Friday, 30 January 2015
Putting together exhibitions - cranking up for 2015!
Through Our Hands which I co-curate with Laura Kemshall is having 2 exhibitions this year, with lots of different work in each.
The first exhibition is called The Liberated Quilt and will be at Bilston, part of the WAVE gallery at Wolverhampton, UK. (Middle-ish of England for those not familiar) and the second, called Maker-Making-Made will be at Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, UK from the 6-9th August. (also middle-ish of England!)
There's a bit more to organizing exhibitions than putting one's hand up and asking for a space - as lots of you might already know! We now have 24 Affiliate Artists, all of whom will be exhibiting work at Bilston, and a large majority who will also be at Festival of Quilts, so it takes some planning. We have to help sort out the funding, postage to and from both, childrens activities, VIP events, resources, plan the space, think of making a video, studio mock ups, workshops, delivery vans, storage, insurance, things on plinths, advertising, catalogue production, opening events, invitations, hanging plans, and putting the work up, selling, commissions, queries, going to meetings, and lots, lots more too! All times 2.
Above is the Through Our Hands logo for Festival, made by Laura of course. Isn't it fab?!! It's to go on the updated Twisted Thread website with all the new 2015 information, but please feel free to download it if you wish. You can also receive the TOH newsletter by signing the box on the right hand side of the website - we'll send it to your inbox. No spam, no masses of stuff, just occasional updates.
(Left: Festival of Quilts 2013 with work by Eszter Bornemisza and Sandra Meech)
Laura, Linda, and I will also try to produce special editions of the magazine to accompany the exhibitions, so even if you can't get to see the work in person, you can view it all online for free, or by pdf if you prefer or perhaps want to print it for yourself. Details later.
So great stuff, and lots of work done and yet to do, but exciting. Oh, and the three of us still have to make work too. Forgot that bit!!
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