Speight’s Corner – Nina Carroll c1977

Nina Carroll (1932-1990)
Paintings by Nina Carroll can be found hanging on many private house walls in Northamptonshire.

A Kettering and Oxford artist, Nina painted daily for many years, producing a large output of watercolour and gouache works. Her distinctive use of colour, especially greens, with her drawing always done in pen and black ink, produced an additional interest to her paintings which grows on the observer.

She held many exhibitions in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and London and several in other parts of the country and even abroad; she exhibited work at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Water Colours and the Royal West of England Academy. While a large proportion of her work consists of vibrant landscape watercolours, she also painted a wide variety of other subjects, her creative imagination inspired by the world around her.

Private Collection, Kettering, UK

Sir Alfred East at Home

This bucolic scene is typical of the work of Sir Alfred East . This watercolour measures 13 x 21 cms., and probably depicts a scene from the countryside around Upper Sywell, Northamptonshire, where he spent many months during his life.

Purchased at auction in Stamford, it is still in its original frame which bears the label of the iconic ‘Speight’ company in Kettering.

Private Collection, Kettering, UK.

‘Sunday Walk’ by Sir Alfred East

Throughout his life he regularly painted in and around the villages of Kettering, often with his friend George Harrison. This watercolour painting entitled ‘Sunday Walk’ is a view of the avenue of trees at Warkton that leads to Boughton House. This was a very popular Victorian walk for local residents. The painting probably dates from early in his career.

Private Collection, Kettering, UK.

Your Museum Needs You
8th February – March 2020

In 2020, Kettering Museum has an exciting programme of exhibitions planned and we need your help to make them happen. Do you have something you could donate or loan and help tell the story of the town?

Small stories
Do you have a fascinating collection of doll’s houses or know where we can borrow a model railway? These pieces do not have to be local but if it’s in miniature we are interested!

100 years of council housing
Did you know 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of Kettering’s first council house? We want to discover what that meant for the town and are interested in photos in or around your council home, documents, or just simply a story to share.

Drawing Workshop with Jamie Boots
15th & 16th February 2020

Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch. Using a pencil blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard and using a variety of tones, learn how to create the effect of fur and feathers, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye.

With the expert tuition from Jamie over the course of a weekend, you will learn and be able to practice new techniques to develop your drawing skills.

Lunchtime Talks
22nd November 2019 – 14th February 2020

Lunchtime Talks are from 1pm – 2pm monthly.

Out to Play in Kettering: The Lost Sports Grounds by Ian Addis

Ian’s second book tells the story of Kettering’s lost playing-fields, the odd occassion when history was made and the local heroes created there.

A Christmas Carol by Steve Dimmer
Steve Dimmer enacts the timeless classic, playing all the characters and even adding the sound effects! A must for anyone who loves Christmas.

Modern Art and St Ives 1920 – 1985 by Ian Luck
Complementing the 2020 Vision exhibition at the Gallery, this talk focuses on contemporary artists and references artworks from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Lotions, Potions & Dubious Cures by Susan Copperwheat
Find out if you can grow your own. Please bring an apple along with you and learn about the ‘pomme l’amour’.