The workroom space has to be transformed to a proffessional exhibition area. This has required the group to lift and carry, scrub, sand, paint and clean. The photos show the transformation in just 3 days.
As students we have the chance to experience a taste at being an art curator for the duration of displaying the final exhibition.
A curators job can be compared to that of a movie director who is in control of every aspect of the production and starts with vision and uses various methods to achieve this.
This is the part where the curator imagines and designs the overall theme or story for the exhibition.
Things to consider for this process are
- whats the purpose of the exhibition
- how much space have is there
- cliental and expected visitor numbers
- The artworks to be displayed
Before the curator begins a design needs to be drawn up taking into account meauserments of the space , materials already available and budget allowed.
It is extremely useful to visit other exhibitions to get the feel of what conveys a successful and innovative exhibition and what conveys a poor exhibition.
The curator needs to consider the juxtapositions between the various artworks displayed to capture the imagination and intrigue of the visitors especially on entering.
I once visited an exhibition in Bulgaria that showcased in a derelict warehouse. The natural light and breeze and added interest and enhanced each piece.
CURATING THE EXHIBITION SPACE.
The group started out with clearing away both rubbish and everyday art and design items. Then we needed to scrub, board out the areas and paint al the space white. We were reminded that this will be a relevant and important part of any future exhibitions we are wanting to display our work in.
Decisions had to be made about whose pieces would hang where and how the curators needs to consider how each piece will look in the space and which pieces need to be hung together for the best effect.
The process was made more difficult because not all the pieces where in the studio space and it was hard to make the final decision.
Finally the space began to take shape and the transformation began, this added to the energy of the process and when we started to see all the final pieces that students where bringing in a renewd sense of pride and excitment took over.