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Creative Advisory Sessions

The Arts Development service is available to help with your project plans, funding or business advice for local artists. We appreciate your busy schedules and the time constraints of deadlines so this year rather than host a series of day advice sessions we invite you to e-mail our officer at ragm@rugby.gov.uk or call on (01788) 533223 to organise a meeting or have a chat. 



The Festival of Culture 2017, 24 June to 16 July

Art Trail, Rugby Festival of Culture 2017
The Festival returns even bigger and better this year (see the full programme at www.rugbyfestivalofculture.co.uk ).  The Arts Development have been fully involved this year organising the Art Trail around the town celebrating local artists and 'Aiming High' an exhibition by local secondary schools.


NHS Road Show 2017

The NHS Roadshow event was a big success, with local people bringing in their objects whilst discussing what the NHS means to them.  There were also lots of activities for the children with artist Michaela McMillan running an exciting workshop making colourful test tubes of glitter, flowers, feathers and lots more!  Visitors were asked to write a word about how they felt on their way into the Art Gallery and Museum space, and also on their way out.   There were some very interesting responses as you can see on the images. 

roadshow




The Festival of Culture 2016

This year’s Festival of Culture has been a huge success, with an abundance of events happening throughout the town and in Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.   If you didn’t get to all of the events some of the highlights have been the Art Trail around 29 venues in town, Dramatic Draw, a lampshade making workshop, Cocktails and Colouring, Little Discoveries, Mini Explorers and the Festival of Archaeology.  Not to mention the exhibition at the Art Gallery;’ A Life in Pattern: The Life and Works of Sheila Bownas’, Rugby High Schools exhibition, ‘Chrysalis’ and a Morris dancing extravaganza in the town centre and gallery!


Morris dancing image
image of lampshade making
morris dancing image
dramatic draw image
morris children image
image of cocktails and colouring


Arts Grants 2016

This year we have awarded five creative projects up to £1000 from Rugby Borough Council’s Art Grant.  It was a tough competition, with some projects only narrowly missing out, but we are very excited that the five successful ones will showcase local talent in the town over the next year.   The successful projects are…
Create, Play and Make:  A project for children under five and their carers to explore and experiment with materials to make a textile artwork.
Project Nirvana: A group of young people will work together to produce a film exploring emotions and how they communicate with one another.
Express Art Group:  A creative group for socially isolated adults who will get the opportunity to learn a new skill every week.  Sessions will include printmaking, up-cycling craft activities and painting.  
Grown-ups and Wigglers: An inclusive dance class for children under five with and without additional needs.
Spitfire Theatre Company: An outdoor theatre performance of a Midsummers Night Dream.  
For more information on any of this year’s projects, or to find out more about the Art Grant, please contact Arts Development on 01788 533223 or email ragm@rugby.gov.uk.


Rugby's got balls 2015


rugby ball sculptures

Rugby's Got Balls was a community arts project that was  developed by Kookooshaboo arts collective, with support from Rugby Borough Council. The project involved the build and design of large rugby ball sculptures with colourful designs at various locations around the town.

The project  involved Rugby College art students, 2000 school children and the local community. Designs included thumb prints, a selection of children's drawings in response to 'what you like about Rugby' as well as a Kookooshaboo's artistic creation.

These sculptures were commissioned by Rugby Borough Council.