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Snapshot of the scene

Rugby Open 2004
Visitors at the private view with Laurence G. Tilley's ceramic Blemmyae on a Swing
Variety, quality and interest are key features at the 2004 Rugby Open, an exhibition well-worth catching for a glimpse at the town’s vibrant art scene.

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The fifth Rugby Open is on at the Museum and art Gallery until 9 January 2005. Showcasing the very best of the local arts talent, the exhibition is a fascinating snapshot of the Rugby Art scene.

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See photographs from the exhibition’s opening night by clicking on the images button below.

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A variety show

 Rugby Open 2004
Viewers reflected in Jack Kirk's Flower mirror
With works ranging from traditional crafts to digital photography and everything in between, the exhibition is varied and interesting. Quality is the most consistent element of all the works, with each piece having merit.

The curation also helps in the show’s success, as the range of work is presented in an uncluttered and accessible way, which brings out the best of the piece’s relationships with each other.

Paintings win prizes

 Rugby Open 2004
Polly Merredew receiving a prize at the opening
In 2004 there were 194 entries, which were whittled down by selectors Councillor Sue Peace, artists Chris Browne and Tom Hackett and curator Sanna Moore.

Prizes were also awarded at the private view, going to the following artists:

  • Bruno Cavellec
  • Polly Merredew
  • Angela Melkis
The People’s Prize, which visitors voted for at the exhibition, also went to Bruno Cavellec for He Has Left Us Alone (pictured below).

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 He has left us alone
Bruno Cavellec's He Has Left Us Alone, winner of two prizes at the Open
We have online portfolios of local artists, including the winners Bruno Cavellec and Polly Merredew.

Just follow this link to the Profiles Section to see more from local talent.

You can also submit your own work for inclusion free of charge.

Follow this link to the Submission Information for all the details.

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