New exhibition reveals creative secrets behind Rugby’s Webb Ellis statue

Graham Ibbeson reveals the secrets behind the creation of the Webb Ellis statue at a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Graham Ibbeson reveals the secrets behind the creation of the Webb Ellis statue at a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
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Acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson has opened a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Ibbeson created Rugby’s bronze statue of William Webb Ellis, commemorating the moment a young Webb Ellis picked up the ball at Rugby School and ran.

The Graham Ibbeson Exhibition gives a unique insight into how the statue was produced, with Ibbeson’s original drawings, photographs and models giving a unique glimpse of the sculptor’s creative process.

Barnsley-based Ibbeson, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, has created iconic sculptures of a number of famous figures, including comedians Les Dawson and Benny Hill, and cricket legends Fred Trueman and Dickie Bird.

His most famous work, a statue of Eric Morecambe, was unveiled in the comedian’s home town of Morecambe by the Queen.

Graham Ibbeson visits Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday (October 3) to give a free talk about his work.

The talk starts at 2pm and places must be booked in advance by calling Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or emailing visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “Graham Ibbeson has created a host of acclaimed works and this new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum details how he approaches a commission, from concept to completion.

“It’s a fascinating insight into the creation of one of Rugby’s main visitor attractions, which has stood outside Rugby School for nearly 20 years.”

The Graham Ibbeson Exhibition runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until January 9.

For more information about the Art Gallery and Museum’s programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate the Rugby World Cup, visit www.ragm.co.uk