Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV21 3BZ
England

Website

www.ragm.org.uk

E-mail

ragm@rugby.gov.uk

Telephone

01788 533201

Fax

01788 533204

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building.

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

Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud.
Tripontium Collection of Roman artifacts from an important Roman settlement near Rugby.
Social History Collection 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.
Jack Lucas Gallery

The Jack Lucas Gallery

  • 3 May 2000 — 1 December 2030 *on now

Named after the Site Director of the Tripontium excavations, The Jack Lucas Gallery at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum hosts a collection of Roman artefacts found at the nearby settlement of Tripontium.

Among the many exhibits on display in this gallery are a full skeleton of a human girl and a beautifully detailed belt-buckle depicting two peacocks by a tree. Both of these finds have been dated to the fourth century AD. Also present are Roman coins, tools and pots as well as an intact milestone.

This gallery also includes information on the history of the Rugby Archaeological Society.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Website

http://www.RAGM.org.uk

Social History Gallery

The Social History Gallery

  • 20 December 2011 — 3 December 2030 *on now

The Social History Gallery at Rugby Museum tells the story of the people who lived (or live) in Rugby. Objects in this exhibition have been generously donated from local people and the collection continues to grow and change all the time.

The Gallery is divided into four sections focusing on different areas of peoples lives with the Community Life area focusing on establishments and events that brought people in the town together, including Schools, Sports, Clubs and objects from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and both world wars.
The Domestic and Family Life display contains objects that reflect the dedication to home life and includes games and toys, kitchenware and newspaper cuttings. The Personal Life case however, holds objects that would have belonged to one individual and been important to them such as scrapbooks, diaries, samplers and photograph albums.
Finally the Working Life area focuses on industries that made Rugby a recognised name all over the world. Objects from factories such as Willans and Robinson, British Thomson Houston and British Rail.

There are various other objects in the museum and an interactive kiosk for your information.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

John Minton, Corsican Landscape, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council

Rugby Collection 2014

  • 12 April — 14 June 2014 *on now

The Rugby Collection holds works by many well-known 20th century and contemporary artists including Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, L.S Lowry and AK Dolven.

For 2014 the exhibition will focus on conservation and how the art gallery looks after the art works in its care. Visitors to the 2013 Rugby Collection exhibition were asked what they would like to know about collections care and we will endeavour to answer those questions through a vibrant, informative and interactive display. "Why are some paintings behind glass?" "Does a camera flash damage a picture?" "How long does an oil painting last?" Answers to these questions and many more will be tackled by the art gallery staff.

This year the art gallery is also pleased to present a selection of new art works made in response to pieces in the Rugby Collection by local artists from the Alchemy group.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

R.B. Kitaj, Republic of the Southern Cross

The Best is Not Too Good For You

  • 28 June — 30 August 2014

Exploring the theme of art and philanthropy in developing public collections, a year-long series of Contemporary Art Society displays has been developed that seeks out treasures of regional galleries.

Curated by Arts Council England Curatorial Fellows, in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society and the Whitechapel Gallery, the series of displays is supported by a touring exhibition, related talks and publication of essays.

The exhibition ‘The Best is Not Too Good For You’ has been curated by Ingrid Swenson. It considers notions of value though the selection of fine and applied art objects with a particular concentration on ceramics and pop art from collections across the Midlands. The focus is not how much something may be worth, but how images and objects that fill our lives can be outward demonstrations of who we are in the world – what we think, and believe in.

This event is part of the Rugby Festival of Culture 27 June – 13 July 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

Three panelled furoshiki (detail), cotton, with tsutugaki decoration of the crane and turtle. 1890’s

It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present

  • 20 September 2014 — 10 January 2015

Japanese furoshiki are square shaped textile cloths that are used to wrap and carry different types of everyday goods or gifts for a special occassion.

As well as being a very flexible way of carrying around items furoshiki can also be beautifully adorned with embroidery or stained or printed with delicate patterns rich with symbolism.

The exhibition display will include historical and contemporary furoshiki cloths. There are hundreds of ways of using furoshiki and myriad ways of wrapping, folding and tying them. The exhibition will present several examples of wrapping techniques and there will be practical advice on hand on how to go about wrapping a furoshiki of your own. Alongside the furoshiki will be contextual materials such as textile dyeing paper stencils, photographs and Japanese prints.

From wrapping up your lunch box to take to the office, making a flexible bag for day to day use or a night out on the town, or a unique way of wrapping a gift to make it an extra special present, furoshiki offer a unique way of carrying around our every-day essentials that is also very eco-friendly. We will also be exploring in the display how furoshiki offer a great alternative to using plastic bags. Come along to the exhibition to learn more about this very original Japanese custom and learn how to make your very own furoshiki.

Curated by Michele Walker.

image: Three panelled furoshiki (detail), cotton, with tsutugaki decoration of the crane and turtle. 1890’s. 83 x 79, © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

The exhibition includes FREE drop in activities and bookable workshops as well as a day of FREE drawing workshops for The Big Draw in October. Please see our website for more details.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Rugby Open Competition

Rugby Open 2015

  • 22 January — 15 March 2015

The annual Rugby Open exhibition presents the best artwork from the area. Artists based within a 15 mile radius of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will display work in a variety of media from painting and photography to ceramics, textiles and 3-D work.
Many of the works are for sale, providing an ideal opportunity to purchase a unique Christmas gift.
A range of prizes are supported by local businesses and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will offer the first prize of an exhibition in Floor One Gallery along with a People's Choice prize.

PLEASE NOTE: dates currently subject to change. please check in late 2014 for confirmed dates.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

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.
SMART

Easter Chick Hunt

  • 12 — 26 April 2014 *on now

Can you find our cheeky chicks hidden around the Art Gallery and Museum?

Enter your answers into our competition for the chance to win a prize!

Part of the SMART Easter Holiday 2014 programme based at the Art Gallery and Museum.

Drop-in Activity, all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

Little discoveries

Little Discoveries: Splash!

  • 25 April 2014 1:30-2:30pm

Cut and stick sparkling fish and explore our fisherman’s dolls house in the museum.

Part of the FREE monthly Little Discoveries activities at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. Drop in activity for under 5's. Parents must accompany children.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

SMART

Meet the Victorians

  • 25 April 2014 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm

Meet Captain Wyatt and his wife Eliza, a typical upper class couple from the 1890s.

They will be pleased to talk about their life and times and teach you the do’s and don’ts of polite society.

There will be two sessions run. 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm.

Part of the SMART Easter Holiday 2014 programme based at the Art Gallery and Museum.

Drop-in Activity, all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

Animals come out to play!

Late Night Science At The Museum

  • 23 May 2014 5:30-10:30pm

The ‘Museums at Night’ event is part of the European-wide campaign of the same name (La Nuit de Musées), which takes place in May.

It celebrates the exciting experiences that museums can provide.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

Pencil colours

The Big Draw

  • 11 October 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Join us at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum for the national Big Draw event.

For more information call: (01788) 533201, visit: www.ragm.org.uk, find rugby art gallery and museum on Facebook or follow @RugbyGallery on twitter

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ragm.org.uk

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

http://www.ragm.org.uk

Eduaction 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. There are currently two packs available: Tripontium (roman) and Ancient Egypt.

How to obtain

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

Loan Boxes

http://www.ragm.org.uk

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

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