The museum has a lively temporary exhibition programme.
Below are details about some of our shows.
Scenes of George Eliot Country
- 16 November 2019 – 1 March 2020
George Eliot’s early life would inspire her writings long after she achieved success. The image of the borough which she created is both nostalgic and honest. An opportunity to see objects from the collection not normally on display and find out more about George Eliot Country.
Take 6! Craft Show
- 26 October – 15 December
Showcasing the talents of artists and makers from around the region, this is the perfect chance to pick up those inspired Christmas gifts, from handmade jewellery to original textiles, there’s something to suit all tastes and pockets.
The Mindful Museum
- 21 September – 10 November
Create, contemplate and continue in a reflective and evolving project that will see the White Gallery transformed into a haven of mindfulness. This experimental exhibition aims to find out how the museum can be a place for relaxation.
Join us to explore the Museum and Art Gallery as a place for mindful moments. Take some time away from the demands of modern life and explore the museum collections as a starting point for discovery and creativity in a journey of personal wellbeing.
Eleanor Whibley – Essence of Childhood
- 27 July – 22 September
- 24 October – 24 November
These stunning images take a fine art approach to the photographing of children. The subjects are captured at candid moments. Eleanor wants visitors to not only speculate on what the subject is thinking but to be drawn back to memories of their own childhood and memories.
Artspace Loughborough – Delight in Disorder
- 6 July – 8 September
Artspace members will interpret the different meanings of “Delight in Disorder” using different techniques and media. The group was originally created by Loughborough University Fine Art graduates in 1997. They continue to work together to share skills and develop new ideas for exhibitions.
Many of the works will be for sale.
“Peaky Blinders” Costume Show
- 20 July – 15 September
It is 1919, Birmingham and the Shelby family are moving up in the world with no holds barred. See these jaw-dropping costumes worn by the cast in the hit TV programme brought to Nuneaton for this very special show – not to be missed!
Costumes are on loan from Cosprop, a costume hire company whose outfits can be seen in both TV programmes and on the silver screen. The exhibition will include costumes worn by Aunt Polly, Arthur Shelby and Alfie Solomans.
Tracey Watson – Connie’s War
- 1 June – 21 July
An exhibition featuring textiles, prints and ceramics based on the wartime experience of the artist’s grandmother Connie, who lived in Coventry during the Blitz. With contemporary images of flora and fauna and brightly coloured designs, this locally inspired exhibition takes inspiration from the bombing of Coventry and the ruins of the Cathedral.
The historical references and local touches make this a powerful show for anyone hoping to learn more about the war from a personal point of view.
Group Show – Reflections of Life
- 11 May – 30 June
A great mix of works including drawing, painting and photography. There will be a wide range of subjects on display and something for everyone!
Artworks included have been chosen by the group to reflect everyday life. People, animals, places and objects are usually all represented. The variety on offer also makes this show a great stop for anyone looking to purchase an artwork this year.
Becoming George: The Unexpected Life of George Eliot
- 10 May – 14 July
When Mary Anne Evans was born at South Farm, Arbury no-one would have thought that she would grow up to be an internationally successful writer. This exhibition will reveal the woman and explore how she became George Eliot.
Mary-Anne Evans was born on the 22nd of November 1819. This is the first of two special exhibitions which we will be showing during this bicentennial year.
Festival of Arts – Craft & Needlecraft Sections
- 13 April – 6 May
Beadwork, embroidery, wirework and collage are usually amongst the selection put forward for this exciting show. With something for everyone, and an array of techniques to be inspired by, be sure to come and explore this treasure trove of craft and needlecraft.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in exhibiting in the Festival of Arts you are welcome to pick-up a syllabus with more information from the Museum reception. Drop-off days for the Craft and Needlecraft sections are the 7th of April (2pm – 4pm) and the 8th of April (1pm – 4pm).
Leah Stuart – Holidaying in Nuneaton
- 30 March – 27 May
Nuneaton through the eyes of a visitor – that’s what Leah’s hoping to capture with this incredible selection of textiles. Architectural details around the town, as well as references to its history, are highlighted using Leah’s fantastic use of textile techniques. Not just beautiful as artworks but also inspiring us to look again at the beauty around us – a real treat for the spring.
Lucy Fiona Morrison – Wild Places
- 9 March – 22 April
Based on areas of wilderness, this exhibition showcases large contemporary oil paintings. These incredible scenes explore a range of views, from barren English fields to the vastness of the Grand Canyon. The works both inspire and intrigue with their textural paint qualities.
Morrison’s career has included exhibiting in ‘The Other Art Fair’ in Bristol, ‘Art Fair East’ in Norwich, ‘The Great Yorkshire Show’ in Harrogate and ‘The Brick Lane Gallery’ in London. Her paintings are represented by ‘Gallery 104’ in New York and held in private collections internationally.
Festival of Arts – Photography Section
- 9 March – 7 April
Say Cheese!! This ever-popular category of the festival returns with its 2019 selection. As always, the show will be made up of submissions entered during the drop-off days and the entries will be judged by the Festival of Arts’ adjudicators. Fingers crossed your favourite gets an award!
If you, or someone you know, are interested in exhibiting in the Festival of Arts you are welcome to pick-up a syllabus with more information from the Museum reception. Drop-off days for the Photography section are the 3rd of March (2pm – 4pm) and the 4th of March (1pm – 4pm).
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.
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!
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’.
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.