New donations to mark gallery’s 100th birthday

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Artists have shown off their work as a Northamptonshire art gallery prepares to mark its centenary.

The Alfred East gallery, in Sheep Street, Kettering, was founded in 1913 – the same year Sir Alfred East died – and local artists were invited to donate a picture or sculpture to mark the anniversary.

A new exhibition, Gilty Pleasures, will feature the artists’ work alongside dozens of others when it opens on Saturday, February 2. It will run until Saturday, March 16.

Katie Boyce, gallery officer, said she was pleased the artists had responded positively to her request for donations.

“We need acquisitions to keep us going,” she said. “I wanted to do something special [for the centenary].

“I askede artists of today who have excelled in their work if they would donate things for schools and education.

“It is nice to have a varied collection, which is why these were chosen.”

Artist John Taylor, who donated a drawing of the door to the vicarage off Church Walk, Kettering, said it was a big honour to be included in the collection.

He added: “I have always wanted to have something in the exhibition here.”