Pop up

Rugby’s Artists and Makers Pop Up

We are back! 6th – 13th January.

Showing -Selling – Networking – Learning – Doing

Pop Up part 2 is in a different format from our pre-Christmas Pop Up part 1. Read on to find out about the full schedule between 6th and 13th January.

Come and visit us in Rugby Central shopping centre (CV21 2JR), near to the entrance from the marketplace, in the old Thorntons unit, between Grape Tree and Claire’s, opposite The Works.

Thursday 6th January, 10am – 4pm – Weaving studio

Four weavers will be operating five looms, and accompanied by two spinners.

If you’ve ever wondered about weaving and spinning, this is your chance to watch, learn and ask questions.

I love how different techniques have their own technology and language – come and learn your warp from your weft, and your heddle from your raddle. Find out how to change the shed with one foot! If you’ve never met a saori loom, a Kromski rigid heddle loom, Lervad 4 shaft countermarch, a band loom or an Ashford Joy, this is your chance!

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th, 10am – 4pm – Buy from the artist / maker

On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th we will have artists and makers in the Pop Up showing and selling their work.

Friday 7th: Blue Coppice, Magdalena Edwards, Gemma Whitford and Ditherella’s Workshop.

Saturday 8th, Blue Coppice, Magdalena Edwards, Sarais Crawshaw, Tamsen Flack & Barn, Yarn, & Farm.

Sunday 9th, 11am – 4pm – Rugby Jewellers Pop Up

Note the later, Sunday lie-in, start time.

Makers of jewellery and wearable art from the Rugby Artists and Makers Network will be showing their work, and how they make it, and will have pieces available to buy.

Taking part are Blackberry Hare Jewellery, Black Cat Silver, Ceramics & Silks, De Terra, and Ditherella’s Workshop. See jewellery and wearable art made in sterling and fine silver, resin, porcelain, silk, and paper and plaster.

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th – Rugby Artists and Makers Networking (Network members only, not open to the public)

Our Network is all about getting creative people together to share knowledge, skills and experience, and to share and create opportunities. This is what we will be focusing on for these two days.

Wednesday 12th, 10am – 2pm – Mindful Drawing with Gemma Whitford (Drop in, no need to book)

Enjoy a relaxed drop-in drawing session with artist Gemma Whitford. There’s no need for special skills, just come along, relax, and have a go.

Note this session runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday 13th, 4pm & 5pm Little Painter Children’s Painting workshops with Rebecca Jane Art (Booking Essential)

Ages 5 to 7 – 45 min FREE workshop from 4pm
Ages 8 to 11 – 1 hour FREE workshop from 5pm


A great opportunity to allow your children’s creative juices to flow.
See the joy on your child’s face as they have some fun!

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Exhibiting artist Rebecca Jane Rebecca has recently worked with almost 700 school pupils creating masterpieces to take home and will work on a piece with the children to take home during these workshops in step by step stages.

Now fully booked.

(One adult will need to remain in venue with a mask on during the workshop).

Please wear old clothes! Aprons will be provided and paints will be water-based.

...and that’s a wrap!

13th January will be the final day of the Pop Up. If you like what you have seen then do get in touch with us at rugbyartistsandmakers@gmail.com especially if:

  • you’re an artist or maker and you’d like to get involved with the Network
  • you are a business who would like to work with/exhibit/sell work by local artists and makers
  • you’re looking for an artist for a commission, workshops, or events.

Pop Up part 1 – read on to see what we did

Rugby Central, 4th – 17th December

All participants are members of the RA&M network.

About the Pop Up

We had a gallery on the walls of the unit throughout the Pop Up dates, and demonstrations on the opening day and on the morning and afternoon of each weekday. On each day we had a changing selection of artists and makers showing and selling their work.

It was a great opportunity for members of our Network group to get to know each other better and to meet lots of people who came to visit, and commented how lovely it was to have such a Pop Up appear in the town centre.


Read more about our demonstrators here. (Note the schedule did change a little along the way).


Our gallery exhibited works by Brian Dickinson, Clare Pentlow, Dee Luntley, Gemma Whitford, Glynis Haywood-Bradley, Jane Archer, Jenny Ball, Jennie Fletcher, Nicky Luntley, Rebecca Caulton, Sarais Crawshaw, Steve Davies, Tamsen Flack, who are listed below in our Pop Up Schedule, and also works by:

Emma Town
Instagram @emmatownfineart

John Thompson
Instagram @john_thompson_imagery

Artists & makers in our Pop Up schedule

Helen Button Ceramic art and illustrations.
Instagram: @helen_button_art

Lottie Cockell: Purple Rose Embroidery (Demonstrator)
Blackwork embroidery  
Instagram: @purple_rose_embroidery

Clare Pentlow (Demonstrator)
Paper artist
Instagram: @cjpdesigns

Rachel Scott: Sofa King Bored
Instagram: @sofakingbored

Glynis Hayward-Bradley Mixed media artist
Instagram: @glynhb_mixedmediaart

Tamsen Flack Silk painter and ceramic artist
Instagram: @ceramicsnsilks

Jane Archer
Watercolour artist
Instagram: @janearcherartist

Brian Dickinson: Dolittle Glass
Stained glass artist
Instagram: @brianatdolittle

Sarais Crawshaw (Demonstrator)
Wildlife partner in acrylic, pencil and papercut
Instagram: @saraisbron

Chris Pegler: Peglerpurl (Demonstrator)
Spinner, weaver, dyer.
Instagram: @peglerpurl

Steve Davies (Demonstrator)
Linocut and woodcut printmaker
Instagram: @stevedavies1st

Bethany Hughes: Blue Coppice
Original counted thread embroidery designs with a whimsical twist
Instagram: @bluecoppice

Gemma Whitford: Gem’s Creative Place (Demonstrator)
Drawings, paintings & cards
Instagram: @gemscreativeplace

Jenny Ball: Ditherella’s Workshop
Sterling silver jewellery
Instagram: @ditherellasworkshop

Jessica Hartshorn (Demonstrator)
Illustrator and mural artist
Instagram: @jessi_illustrates

The following artists were unable to attend as scheduled but all made a significant contribution to making the Pop Up happen.

Rebecca Jane Caulton
Instagram: @rebeccajaneartist

Nicky Luntley
Instagram: @nickylart

Dee Luntley
Painter in watercolour, acrylic and oil
Instagram: @deeluntley

Amanda Edney: Beautiful Cloth
Saori weaving

Instagram: @beautifulcloth_saori_studio

Please do look up our artists and makers online.

Note also that some local artists and makers can also be found in The Nest, Hatty Bakewell’s Cafe, Rugby Unwrapped and Fosse House Gallery.

This pop up has been made possible by Rugby Borough Council with the support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Check this page for updates, and look our for our hashtags #rugbytownpopuparts and #rugbyartistsandmakers on social media.

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