This is the eighth year of taking part in this festival. This year there is a new development - I am to exhibit alongside a long-term painting colleague and friend in a venue so not part of the large contingency that was Cockenzie Power Station (now closed) and Cockenzie House. We have been offered the public spaces of Cockenzie Business Centre, so corridor, the main hall leading off that, two sets of stairs (it is an old school - one stairway for the boys and another for the girls!) plus top landing and an anti room. There are some constraints - we can only use the hooks that are already in place: the stairways are tricky in that there is wooden panelling running all the way up so hence a restricted drop from the hook down. The main hall is welcoming with seats etc but there are so many doors off it and no hanging facilities it could be a void space where really we need it to be part of the exhibit. I have asked for a table there for laying artworks etc on and really hope for some sculpure to sit there too.
We have a total of 37 hooks to furnish. My colleage Trisha Kane and I hope to be able to have our work sitting side by side but as Trisha's work tends to be larger than mine it could be that we have to take separate spaces to best suit the artworks. There is good light through out. The corrider could be tricky in that it can be narrow when people travel through it. Best to stagger large with small pieces and try to avoid over-working the space.
We also aim to having a welcoming wine and nibbles on the opening Sat
Carol E Duff