Setting up day

Thursday 7th May was a very important day for me. As well as the day when I had to put a cross on a piece of purple paper (I’m not sure why it was purple), it was the day for setting up the exhibition for ‘Traces’ in town.

One of my worries: what would the video project like on the wall?

One of my worries: what would the video project like on the wall?

I am exhibiting alongside a fellow student, Bill Sample, who’s on the same course as me and due to finish at the same time as me. His exhibition is called ‘Crow’ and is inspired by Ted Hughes’s series of poems about a crow.

Bill's exhibition - people will get two art experiences at the same time

Bill’s exhibition – people will get two art experiences at the same time

The hard part of Thursday began at 9am and finished at 5pm (and then I went to vote after that). It was a long day, made a little bit longer by the fact that I had two of my three children with me. However, they were very well behaved and actually quite helpful.

Paintings and nails everywhere

Paintings and nails everywhere

Setting up, although hard in terms of how long it took, went very smoothly. The projector worked, the paintings stayed up, the clay objects found a place to sit and we had enough nails and mirror plates (actually, we didn’t but the exhibition is conveniently opposite Wilko) and coffee to keep us going (there is a lovely coffee shop two doors down).

My invaluable help: husband and one of the two children

My invaluable help: husband and one of the two children

I was exhausted by the end of the day but also very relieved. It was up and running. I couldn’t have stayed up to watch the votes being counted. I was asleep by 10.30pm.

The clay on display

The clay on display

It wasn’t until I woke up the next morning that I found out who the country wanted as the next Prime Minister.

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