Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building. The building is also home to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 12pm - 4pm

Closed: Sundays & Mondays

Admission charges

Free Entry

The Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud. The Collection is not on permanent display but is shown for several weeks annually.
The Archaeology Gallery showcases Roman artifacts from Tripontium, an important Roman settlement near Rugby. Other recent finds are also display
The Social History Collection has a changing programme of exhibitions displaying objects reflecting Rugby's industrial history, impact of war and the changing pattern of family life.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tripontium
  • Rugby Collection
  • Bridget Riley
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Lucian Freud
  • L S Lowry
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Paula Rego
  • Paul Nash
  • Walter Sickert
  • Prunella Clough
  • Louis le Brocquy
  • Leon Kossoff
  • Humphrey Spender
  • David Tindle
  • Carel Weight
  • Evelyn Williams
  • Christopher Wood
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
men harvesting by hand

Rural Rugby

  • 30 March — 1 September 2018 *on now

Displays from the social history collection reflecting rural life in the borough. Also includes items from Marton Museum of Country Bygones

Suitable for

  • Any age


Lino Print, Eric Gaskell

Journeys to Home

  • 30 June — 1 September 2018

The exhibition is the second art intervention inspired by the Redding Collection of photographic glass negatives which capture parts of Rugby life during the 1950 - 70s.

Journeys to Home will feature works by regional contemporary printmakers George Sfougoras, Carry Akroyd, Serena Smith, Eric Gaskell, John McGowan, Sorrell Kinley, Anna Phillips, Emma Gardner, Tony Linde and Sumiko Eadon. The artists will demonstrate many printmaking techniques throughout the exhibition including linocuts, lithography, etching and screenprinting.

Featured alongside the works will be a working print studio where visitors can add to a collaborative piece of work in a series of ‘drop in’ events.
A small display about the Redding Collection research will be presented alongside the Journey’s to Home exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Yiatia Kircagac Screenprint 2017

Print Demonstrations

  • 30 June 2018 11am-2pm
  • 4 July 2018 10am-2pm
  • 11 July 2018 10am-2pm
  • 18 July 2018 10am-2pm
  • 25 July 2018 10am-2pm
  • 1 August 2018 10am-2pm
  • 8 August 2018 10am-2pm
  • 15 August 2018 10am-2pm
  • 22 August 2018 10am-2pm
  • 29 August 2018 10am-2pm

The artists will demonstrate many printmaking techniques throughout the exhibition including linocuts, lithography, etching and screenprinting.

Come and learn about a variety of print techniques and have a go yourself.

Saturday 30 June 11 - 2pm and then every Wednesday 10 - 12pm throughout the exhibition

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Britain on Film: South Asian Britain

Britain on Film: South Asian Britain

  • 3 July 2018 12:30-2pm, 6:30-8pm

In the 70th anniversary year of Partition and Indian Independence, explore the history of Britain’s South Asian population with our latest Britain on Film programme weaving together archive footage from across the UK throughout the 20th century and touching on disparate communities originally from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


£3 For further information and to book an event visit our website or call the Visitor Centre on 01788 533217


Drypoint etching

Drypoint Etching with Emma Gardener

  • 13 July 2018 10am-4pm

Make marks to create your image and then ink and print using a press. This technique has a beautiful soft line and lends itself to any subject matter simple or more complex. You will learn how to manipulate the ink to experiment with your image and add colour and texture with chin colle.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Lino Print

Lino Printing Workshop

  • 11 August 2018 10am-4pm

"Making careful cuts in a piece of lino, inking the remaining surface and pressing onto a piece of paper is a traditional method of printmaking.
The first thing you need is an idea. You can draw from memory, photographs or your imagination. The drawing helps to show how the linocut “might” end up. When complete you’ll put the drawing on the block.
The good thing about print is it is a slow, deliberate act, the bad thing - you can’t undo a mistake. So you won’t rush into it, you’ll take your time and consider each cut. As you go along to make sure it’s right we...
You can proof with a spoon or a press. The proof will help you decide what the next cuts will be, how things are going and if you need to make any changes to your initial idea, the we can...
Normally when the final proof is made, you’re satisfied with how it looks and you can do no more you make a limited edition of prints. The job is complete.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£45 (inc. Materials)


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Education Packs for schools

Education packs designed to assist teachers in school trips to Rugby Art Gallery ang Museum. The packs contain activities for the children complete based on exhibits displayed and extra activities performed within the museum.

How to obtain

Contact Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533201 to talk about booking a trip.

Loan Boxes

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has loan boxes available to schools and organisations for a maximum period of two weeks. There are five different subjects available for loan: Romans, Victorians, World War II, Rugby Through The Ages and William Webb Ellis.
Prices usually £5 but can vary depending on terms of use and can be discussed upon contact with the gallery.

How to obtain

Contact a member of staff at the gallery to request a box and the dates required. This will be confirmed via the telephone

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
CV21 3BZ




01788 533201


01788 533204

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