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About Face: The Rugby Collection 2018

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About Face

Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, The Lowry and Rugby Collection.

30th March – 16th June


Each spring Rugby’s nationally renowned collection of 20th century and contemporary British art is exhibited and curated around a varying theme to encourage new readings and audiences. This year the theme of the exhibition is portraits, telling the story of some of the artists within the Rugby collection with help from loans from The National Portrait Gallery and The Lowry. The loans, which are all self-portraits, include Lucian Freud, Edward Bawden, Eduardo Paolozzi and Lowry.


The exhibition will also showcase new works added to the Rugby Collection, as well as some old favourites amongst regular visitors.

Alongside ‘About Face’, we will play host to a packed programme of events that will delve into the world of portraits further, giving visitors the opportunity to learn a new skill and expand their knowledge on the subject.  Talks include an 'In Conversation' with 2017 Turner Prize Winner Lubaina Himid with Claudette Johnson plus a  talk from Rugby Collection artist Winston Branch.


Visitors will also be given the opportunity to get involved with the exhibition by adding their own ‘selfie’ to the changing gallery of faces.

(Link image: Head of a Man LS Lowry 1938, copyright The Lowry Collection Salford)

Events Programme - Workshops and Talks 







From the National Portrait Gallery to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Discover how the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund helped bring prized paintings from the National Portrait Gallery to the cultural hub of Rugby.

About Face