Festival Exhibitions

The festival presented snexcellent quality and varied exhibition in 2011. In an intimate display of passion Pre-Raphaelites & Friends included rarely seen and never hitherto exhibited original works by members of the Brotherhood and their followers, on loan from public institutions and private collections across the country.

The Auden Theatre foyer was illuminated by Richard Denyer's stunning photography. His evocative still lives and powerful figurative works are balanced by his peaceful exploration of the Norfolk wetlands.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's musical talents are legendary and a major theme throughout the festival. In recent years he has found a new creative love in his beautifully crafted collages which were exhibited at The Festival Club.

Once again the galleries in the town presented special Art Trail exhibitions in a variety of media and periods, ranging from the must see selection of 18th century Italian paintings at Anthony Fell Antiques through to contemporary paintings and sculpture in bronze and glass via Terry Frost and Sandra Blow.

fine art

Pre-Raphaelites & Friends

Art & Antiques Appraisals

Supported by
Ecclesiastical Insurance and K Pak

A loan exhibition of pictures from Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and other institutional and private lenders, including original works by among others Burne-Jones, Holman-Hunt, Rossetti, Inchbold, Gotch and Norfolk's Pre-Raphaelite Frederick Sandys.

See the lecture series below

Detail © Northampton Museums Service


Film Ink & Memory

Photographs by Richard Denyer

Auden Foyer

A series of intimate images of wrestlers titled The Image of Passion juxtaposed with works from Denyer's current project Waterside, which explores water and land, the wild and the man-made, in the wetlands of Norfolk, Suffolk and the Netherlands. Also, classical still-life images reconstructed from memories of childhood visits to Victorian galleries.

See the lecture series below

Detail © Richard Denyer


Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Exhibition of Collages

Festival Club

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett is internationally known as a composer for the concert hall and of film scores, and as a performer of jazz cabaret songs. He has recently revealed that he also has a private passion for making collages.

Detail © Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Lecture Series


Photography, Truth & Artifice

Richard Denyer

Tuesday 26th – Auden Foyer

Detail © Richard Denyer


Italian Painting in the 18th Century

James Glennie

Wednesday 27th – Anthony Fell Antiques



Passion Among Friends - The Pre-Raphaelites

Nicola Tyler

Thursday 28th – Art & Antiques Appraisals

Detail © Northampton Museums Service

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