We were asked to submit a proposal for the location of our own degree show exhibition. Andrea and I had gone round to have a look. Andrea had been recommended the Sculpture Court balcony by her tutor so there was fairly specific measurements to be taken there. As for me I knew I was looking for a space which would allow maximum light to fall on the paintings and a good smooth finish to the walls so not to distract from the surface areas of the paintings themselves.
It was apparent how first impressions count as a number of studios we walked into but left fairly quickly as the vibes were just not right too dark, not the right wall formation - although admittedly it was difficult to get a true sense of the space with it being in use. I eventually narrowed down the options to two which then was reduced to one significant choice after consultation with John.
On a subsequent visit on my own however I had a change of heart. There seemed very little actual hanging space for the paintings and although the light was good and the walls provided interesting angles it was not as good as I had thought.
I opted instead for a studio I had initially discounted on the basis of being too far away from the others and hence had reduced number of visitors. I also discounted it on the strength of reports that the studio got so hot that painting melted! However the light is wonderful and the scope to refine my hanging good. The dry run using Andrew Grant Corridor has given my valuable insight into the relationships that can be explored using wall space and F7 appears to offer more of the same.
There is to be a meeting on Wednesday in which we will be told the allocation. This is somewhat surprising as I had been informed that should we be unsuccessful with our application there would be negotiation and suggestions. As to when this will take place - as it must as not everyone will be happy with their allocation - it will be a case of wait and see.
Carol E Duff