As a group we have not met in person since March 2020, so we were very excited to be able to go to the Church Hall in August 2021, particularly since we really needed to see our exhibition work in the flesh. Zoom is great for certain things but definitely not for appreciating artwork in its entirety.
We are on a bit of a tight deadline as our SeenUnseen Exhibition will be showing at the Robert Phillips Gallery in Walton-on-Thames in October, and selected work from it will be moving to the Willesden Green Gallery in November.
It was great that most of us were able to attend the meeting and bring along our artwork, so we could come up with a plan for installing it in the gallery. Unfortunately Alison couldn’t come due to poor health, and the intrepid Joan B was marooned on an island off the coast of Pembrokeshire due to a storm, but the
also intrepid Robertta, who has recently moved up to Scotland, made the long journey south and brought her beautiful work for us to see.
Our hall is big enough for us to spread out all our work so everyone can see.
Joan Glasgow carefully laid out her work, which is inspired by mindfulness, on the floor.
Kate Davis had remembered to bring a cloth.
Maria Walker hung hers off the ballet rails.
Marie-Ghislaine Beaucé was very organised and had even brought a stand to display one of her hangings but had to hold up the other one for us to see what it would look like suspended.
Linda Walsh attached her graffiti-inspired work on the wall.
Jo Coombes needed Linda’s help to display her breakdown printed cloth.
By the end of the session we had a plan on how to start hanging the work when we go to install, but usually we have to tweak our plans once we get into the gallery and see the work in situ.
We also managed to go outside, between the heavy rain showers, and take a new group photograph for our website.
Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 2PF
Wednesday 13 October until Sunday 31 October 2021
Further details, including a map to the Gallery, can be found by visiting the Exhibition Dates page of the Phoenix Contemporary Textiles website.
The Willesden Gallery,, The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF
Tuesday 16 November until Saturday 27 November 2021