Rugby Art Gallery and Museum secures funding boost of nearly £100k

One of the gallery's exhibition spaces
One of the gallery's exhibition spaces

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has secured an investment of nearly £100,000 from Arts Council England.

The £95,834 funding from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund aims to support the Art Gallery and Museum’s plans for the future, improve the service for residents and reach out to wider national audiences.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum was one of only nine museums and heritage venues across the West Midlands to successfully bid for cash from the fund.

The grant has been earmarked for a range of initiatives, including work to raise the venue’s profile locally and nationally, and market research to help with the planning of future exhibitions and events.

The money also looks set to fund improvements to the Art Gallery and Museum’s exhibition spaces and facilities, and strengthen the venue’s connections with local communities to encourage new visitors.

Raj Chand, Rugby Borough Council’s head of customer and information services, said: “This is a great result for the Art Gallery, Museum and Visitor Centre.

“The investment will support targeted initiatives that will strengthen the service’s position as the council’s flagship cultural venue and help raise its profile on the national stage.”

The Museum Resilience Fund aims to boost development opportunities for museums and ensure the public can enjoy access to the country’s historical collections.

Peter Knott, Arts Council England’s area director, said: “The Arts Council’s Museum Resilience Fund is supporting museums to become more sustainable and robust so the public continues to benefit from them.

“Over the next year this funding will support Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to invest in improvements to offer visitors an even better experience.”