Alfred East Art Gallery

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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.
Open16 Poster

Open16 & YouthOpen16

  • 9 April — 14 May 2016 *on now

The Open16 exhibition is open for artists 18+ and for younger talents; the YouthOpen16 is open for ages 8 - 17 years, all competing for a range of artists’ prizes.

The popular and diverse exhibition presents an array of artworks and contemporary craft by artists from the local and regional areas around Northamptonshire. The exhibition includes a wide selection of different art forms with painting, photography,
illustration, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.

All works in the exhibition are for sale, providing an ideal opportunity to start your own art collection and support local artists.

PREVIEW: Friday 8 April, 6 – 8pm

To apply to take part in the exhibition, download a copy of the entry forms at www.kettering/open16 or pick a copy up at the Art Gallery.

Submission dates:
Thursday 31 March, 10.30am – 4pm
Friday 1 April, 10.30am – 4pm
Saturday 2 April, 10.30am – 3pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.kettering/open16

Tulipmania

Tulipmania by Angela Standbridge

  • 21 May — 2 July 2016

"This exhibition demonstrates my obsession with the endless variety of patterns and shapes plus the intense colours of tulips. For me, 'Nature is ever-changing; there is beauty to behold in every step.'

Each of us has the choice of simply seeing a tulip or something much more. I love to take tulips and enhance their drama, which can allow you to view them in a completely different way.

I have a particular fascination, if not obsession, with tulips especially by the endless variety of patterns and shapes as well as the intense colours of the tulips; for me there is no other flower that has the infinite diversity.

I am a botanical artist who adds a modern and abstract twist to my work that draws you to look at tulips in a new light."

Website

https://secure.kettering.gov.uk/homepage/353/what_exhibitions_are_on_at_the_gallery?adminID=275&preview=66f1f14ee3d911360f45de73851371ef&expire=1458640560

Growing Old Playfully

Growing Old Playfully by Roger and Daniele Bradley

  • 21 May — 2 July 2016

"Fury over 'Scary Adult Pensioner' masks at Woolworths" was the headline on October 18th 2008. By coincidence, we had just purchased one of these masks for £5 from our local Woolworths store. A prominent West Midlands MEP backed the protest, which led to their withdrawl from sale.

'Pensioners face enough hardship and this is the last thing they need,' was one; but contrary to this, also came, 'Those masks look better than me! Might start wearing one.'

This quote was the starting point for us, for a project which has carried on for the last 8 years, and led, early on, to the purchase of an 'alter ego' mask for Roger.

We have devised and photographed over 50 different scenarios, blending fantasy with realism, throughout Britain, across Europe and in Canada. Although careful planning was essential, much fun has been had in the procurement and wearing of costumes and props.

This exhibition's large scale photographs represent where we have arrived thus far, we intend to continue 'Growing Old Playfully' into the distant future.

PREVIEW: Saturday 21st May, 1 - 3pm

Website

https://secure.kettering.gov.uk/homepage/353/what_exhibitions_are_on_at_the_gallery?adminID=275&preview=66f1f14ee3d911360f45de73851371ef&expire=1458640560

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.
Life Drawing

Life Drawing Classes

  • 18 May 2016 7-9pm
  • 15 June 2016 7-9pm
  • 20 July 2016 7-9pm
  • 21 September 2016 7-9pm
  • 19 October 2016 7-9pm
  • 16 November 2016 7-9pm

Untutored, monthly life drawing sessions set in the Large Gallery on the third Wednesday evening of every month. Whether you are a professional or amateur artist, or just 'looking to keep your hand in', these sessions could be suited to you. The gallery has a limited number of easels that can be loaned on the evening. A professional life model and chairs are provided.

Booking is not required,attending Life Drawing works on a first come first serve basis.

Contact museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk for more details or call 01536 534274

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 per session

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/info/1020/museum_and_gallery_events_and_exhibitions/1521/art_workshops

Women and the History of Art

Women and the History of Art by Angela Scheidegger

  • 6 May 2016 1-2pm

"Elisabetta Sirani painted the 'Self-Portrait as Allegory of Painting' (1658), now in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. People sometimes think that there were not many female artists in the past but Elisabetta was very famous in her day (17th Century) and actually ran a school for women artists in her home town of Bologna. We probably all know of Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth etc but I would like to show that there were a considerable number of female artists who all deserve a more prominent place in the history of art."

