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Rugby Open 2019

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23 November 2019 - 11 January 2020

Exhibition catalogue for download

The Rugby Open is one of the highlights of our annual exhibition calendar and we are delighted that the Open is growing in its reach to the regional creative scene.  2019 has been a record-breaking year with over 400 artworks submitted and 193 selected for exhibition  The standard of art work continues to be high and we are more than pleased that the Youth Category is snapping at the heels of the adults in the quality of work.  

Many of the works in the Rugby 2019 are for sale.  Purchased artworks will be available for collection from Monday 13 January 2020.

Vote for the People’s Choice – Ask the Gallery Assistant for a voting slip and let us know your favourite art work in the exhibition.  There will be a prize awarded to the People’s Choice as voted for by the public before 31 December 2019.

Thank you to the judging panel who embraced the difficult (but enjoyable) challenge of selection. 

The selection panel:

Craig Ashley:  Director, New Art West Midlands

Emma Gardner: Printmaker and exhibiting artist in the RAGM 'Journeys to Home' 2018 exhibition

Councillor Kathryn Lawrence: Rugby Borough Council

Pete Thornley: a representative of local art group 'Tantalus'

Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting this year’s prizes

Rugby Open exhibition sponsors:

Rugby Borough Council: £1000 to overall winner & exhibition in the Floor One Gallery


Picture Perfect

Rugby and District Arts Society

The Arts Society, Rugby

The Merchant’s Inn, Rugby

Aesthetica Magazine - The Art & Culture Magazine

Youth Category:

Great Art

Martin Valentine

Aesthetica Magazine - The Art & Culture Magazine

Finally, we would like to thank all the artists and makers who submitted work and for providing an exhibition of diverse and stimulating artworks for visitors to enjoy.

Exhibiting Artists:

Collection of unsold entries at close of exhibition is Monday 13th January 2020, 10.30am - 4.00pm

Overall Winner of the Rugby Open 2019

Leavon Bowman

Ocean Rhythm

Oil on canvas

£1000 plus Floor One Gallery show

Prize sponsored by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum & Rugby Borough Council,


open winner

People's Choice Award

Stella Benford

Hollow Shells and Rusty Nails


peoples choice

Commended: Adult Category

Robert Page

The first time that you kissed me

Bronze resin on Ancaster stone

Award sponsored by Hobbycraft & Aesthetica Magazine

Open winner

The Arts Society Award Trophy

Ryan Hart

Mon frere

Oil on canvas


Rugby open award winner

Rugby & District Arts Society Award and the Bridget Aldridge Sculpture Award

Sarah 'Shiro' Parr

Mr Toad


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Curators' Selection

Adrian Baynes

So It Goes

Painted and burnt wood

Prize sponsored by The Merchants' Inn

rugby open winner

Picture Perfect, Northampton Award

John Henderson


Dip pen and ink on paper


Overall winner Youth Category

Aoife Anson-O'Connell

Self portrait 'Drenched'


Prize sponsored by GreatArt and Aesthetica Magazine

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Youth Highly Commended 17-19 years

Annabel Mitchell

Traindodge Bridge


Award sponsored by Great Art

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Youth Commended 17-19 years

Ryan Dunn

Shell Motorsport

Mixed media

Award sponsored by Great Art

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Youth Highly Commended 14-16 years

Rosie Cameron



Award sponsored by Great Art

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Youth Commended 14-16 years

Lizzie Blackie

2 Girls at Tate Modern


Award sponsored by Great Art

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Youth: The Martin Valentine Award

Freddie Anderson

Term 1

Mixed media

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Artists:Collection of unsold entries at close of exhibition

Monday 13th January 2020, 10.30am - 4.00pm

A storage charge o f£5 per work, per day, will be made for any works not collected on time, unless by prior agreement with the Senior Visual Arts Officer. The Gallery reserves the right to dispose of any work not collected by 31st January 2020 as specified in the entry regulations.