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Rugby branch showcasing art during Festival

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society’s Rugby branch is providing a shop window for a local artist during the Rugby Festival of Culture: therugbytown.co.uk/festivalofculture

Artist Rebecca Dawkins with her painting currently showcased at Rugby branch

The branch on North Street is participating in the Festival’s Art Trail as one of the 27 venues where the public can stroll around the town and discover works of art including paintings, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. The Art Trail has been coordinated by Rugby Borough Council’s Arts Development Team.

The artist whose large, colourful and textured abstract expressionism is on show at Hinckley & Rugby is Rebecca Dawkins, 44.

Rebecca is planning to replace the first painting with another midway through the Art Trail, which runs until July 16. Both pieces are for sale.

The former school teacher has just completed a Northampton University diploma and is pursuing art full time. Rebecca said:

“The Art Trail is a very good idea. It brings the whole community together and enables everyone to get involved in art. It’s a great initiative.”

Hinckley & Rugby is also sponsoring Aiming High, an exhibition of art by dozens of pupils aged from 11 to 18 from six local schools at Rugby Art Gallery, Museum & Visitor Centre on Little Elborow Street. It is open until July 15.

Aiming High is giving the students a first experience of what it is like to put on an exhibition. The launch, attended by Rugby’s Mayor, is on Friday 30 June. Hinckley & Rugby non-executive director Geneane Bell will open the exhibition on behalf of the Society along with the Mayor.

Chris Stanley, director of Rugby Festival of Culture, said:

“We have had an excellent working relationship with Hinckley & Rugby Building Society over a number of years.

“We are delighted that not only are they hosting artwork by Rebecca Dawkins as part of the Art Trail but are also sponsoring the Aiming High exhibition by local secondary schools. Such support from local businesses is invaluable and a key contribution to the festival.”

Lee Banks-Moore, the Rugby branch manager, said:

“Rebecca’s painting is striking and a real talking point for our customers, who are not used to seeing art displayed in our window. We’re pleased to be supporting the Festival by hosting her work and sponsoring the Aiming High exhibition, which also promises to be a must-see.”

The Festival can also be followed on Facebook at: TheRugbyTownUK

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