irthlingborough.

www.sorrellkinley.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Temperance Movement

On the Wagon!

  • 22 November 2014 — 7 February 2015

The Temperance Movement of the 18th century aimed to control the drinking habits of the working classes. Many temperance groups required members to take the pledge not to drink alcohol, believing drink to be the first steps on the road to physical, moral and financial ruin.

The Temperance Movement in Kettering started in 1837 and at its peak in 1872, over 1000 members were claimed in the town - more than any other place in Northamptonshire.

In 2009, seven portraits were found in a Kettering town centre attic, depicting members of the Kettering Temperance Society. They are believed to be just seven of sixteen portraits commissioned by the society in 1908 for display in the town's Temperance Hall. The whereabouts of the other portraits currently remains unknown.

Since their donation to the Museum, they have undergone specialist conservation funded by Museum Development East Midlands. This November, the Museum is delighted to be able to present them in its new temporary exhibition ' On the Wagon'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Sarah Uldall

Sarah Uldall - The Infinite Magic of Limits

  • 29 November 2014 — 10 January 2015

'Throughout my work of the past few years there have been strong references to textiles - an area traditionally the territory of women. Why are we so mesmerised by the repetitions of pattern and colour? I have studied the Bauhaus movement, and the combination of utility and beauty that was so relevant to it. When John Ruskin and William Morris rejected what they perceived to be as the inhumanity of the industrial revolution in England, the Arts and Crafts movement was born. In a parallel fashion, I have rejected some of the more contemporary methods of today in favour of the more primitive technique of stone lithography.

The making of these images is reliant upon an odd marriage of intuition and discipline. They are a contemplation of proportion and balance; a composite of design, beauty and intangibility. My intention is for my work to appeal to the viewer in a subliminal way. I wish to relay messages or codes in an abstract way and from a different place in time.'

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family History 1-2-1

Family History One-to-One Advice Sessions

  • 14 October 2014 1-4pm
  • 11 November 2014 1-4pm

If you're in need of more in-depth expert advice to help you through your Family History research, why not book onto one of our one-to-one sessions, where our local expert will be able to provide you with personalised advice and access to a range of research resources.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Admission

£12.50 per session (30 minutes)
£10 per session (30 minutes) with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Booking is essential!

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Family History

Family History Workshops

  • 14 October 2014 11am-12pm
  • 11 November 2014 11am-12pm

Looking for help with your family tree and want to learn more about available records and how to use them? Perhaps you have hit a brick wall and need advice on where to go next? Also discover what's new online, and learn smarter searching tips. Join us for our new and expanded family history offer, led monthly by Andrea Pettingale, local historian and professional genealogist.

Book onto our new monthly family history workshops. Each month will explore a different theme, with expert advice presented on a range of topics.

Tuesday 16 September - Researching your Family History Online
Tuesday 14 October - Exploring Church Records
Tuesday 11 November - Military Ancestry: Boer War to 1945

Starts at 11am
Workshops last 1 hour.
Refreshments available from 10:45am

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Admission

£5 per talk
£3.50 with Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Archaeological Finds

Archaeological Finds Surgery

  • 24 September 2014 2:30-4pm
  • 22 October 2014 2:30-4pm
  • 26 November 2014 From 2:30pm

Have you found an object in the ground that might be of archaeological interest?

If you have found something that you would like to know more about, please bring it along to one of these free sessions run by Northamptonshire's Finds Liaison Officer Julie Cassidy.

Please call in advance to check availability.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

78 Derngate

The Restoration of 78 Derngate by Robert Kendall

  • 3 October 2014 1-2pm

In 1916 Art Noveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was recommended to W.J. Basset-Loake of Northampton as the right man to renovate his first marital home, a terraced house on Derngate, Northampton. The house was subsequently described as one of Mackintosh's most significant pieces.

In the 1990s, concern over the condition of the building rose. A campaign followed that led to its preservation, restoration and opening to the public.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 per person
£3.50 with Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

Caring for Treasures

Caring for your Treasures

  • 16 October 2014 2:30-4pm

Have you got a treasured object at home that you would like to know how best to look after?

Our Museum Officer may be able to help. To find out more about how to care for your treasured possessions and ensure that they are preserved for generations to come, why not drop into our special event.

Please call in advance to check availability on 01536 534219

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk

WW1

Come Along and Do Your Bit!

  • 28 October 2014 11am-12pm, 2-3pm
  • 29 October 2014 11am-12pm, 2-3pm
  • 30 October 2014 11am-12pm, 2-3pm

Commemorate the start of the First World War this October Half Term, with our themed creative craft activity workshops. Come along and do your bit and make something to take home with you!

Tuesday 28th October: Make your own Peeping Periscope
Wednesday 29th October: Invent a Surprise Sea Battle Game
Thursday 30th October: Create a Cantering Kettering War Horse Puppet

Workshops at 11am and 2pm.

Workshops last approximately 1 hour and booking is essential.

Book by calling 01536 534219 or emailing museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

3+ only

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 0-4

Where

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 0AN

Admission

£3 per child
£2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Free to Young Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum.

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

World War 1

Voices from the Trenches by Tricia Thompson

  • 14 November 2014 1-2pm

There was not a family, village or town in Britain that did not suffer losses during the Great War and 'Voices from the Trenches' was written to commemorate the outbreak of the World War One. This illustrated talk contains dialogue from actual letters sent home from the Front; reminiscences collected by the Imperial War Museum. Photographs and original recordings of the time bring to life this special event in our history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 per person
£3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/museums

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