So the exhibition I have been making work for since the beginning of my AIRetc… residency is officially open.
I’m particularly excited by this as it means I can now fully throw myself into the residency and start getting into what attracted me to it in the first place. Namely working on a new set of works, but also getting involved with the student’s practice and seeing what everyone else is up to.
To that end, I can honestly say that this week has been the most enjoyable so far.
I was given the opportunity to sit in on both HND1 and HND2’s crits over the past few days, as well as getting to know some of the BTEC National Diploma students a little better.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the crits if I’m honest, for the most part this was to be my first experience of everyone’s work over both years, but I was left feeling genuinely quite inspired. That level of engaged conversation and back and forth conversation is, from my experience, the thing that recent graduates often say they miss most, being in a group that meets up semi regularly to discuss where they’re at, get other opinions and fresh perspectives, or just to ‘get their house in order’ is so valuable.
From a purely selfish perspective, I’ve found its come along at the perfect time, everyone else’s enthusiasm has definitely helped combat the usual ‘post exhibition creative slump’ I usually find myself in. After the crits this week I’m chomping at the bit to get into the studio on Monday morning and take advantage of the relative quiet the Easter break’ll bring.
All that and a free slap up lunch on Friday with Gregor Morrison and the AIRetc… team. All in all, as pretty good week I think.
Anyway, back to the art…
I’m still working on developing this new set of drawings, and am also making a few small scale mix media models which, all going to plan, will have taken more shape by the end of the Easter break.
My initial intention for the residency was to make a body of work that was all connected, for all the structures I produce, be it drawing or sculpture, to be from the same ‘place’, but it’s becoming apparent that that’s not quite the case. I’ll try and elaborate a bit over the next few weeks but it’s still early days…
Hopefully by the time everyone is back from Easter, there will be continued good news in regards to Art College places and offers etc, but until then, I’ll continue to keep all the digits crossed and hoping the best for everyone.