Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
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.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 12pm - 4pm
Closed: Sundays & Mondays
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.
Social History, Fine Art, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- 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
- 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
- Any age
Portrait Masterclass series
- 5 May 2018 1-4pm
Portrait Masterclasses with Beccy Roberts: Part of the talks and workshops series accompanying the exhibition About Face: Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, the Lowry and the Rugby Collection.
Book now online or by calling 01788 533217
£20 entrance to exhibition FREE
Free Tours: About Face
- 28 April 2018 From 11am
- 5 May 2018 From 11am
- 12 May 2018 From 11am
- 19 May 2018 From 11am
- 26 May 2018 From 11am
- 2 June 2018 From 11am
- 9 June 2018 From 11am
- 16 June 2018 From 11am
This Spring Rugby’s renowned collection of 20th century and contemporary British art is being exhibited and curated around the theme of portraits. Telling the story of some of the artists within the Rugby collection with help from loans from The National Portrait Gallery and The Lowry. The loans, which are all self-portraits, include Lucian Freud, Edward Bawden, Eduardo Paolozzi and Lowry.
The exhibition will also showcase new works added to the Rugby Collection, as well as some of the old favourites.
Art Lecture Series: Talking Heads
- 12 May 2018 11am-1pm
- 26 May 2018 11am-1pm
3 lectures from Dr Conny Bailey to accompany the About Face exhibition:
Talking Heads: The Evolution of Portraiture from Antiquity to Andy Warhol
Head Starts: The Portrait and its Artistic Context
Headliners: Charting their own Course
What is Portraiture?
- 27 April 2018 12-1pm
What is Portraiture? Is it the artistic representation of a person? The fact of being whom or what you are? Or is it just a simulation - a photo shopped enhanced reality?
This talk is FREE but booking is recommended please book your place 01788 533217. Entry to exhibition is also free.
Night At Thy Museum
- 18 May 2018 4:30-6pm, 6-7:30pm, 7:30-9pm
Enter the gates of our Medieval World to meet the birds of prey, medieval folk and if you dare - Dreckly Dragon.
• Visit the royal parlour- meet our princess and learn royal some etiquette.
• Create a crown or princess hat
• Meet our friendly knight and learn some heraldry and valour
• Have magic wands at the ready to muster some magic in our spell making
£2 per person
Under 2s FREE
Tickets are limited and advance booking essential.
Time slots from 4.30 pm onward. Each time slot is for a 1.5 hour experience.
Visit www.ragm.co.uk or call 01788 533217
In conversation with...
- 25 May 2018 7-9pm
Prominent artists Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson talk about their work and inspirations leading to an in conversation event.
£5 Exhibition FREE
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.
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.
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