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It seems at the moment if there's one gallery having an opening night in Coventry, then there's two.

A few weeks ago it was the Mead and The Herbert, and the Herbert also clashed with the Coventry Transport Museum last week. Last night it was the turn of the Roots Gallery and Lanchester Gallery Projects to double date, but as they're so close together it was possible to get to both, as quite a few of us proved, as familiar faces were spotted in both, quaffing a couple of glasses of wine.

First on my schedule was the LGP, which is staging On the Desperate And Long-Neglected Need For Small Events. Arriving a bit after 6.30pm, I found I'd missed this small event, though luckily it was repeated at 7pm.

Coventry's newest and very prominent art gallery has opened with a conceptual exhibition which makes a statement about how it plans to progress.

The Lanchester Gallery has moved from inside Coventry University's Graham Sutherland building, which houses the School of Art and Design, to a space on the front of The Hub in Jordan Well. In such an obvious position the pressure was on, and before this first exhibition, √ČVASION, opened there had been a week of near all-night work to get everything ready.

So January comes around and I'm looking forward to looking at paintings with a glass of wine in my hand, writing the odd note. Then what happens - on a weekend with three art show openings two of them coincide with long-arranged plans which mean I can't get to either of them. Sigh.

But, YOU can still go along to all three and see for yourselves what's on.

A year ago Private View began, and before we launch ourselves into 2012 I want to look back at a year of the Coventry and Warwickshire art world, of Georges, and of galleries coming and going.

One of the early pieces I wrote on Private View focused on the find in an auction house catalogue by Coventry's now former Conservation Officer George Demidowicz of a fantastic set of early 19th century watercolours of the city by William H Brooke, and The Herbert launched a £12,000 public appeal to buy them. Luckily it was a success. Sadly George is no longer with the council so one wonders if a similar set of works would be missed in future.

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At the end of 2011, I've spent a lot of time writing about another George, George Shaw, who also paints Coventry, but in Humbrol paints and watercolours. His works focusing on Tile Hill featured in a major exhibition at the Baltic early in the year, and gained him a nomination for the Turner Prize. Staff at The Herbert must have been jumping for joy when they learned about this, as five years of work to stage an exhibition of his work at the gallery coincided with the prize announcement, which unfortunately he wasn't successful in.

I make no apologies for writing so much about him when his work stands out so much, has gained national acclaim - and the opportunity to write about a local, internationally-recognised artist does not occur all that often!
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THE wraps are finally off and Coventry University's new Hub is open for students - but one part still being hidden from the world is the Lanchester Gallery.

Ironically the most prominent part of the building on a glass-walled corner is still a building site, with handover planned now for December.

But when it is open it will give a whole new focus to Lanchester Gallery Projects, which until now has held exhibitions in its much-smaller gallery in the university's School of Art. There's always been the problem there that although its exhibitions are officially open to the public it's often hard to get into the building unless you have a university card to open the door - hopefully this new gallery won't have that problem.

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