Thursday, 13 August 2009

Hanging the Exhibition!

My exhibition
opens on Saturday - Whoopee! It's come round so quickly. I was at the gallery yesterday afternoon, helping to make decisions (getting in the way??) about what to hang where.

As you can see, the walls have been painted bright green and blue, which really picks out the colour in the artwork.

We have hung the pictures very low on the walls, so it is child-friendly. To fill the space above, we have vinyl stencil enlargements of some of the animals. These will jump between the pictures, sit on the frame tops, or peek out from behind, like these giraffes from A Lark in the Ark:

We positioned the stencils, with masking tape, then stuck them down and cut round them - really fiddly and takes AGES!

While we were working, the monkey mobiles arrived, which look great:

The technicians have built the children's activity centre in the middle, but Marie has not filled it with all the images and props yet, so that will be a surprise for me on the day.

Do you remember how we lost the ark? Well, the publisher was so apologetic and tried so hard to persuade Marie to re-introduce it that, although it was too late by then to build the ark, we now have a Lark in the Ark dressing-up area instead, where children become the different animals.

As well as the Private View at 4pm, there is also a free children's Funday from 11am until 3pm in the gallery and library. I'll be doing storytellings at 11am and 2pm (suitable for 4 - 8yrs) and an illustration workshop at 12.45 (7yrs to adult). No tickets are needed, just come along. There is also face-painting, hula-hooping, a treasure trail and a Giddy Goat art session for kids to join in on, again as a drop-in.

If you are coming on Saturday, this map might be useful (click to enlarge). The nearest train & bus station is Ashton-u-Lyne: 5 mins walk, or Stalybridge: about a 20 min walk.

If you are driving, it's junction 23 off the M60. Follow signs for Ashton Town Centre and at the large roundabout, take the first exit, before Lidyl, onto Old Street. The Gallery is in the old Central Library building on the left, postcode OL6 7SG. Parking is behind the building.
Any problems, ring the gallery on 0161 342 2650. See you there!


Cyn Narcisi said...

What a beautiful exhibit of your art! I hope the show goes well for you. I wish I could stop by and say hi:)

Kristi Valiant said...

It looks so lovely! I wish I could be there. I especially LOVE the vinyl cutouts of the animals peeking out. I'm getting ready to start designing my nursery and since I illustrate children's books too, I may use the same idea with my own illustrations and have the characters peeking around frames. What fun!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you for your good wishes. What a good idea for a nursery Kristi!

Julie-ann said...

You are amazing and so is your art!
Have a great time!

Co. said...

I would love love love to see your exhibition ! I really do !
I ope it will go wonderfully well ;-)

cassia said...

give me an 'L'
give me a 'Y'
give me an 'N'
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Whoop whoop! That looks awesome! Can't wait! x

Lynne Chapman said...

Ha ha! Thank you folks!

Fabián Fucci said...

Hey Lynne, very nice blog! I'm still trying to publish out my first sketchbook, I hope to get at it soon!

Keep it up!

Jan said...

Oh wow I love your work! I wish I had known about your exhibition! Will you be doing any more?

Lynne Chapman said...

The show runs until November 7th Jan, so there's still plenty of time if you want to see it.

There is a chance it may tour other venues, but nothing is set up yet. I'll post anything that come up on the blog.

Good luck Fabian!

Janine said...

What a phantastic exhibition.
I wish I couls see it.