Open Season at Ipswich Art School Gallery

Hi, Em here,

Over the past few weeks, the Exhibitions Team have been working hard at Ipswich Art School Gallery to de-install Art: Science: Life, ready for the Open Season programme (this is part of Happening on High Street, which is funded by Arts Council England). The first set of works being displayed come under the title, ‘Open Campus’, and includes aspiring, young, local artists; such as last years winners of the Anna Airy and Ipswich Art Society Awards. In the upstairs galleries, we are also exhibiting the works of 2nd year Fine Art students from University Campus Suffolk.

Like with Art: Science: Life, we were able to assist with the installation process. Although many of the tasks might not sound like the most exciting – painting walls, cleaning cases, even dusting skirting boards! – these smaller jobs are all part of making the galleries presentable for the public and keeping up the high standards of Colchester + Ipswich Museums.

As well as the above jobs, we also got to support the fun part of exhibitions – installing the artwork! This ranged from laying out small, fragile plaster objects in square cases to hanging pieces of photography, converting a film onto a television screen to displaying large canvas paintings. Anton and I assisted Graham (Exhibitions and Display Officer) to install the 2 gallery spaces below. We used our Exhibition Planning and Access training to think about hanging heights, positioning artworks and the spacing around cases.


Darren (Senior Exhibitions Officer) also taught us how to apply vinyl lettering to the gallery walls; something that will be useful in future exhibitions work, especially as we’re having vinyl lettering in our Battle of The Somme cases.

Open Season Private view: Friday 17 June 2016.

On Friday 17th, Ipswich Art School Gallery held a private view event. Joe and I, along with Caleb and Emma (both Collections Information Programme Assistants), went along to get a first look at the exhibitions all together and explore the brand new training room that has been set up. We spent the evening admiring the artwork, drawing at the ‘art response’ table in the main gallery and drinking Prosecco!

It was a lovely evening and I would encourage all to come along to visit the Open Season: Open Campus exhibition, which is on display now until Sunday 17 July (the Ipswich Art School Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm).

Cheers, Em 🙂

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