Ten days since I wrote to the Church people with the list of things we have to do, and still no reply. I’m thinking perhaps: a) they are the type of people who don’t feel the need to acknowledge an email and have gone straight into the prep for the workshops….. Or b) they are thinking ‘it’s over Two months till the festival starts – what’s the hurry?’
If that’s the case, I am a little worried.
Anyone who has worked with the public will know that they generally start the project with much enthusiasm, then it starts to drain a bit and you end up working round the clock to finish everything on your own : (
I’d sent a time scale…. materials must be collected by a certain date, workshops to start on a given date, first lot of installation pieces to be finished by…..
Let’s hope they are not so slow about my payment!
In the meantime, I am still trying to find the time to do my own work. My paper shoes will now go into a recycling exhibition in July (same time as the church installation, so I will try to tie those two together)
I’m toying with the idea of using the shoes again for the Chapel Gallery exhibition in September, but will install them in a different way. I have to decide quickly though as they are pressuring me to sign the artist’s agreement, so that they can sign it all off and get the publicity rolling.
I had turned down Light Night in May, as I just didn’t have the time to run round finding a venue. For the second time though, something else – more achievable, as come up in its place. (Which makes me think even more that it’s better to just sit back and concentrate on the work rather than stressing about showing it, as things WILL happen!) I set up the group ‘Soup Collective ‘ in 2001 with another work colleague, when we realised all of the staff we work with have an arts background. We work and exhibit together at least once a year. Soooo, cutting a long story short, Tate Liverpool will be celebrating its 25th Birthday this year and will be running an exhibition in one of the galleries of all the achievements over the years : http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/display/tate-liverpool-25
I’m thrilled that they see our staff shows as significant enough to add to the timeline, so we will be in there somewhere. Obviously, there won’t be the space to show everyone’s work, so we are going to show the flyers, catalogues and posters we have made over the years.
It was really good to contact everyone to try to gather all of the paraphernalia and it really brought home the strong community we have in our work environment.
Other than that, I have been asked to submit for a drawing exhibition also coming up in May as part of Art Month AND Light night.
Blogging then….. is sort of low in priority just now, but I’m hoping that my experiences will help one or two artists if they have the time to read this, see that full time work does not mean the end of an art career!