Cockenzie House part 2
Revisited today and took some paintings along. I was delighted when they were offered space in a small room along with printers Rona MacLean and Pat Crombie.
I spent today at the house assisting organisers Eddie Anderson and Yvonne Murray in putting up paintings. The house is wonderful - never fails to impress and this will be a very successful venue. The quality of paintings and photographs is also very high.
I worked along with Rona MacLean, whose work I really admired last year and although I did not buy any of her artwork, I did buy some of her cards. We made a good team I think.
Eddie asked us for other small works to put up. The room system is such that one is given over to smaller paintings and there are free panels. I am going to take in the Gaudi trio along with Edinburgh Series 2 to see what best fits. Pricing is always tricky. Back there tomorrow to help out with my paintings in tow. Very excited as this will be my second venue at the Festival.
Gladstone Gallery: 22nd to 27th May.
First of all Inexterior are exhibiting at Gladstone Gallery. This group comprises in alphabetical order : Fiona Beveridge, Mark Connolly, Jenny Drewitt, Sonya Elder, Carol Duff and Amy Firth. We have shared a studio for the year and have got to know each other well. Our work is very different yet I hope it compliments each other.
Sonya, Amy, Mark and i went for a pre-setup visit last week. We took lots of measurements and had a brief chat about how to best use the space. We were all in agreement that Fiona should take advantage of the amazing window ledges and show some of her very quirky and appealing sculptures.
The 3 Harbour Festival is running from the 1st to the 10th of June. This year I am helping out a fair bit. I will be collating and manufacturing all labels for the Power Station in addition to invigilating there. Also I will be helping with the curating of Cockenzie House.
I am delighted with all of this, as it helps keep things moving along for a bit more post ECA year and helps with general experience.
The time has flown by since the Easter holidays and so farewell 2nd year - so soon. The studio is cleared out and my shed and conservatory are in overflow. I had not realised until now how timeconsuming general admin is in regards to finishing paintings, ensuring they are labelled correctly and the finish is made good. I also had not realised how reliant I am on the computer for recording everything. Time-consuming to say the least but in the end an absolute life-saver. So, the professional practice box is complete. Thanks to good old Albelli books, all are accounted for. The statement is written up and the page listing contents is done. Just need to make sure it is handed in to Gordon Brennan's office for before noon on Monday.
Wednesday afternnon saw us on a guided tour round four artist led studio/gallery spaces - 'superclub, Whitespace, Embassy and Rhubaba. A wake up call if ever into reality post ECA. Need to keep making contacts and network and all sorts of things so I do not slip under the radar when I graduate.
Never been so cold... freezing studios, nearly all without access to direct light. Not a fan of that.
Carol E Duff