AT LAST Iâ€™m on the train after a grueling 4 day â€˜hangâ€™ of our Leeds show for the Northern Art Prize. We are really pleased with the final result, but boy was it a slog.
It all came flooding back to me on day one when we arrived to find progress on our space a â€˜little delayedâ€™ about 6 hours into day one I was already reacquainted enough with the familiar pain of installing an exhibition to remember why we havenâ€™t really had one for years! Making films can be exhausting hard work and emotionally grueling but it can also have â€˜highsâ€™ that I have yet to encounter whilst scrabbling around on a grubby gallery floor or trying to fix something to a high wall with inappropriate fixtures.
The worst thing is your knees â€¦ within about an hour of arriving Karen wished sheâ€™d bought her knee pads (which we did in the end purchase when we used to regularly install and de-install our huge Island model!) as you seem to spend an awful lot of time on the floor moving things about. You never have the right screwdriver and I think someone might even have pinched my tape measure.
Still as Matthew Olden would say â€˜mustnâ€™t grumbleâ€™ itâ€™s finally up and it looks great even if we do say so ourselves.
A MASSIVE THANKS is due to the East Tilbury Bata Resource & Reminiscence Centre who have lent us much of their precious archive for the show, mixed in with the Bata-ville materials itâ€™s made for a really interesting screening space/archive. Also due are thanks to Tim for helping with the hang and Sue Giovanni for her patient work on our new film â€˜Little Deluxe Livingâ€™ finished late the night before we left for Leeds. Thanks to go to Andrew & John at Leeds City Art Gallery who soldiered on helping with our rather â€˜unusualâ€™ hang right up until the Private View wine started to flow.
Wish us luck, weâ€™ve gone completely over board on effort for the show and there is a prize â€“ as Karen keeps reminding me â€“ â€œweâ€™re in it to win itâ€!