Rugby’s new art gallery will
open its doors to the public next week to complete a trio of new
developments in the town.
It follows hot on the heels of
the opening of the museum last month and the library in March. They
are all housed in the same new building in Little Elborow Street.
To mark the opening on Tuesday
16 May, the Rugby Collection of modern British art will return home to
an exhibition called “Re-union”.
On display until 2 September
will be work by artists include Stanley Spencer, Percy Wyndham Lewis,
LS Lowry, Paula Rego and Barbara Hepworth.
The exhibition includes
choices by a number of personalities including rugby commentator Cliff
Morgan, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves and Rugby athlete
It is the first time that the
collection will have gone on display in its home town for 15 years. It
has previously been based at the Mead gallery at Warwick University.
Plans are to exhibit the
collection at regular intervals to allow future generations to enjoy
Special furniture for the
gallery has been commissioned from local maker Andrew Varah.
Rugby borough Council chief
executive Diane Colley said:
”For many people in Rugby
this will be their first opportunity to see the Rugby collection.
“I think that they will be
surprised and delighted by the quality and variety or works.
“We have dreamed of
bringing the collection back to Rugby for many years and this is a
wonderful way to celebrate the millennium – we now have a superb
facility for everyone to enjoy.”
“The Art Gallery itself is
on the second floor of the building and is very light and spacious.
“It also has great views
over Rugby and on a clear day you can see for miles.“
Opening hours are: Tuesday and
Thursday 10 – 8; Wednesday and Friday 10 – 5; Saturday 10 - 4;
Sunday 1 – 5. The gallery is closed on Mondays.