Artist Leanne Gilroy’s first solo exhibition

A debut solo exhibition of paintings by Leanne Gilroy capturing iconic moments and great players from the game of rugby union – exhibited in the place it began.


There are moments in sporting history which become so big, so enigmatic, they transcend all words to describe them and only their image does the story proud. Such gravity would strike fear into any artist willing to represent it, for you could damage years of history and fame. Yet one artist has bravely captured some very big moments in the world of rugby union, and she has done it superbly proud. Moments like Nelson Mandela handing the Webb Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar, or Jonny Wilkinson wearing national kit and lining up an important conversion. Who could forget local lad Richard Cockerill staring down nose to nose with Norm Hewitt performing the sacred Haka. These images became etched on our imagination and national conciousness, with some being unforgettable, such as the infamous Erika Roe who stripped off and ran across Twickenham Stadium with two bobbies chasing her.

Leanne Gilroy has captured a world of sporting heroes, titans and legends, and collected them together for her first solo exhibition “In this Place”, on from 8th-23rd September.

The exhibition is on a the Lewis Gallery, which can be found in Rugby School near the Barby Road entrance opposite Horton Crescent.

The exhibition is sponsored and supported by CV22, SME Legal Services, Cadman Homes, The Lewis Gallery, Blackwall Green, Hiscox, and Rugby School.

There is a silent auction running for the large-scale Jonny Wilkinson painting, signed by Jonny. Bids should be emailed to Leanne ( by 23rd September. A large percentage of the proceeds goes to support the Matt Hampson Foundation. For more information visit

Photos from the preview evening, by Jamie Gray

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The auction raised money for the Matt Hampson Foundation
The auction raised money for the Matt Hampson Foundation


Leanne Gilroy with Matt Hampson
Leanne Gilroy with Matt Hampson

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