Thursday, 27 January 2011
My exhibition at yesterday's Wakefiled Art Walk went well. We didn't get huge numbers through the door but given that it was a fairly damp and bitter January evening I think the steady flow we got was pretty good. There were some lovely comments and I met some really interesting people. It was especially nice to meet Hannah.
The space@55Westgate as it is now called (was Westgate Studios) is a beautifully light white room and worked brilliantly for the mixture of artwork and interpretation that we included (I don't think the photos do it justice). It is great to have a bit of practice at putting an exhibition together too - each time you do it you learn something new. This was timely for me and because it was 'for one night only' was not too big a deal to be overly stressful.
Once things were set up (and the slight technical problems were overcome - is it possible to use technology without hitches?!) I went off for a wonder round Wakefield to look at some of the new buildings springing up around the place: there are lots!
I visited the exhibition of The RIBA White Rose Award buildings at the Beam Gallery and then went on to look at the new Hepworth Gallery, which opens later this year.
It's a pretty imposing building with these angular slabs of concrete plunging straight down to the river. With the grey January sky reflected back by the water it was all rather dramatic. The building looked a kind of lilacy grey in yesterday's light.
I couldn't help thinking how much more welcoming it would look if one of those massive planes was covered in a green living wall...