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The Rugby Collection is a renowned collection of 20th century and Contemporary British Art. The Collection contains over 170 artworks in a variety of media from painting and prints to drawing and video, including works by L. S. Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Paula Rego and Graham Sutherland. Started in 1946 by Rugby Borough Council in 1946, the Collection has been housed at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum since the gallery opened in 2000. The gallery continues to collect works by British artists of 'promise and renown' supplemented by gifts and bequests from organisations such as the Contemporary Art Society. Highlights of the collection are 'Monday Morning' by L. S. Lowry, 'Richard Carline' by Stanley Spencer, 'The Bride's Secret Diary' by Paula Rego and 'Three Groups of Figures on a Pink Ground' by Barbara Hepworth.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum also holds the 'Local Art Collection'; a small but significant collection of local paintings, and pieces of local historical relevance that are held in the Social History Collection. 

The collections are not on permanent display but a selection is shown in an annual exhibition. The collections can be accessed in store by appointment. Please contact the gallery for further details. 

A selection of the works can be seen on the Art UK website - a joint initiative between the Public Catalogue Foundation (now known as Art UK), 3000 museums and other art collections and the BBC.