I have been an absent blogger for a while now but feel I have something worth while to share. As part of my Photography degree, the university organises a second year show at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (RCPS) in Falmouth. This is a lovely space with two ground floor galleries and a large top floor space. So therefore being a second year student, I was part of a huge exhibition where the whole year (around 75 of us) get our work framed/ mounted and hung up for one week for the general public to have a look.
This was a fabulous experience for me because it taught me the process of partly hosting an exhibition. From selecting my best work, getting it professionally framed right down to curating and hanging. With 75 of us it was quite chaotic trying to hang at the same time, but was good fun to help each other. After a day of hanging, the exhibition started to look superb, this was down to the diverse range of exhibiting a diverse range of work. People had projections, mounts, frames and even the raw negatives displayed.
The next evening Tues 5 March we had a private view where many people from the university and the public came to see our work. The Poly was heaving with people! From then on until Sat 9 March the exhibition was left for people to wander around. On the Friday I was in charge of looking after part of the exhibition, sitting in one of the galleries welcoming visitors and also having discussions about mine and other student’s work. It was a joy to hear what people thought of the work and to get an outside opinion of what it may have meant. The only criticism was the lack of captions to support the work, being a fine art course, there was either a false or no meaning to the untrained eye.
In spite of this, we were all very proud of our exhibition and received many thought provoking comments from our tutors and the public.