West Midlands


Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Herriot Country covers some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. From the grand sweeping hills and rich valleys of the world famous North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales to the charming market towns and picturesque villages of Thirsk, Northallerton, Easingwold, Great Ayton & Bedale.


Recognising the links between creative cultural activity and well-being, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum delivers an ambitious programme of contemporary visual art and social history exhibitions, as well as artist talks, creative workshops, performances, events, and activities for all ages. The Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art was established in 1946 when Rugby Borough Council made the commitment to collect artworks for the town.


The plan to build 'a lively and interesting collection of works of artists of promise and renown' recognised the benefits of culture to people's lives. The collection now holds over 230 artworks in a variety of media from painting and prints to drawing and video, and includes work by Barbara Hepworth, L. S. Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Paula Rego, Graham Sutherland, Lubaina Himid and Gillian Wearing. The Rugby Collection was without a fixed home at first, but since the year 2000 Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has cared for and exhibited the Rugby Collection and offer a unique view of British art through a programme of temporary exhibitions of contemporary art from British and international artists. In 2000, the Social History collection was established which collects, preserves, and presents objects, images and stories that reflect the history of the Borough of Rugby and its residents.


The same year, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum collaborated with Rugby Archaeological Society to present and preserve a Roman collection alongside other archaeological material from the Borough. For more information about Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and to find out what's on please visit the website www.ragm.co.uk or call 01788533201

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