Updated 14th March 2022
Local artists and community members exhibit work inspired by Kettering town centre.
Find out more about the commissioned artworks HERE – click on any image to view larger.
About this project
In September 2021 fifteen local artists were commissioned to creatively capture the architecture, people and heritage of Kettering town centre in paint, pastel, clay and more, thanks to support from Historic England and North Northamptonshire Council.
During this real-time event held over two weekends, local residents were also encouraged to create their own works of art by picking up one of the hundreds of creative activity packs being distributed to make their own artwork in charcoal, watercolour, coloured pencil or pen. Many passing shoppers also contributed to a collaborative comic-style canvas under the expert eye of artist Marvin Mudzongo from Lemonpop Workshops.
All of the resulting artwork created during ‘Views Of The High Street’, including submissions sent in by the public toured two local venues from the end of January 2022 and is now available to view online in the two galleries above.
Between Friday 28th January and Sunday 27th February the exhibition was displayed at ARTworks, a large volunteer-run gallery shop in the centre of the Newlands Shopping Centre before transferring to Wicksteed Park Learning Space, from Friday 4th March until Sunday 13th March, with a free community Crafternoon taking place on Thursday 10th March.
“It was great to see local people engaging with artists on the High Street in September and we look forward to displaying the works that were inspired by local scenery and people. The exhibition shows a variety of different views of Kettering and some really exciting artwork that will hopefully set to cheer us all up and chase away the January blues.”Sarah Brown, Producer from Made With Many.
The Views of the High Street exhibition has been commissioned by the Kettering Cultural Consortium and North Northamptonshire Council as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone initiative funded by Historic England.
Originally published on 17th January 2022