Results tagged “Rugby Art Gallery & Museum” from Coventry Telegraph - Private View

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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SCENERY that will be beloved of many Midlanders from their holidays can be seen in a new exhibition later this month.

Original prints of landscapes and seascapes are on show at Rugby Art Gallery's Floor One gallery from 16-27 August.

They are the work of Iain Hodgkinson, who was born in Blackburn and now lives in Northamptonshire, and is a member of Milton Keynes Printmakers.

Iain said: "The work is inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Lake District and I hope people will find them soothing to look at."

The prints are limited editions and will be for sale.
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TWO short exhibitions on in Coventry and Warwickshire are showcasing photographic talents from the area.

Both look like they're worth a visit but aren't on for long enough for me to be able to write about them more fully in the Friday Coventry Telegraph art column.

At Rugby's Floor One gallery in Rugby Art Gallery & Museum until May 5, Lee Prescott is showing his photographs in an exhibition called Infinite Ephemera. He lives in Hillmorton, Rugby, and this is his first solo exhibition of travel photography, and he says the works are "documenting those ordinary moments that once captured on film become extraordinary".

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An interest in how current identity is shaped by the past inspired Faye Claridge to look at morris dancing during her year as artist in residence at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum.

She had a bit of a head start on the subject, as her dad was a member of Green Man's Morris in Birmingham, which itself is interesting as morris dancing comes across as much more of a village pursuit.

She said: "I am very interested in how people connect to history and relate to history and my dad was a morris dancer so I spent a lot of my early years going to folk festivals."

New year, new exhibitions

By Julie Chamberlain on Jan 14, 11 07:06 PM

This is the weekend when lots of Coventry and Warwickshire art galleries really get going with new exhibitions for the new year.

I enjoyed a glass of wine and nibbles at the first night of Faye Claridge's Seaside Holidays for the Working Classes exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum on Tuesday. The show's a mixture of video, projection and photography and part of it looks at what happens when a group of Rugby girls decided they WOULD try morris dancing... it's entertaining, educational and fun. An interview with Faye will follow on here next week.

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