Sorry for the lack of posts I was having computer issues. The’re all sorted now so hopefully I can now get back on track and post more often like I said I would.
I’m not really one for making new years resolutions because generally they last til about the 2nd of January. That’s today!
There are things I would like to do like blog at least once a day on here, tweet more and blog once a week about someone who inspires me even if it’s just another blog that I like.
Hopefully these things will happen.
Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas everyone, have a good one.
Twelve Views Exhibition - The Final Report.
So, the exhibition is finally over. It’s been an interesting three months to say the least. At times I loved it but sometimes I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
My role within the group was to look for a venue and also to curate the exhibition.
Finding the venue proved to be a difficult task, mainly because it came down to two venues and the group was pretty split on which one to go for. Needless to say it caused a couple of disagreements but we came to a decision in the end and to be honest both venues were pretty amazing so I think we which ever we went for we would have been able to put on a great event.
Once the venue was found I spent the time researching curating as I knew that wouldn’t be until the end but I still had to prepare. I also helped out where I could with the fundraisers. My “guess the amount of jelly beans” competition didn’t go as well as I hoped and only six people took part in the end so we only made £3, but every little helps. Fundraising as a whole went really well, the fundraising team did an excellent job.
Curating the exhibition was more stressful than it had to be, due to the fact that two days before the exhibition we were told we couldn’t have the display boards we had been promised. We didmanage to get most of these back (we ended up with fourteen instead of the original sixteen) but we had to make do with easels for two people’s work. Also we were told we’d have an induction on how to handle the boards and display work on them a week before the exhibition, which we didn’t get until the morning of the exhibition. This really hindered Charli and I when it came to curating. Firstly, we were told that we still might have more than fourteen boards and we weren’t sure how many easels we’d be allowed and wouldn’t find any of this out until the day, so we couldn’t work out how best to display the work. Secondly, we hadn’t had the induction so we didn’t know how to set the boards up and hang work on them, which hindered us when it finally came to where we were displaying the work. Charli and I spent over two hours the day before discussing who’s work went best where, and on the morning of the exhibition, when we knew how many boards and easels we could have, we worked out how to position these so we could put all the work where we had planned it to go. However, there were certain ways we had to put the boards and certain ways we had to hang work on it which conflicted with our plan, and because we didn’t know this until the day we had to adjust the setup of the work. If we’d had the induction beforehand and known how many boards we could’ve had, we would’ve worked this out a lot sooner and it would’ve caused less stress on the day.
This meant that we had to deviate slightly from the original set up of the work, but I think we got it more or less where we wanted it. There were maybe one or two bits that were slightly out of place but this was unavoidable. I’m glad we got the easels, as the way we had to hang the work it meant some pieces needed more room than we thought and even with sixteen boards it wouldn’t have been enough. I just wish we had known this sooner because then we could have cleaned the easels up a bit or covered them, but it was a bit last minute so we didn’t have the time.
The other thing that I really wish we’d put more consideration into was the artist statements. We decided that people could do their own, but then I said I would print some, but some people still wanted to do their own. Some people wanted full artist statements where as others just wanted a couple of lines and some didn’t want one at all. Some mounted it and some didn’t. This made them quite inconsistent and I had a couple of comments about this and also that some of them were too long. I wish we had been stricter on the length and presentation of these.
Apart from those issues I though the exhibition looked pretty amazing when it was all up and finished. The night went really well and plenty of people came. We had music and enough free alcohol to go around. The way it was set out worked really well, because no one’s work was hidden and people could move freely around it and it was all easily accessible. The venue was warm and inviting and there was a really nice, relaxed and happy atmosphere.
Working together in a group hasn’t been easy. I think communication within the group was sometimes lacking. At times passions were high and there were a few disagreements along the way. I think the majority of us have been involved in at least one along the way. However, I think this was to be expected. Our group is called Twelve Views. Twelve people with twelve different views on the world. Twelve people, all unique individuals, with their own opinions. Getting us all to agree on everything all the time was never to be expected, and I think if we did then there would be something wrong.
Despite the stress and the disagreements I think it was all worth it in the end. There were a couple of things I wish we had done better, but this has all been part of the learning curve and it has been an excellent one. I’ve learnt so much from this, and I think we’ve done a brilliant job and all the hard work has paid off. I think we are all happy and we created something we can all be very proud of.
Just on more thing about the exhibition before I post the final report.
There were 863 Jelly beans!
The winning guess was 861. So close.
If you’ve been following what’s been going on with our exhibition then thanks for reading. If you made it there then thanks for coming, we hope you enjoyed it!
Professional Practice and Promotion
Here are a few pictures of everyones final work all up on the exhibition boards.
The morning after the night before.
The exhibition was all over and all that remained was to but the boards and easels back. Tory bought them all back to uni the next morning and Krista, Nathan, Luke, Russell, Scott an myself helped to take them back upstairs and put them back together.
We were all very tired.
And so thats it. The months of planning and hard work were all over. There may have been a few disagreements and plenty of stress along the way, but honestly it doesn’t matter now, because it was all worth it. Seeing how great the exhibition was means that we must have done something right. So to my group, well done! It’s been fun.
The work I exhibited was called Throwaway. I did to highlight the effect that consumerism has on our environment. There will be a full artist statement on my website when it goes live very soon.
The photograph of my work on the wall was taken by Dillinger Lee.