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Draft Publication – The Exhibition Area

As I mentioned earlier in Section 2 I’ve decided on The Old Court for my exhibition. The Old Court in Windsor is a converted fire station which is the hub for Art in the community. It holds classes in dance and painting, has a local cinema and theatre as well as a well-populated friendly bar that acts a focus for community gossip. It is also central to the Windsor Festival, an Arts festival held every year in the Autumn which includes painting, sculpture, poetry reading, photography etc. As a result, it provides the local focus that I’m interested in for this exhibition.

The local photographic society meets in the building every week and includes a number of professional photographers in its ranks. I’m hoping for some interest from the attendees as they must walk past the exhibition to their meeting area thereby increasing my networking opportunities.

The location is shown in the images below which show another exhibition in the space though the furniture would not be there.

The main room is shown in the upper three images which is a room of the bar area. The last image show a wall in the bar area which can also be used. This last image shows the hanging method which isn’t ideal but is mandated by the Centre.

The display area with The Old Court is adjacent to the bar area with overflow possibilities in the bar area itself. I will be taking advantage of that space as a way of enticing the visitors to the bar into the main space. In addition, the display area is used as a possible to the to the cinema and to the area where classes such as dance classes are held, thus encouraging a greater footfall even it consists of casual viewers.

The layout is as shown below

Added Note – I’ve since discovered RoomSketcher, a free online tool for doing room plans etc. It’s a much better alternative to PowerPoint as above.

Three images will be placed in the bar area. I haven’t made a final decision on which images to place here but, at the moment, I’m leaning towards a couple that have the most picturesque impact to encourage people to come through to the main area. The other images will be in the main area and grouped, if I can, to emphasise similarities or complementary aspects of the images. I’m pretty certain now that I have my final images so I’ve started planning where each image should go but I think that things will change right up to the moment of hanging as I see what works in the actual location.

I’m still not sure how to frame and mount the images given the restrictions on hanging but I’m leaning towards a simple Foamex mount with no border or frame, allowing the images to “float” of the wall.

There are two books that I’m reading at the moment which provide interesting ideas for this exercise. The first is Shirley Read’s, Exhibiting Photograpy, which covers far more than I need but provides useful information on the installation.

The second is David Balzer’s, Curationism, which gives some interesting insights on curating an exhibition, even one’s own.

References

Balzer, D., 2014. Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else. London: Pluto Press.

Read, S., 2008. Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Choosing a Space, Displaying your Work, and Everything in Between.. Oxford: Elsevier.

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