11th February - 4th March 2016
1' SUARTs Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
This show was the first opportunity for the MFA group to exhibit offsite. As project leader I had to submit a proposal for the space. I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for the group to see how we work together and a good test bed for any future projects and opportunities. For me this was the first opportunity to manage so many people, which I knew would throw up some challenges. Organising meetings and agreeing on the format of the show held its own dilemmas but the consensus was that we keep it simple since the space available is so small. So the thought was to keep a unity of size within the work rather than a thematic. It kept the works democratic.
A curatorial team was set up with Daniel Curtis, Frederic Anderson, Eva Winter and Jacqui Hodges. Risk assessment was managed by Cara Flynn, I organised marketing. Funding has been possible by being vigilant with asking for £1 per week from each student, which Fiona Mountney collects. I set an invigilation rota was set up as that was a prerequisite to enable the space to be open. Yuting Wang and Qianqian Cai created a press release with help from Daniel Curtis, as well as collating all the details for the artworks.
Work in situ at SUARTs Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
Andrea Coltman, 'OHM' Oil on board 30 x 30 x 4 cm, SUARTs Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
Panoramic of all the work in situ at SUARTs Space, Chelsea College of Art, London, courtesy Rosalind Barker
PV 11th February 2016, SUARTs Space, Chelsea College of Art, London,
courtesy Fiona Mountney
Reflections: I can honestly say that I put a tremendous amount of time into project leading this. I feel the show was very successful from all angles. However, I have learnt a great deal from this experience. One of the major things is learning to delegate!
In terms of the curation, I think this was incredibly well thought out, the only slight reservation was that I felt some of the pieces were hung too high. But, this was an incredibly small space for 24 artists to exhibit in and it did not feel overcrowded.
There were some frustrations with lack of communication at times and issues over invigilation and collecting works at the end of the show. I had to chase a couple of people up but generally everything went smoothly. I look forward to working with the group on other projects. I also hope that we can all learn from this experience and have a more balanced support network with jobs being more evenly distributed throughout the group.
I set up a Facebook events page as well as marketing through Art Map London, Art Rabbit, Art Slant, a-n magazine, re-title and UAL networks aside from my own contacts.
The show ran for over three weeks but effectively open for 11 days. This may have been a little on the long side but there were over 100 visitors over the time and the PV attracted over 100 visitors too. We had very good feedback from the SUARTs Gallery managers Gavin Ramsey and Sophia March who were both very impressed with our organisation and with the show itself.
Additionally I set up a public Facebook page for the MFA group to post things they are involved in that may be of interest.
QR Code generated for MFA public Facebook page