Since all this is about is getting work out there for people to see, so it can start dialogs with them and other work, the opportunities on this course have been coming thick and fast lately.
The group show we participated in at Hannah Barry Gallery was curated by Dave Charlesworth who came up with a brilliant concept based on Corbusier’s theory of a building being a machine for living in. Here, the proposition was that an artwork is a machine for an idea to live in. Consequently, this unwieldy group of MA students was tamed into a stunning show with an interesting narrative. Not only was the work very well curated, there was a collaborative video and publication too. Using the multiple elements of so many peoples work as the work itself was really successful on both counts, with a perspective on the group presented in a unified way.
The show was as much a lesson in curating as participating. Seeing the floor hang, the wall hang, and the subsequent 3 wall hangs carried out to the full gave a real insight into the evolution of a space and the work sitting within it. No tears or tantrums, a great group project.
Based on how much I enjoyed this process, I am keen to press on with future shows at other galleries, utilising their spaces in-between scheduled exhibitions, to keep an ongoing dialogue going between our work, and the spaces it is seen in.