Events

 You can download/view the flyer listing events for Sept-Dec 2022 here.
You can download/view DETAILED information about Alexmas here.

Here is a list of the dates we are open and what is happening in each. Please check social media for special updates. Note that we are not open every weekend during Oct/Nov:

  • Sept 3-4  - WOS Extra Weekend coincided with exhibition of work by local Warwickshire Open Studios Artists at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (RAGM)
  • Sept 10-11 - Heritage Open Days as part of this national event we had demonstrations of heritage crafts at the Alex, including machine knitting group Needles of Steel in the Old Brewery.
  • Sept 17-18 - Heritage Open Days as part of this national event we had demonstrations of heritage crafts at the Alex, including spinners in the Old Brewery for Worldwide Spin in Public Day.
  • Sept 24 - Art to go with Food and Drink coincided with Rugby Food and Drink Festival in the town. Displays of work and an exhibition devoted to food and drink. (Saturday only)
  • Throughout October  Gallery artist will be Eric Gaskell https://www.egdesign.co.uk/ whose lino cuts are not only uplifting to look at but also technically brilliant brainteasers. However did he do that? Well Eric will be in the Cafe-Gallery on 15 Oct from 11-2 to tell you just how.
  • Oct 1-2 - Alex Arts Weekends will be held twice a month during Oct/Nov. A chance to meet artists and buy work by local creatives. Each arts weekend will feature different artists in the gallery artist and showcase displays so expect things to be different every visit. Always new stuff to see and marvel at.
  • Oct 15-16 - Alex Arts weekends (see description above)
  • Oct 23 - Vintage at the Alex  This is a joint venture with Nostalgique Vintage and Retro https://www.nostalgique.co.uk/, bringing local vintage traders into the Alex, its gardens and outbuildings. Come and browse and chat. Traders open 11-3 but Cafe open from 11-5 if you want to linger and see the art too. (Amission is £1, under16s are free but must be accompanied).
  • Throughout November Gallery artist and showcase makers are yet to be confirmed. Details to follow shortly.
  • November 5 - (This event is for accompanied children **-** and requires advance booking)
  • Nov 12-13 - Alex Arts weekends (see description above)
  • Nov 20 - Vintage at the Alex (to be confirmed)
  • Nov 26-27 - Alex Arts weekends (see description above - the last one this year)
  • Throughout December Gallery artist and showcase makers are yet to be confirmed. Details to follow shortly.

  • December 1-18 - 12 days of Alexmas! Look out for Fred the Festive Llarma and other magnificent decorations and activities as well as many local artists and sellers making the season a particularly splendid one. Details not yet finalised but some things to look out for include ...

    • Thursday late openings (open 4-8pm on Thursday in addition to usual 11-5 days).
      Planning on some special splendidness, including a chance to let your inner-steampunk shine forth!
    • Friday-Sundays (open 11-5) -
      As well as our usual stalls and demonstrations we will have artist-led creative activities for adults and juniors in the Garden room. Look out for these as there will be limited space. Timing/content/cost will vary to provide a variety of things to do.
    • Festive cafe - Special treats to savour.

Steve and Chris have been working through some ideas/experiments and a lot of renovation and reconfiguration of the space this year. This has been slow work but expect us to close from 23 Dec to 11 Feb for BIG works behind the scenes. We then hope to be open to the public on a regular Thurs-Sat weekly basis (maybe more) and also on many Sundays during our special 2023 events.

2023 should see us settle in new resident artists and refurb the kitchen to set up the cafe/bar for full service. We also have lots for working to make other events on the Rugby Town calendar have a special little 'Art at the Alex' zing.


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