Refreshments available from 12:30pm until the start of the talk

To reserve your place today call the Museum on 01536 534 274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Admission

Ticket prices are £5.00 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/info/1020/museum_and_gallery_events_and_exhibitions/1200/museum_and_art_gallery_talks

Lee Burrows May Workshop

Landscape Painting in Oils or Acrylics Workshop with Lee Burrows

  • 21 May 2016 10am-4pm

Students are encouraged to use their artistic eye in searching out a suitable spot to begin a painting. The tutor will be on hand to give guidance and demonstrate where needed. The students are encouraged to work at their own pace. However the tutor will be on hand to give advice in composition, colour mixing and paint application whilst encouraging the student to consider the reasoning involved that highlight the key elements in the work produced.

The aim of the course is to give students the knowledge and confidence to continue painting under their own steam and while they are on the course they will focus on producing finished paintings which they can take away with them and use as a reference to further their development in painting.

All Abilities are Welcome

Equipment Needed:

- Pre-limed canvas or boards
- Collapsible easel (Gallery can provide several on a first come first serve basis)
- Paints- oil or acrylic: titanium white, lamp black, viridian green, cerulean blue, french ultra-marine blue, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, yellow ochre, burnt umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, and in addition please feel free to bring your own colours as required.
- Brushes: selection of short flat brushes are recommended as well as your personal preference
- Turps or water
- Clean rags
- Palette (The Gallery can provide these)
- Palette Knife
- Container with sealable lid (for turps)

To book your place please call the Alfred East Art Gallery on 01536 534274 or email us on museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£40 Per Adult, £32.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/info/1020/museum_and_gallery_events_and_exhibitions/1521/art_workshops

Maggie Smith Basket Workshop July

Willow Basket in a Day Workshop with Maggie Smith

  • 9 July 2016 10am-4pm

Basketry is one of the oldest of crafts, and with today's new appreciation of craftsmanship it is going through a revival. Willow is one of Britain's traditional basket-making materials, being strong, light and durable. You will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, eggs etc. This is a basic basket which will introduce you to many of the techniques that are a solid foundation for a wide variety of baskets.

During the day you will work hard, have a lot of fun and be thrilled with the basket you take home, learn basic techniques and principles of 'stake and strand' basketry, learn something of willow growing and processing, and learn something of the history and language of basket-making.

All Abilities are Welcome.

Equipment Needed:
- A good penknife
- Pair of sharp secateurs (preferably 'parrot-beak' shaped)
- Tape measure or ruler
- Old bath towel/piece of old blanket/cloth 6ft long or more
- Small amount of string
- A spray bottle for water
- A weight, about 2kg
- Also remember your pencil, notebook and camera if you want to record your work!

To book your place please call the Alfred East Art Gallery on 01536 534274 or email us on museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45 Per Adult, £35 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/info/1020/museum_and_gallery_events_and_exhibitions/1521/art_workshops

LPW July Workshop

Leicester Print Workshop Experimental Hand printing on Textiles with Sue Baker Kenton

  • 24 September 2016 10am-4pm

During this one day course you will experiment with images, print, fabric and collage. Using the techniques of linocut and monoprint you will create a block and use different fabrics, stencils and hand inking to create exciting juxtapositions as you print your image. At the end of the course you will leave with a set of unique, experimental art works.

Sue Baker Kenton specialises in drawing, etching and lithography and her primary subject is the figure. She is a visual arts tutor at City Lit, London and is a director of Buckingham Arts Modern and Contemporary. In 2012-13 she was LPW Artist in Residence leading the Practical Dialogue project which was exhibited at Alfred East Gallery.

All Abilities Welcome

All Materials Provided- however if participants have their own brushes and pens to use with drawing ink do feel free to bring these along. The tutor will bring examples of work and objects for participants to use as inspiration, although participants are encouraged to bring along their own source material- sketches, photos, objects- but bear in mind that relatively simple is good in this one day workshop and participants will be working on A4 size plates.

To book your place please call the Alfred East Art Gallery on 01536 534274 or email us on museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£45 Per Adult, £35 with a Kettering Leisure Pass

Website

http://www.kettering.gov.uk/info/1020/museum_and_gallery_events_and_exhibitions/1521/art_workshops

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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