Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Hanging an Exhibition

The Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition starts on Easter Saturday with over 600 paintings and photographs on exhibit. It is the first time it has been run by the Rotary Club of Goolwa and some volunteer help was called to firstly accept the work from the artists and then to help with hanging the artwork. On Saturday afternoon I did a four hour shift and helped label the paintings as they were received and yesterday I spent the morning helping hang the exhibition. They had a person with a lot of experience look at every painting and photo and she directed where they had to be hung. They had been presorted into subjects etc. but a lot of tweaking was required along the way. It was a great experience as I have only every been involved in hanging about 40 pieces at any one time so seeing what was involved in the juggling to end up with a cohesive exhibition was very valuable.
I have three paintings on exhibit "Juice Me", Mum and Me" and Life Pattern. I actually hung one of my own pieces (Life Pattern) which was rather nice. Not sure I am totally happy with the positions I have been given but I bet every artist says that.







13 comments:

  1. Three lovely paintings and all different. Good luck with the exhibition.

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  2. Lorraine - beautiful art - so glad you were able to help. May God bless you with this exhibition. Take care.

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    1. The experience is worthwhile Debbie, thanks for your support

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  3. Best of luck at the exhibition, Lorraine. I regret that we live on opposite sides of the world, as I would love to see your works. And you!

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  4. Beautiful work, Lorraine. And, yes, we all want the very best spots in any showing - normally, I just want to have some light on my work (which often doesn't happen in a group show unless I volunteer to hang!). The worst I've ever seen was a small painting of a watercolor society member show - her work was hung in an alcove where there was a tiny bathroom with no light at all. I felt sorry for her and would not have hung anything in that space. Ah, well, it's a temporary thing, each show. Your works will shine :)

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    1. An artists friend who has sold worldwide over many years said to me that if the art is good people will find it. She has sold in exhibitions from the worst possible spots- I try to remember this

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  5. Each of these is so different! Good luck with the show. I have helped hang shows, but this group sounds like they were very organized.

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    1. Thanks Joan, I decided to go for variety to appeal

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  6. What a good experience... I did hang the whole of my last exhibition..... was a fantastic space with lots of light, but a lot of hard work as there were about 30 paintings!! But would have been good to hang some of the others as well..

    The one I'm doing at the end of the year will be hung by the organisers so that's a relief... like yours later in the year it will only be my work so no competition for space... hope they do well, don't remember seeing the middle one here?

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    1. Thanks Judith, decided to go with a bit of variety. Life Pattern is a mixed (the red is acrylic) the rest watercolour on Yupo. I dont think I posted it before on my blog, I do so many and they dont all get on here!

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  7. wishing you all the best the exhibition lorraine and a very happy easter !

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