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Did We Make It OK for Ourselves?

FREE EVENT Saturday 4 November 1pm-3pm

Join the artists and curator of the "Make it OK " exhibition as they reflect on this two year touring exhibition which explores damage and repair. There will be a panel discussion led by Nikki Grange of Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, followed by a tour of the exhibition and refreshments.

Artists Saidhbhin Gibson, Celia Pym, Freddie Robins & Karina Thompson will be present, as will curator Liz Cooper. We will also be joined by Michaela McMillan who was recently commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery to make a new work in response to the exhibiion.

This event is free but we would appreciate if you could pre-register through Event Bright so that we have enough cake.

This event is a must for anyone interested in the creation of an exhibition from both the curatorial and artistic perspective.




'What Do I Need to Do to Make It OK?'

16 September - 4 November 2017


touring exhibition

A touring exhibition, curated by Liz Cooper includes specially commissioned work from five international artists. Using stitch and other media the work explores damage and repair, disease and medicine, healing and restoration, to landscapes, bodies, minds and objects. Artists include, Dorothy Caldwell, Freddie Robins, Celia Pym, Karina Thompson and SaidhbhĂ­n Gibson.

This exhibition provides the last instalment in our programme exploring health and wellbeing and the impact cultural activities have on positive wellbeing and personal resilience. Our #ragmwellbeing exhibition explores these themes with two new commissions and a showcase of our work outside the Art Gallery and Museum.

Karina Thompson has led workshops with Age UK to develop a new collaborative piece. Rugby College students will exhibit artwork inspired by the themes of mending and repairing.

open day 23 sept

MixTape Lyric Lines 2017

Mixtape Lyric Lines is an installation that crosses the water and joins Michaela McMillan and her sister living in the Netherlands.  The cords of the piece map their memories and the distance between them.  Songs that marked their growing up together act as memory buttons reminding them of shared experiences.

As part of a wellbeing commission for Michaela ran a drop-in activity inspired by the exhibitions #MakeItOk and 'Music in Rugby'.  People were invited to suggest their own Mix Tape Lyric Lines and add them to the art installation being created that day.

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Image Credits

Saidhbhin Gibson Comfort & Joy II, photo Simon Williams

Dorothy Calwell Traces 2016 detail, photo Simon Williams

Freddie Robins installing Someone Else's Dream, photo Douglas Atfield