>University of Northampton: Avenue Gallery


Avenue Gallery is situated in Maidwell Building at the University of Northampton School of Arts, St. Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.

Avenue Gallery was established in 1995 by the then Head of the School of Art & Design Roger Smith, to provide a programme of high quality exhibitions which reflected creative activity in the School and to promote the work of artists with regional, national and international significance. At the time of its creation Avenue Gallery was the only public contemporary gallery space in the Northampton area.

Avenue Gallery supports Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Students and Academic Staff from across its Divisions of Fine Art, Fashion, Design, English Media & Culture and Performance. The Gallery also engages in linked acitivities with the other schools within the University of Northampton. Examples include the Annual Fine Art Spring Show where 2nd year Fine Art and Photography students curate and market the show as part of their Professional Studies Module. The Gallery also co-hosts the Biannual Arts and Health Conference.

The Gallery continues to develop from its original aims and is currently examining and developing the links between its research activities and the School of Arts taught programme at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and in support of PhD research interests.


Avenue Gallery is currently programming 14 months in advance. For the year 2008-09 we have 9 shows programmed. This is a mixed programme of staff, student and external shows and breaks down as Staff 3, Student 3 and External 3.


The University of Northampton School of the Arts runs Avenue Gallery. The curatorial policy is determined by the Gallery Group which comprises academic staff members from each of the five schools. This group is chaired by the Divisional Leader of Fine Art. The group also includes members of staff from the Art History Team and the Technical Manager/ Gallery Officer and Gallery Co-ordinator. The operation of the gallery is managed by the Technical Manager/ Gallery Officer and the Gallery Co-ordinator.


Avenue Gallery strives to promote and present the activities of the University of Northampton School of the Arts and to locate these within the broad arena of contemporary practice. Avenue Gallery's remit is to focus on and present the research activities of staff who are engaged in making work, to encourage the use of the Gallery as a forum, and to provide a space for interested groups, including arts organisations, business links and local interest groups as well as supporting academic activities.

The School of the Arts hosts the Osborne Robinson Poster Collection. This consists of approximately 2000 historical posters dating from the 1890s to 1970s that were donated to the then Northampton School of Art between 1968 and 1976 by Thomas Osborne Robinson OBE (1904 - 1976), scenic artists at Northampton's Royal Theatre and a key figure in Northampton's cultural life for many decades. The Osborne Robinson Poster Collection is open by appointment with the Collection Keeper. Please contact Suzanne Stenning (telephone 01604 893 046) for further information.


The School of the Arts have established links with the following organisations;

  • Open Spaces, Open Places (OSOP)
  • Milton Keynes Gallery
  • Northampton Arts Collective (NAC) and the Fishmarket Gallery
  • Rugby Art Gallery
  • Warwick Arts Centre
  • Leicester De Montfort University
  • University of Plymouth


Through an active participation with CHEAD GALLERY NETWORK we hope to facilitate and encourage links between University of Northampton School of the Arts and other CHEAD Gallery Network HEI Galleries. This could include collaborative activities which allow the cross-fertilisation of ideas alongside the sharing and development of common research ideas. The Avenue Gallery group are keen to be involved in the development of research exchange shows, professional development opportunities and networking opportunities that would connect the University of Northampton with the wider HEI Gallery community.


  • Karl Hobbs Technical Manager/ Gallery Officer
  • Suzanne Stenning Gallery Co-ordinator
  • Christine Midgley Divisional Leader of Fine Art

Tel 01604 893 119 / 893 046
Email gallery@northampton.ac.uk
Web http://avenuegallery.org/Avenue%20Gallery/avenuegalleryhome.html









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