Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Friends evening talks at the Alfred East Art Gallery


The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum hold regular evening speaker meetings at the Alfred East Gallery on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The talks start at 7:30 but people start arriving for a chat and refreshments from 7.  All are welcome: there are small donations invited for drinks etc. and for the talk, there is no charge for members or £4 for others ... the talks are generally on a local history/art history theme and last about an hour plus variable Q&A.

Recent topics have included the Railways coming to Kettering, the Northampton based National Leather Collection and local composer Karl Ruetter's haunting work.

Most recently, Rachael Aldridge introduced her work and about developing a career in Stained Glass.

(a stained glass window by Rachael Aldridge for St Edwards School)

Fascinating stuff.

The next talk is on Feb 21st and is on Charles Rennie Mackintosh (famous locally, of course for 78 Derngate) ... why not join us?

Monday, 29 January 2018

What's on ... Jan Feb?

Witch Hunt 
What's on at the Art Gallery and Museum?

Museum: Witch Hunt ... 27th Jan to 4th June ... a political and social look at the era of witchtrials and persecution.

Art Gallery: RA250 ... exhibitions and events to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy ... plus (Small Gallery, 20th Jan to 10th March) ... Charles Spencelayh: 60 years on.

Film Night: 9th Feb 7pm ... David Hockney (£10 admission includes a glass of wine)

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

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.