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Spring art exhibition now open at Chapel Gallery

Nigel Corlett

Nigel Corlett

The spring 2017 art exhibition has now opened in the Chapel Gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum. The exhibition – the museum’s fifth in total and fourth in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists – features work by three popular local artists: Doreen Hunt, Richard Simkins and 94 year old Nigel Corlett (scroll down for details).

Having opened on Saturday 4th March, the exhibition will run until Saturday 27th May – taking in the Easter school holidays and benefiting from Sunday opening days at the museum, which start on Easter Sunday.

Boca do Rio

Boca de Rio by Doreen Hunt

 The Chapel Gallery opened in spring 2016. Regular exhibitions are held in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists, and the gallery has also hosted an exhibition of artwork by local schoolchildren. These are enhanced by a varied events programme, such as the ‘Behind the Music’ show and tell evening held in the Chapel Gallery in November 2016.

Nicola Wood, the museum’s manager and curator, who took the helm in December 2016, comments. ‘2017 will be a really exciting year for the museum as a whole, with the Chapel Gallery no exception! We’re really looking forward to developing our relationship with the Nottingham Society of Artists, whilst rolling out an ambitious new events programme at the same time. Many of our activities will take place in the Chapel Gallery, which forms the perfect backdrop to cultural events such as talks, poetry recitals and musical evenings.’

Aber Falls by RichardSimkins

Aber Falls by RichardSimkins

Nigel Boughton-Smith from the Nottingham Society of Artists, added, ‘Nottinghamshire has some amazingly talented people and it’s extremely rewarding to get them in the public eye, in such a unique location. The three artists currently exhibiting in the Chapel Gallery represent a range of different styles from some the county’s best-known artists.’

Visit the Chapel Gallery

The Chapel Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm and, from Easter Sunday, also on Sundays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Last admission is at 4pm. Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst normal admission fees apply to the museum. The museum shop and café are open to all visitors as well as the public, to purchase refreshments and souvenirs.

If you’d like to know more about the Chapel Gallery or are interested in holding an event in this unique space, please contact the museum. Please keep an eye on our Events page for details of upcoming events in the Chapel Gallery and wider museum site. For information on the NSA, please visit

About the artists

  • Nigel Corlett

Nigel Corlett was bought up in the sea side town of Great Yarmouth where he was encouraged to draw and paint by his father and also his elder brother, who was a professional artist.  

Self portrait by Nigel Corlett

Self portrait by Nigel Corlett

In 1942 Nigel saw active service in World War II as a navigator in the Fleet Air Arm. After being ‘de-mobbed,’ Nigel attended courses in mechanical engineering in Loughborough and Nottingham.  

Once settled in Nottingham, he joined the Nottingham Society of Artists (NSA) in the 1960s, and served as a director for a few years. Nigel has been an active member of the NSA ever since. He was a regular attendee of various studio sessions and over the years, has exhibited his paintings at many of the NSA’s exhibitions. Nigel also co-authored a book, For The Very Joy of Art, with Marjorie Macmillan, which was published to commemorate 130 years of the NSA.

Nigel Corlett

Nigel Corlett

Nigel has used both water colours and oils, basing many of his paintings on holidays taken in the north of France with his family. Nigel eventually became Professor of Ergonomics at the University of Nottingham, where his work gained international recognition and led to the invention of ‘the Nottingham Chair’. Throughout his life, Nigel has continued to paint and exhibit his paintings.

You can contact Nigel at and find out more about his work at You can buy his book, For The Very Joy of Art, online here.

  • Doreen Hunt
Olhao Facades by Doreen Hunt

Olhao Facades by Doreen Hunt

Doreen’s work is concerned with structure. She paints mainly in acrylics, sometimes incorporating other mediums, and enjoys exploring different techniques in drawing.

Says Doreen: ‘I worked as an art teacher in comprehensive schools and, since my retirement, have established my own art classes for adults. I’ve always been interested in fashion and design, and particularly like creating theatrical costumes. For a number of years, I’ve been the wardrobe manager at The Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.’

You can contact Doreen at or on 0115 9749849. Find out more about her work by visiting

  • Richard Simkins
Last Shift by Richard Simkins

Last Shift by Richard Simkins

Although Richard worked as a Civil Engineer and Contracts Manager, he has been painting on and off all his adult life.

Explaining his passion, Richard says: ‘My first love was oil paints but in recent years I have been seduced by the benefits afforded by fast drying acrylics. They allow me to work at a pace which lets me bring more of the excitement of the subject into the finished work. I like to work on a variety of subjects; the key is that the subject excites or challenges me.

