I started writing a post for this blog yesterday, but because the wifi seems to go in waves here, it switched off as I tried to publish and I lost everything.
Learning from that, I’m saving as I go along.
Although the experience has been hugely successful so far (I’ll go into that more later) A few things haven’t gone to plan. I had intended to take my laptop to the Pavilion daily and do some work, write blogs and just generally network… but that just hasn’t been possible. You can connect to the wifi if you get there early enough, but then it just goes. I suppose its because everyone is on it at once .
The problem is, I was going to put together a powerpoint presentation , thinking I’d have loads of time. I’m meant to do a 10 min presentation tomorrow but now I don’t know how I’m going to do that. It makes me feel so unprofessional now not having anything to show and I think I’m going to have to pull out of it .
But backtracking…. We (and the work) arrived safely on Tuesday, and we began installing Wednesday morning. It was quite amusing seeing the huge art trucks pulling up outside , while we walked passed with our work in carrier bags.
We’d been making a mental plan of how the work should look beforehand, so we were able to install quite quickly. This meant that we were done by mid afternoon and able to sightsee later on.
The next stage is to create work in response to our experiences, so it was good to get some shots of the Acropolis and monuments around.
Yesterday was a bit ‘odd’. Being a non profit , none commercial art fair, we hadn’t put prices on any of the works….. there was no need to . So when a dealer came round yesterday and asked to buy several works right there and then, it really threw us. We had to contact the artists (who hadn’t flown with us) and first ask if they wanted to sell…and then how much. It was just a totally bizarre experience.
Working in shifts, 3 of us were able to head out to the Cycladic museum, to see the work of Ai Wei Wei. Amazing. Loved it.
Will try to write more later, but so far, we are connecting well with the UK group from Harrington Mill, and are hoping to keep in touch when we all fly back.
Images to follow