21st Apr, 2021

Outdoor exhibition showcases talented Rugbeians’ photography and art

AN OUTDOOR exhibition showcasing talented Rugbeians’ photography and art has been unveiled at the growing neighbourhood of Houlton.

The installation along the development’s nature trails features 20 rustic frames which will host a range of locally-produced artwork throughout the year.

The first exhibition, which will be on display until the summer, features images snapped by budding local photographers and members of the community throughout lockdown last year.

Houlton master developer Urban&Civic plans to showcase a variety of professional and amateur work in the future, as part of its drive to engage with local artists.

The developer is also on the hunt for a Rugby-based artist to create an illustration or painting of the growing community in their own signature style.

Galina Bardarska from Urban&Civic at Houlton said: “We are delighted to unveil Houlton’s outdoor art exhibition, an installation which we hope will bring great joy to our residents as well as showcasing local talent from around Rugby.

“We’re passionate about supporting the arts in the area, and our new addition to Houlton will enable us to shine a spotlight on Rugby’s talented individuals, as well as to hold more initiatives like our photography competition in the future.

“The first installation showcases just a handful of the fantastic entries capturing the wonderful wildlife that we received during the summer. It is lovely to see so much talent right here on our doorstep, but it is also heartening to see how exploring Houlton’s space has helped our residents through the challenging times of lockdown.”

Houlton is already home to over 500 families, a community centre, an adventure play park, and St Gabriel’s Primary School. Later this year, the community will welcome its secondary school, Houlton School, a food store and a new nursery. Once complete, it will comprise 6,200 new homes.

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