Painters. Sculptors. Bakers. Musicians. Actors. Writers. Photographers. Knitters. Crocheters. Potters. Modellers. Glass artists. Jewellers. Woodworkers. Wood turners. Wood carvers. Stone carvers. Mixed media artists. Designers. Graffiti artists. Dancers. Singers. Upcyclers. Sewists & sewers. Tailors.  Spinners. Weavers. Textile artists. Beaders. Portrait, landscape, and abstract artists. Watercolourists. Oil painters. Paper cutters. Paper engineers. Eco printers. Natural dyers. Lino printers. Screen printers. Ceramicists. Illustrators. Graphic designers. Doll customisers. Embroiderers. Lego artists. Architects…

Rugby (Warwickshire, UK) and its surrounding area has a huge number of artists, makers and creative people.  Rugby Artists & Makers was begun to promote and support local creatives and we now have an active Network working together to share and create opportunities.

We are beginning to take action on things that local artists and makers have said they are interested in: creative networking, using spaces and linking with businesses, and social media.

Click for our events page, and check out our blog for the very latest news and the option to subscribe. The blog replaces our mailing list and if you subscribe then new posts will come straight to your inbox.

Jump straight to the catalogues for our annual exhibitions:

2023: Full Spectrum

2022: Movement

2021: First exhibition

In 2022 our artists took part in Alexmas, and art weekends at The Alex, November-December, which also hosts our regular network meetings.  In August we had a group gazebo at Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park.  In June-July many local creatives were involved in Warwickshire Open Studios June-July Summer Art Weeks and new venue The Alex hosted 14 artists from our network.  April brought our 2nd exhibition “Movement” in Floor One gallery, coming a few months after two of our Network members, Steve Davies and Magdalena Edwards, created an exhibition in Floor One gallery at just one week’s notice of a vacancy in the schedule! January saw the final days of our Pop Up in Rugby Central shopping centre.

In December 2021 we opened our Pop Up in Rugby Central shopping centre, and used our new logo created the previous month by Nicky Luntley. In June our network held our first exhibition, in Floor One

Our Instagram account aims to show you what local artists and makers are up to right now. It’s a great place to start if you are looking to see local creativity, or to buy or commission a piece, or looking for a creative collaboration. If you prefer your creative encounters to be in the real world then keep an eye on the schedule for The Alex where many of our members can be found.

This website, with the linked Instagram account and (sporadic) email newsletter, aims to become a place to find creative people of all kinds. It also contains useful information for local creative people on opportunities to exhibit, perform, sell, and run a creative business.

If you are a local creative and would like to be listed, or have any suggestions to make, please get in touch. There is no charge to be listed.

The small print…

Your information

This site doesn’t collect information from visitors beyond whatever WordPress collects automatically.

If you ask to be on the website or to be on the mailing list then you are agreeing for the information you submit to be used for those purposes.

If you use the form on the Contact page then your message is received by email and will be used to reply, if appropriate.

If you have news you’d like to have shared please tag us in Instagram or contact rugbyartistsandmakers@gmail.com as far ahead of the event/opportunity as possible.

You can also “subscribe” to the site to receive updates.

Information that you provide won’t be sold and won’t be given to anyone without asking you if it’s okay, or unless it’s required by law (which does seem rather unlikely!)

Listed artists and makers have all asked to be listed. Groups, societies & studios, Galleries and shops, Opportunities to exhibit, and Creative resources and learning, are all listed without asking them.  Whether you are an individual or an organisation your listing will be removed if you request it to be removed.  Please get in touch if your listing needs to be changed or removed.

Copyright & licensing
Please don’t send an image to represent your work that doesn’t belong to you for whatever reason. The obvious example is that it’s not your work or not your original idea, but it could also be, for example, that the image of your work belongs to the person who took the photo.

Please don’t send an image based on licensed material (like Disney, Marvel, etc) or send text which says you do that kind of work – unless you bought the license, of course!

This site is a one woman show and simply aims to help creative people. There are no resources for research, conflict resolution, or legal disputes, so if it all goes pear-shaped the most likely outcome is closure of the site and me eating a lot of chocolate in a darkened room. Please be kind, to me and each other.