From paint pots to paw prints

It’s Spring! Below are a couple of snippets from projects that I’ve worked on in the past month…

At the beginning of April I helped with de-installing Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N. at Ipswich Art Gallery, which rolled into the installation of the current Open Call exhibition. Here we have the artwork ready to return home. Bye bye Paolozzi! 

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Next, the Open Call exhibition!

Before work could go up, existing vinyl decals needed to be removed, drilled holes filled and walls touched up. By the end of the first day I was suffering with some snow blindness from all the white paint.

Next, the text needed to go up. There was much debate about where this should be and how it should be presented. It may seem less important than the artwork, but this is the first thing a visitor would see…

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…so we all agreed that it would shout for the visitor’s attention far more by being at an angle.

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I really enjoyed helping the Exhibitions team decide which works should go where. We were basically trying to solve a large puzzle, as the artworks were initially stored A-Z by artist and all in one room, making it harder to get an overview. When choosing where the work should be, we took into consideration scale, material, subject, style and occasionally feelings. Some pairings highlighted differences and some complimented each other.

Open Call runs at Ipswich Art Gallery from Monday 8 April until Monday 5 June. If you visit, make sure to vote for your favourite!

Besides painting walls and hanging artworks, I’ve also been working on projects for my placement at the East Anglian Railway Museum. Below is a peek at the trail I’ve been creating.

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I’ve been looking into existing ‘i-spy’ style trails, featuring Milo Mouse, as well as reflecting on the trails and museum learning training that we received before Christmas.

It took a little while for me to remember both the training and how Adobe Illustrator works. I collected photographs of objects from around the museum, which could be grouped into themes, such as work or leisure. It was a little tricky figuring out how to translate the physical space onto the page, so visitors could locate themselves and the objects.

Milo Mouse and his friends run about the site and pop up all around the museum, so footprints help to reflect this part of the character. Below is the work in progress…

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It is currently being trialed alongside existing trails and I’m hoping to gain some feedback as to what might need changing. My plan is to create a few different ones to entertain families that return to the site.

Thanks for reading. I hope to update you with more progress soon!

Esme

 

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