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Rugby Open Art Exhibition 2017

This year’s Rugby Open is a celebration of the diverse talent in Rugby and the surrounding areas.  The exhibition is part of our ongoing support for the creative scene of the area and we have been delighted with the support in return -  126 artists entered 272 artworks this year.  It is always a difficult decision to select from the entries and we hope that visitors will enjoy the range of artworks on display.  This year for the first time we have introduced a category to support emerging artists aged 16 to 25 years, which is also supported by new prizes. We hope that this category will grow, encouraging younger artists to be part of our creative community.

We would like to thank this year’s selection panel:

Councillor Sue Roodhouse, Rugby Borough Council
Councillor Kathryn Lawrence, Rugby Borough Council
Keith Ward, Dunchurch Photographic Society
Michael Shaw, artist, Sculpting the Museum, 2017

rugby open winner

Rugby Open Winner 2017

Bryan Beresford Kelly

'The Red House'

Prize of £1000 plus 2 week exhibition space in the Floor One Gallery

Prize supported by Rugby Borough Council

HOF winner

World Rugby Hall of Fame

Jane Tilley with 'Meadow Life'

rADAS winner

Rugby & District Arts Society

Philippa Powell with 'Autumn Colours'


The Arts Society: Rugby Branch

Frank Cook with 'Canterbury Cathedral'

picture perfect winner

Picture Perfect, Northampton

Eric Gaskell with Audlem Mill

rugby open winner

Martin Valentine Youth Award for 16-25 years also supported by the Fosse House Gallery, Dunchurch

Chloe Bell with 'Complete Me'

isabel meeke

Sue Byrne Award for a textile piece 16-25 years

Isabel Meeke with 'Embroidered Eye'


Highly Commended 16-25 years

Alisdair Rolt with Japanese Macaque

jamie Birch

Highly Commended 16-25 years

Jamie Birch with Scrap metal sculpture of a female torso

All images copyright of the artist.

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