15th - 21st December 2015 

Exhibit Here's 'Art Maze', The Bragehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London

 

In December 2015 I had the opportunity to exhibit work at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London SE9. This came about through a submission via a website, Exhibit Here, run singularly by Artist, Leila Bibizadeh. The call was for 120 artists to show throughout the space. Although not thematically lead if work had an element of ‘haunting’ that would be beneficial to reflect the atmospheric ambience of the building, (effectively a disused wharf warehouse).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show was entitled ‘Art Maze’, which I felt accurately reflected the layout of the building. The building is sited over 4 floors with the top being very dark and most areas not being extraordinarily well lit. I was informed on 3rd December that I had been selected from over 400 artists. The exhibition was installed on Tuesday 15th December, a very short interlude before the event.

Reflections: I felt this was a fantastic opportunity, not only to show work in a central, busy London space, but also to meet and network with artists whom I had never worked or met with before. The organisation was generally very precise but as always there were some unhappy artists mainly due to the poor lighting which made the installation very difficult and therefore the work was not necessarily well lit. The one consideration to evaluate was the way Leila organised the hanging of the space. She had pre-planned/ curated each room but did not give the artists guidance until their allotted arrival/ hanging time, which caused hefty time delays in getting the work installed. My suggestions would be that in the future Leila either marked each selected space out with a post-it note or sent the artists a plan so that they could just get on with the job in hand. However, I felt that overall Leila had done a very good job of curation and overcame the lighting problems as far as was possible with supplemented halogen lights she installed at various places throughout the building.

Work in situ at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London

From left to right:

"Solicitude iv", Oil on linen, 120 x 100 x 2cm; "Solicitude iii", Oil on linen, 140 x 120 x 2 cm

Through this occasion I not only met and have contact details of a number of new artists, but also have been invited to be a guest speaker

at an artists’ run space near Loughborough Junction, SW9 in 2016 The Platform as well as being invited to get involved with a new project that looks at art and mental illness.

I have therefore looked at a-n magazine

recommended artists payments. Uncomfortable territory but imperative for survival!