Bargain Hunters by Richard Simkins

Bargain Hunters by Richard Simkins

The style I favour is not dissimilar to impressionism but I also like experimenting with other styles. I am a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists, The Arnold Art Society and the Soft Edges Art Group I also attended workshops with the late John Townsend, the International Nottinghamshire portrait painter. I have won a number of awards and have paintings displayed in the USA, Ireland, Portugal & Denmark as well as the UK.’

You can contact Richard at or on 0115 960 8734.

Shop at Asda in West Bridgford?

AsdaDo you shop locally at Asda, West Bridgford? If so, you can support the museum by simply shopping as usual – at no additional cost to yourself!

Asda is currently collecting Green Tokens for our Redevelopment & Expansion Appeal, as well as two other charitable causes. Any tokens you add to our box will be greatly appreciated!

You can support us by shopping online, too

You can also raise vital funds for the museum by signing up with Give as you Live. It’s a free online service that donates money to your chosen cause every time you shop online with over 4,000 leading retailers. Find out more here or sign up today.

Museum and art gallery reopen

'Playing the blues' by Lynda Child

‘Playing the blues’ by Lynda Child

The Framework Knitters Museum and Chapel Art Gallery will reopen on Wednesday 1 February 2017 after their winter break. The fourth exhibition at the Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in November 2016, features Nottinghamshire artists Lynda Childs, Dawn Wilsher and Nigel Boughton-Smith. It will run until Wednesday 22 February 2017.

The Chapel Art Gallery, which opened in spring 2016, is a partnership between the Nottingham Society of Artists and the Framework Knitters Museum. It features work from some of the finest artists in Nottinghamshire, and a contribution from the sale of any artworks is split between the museum and the society.

Meanwhile, the museum itself is gearing up for a brand new programme of events in 2017 under the guidance of new manager, Nicola Wood. These will include a selection of themed events and activities, as well as a year-long initiative to knit ‘The longest scarf in Nottingham’ on one of the museum’s vintage Griswold knitting machines.

Griswolds resizedSays Nicola: ‘This will be a really exciting year for the museum with lots of new, fun, family-friendly events and activities. We will be kick starting the year off with our ever-popular annual Easter Bunny Hunt, which will be taking place on Good Friday from 11am to 4pm, and in May we will be holding our first ever “Swing back to the Forties” living history event! And look out, as we launch our new “Griswold Gang” kids’ summer holiday club in August, which will be packed full of themed, funky and fun creative workshops.’

The Framework Knitters Museum and Chapel Art Gallery are open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm until Easter, when opening hours are extended to include Sundays 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst admission fees apply to the museum. Please note that these have changed for 2017 to incorporate an element of Gift Aid for UK taxpayers – in return you get FREE admission to the museum for the next 12 months, plus your very own vintage Clocking In card to log your visits!

The Textile Emporium and café are open to all visitors and the public at the above times to buy refreshments and souvenirs. For the latest information on events and activities, please follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter.

Shop at the Co-op? It’s an easy way to support us!

co-op-imageThe Framework Knitters Museum was delighted to be chosen as a recipient of Co-op Local Community Funding earlier in 2016. The funding has already raised over £650 which will go towards our Key Stage One educational programme (read on to find out more about this).

The really great news is that our funding has now been extended until 30 April 2017, so there’s still lots of time to raise money for us by purchasing Co-op own-brand products and services. Easily done with Christmas, New Year and the January sales just around the corner!

Choose us as your Local Community Funding cause today

If you live within 15 miles of Ruddington and have a Co-op Membership Card, you simply need to log in to your account online and choose us as your Local Community Funding case. If you don’t have a Membership card, it’s easy to sign up online or at your local Co-op store. To start raising funds for the museum, just remember to swipe your card every time you shop.

Once everything’s set up, the Co-op will donate 1% of everything you spend on own-brand products and services, plus the proceeds of carrier bag sales, to the Local Community Fund – and pass a share of the proceeds on to us. It really is that easy.

About our Key Stage One educational project

As you may be aware, the museum has won multiple awards for our educational work with children and young people. However, we realised a few months ago that our educational offering was primarily designed for Key Stage 2 and older age groups, with fewer activities for Key Stage One children.

Our Key Stage One educational project aims to bridge this gap by introducing new discovery-based activities that are specifically geared towards school children in this age group. These will be supported by a wealth of online and printed materials that teachers can use to prepare for and follow-up to the museum visit, and to tie in with the latest National Curriculum requirements.

Find out more

If you’d like to know more about our educational project, or to discuss other ways you can support the museum – including volunteering – please contact us during our office hours. You can find out more about the Co-op Membership scheme and Local Community Funding here.