In a lecture last year one of the pieces of advice which Grayson Perry gave aspiring arists was to seize every opportunity which cam,e their way. It is easier said than done. I was offered the chance to exhibit in Oxford street last Christmas but just couldn't get my shit together in time and I was pretty exhausted, the logistics of getting the work up to London was a pain in the arse. However when I was emailed with good news last week that one of my paintings had sold and was offered the opportunity to show more work in swinging Shoreditch I was able to jump in.
It did mean an unexpected trip up to London to drop off the work, with help from Sian and on Sunday which meant an extra two hours on the journey. I was keen to see the exhibition - again organised by the wonderful Happenstance - so travelled up from Bristol yesterday evening. I used my tried and tested means of finding the venue, i.e take directions, use the GPS on my phone, get lost, then ask for directions. It was a gorgeous evening and I do like the Hoxton/Shoreditch area, yes it's Hipster Central but it also has a creative buzz about it. It took my an hour to get from Paddington to the LondonNewcastle gallery on Redchurch Street. It's a very impressive space and was very well attended with a good mix of people. I loved how my work looked in the gallery, but I always feel like a twat hanging about, I think it comes across a bit needy. So I hovered about the gallery looking at the other work, and had the opportunity to talk to a photographer who had work in last weeks show and this. We had a good old moan about the Summer Exhibition. There was a fine breadth of work on display but at the same time the way it had been hung made for a cohesive and professional show.
I knew that I'd be knackered the next day - I am - so it was a flying visit. Just over half an hour and I was off, and of course got back to Paddington stupidly early but in time to enjoy a late night Burrito. I loved the exhibition and want more!