Kettering’s art collection is renowned for its classical artworks from masters like Thomas Cooper Gotch and Sir Alfred East, but amongst the huge Victorian landscapes and the gilt-edged frames, there are equally important examples of contemporary art. Artwork that inspires, innovates, and push forward into new territory.
This January, artwork from Tate will travel to Kettering for the first time and feature in a stunning new exhibition in the Alfred East Art Gallery. Contemporary work from artists such as Leon Kossoff and Howard Hodgkin will be exhibiting in Kettering’s art gallery, complementing and showcasing the wide variety of art in our own collection.
Key loans for the 2020 vision exhibition have been made possible through the Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by national Lottery players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.
Leon Kossoff, Willesden Junction, Summer 1966, oil ©Artistic Estate of Leon Kossoff
Howard Hodgkin, Dinner at West Hill, 1963 – 1966, oil on canvas, ©The Estate of Howard
Gordon Smith, Fern, print c.1970 ©Gordon Smith, courtesy of Equinox Gallery
Gordon Smith, Horizontal Red, print c.1970 ©Gordon Smith, courtesy of Equinox Gallery
Gordon Smith, December Orange, print c.1970 ©Gordon Smith, courtesy of Equinox Gallery
Friday 24th January, 6pm – 8pm
Join us for the opening night to be one of the first to see this stunning art.
Alongside the exhibition, the Alfred East Art Gallery will host a series of events on contemporary art:
Lunchtime Talk: Modern Art and St Ives 1920-1985 by Ian Luck
Friday 31st January, 1pm
Referencing artists from the Alfred East Art Gallery’s permanent collection, this talk by renowned local artist Ian Luck focuses on St Ives and the important role it played in 20th Century art.
- Refreshments served from 12.30
- Tickets: £5 (£3.50 with Kettering Leisure Pass)
Film Night: Lucian Freud – A Self Portrait
Friday 31st January, 7pm
One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. Now together in one intensely compelling film, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.
- Tickets: £10 (£8.50 for Kettering Leisure Pass holders and Students)
- Refreshments included
- Limited spaces, booking is essential
Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February 2020
In conjunction with two local secondary schools, The Alfred East Art Gallery will host art workshops, where students will focus on the works on loan from Tate. The finished results will then be displayed in the gallery space as part of the 2020 Vision exhibition.