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Our aim is to make art accessible to all communities in the borough by bringing exciting projects to Rugby, supporting the Rugby Festival of Culture and through one to one advice and support sessions for local groups, artists and creative people.

How can Arts Development Help You? 

If you are interested in having a one to one advisory session or for information on networking opportunities and up to date grant funding contact Arts Development on 01788 533223 or

Community Grants 2019. 

Community Project Grant

Our Community Project Grants offer a revenue grant of up to £2,000 for community and voluntary organisations to deliver one-off projects or activities which benefit the borough's community.  There are grants for Arts groups/individual artists who engage communities in creative activities.

Examples of recent projects which have secured grants include:

  • artists working with community groups
  • youth film project
  • street art murals

You must read the Guidance Notes for Grant Applicants before submitting your application.

Apply for a Community Project Grant

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 or call on (01788) 533223 to organise a meeting or have a chat. 

Festival of Culture 2017

Just some of the moments we were involved with ...

Journeys home event
journeys home
festival of culture
Journeys Home event
cocktails and colouring 2017
FOC 2017
Festival of culture, highly sprung
drawing class
art trail

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. 


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

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.