Well, I have been pleasantly surprised how well the traveling gallery went. The artwork came from practicing artists, in New York, Canada, France and the UK. Most of the art institutions I approached have welcomed my art exhibition, and allowed me to perform my work with the public with a free reign throughout the park and galleries.
I have never before done an exhibition like this before, and engaging the public was hard at first, people seem to doubt, that you genuinely have something nice for them to do or try.
Thankfully not everyone hid from me and having the opportunity to do this within different art institutions, different towns, and cities have brought up some interesting choices. Even the weather seemed to play a part in peoples choices.
The first park on my journey was The Yorkshire Sculpture Park a loverly vast 500-acre park full of contemporary sculpture with two indoor galleries. Here I moved around the park with the box gallery, engaging peoples interest in the art, explaining what I’m doing and why.
The second place The Bluecoat contemporary art institution, agreed to me showing at last minute and I was great full as it had been planned for outside, but the rain was so bad!
Here the choices of the public were slightly different they tended to pick darker toned work, maybe reflecting on the weather of the day?
The next venture on the galleries travels in Cass sculpture park in Chichester. This also went really well, the public loved engaging with the work asking questions and picking favourites.
This has also shown me that the public like to do more than just look at the artwork, and allowing them to self-curate what the wish to see together came up with some interesting conversations.