Curating the final exhibition space.


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
  • budget
  • 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.



 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.




Tutorial with Technician 

I was concerned that the sheer wait of muslin fabric would be difficult to stitch. Gwyneth suggested that I would need to use a hoop larger a stitches and sharp needles.

Gwyneth has offered support on colour mixing, how to prepare screens and choices in fabrics.

If we want a screen or dyes, colours and use of machines we ask her by job request. She then gives us a predicted time and date that the materials will be available. This takes planning and time management.

The same goes for Bill who prepares frames and helps with the kiln or other 3D requirements.

Finishing off piece no 2 

Dyeing hessian to make a border for all 3 pieces to give unity.

This piece was to be a culmination of different skills used in the first two pieces. I wanted to use a variety of media to represent variety of life and experience learnt as represented by this stage of life. The starches are overlaid a screen print which has three blurred images of myself used to give a representation of age through the blurring.

I have used

  • tea bags
  • hessian threads
  • wool
  • embroidery silks
  • machine stitch
  • hand stitch.
  • dyed fabric

Starting to present final pieces 

Picture 1

It’s important to tie the pieces together to give unison. Due to changing my mind several times im looking at using hessian dyed as a border.

about the final fabric and eventually decided on sheer fabric as I am wanting to give the viewer to opportunity to see each individual picture front and back and also look through the pictures to see the passage of time. I looked at hanging from coat hangers as opposed to frames. Discussion between tutors and my own thoughts led to the decision to frame. I want a stable picture because the movement of hanging loosely may not show the pieces off in the best way. which the .

Workshop on stretching canvas on frames

Bill the technician explained and demonstrated how to stretch canvas. I inquired about the hessian I have used and Bill explained the difficulty I may experience when I attempt to stretch it. I also spoke about the possibility of using finer fabrics and we discussed how that might stretch and not respond well to that type of fabric.

Problems with uploading images to the digital printer.

I tried to use my images that I have manipulated on photoshop onto the digital printer. I have limited skills in photoshop but I have spent time on editing photos to the best of my ability and asked for direction if anyone was near me was around to offer advice. I spent time experimenting with different outcomes and was happy with the end results. I chose three portraits of myself aged 16, mid 30’s and myself now. I did want to try and create an image of myself in the future but as yet I advent been able to create one that I am satisfied with.

I experimented with blurring or distorting the images for two reasons,

  • One being, that I am drawn to abstract painting. What I like about abstract painting is that I feel an interrelation with the chaos and roughness I see in abstract paintings. I connect with the madness and explosion of colour and it allows my imagination to run away with itself.
  • Two being, that I feel more comfortable with a blurred image of myself due to issues with confidence. That said I think abstract also will best serve my style of stitch that I intend to use.

I tried various methods of saving to JPEG, TIFF and Photoshop but I had no success. I spent most of the day trying to upload the images but to no effect. I also elicited the help of peer students and tutors but I had to admit defeat in the end. I then thought about using the images in a different ways because what I am looking for is an image that I can apply stitch to.

I have experimented with screen print, lino print and mono print. I thought I would experiment with screen print first and see weather I am able to get the image that I want.  I sent a job sheet in requesting a screen printed frame and a list of colours. I chose orange black yellow and aqua blue/grey.

Reflections  week 4

So to put my work in order at this moment in time. This is subject to change.
Image 1 – youthful image represented by bright fresh colours in an abstract painterly way. This is using the medium of stitch.

Image 2 – current age with a element of distortion to represent periods of confusion and distressing life issues.

Image 3 – older image looking into the gutter represented by fading and lines. I’m not sure yet if this will be black, grey and white.

Week 3 re-think 

Something strange started to happen, I have been giving serious thought to my proposal and discovered the work said something about me. The start of my work examined oppression and despair effecting displaced people both in the past and currently represented by the ongoing refugee crisis.

My aim was to raise awareness through creating art that showed people’s plight through the narrative that is often shown in their eyes.

This took me in the direction of portraits and examining how political artists showcase their message. I experimented with mainly black and white prints as I felt it depicted the sentiment in the best medium.

What happened next was that I subconsciously started to create and think about colour. I no longer wanted to work in black and white as this was effecting my mood. It was as though my fingers where craving to work in colour.

Now I could explain this phenomenon away using various psychological theories  but I think the simplest explanation is that my mind wanted to explore hope and solution and not dwell in the darkness of the situation any longer.

This realisation gave way to looking at myself and try and understand my motives behind the original subject matter and look at in depth what defines me.

So developing my theme of portraiture into self portraiture .