Corby’s new art gallery is now open six days a week and there are plans in the pipeline to continue promoting the town’s creative talent.
The Rooftop Gallery and Workshops, in the former library above Queen’s Square, now opens Monday to Saturday, from 11am until 5pm, thanks to the work of its team of volunteers.
Among the latest developments is a new Walls for All project allowing artists to pay £10 a month to display their work at the gallery.
The successful centenary exhibition of work by Emmeline Boulton, a friend and student of LS Lowry and aunt of one of the gallery’s founders Paula Boulton, has also been extended.
In November an Art for All exhibition is being staged at the Rooftop featuring work by artists of all abilities and
there will also be a project to mark Black History Month, involving Corby students.
Paula said: “The Walls for All project provides a democratic hanging space enabling artists to profile their work.
“Curating an exhibition takes a lot of planning and a lot of work but with Walls for All artists can always have their work on show.
“The Art for All exhibition will cover the whole range of ability, from beginners to advanced.
“Being creative and encouraging artistic expression is such an exciting way to bring people together and to break down barriers between different communities. We have argued and lobbied for years to ensure that a large place like Corby has a dedicated art gallery.
“What is so powerful about the new Corby Artists’ Network is that this enterprise is being driven from the grassroots level. Local people are shaping its aims and purpose, which means everything we do is going to have a direct connection with the town’s residents, established and new.”
An artists’ social night is being held at the gallery on Thursday (September 20), starting at 6.30pm, and people interested in Rooftop and its projects are welcome to attend.
People can take food and drink to the event.