New venue and Annual Summer Show

On Saturday the 16th of July we launched our brand new venue in the heart of Corby town centre on the corner of New Post Office Square. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us to move to our new venue and joined us to celebrate the opening we couldn’t have done it without you!

We have our Annual Summer Show up in the gallery which celebrates over 30 local artists work right on the high street. The show will run until August 20th so come along and see us in our new space!

Check out this article of the opening in the Evening Telegraph with some great photos from the opening!

The Big Move

We are moving!

After 10 years at the old library the Rooftop Arts Centre will be moving to a new location in the town centre!

We are moving to a new building located at 27 New Post Office Square at the end of Corporation Street next to Lloyds Bank. It will be accessible on foot from the high street and we hope it becomes a beacon for everyone interested in the arts and creativity. Corby will have its first high street arts venue!

We will have all of our usual exhibitions, events, workshops, and artists studios. It’s with pride that we celebrate our time here at Chisholm House and hope that its legacy will be built on in our new venue for years to come.

The grand opening will be on Saturday 16th of July from 11 am to 4 pm along with the launch of our Annual Summer Exhibition with a host of activities and a chance to take a tour around Corby’s brand new arts venue!

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more news soon and we hope to see you there!

If you would like to donate to help us setup and keep our new place running please visit our fundraising page below at Go Fund Me!

Any donations big or small are gratefully received and will go directly towards our continuation as a charity and not-for-profit arts organisation.

Thank you!

Open Call – Rooftop Annual Summer Exhibition

Open Call for Artists – Rooftop Annual Summer Show

Our annual open art exhibition is back for July and August 2022 and application forms are available from the gallery or online via the link below.

The deadline for applications is Saturday 9th July.

Entry costs £15 for adults and £5 for Associate Members, under 18’s, and students.

The Annual Summer Exhibition is an open entry show available to artists from Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. This year will see our Annual Summer Exhibition, our first since 2019, open as the first show in our new premises on New Post Office Square in Corby Town Centre.

Our new premises are on the ground floor with direct access to the high street which will be a huge benefit to both the artists and the town centre. With increased footfall and exposure our exhibitions, workshops, events, and studios will have a much greater audience and local impact.

The exhibition aims to give new and emerging artists the opportunity to show their work for the first time and allow established artists to have a continued presence in the area. We welcome applications from artists at all stages of their careers in a variety of different creative disciplines.

Bill Drummond – The 25 Paintings

This June we welcome Bill Drummond to the Rooftop Arts Centre and Corby for the last leg of The 25 Paintings world tour. The paintings have seen twelve cities in twelve different countries each canvas being overpainted in each location. During the display of the paintings in the gallery there will be various happenings and activities taking place in which the public can take part including a Tea Room.

Bill Drummond plans to be working in the gallery each day it is open between 11 am and 4 pm. His work may include Shining Shoes, Baking Cakes, Asking Questions, Building a Bed, Knitting the Million Stitch Blanket, Making Soup, Banging a Drum, Blowing a Horn, Climbing a Tree, Sweeping the Streets, and marking the Latvian midsummer celebrations (Līgosvētki and into Jāņji) from the evening of the 23rd to the dawn of the 24th of June in the woods behind the Cube. And, of course, Twinning Corby with Beyond.

Find out more and subscribe to Bill Drummonds mailing list for updates here:

Download the exhibition texts here:

March Exhibitions

This March we have two brand new exhibitions opening in our gallery spaces from Annie Tappenden and the Late Developers.

Join us for the opening night on Wednesday 9th of March from 6 pm – 8 pm to celebrate and meet the artists.

Our first exhibition, Of Concern, is from resident artist Annie Tappenden. Presenting a body of work created over some years expressing her concerns over personal and public issues such as politics, race, religion, and inequality. After Annie left Goldsmiths her main interest was creating installations of large hanging sculptures using sisal rope, rubber, netting, and sand. In the current body of work, Annie uses her own hair and masks alongside large drawings and paintings.

The second exhibition is from the local photographic group the Late Developers who are supported by Corby Community Arts. They are showing a new collection of work this exhibition brings together diverse images and themes from local natural and urban landscapes.