Turning arts cuts to art - for art’s sake

Launch of the Tantalus Christmas Exhibition
Launch of the Tantalus Christmas Exhibition

THE TWELVE Days of Christmas - with a twist - is now on show at a new town centre art gallery.

The Tantalus Project is hosting the Twelve Days of Christmas Cuts exhibition at The Gallery at Verve in North Street.

Artist Pete Thornley from the group said: “The Tantalus Project presents its Christmas exhibition based on the theme of cuts at the new gallery at Verve in Rugby.

“It is the first Christmas exhibition the group has exhibited away from Floor One at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, where they exhibited for ten years.

“Ironically the theme cuts for this year’s exhibition was scheduled to be shown at Floor One. The project left Floor One and went into partnership with Verve to create a new gallery in Rugby which has so far shown some exciting new artists and works.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cuts features new works from 18 members of the Tantalus Project. The exhibition opened on Tuesday this week and will run for 12 days, closing on Sunday, December 18.

The Gallery will be open to the public during the opening hours of Verve bar, which will be posted outside the main entrance. Pete said: “The Project hope that the new works will, as usual, create debate about certain aspects of the demolition of the arts and culture in the UK especially pertaining to the provision of, and access to, art in schools, colleges and universities.”

The Tantalus Project has decided this year to hold an auction of certain works by members in aid of Cancer Research UK. This will take place by submission of sealed bids to be left in a box inside the gallery.

All the works donated to the auction will be on view in the smaller gallery space within The Gallery.

Owners of the winning bids will be notified at the end of the exhibition on December 18.