Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Taking down the exhibition

Taking down Fractured
My exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre is over and I went through to Edinburgh yesterday to take it down.  As always, an exhibition comes down a lot quicker than it goes up!  It has been a great pleasure showing my work there as it is such a lovely venue (and the cafe is friendly and has good coffee too). 
View of exhibition
Some of my local friends have been asking me during school pick up how the exhibition has been going and whether it was a success.  The honest answer is I don’t know.  I wasn’t there the whole time, but when I was in the building, visitors seemed interested (I didn’t say I’m the artist, look at my amazing work, I just observed their reactions).  Friends who have visited the show have told me how much they enjoyed it, but they are hardly likely to say otherwise – I know I wouldn’t.  So it is hard to measure, partly because I don't know what to measure it against (sales, visitor enjoyment, visitor engagement, future work as a result of the show?).
Two of the Unsung Muses figures
All I know is that I was pleased with how the work looked and it was good to get it out of the studio and into the public domain.  Anything beyond that is then up to the viewers.
Detail of 'Surfacing'
And although it was sad to take down the work, I will be hanging it again in less than a month at FarfieldMill in Cumbria.  So it is good to have something to look forward to and to continue working towards (alongside everything else I’m doing!).

Exhibition View


SheilaD said...

I think that if you are left with a good feeling at the end of an exhibition, and the feeling also that it has been worth all the work, then the exhibition has been a success. You have to think about why you are doing it in the first place. If you can look back on it afterwards with a feeling of satisfaction and pride, then it was good!

Gillian Cooper said...

Wise words Sheila

Maggi said...

There really isn't a formula to measure the success of an exhibition, too many variables. The important thing is that you felt good about it and also felt that it was well received when you were there. A local gallery, sadly now closed, used to leave a book in the gallery where people could make comments - sometimes the feedback was quite objective.

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