Two worlds collide at Rugby art gallery

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A new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum explores the intriguing connections between photography and textiles.

Beyond Surface and Material - The Meeting Point Between Photography and Textiles opens at the art gallery on September 14 and features works by British and international artists. Curated by Birmingham City University’s Marlene Little, the exhibition celebrates the long-standing relationship between photography and textiles.

The featured artists all have different approaches to fusing the photographic and the textile – whether stitching directly into film or a photograph, collaging photographs on to textile canvases, or developing unique stitched drawings from photographic source materials.

The exhibition includes works by UK artists Julie Cockburn, Jess Edwards, Rosie James, and Marlene Little, and pieces by Danish artist Kirstine Roepstorff, Australian Patrick Snelling, and Sissi Farassat from Austria. The exhibition also includes a display of glass plates and photographic images from the Redding Photography Collection. The collection was produced by a local photographer from the 1950s to the 1970s and captures a unique view of Rugby’s social history.

Jessica Litherland, Rugby’s senior exhibitions officer, said: “After working on this exhibition for a number of months it is very exciting to see the art works arriving from as far afield as Australia. There are seven artists taking part in the show and their works are so varied. It is interesting to see how they have all approached working with photography and textiles in different ways.”

A number of free family activities run throughout the exhibition, including the chance to dress up in period costume inspired by photographic portraits and the opportunity to draw and make sheets. For more, visit