Posted 13/06/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Local News

Artist’s solo show at Rooftop Gallery, Queen’s Square in Corby

AN artist who was a driving force behind a new art gallery for Corby will be the first to use the venue for a solo exhibition.

Agreements were due to be signed in early June to secure the future of a gallery at the old library above Queen’s Square in the town centre.

And Corby Artists Network, CAN, has agreed it would be fitting to allow 85-year-old artist Jim Lockhart to be the first to showcase his work.

The solo exhibition will run from Monday June 18 to Saturday June 30 at the freshly named Rooftop Gallery and Workshops.

CAN’s Chair, Paula Boulton, said the steering group were delighted to give Jim the opportunity.

“Jim came to me with the idea of trying to get a gallery and it is fitting that he will be the first to use the space to show a wider public his work,” said Paula.

The retired draughtsman moved to Corby from Scotland and, like many others, has made the town his home. Paula and another CAN member Martin Steed have created a film about Jim’s life including his time as a Bevin Boy, during the Second World War, which will be running during the exhibition.

Paula said: “Jim was one of many who migrated to Corby. It is a fascinating story and we hope people will take the time to call in to the gallery.”

Fundraising is a key issue for CAN, which is planning a programme of workshops and exhibitions after finalising the deal with Northamptonshire County Council to lease the building.

Jim was the oldest of the 41 artists to exhibit at the Corby Open 2012 Show that enabled CAN to test the strength of feeling about opening a gallery.

The gallery’s opening times will vary but there will be updated information in the window if the space is closed. Alternatively Paula can be contacted on positivepaula2@aol.com

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