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Rugby Gallery Attracts 10,000 Visitors Already

The first public showing of the Rugby Collection of Modern Art has attracted 10,000 visitors in less than two months.

But the show will be closing next month, to be replaced by a fresh selection of art.

The purpose-built art gallery in the town centre opened in May and its first showing was of some of the collection owned by the council.

For years, the collection had to be stored 15 miles away at Warwick University because there was no suitable place in Rugby to house the art work.

About a third of the 146 pieces have been shown so far, but that comes to an end in early September. 

More art from the Rugby Collection will be on display from 17 February to 8 April next year. 

The current selection will be replaced by a show called Sentient Being, with painting and art work mainly themed on animals from next month.

Wendy Parry, museums and galleries manager, said:

“We feel now is a food opportunity to remind people that they only have a few more weeks to view the exhibition and take home the souvenir catalogue.

“We had wonderful support from Rugby Cement to print the catalogue and we would like to see the last few hundred sold before we close the exhibition, which is why we have reduced the price to £1.”

But she said it was not just about visitor numbers:

“It is not just a question of getting people through the door. We want people to enjoy the Collection. 

"I would be happy if half that number had come if they had all really enjoyed it.”

The reaction so far has been positive anyway. The visitor figures have impressed art gallery staff.

Most people have come from the Rugby area, but good feedback has led to visitors coming from further afield because of word of mouth. 

Staff from other museums have been for a look, owing to the good name of the Rugby Collection.

The art gallery - located in the new library between St Matthew’s Street and Elborow Street - is open six days a week, and closed Monday, but will be open on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Call 01788 533202 for more details.

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