Commonwealth Arts Trail

Commonwealth Arts Trail

ArtsTrail Gallery presents the Commonwealth Trail exhibition supporting the Leamington History Society walking tours which coincide with the 2022 Commonwealth Games, part of which will take place in Leamington.

The Commonwealth Games began life as the British Empire Games in 1930 and now features teams from 54 countries, most of which were from the former British colonies. It is the imperial history that the tour explores, showing how Leamington is connected to the Commonwealth countries including Australia, Canada, India, Guyana and St Kitts. This is a challenging history for understanding the origins of the Commonwealth today.

The Commonwealth Trail exhibition at the ArtsTrail Gallery explores visually these Commonwealth links illustrating both the historical and contemporary, the struggles and achievements with a glimpse into the life of local people from various Commonwealth nations including internationally renown Indian lawyer Cornelia Sorabji, Australian journalist and newspaper editor John Fairfax to boxing world middleweight champion Randolph Turpin whose origins journey from St Kitts to Leamington Spa Willes Road.

The exhibition also presents artwork and photography contributed by students from Warwickshire College Group (WCG),The Leamington History Group, University of Warwick, Leamington Town Council and both local and international photographers and artists.

All are welcome to visit the gallery and discover and explore the Commonwealth Trail history. The exhibition opens at the ArtsTrail Gallery from Tuesday 2nd August and finishes Wednesday 31st August.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 11am – 5:30pm

Private viewing: Sunday 7th August  2-4pm

Gallery Closed: Sundays

Location: ArtsTrail Gallery, 20 Upper Mall, Royal Priors Shopping Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 4XT