Corby gallery celebrates successful first year

Paula Boulton and designer Hannah Tracey in one of the studios at the Rooftop Gallery
Paula Boulton and designer Hannah Tracey in one of the studios at the Rooftop Gallery

The Rooftop Gallery and Workshops in Corby is celebrating a successful first year after holding eight exhibitions featuring the work of more than 100 artists.

Nine studios housing 11 artists have been set up at the gallery in the former library above Queens Square and it has also staged a number of successful drama and film events.

Corby writer Paula Boulton, one of the gallery’s founders, said: “We held our inaugural meetings on March 14 and March 16 last year when 40 people agreed to take forward my vision of a centrally accessible place for the making and showing of art.

“Here we are just short of a year later with nine studios housing 11 artists and our eighth exhibition.

“We have shown work by more than 100 artists in five collective exhibitions and three private shows.

“Work is being made on the premises and other individuals are displaying their own work.”

The gallery will be celebrating its success on Thursday, March 7, with a social evening starting at 7pm.

Its latest exhibition Art 4 All features the work of 50 exhibitors aged from three to 70. It will run until the end of the month and members of the public are welcome to view the 112 pieces of art work from 11am until 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Local artists can also hire wall space at the gallery for £10 a month to show their work and art classes are offered from 1pm until 3pm with John McKenzie who is sharing his skills for free.

Those who attend the classes are asked to make a £3 donation.

All the new studios at the gallery are taken but people can join the waiting list.

If you would like to volunteer at the Rooftop Gallery and Workshops, or have fundraising or business planning skills please call 07892489163.