The museum has a lively temporary exhibition programme.
Below are details about some of our shows.
Interactive Postal-Themed Exhibitions!
‘Mail Rail’ and ‘Pop it in the Post’, both on tour from The Postal Museum.
8 September – 28 October
Mail Rail. Who doesn’t want to try their hand at being a Mail Rail Engineer? On entering this
exhibition visitors will be greeted by a huge inflatable tunnel – just right for anyone wanting to go exploring down the Post Office’s Underground Railway! The original included driverless electric carriages and moved up to 4 million letters a day – not bad considering it was built in 1927! That’s not all, there are also dressing-up costumes to enjoy.
Pop it in the Post. This family-friendly exhibition looks at how, for over 160 years, people in Britain have been able to stay connected. Discover the story of the writing revolution, enabled by the world’s first ever stamp, and the UK’s first pillar boxes.
Laura Hickman – Hickman’s Insecta Extraordinaire & Passing By Exhibition
15 September – 4 November
Roll-up, roll-up! Welcome to ‘Hickman’s Insecta Extraordinaire’! This array of mind-bending prints inspired by the traditional Victorian flea circus is a must-see for curious minds and anyone with a taste for the wacky. Laura’s show is truly unique in its humour, its use of traditional 1840’s production methods and its glimpse into the mind of a fascinating artist. It includes work from her ‘Passing By’ collection too – where Laura uses light to recapture the movement of creatures which are no longer living. So…if the idea of a frog being towed on a bike by a fly remotely tickles your fancy be sure to catch this all-round show-stopper.
For Valour: The First World War through the experiences of Knox and Beesley
22 September – 18 November
The Victoria Cross is the Highest Award in the UK Honours System. It is awarded for gallantry and is given for acts of extreme bravery. There were two Victoria Cross winners from Nuneaton & Bedworth in the First World War. Incredibly, both survived to receive them. 100 years on from Britain’s victory, this exhibition casts light on the First World War through the experiences of these two men. Explore the stories of both Cecil Leonard Knox and William Beesley, and learn more about the War in which they fought.
Tesserae Textiles: Material Matters
3 November – 9 December 2018
This ever-popular and extremely talented group demonstrate the wonderful individuality of each member, as well as the versatility of textiles. Included in the show are fascinating three-dimensional objects, as well as more traditional wall-hanging pieces.
A wander around this show is also set to get you thinking about craft-inspired Christmas gifts – don’t forget many pieces in this show are for sale!
TAKE 6 Craft Show
10 November – 16 December 2018
Arriving just in time for Christmas gift shopping, this exhibition shows the work of six artists and makers. It has been curated by Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery to showcase a broad range of ‘must have’ crafts in a variety of materials.
Included in the show will be jewellery, glasswork, ceramics, textile pieces, mixed media and wonderful creations made from recycled materials.
Exhibiting artists and makers are: Anne Kingham, Claire Brierley, Diana Fallowes, Jo Lovell, Michala Gyetvai and Val Hunt!
Anne Guest: Awe and Wonder
24 November 2018 – 13 January 2019
Exploring a strange link between ancient myth and scientific reality, this artwork responds to our current relationship with the natural world. These pictures come together to show Anne’s thoughts on cloning, de-extinction and the destruction of the natural world.
Showing a range of illustrative styles, along with the use of text, this thought-provoking show is a fantastic collision course of ethical dilemmas, artistic styles and surreal possibilities.
Mark Carr: The Cup of Life
15 December 2018 – 27 January 2019
It is said, that if one drinks from the ‘cup of life’ to gain an immortal soul, another’s life is taken. This new exhibition of paintings and prints by multimedia artist Mark Carr reflects on this symbolic idea to explore and question ‘the human condition’ in the 21st century.
For this exhibition, Carr has returned to the very beginnings of his artistic practice, creating a striking set of acrylic paintings and woodcut prints. These form three distinctive works of art, all of which can be seen in this exciting display.
For visitors wanting to know a little more… Mark will be at the Museum and available to speak about his work on December 15, between 2pm and 4pm. No need to book, just pop along.
Andy Sargent: From the Land – Differently
22 December 2018 – 27 January 2019
Local artist Andy Sargent presents an array of paintings, each his own interpretation of the landscape. Some are representational while others are more expressive – all are a fantastic celebration of the medium and techniques with which he works.
Andrew gained his Fine Art degree in 1990 and has exhibited in several exhibitions at a number of galleries since. He was also selected for a heat of ‘Sky Art’s Landscape Artist of the Year 2017’.
Jessica Tracey: The Culinary Adventures of ‘Little Piggy’
19 January – 24 March 2019
Child-friendly and full of yummy food – what‘s not to love about Jessica Tracey’s selection of fab illustrative prints? These cute pictures are each accompanied by their own recipe card and each shows ‘Little Piggy’ on a different culinary adventure – perfect!
Jessica will also have some of her artworks for sale so encouraging the kids to get cooking might just have got a little bit easier!
Festival of Arts: Art Section
2 February – 3 March 2019
This year’s eagerly awaited Festival of Arts launches with 2019s Art Section of the competition. As always, amateur artists both young and old are welcome to bring along their creations to be judged and displayed across these two galleries. Often included are watercolours, oil paintings and drawings of all sorts of different subjects. There’ll also be the children’s categories for anyone wanting so find a bit of spring-time cheer.
Don’t forget many of the works will be for sale.