Rugby’s stunning fine art

Floor One Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery, Library & Museum hosted the opening of the Rugby Collection of Art.''Pictured: Kathryn Lawrence (Mayor og Rugby) & Jess Morgan (Senior Exhibitions Officer).
Floor One Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery, Library & Museum hosted the opening of the Rugby Collection of Art.''Pictured: Kathryn Lawrence (Mayor og Rugby) & Jess Morgan (Senior Exhibitions Officer).

Rugby’s art gallery’s stunning collection of 20th century art went on display earlier this week.

The nationally renowned collection of art features works by LS Lowri, Lucian Freud and Barbara Hepworth among others. Visitors to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum can also enjoy a selection of craft works on special loan from the Crafts Council Collection alongside paintings from the Rugby Collection this year. The organisers say the eight pieces were chosen as they “resonate in different ways with key pieces in the Rugby Collection and will enhance the display of the artworks, encouraging new readings of works that are familiar to regular visitors”.

Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for culture at Rugby Borough Council, said: “Rugby is very proud of its British art collection and the annual exhibition is always eagerly awaited. It is particularly exciting this year to see new work go on show from a contemporary artist with such an impressive reputation.”

The pieces on loan include a ceramic work by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, a quilt by textile artist Pauline Burbidge and wooden furniture by Tomoko Azumi.

The exhibition selection this year will contain around 80 works covering portraiture, landscape and abstract styles. Within the exhibition are also a variety of free drop-in family activities including guides for exploring the gallery and opportunities to draw, colour and make creative and fun items to take home.

The Rugby Collection 2013 exhibition runs until June 15, and admission is free. Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.