Gallery at Verve opens

Tantalus, and Verve bar, will be opening a new art gallery in Rugby next week, upstairs in Verve.''Pictured: Heather Koumi, Peter Thornley, Kathy Jenkin and Lauren Simpson (Verve).
Tantalus, and Verve bar, will be opening a new art gallery in Rugby next week, upstairs in Verve.''Pictured: Heather Koumi, Peter Thornley, Kathy Jenkin and Lauren Simpson (Verve).
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THE Tantalus Project and Verve bar have created The Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space for artists.

The Gallery opened on Tuesday with an inaugural exhibition by its partners, the Tantalus Project. The exhibition will run during Rugby Festival of Culture from July 15 to July 18 2011 and will feature works by The Tantalus Project’s members in various media.

It was officially opened by Tantalus Project’s patrons, the Earl and Countess of Denbigh, who run Newnham Art Park.

Pete Thornley, founder member of the Tantalus Project said: “In these times of major cuts to the arts it is very pleasing that the Verve owners and management are creating a brand new gallery with the Tantalus Project that will be available to all artists in Rugby and the region.

“It is particularly good that they are supporting installation and conceptual works within the programme.”

The Tantalus Project was conceived in 1999 by a group of artists working in and around Rugby. The artists wanted to address the lack of available space for workshops, studios and exhibitions in and around Rugby.

Their aim was to create an organisation that would cater in a “non-judgmental way” for projects in all media, including collaborations between media and artists.

Mr Thornley added: “The Gallery is a pristine space with natural light and a new hanging system.

“It consists of two rooms, a large gallery and a smaller ante room and it is situated on the first floor in a beautiful listed building at the top of North Street, Rugby.

“Facilities for previews and the public include a cafe bar with an innovative contemporary music policy and thriving live music venue.”

The Gallery will be open from 12 noon to midnight and will be open whilst other events are taking place.

Artists will be able to book space in two-week blocks.