The art collections held by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum are an eclectic mix made up of 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. It is, however, for the Rugby Collection of 20th century and Contemporary British Art that the gallery is particularly renowned.
The Rugby 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. The collection was started by Rugby Borough Council in 1946 and 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' supplimented by generous 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.
The collection is not on permanent display but a selection is shown in an annual exhibition. The collection can be accessed in store by appointment. Please contact the gallery for further details.