Friday 8th May arrived at last. I had been counting down to it for two weeks or so. It seemed a gloomy day which was ironic, since the majority had chosen to go blue. So where were the happy people? The weather was gloomy and the mood of the people I came across on that day seemed gloomy too.
In terms of preparation it was an easy day but we deliberately set up the day before to ensure that we built in a contingency if we needed it. We didn’t as it turned out. I spent the morning working and casually made my way to the exhibition 1.5 hours before the start of the Private View to set up the nibbles and make sure that everything was fine (it was).
I’d had a few cancellations (‘I stayed up all night watching the results and I’m so tired’) but it didn’t matter too much because as it turns out the Private View was very well attended (and we even had some random passers by coming in for free juice and crisps).
I really enjoyed the Private View and despite the talk mostly veering towards politics, had some great conversations with lots of interesting people. I had some great feedback too, which is what I needed. I find it hard to work without feedback from the public (I have family feedback and tutor feedback but that additional element really helps).
I not-so-secretly really enjoy showing off my art to the world. It was a childhood dream to have an opening night with champagne and canapes. We had white wine instead of champagne and corned beef sandwiches don’t quite classify as canapes but my dream has now been fulfilled (more than once now). The corned beef sandwiches, incidentally, went down very well.
I had also managed to find a Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin. I hope people got the references (even though the biscuits inside were not genuine).
It was a good end to a good week, and a very thought-provoking project. I hope the general public of Shrewsbury enjoy the exhibition. The next ten days will be interesting.