Rugby artists' showcase to open next week - The Rugby Observer

Rugby artists' showcase to open next week

THE CREAM of the town’s artistic talent takes centre stage next week in a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

The Rugby Open invites artists from across the borough to submit artworks to feature in the annual exhibition.

Nearly 300 pieces have been entered this year, with the judging panel set to choose a selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and ceramics to be showcased at the exhibition when it opens on Tuesday (November 28).

Judges include sculptor Mike Shaw, who hosted the Sculpting The Museum exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum earlier this year, Keith Miller, of Dunchurch Photographic Society, Dylan James, winner of the Aiming High youth exhibition at this year’s Rugby Festival of Culture, and borough councillors Kathryn Lawrence and Sue Roodhouse.

The winners of this year’s Open will be announced at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s Festive Evening on Friday December 8.

Prizes have been sponsored by Rugby Borough Council, the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Rugby and District Art Society, Northampton’s Picture Perfect, The Arts Society Rugby, Sue Byrne, chair of Rugby Artists’ Group, and artists Martin Valentine and Bridget Aldridge.

Rugby Borough Council growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “The Rugby Open has attracted a bumper crop of entries this year.

“The quality and diversity of the submissions is a testament to the depth of the borough’s artistic talent and the judges have an unenviable task in deciding the winners.”

The Rugby Open runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until Saturday January 13.

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