On the day of the private reception of The Future of Plymouth exhibition myself, Maddy Crossley and William Danby were invigilating in the afternoon. During the previous week we had noticed that there was only one leaflet printed out in the foyer space. I decided to print out more leaflets and took them with me, ready for the evening’s event.
Kath Howard had bought a visitor book and we noticed there were some great comments with regard to the pieces in the exhibition.
The visitors who attended the event seemed curious, inquisitive, surprised and genuinely impressed with the pieces on display. The sculpture created conversation between parties who were not initially aware that it was a view-finding device – with some humorous suggestions as to what it was i.e. a space-ship, cement mixer and satellite etc. I felt this was a positive reaction because it initiated a dialogue of creativity.
The wall pieces were also a success – with some people making inquiries in purchasing prints. The book print featured in the poster was particularly popular. Again, these promoted a sense of curiosity and fun as audience members tried to guess what the images had been taken from.
Councillor Penberthy gave a fantastic speech, commending the students for producing an exhibition with a set theme given by the Council – something of which had not taken place previously. It was extremely gratifying to hear such a positive feedback and I can only speak for myself but I think the whole group were proud of our achievements during this project and grateful to have been given this opportunity.
Jake May from PCA’s Marketing Team and a photographer also came to the event to document the exhibition for the college website.
I feel the project and evening was a resounding success and everyone was in good spirits.
During the installation on 28 April 2014, Judith Robinson had mentioned that there would be a celebratory reception of the exhibition on Friday 9 May. Therefore an e-vite had to be produced of which I volunteered to design based on similar text used in other Council House Art invites which Judith supplied.
I emailed this to Judith who approved the design and text:
I then went on to email students of Plymouth College of Art and asked our tutor Edith Doove if she could email the staff of PCA as well. I also created a Facebook event page:
I could not be certain that everyone who had accepted the Facebook invite would RSVP as per invite, so I created a spreadsheet of all the names that RSVP’d and emailed it to firstname.lastname@example.org:
This list was used during the event by the Council House Security Staff as a sign in sheet.
Unfortunately, we didn’t receive all of the details regarding dates, logos to be included and the celebratory reception event until the end of April, and therefore did not have a lot of time to get the Press Release finalised together as a group. No one had mentioned the Press Release since the template had been drafted up and since we needed it to be completed asap, I created a new Press Release with all of the additional information and posted this onto the Facebook group page:
I emailed the Press Release to Judith Robinson and Edith Doove who asked me to send it to Jake May from the Plymouth College of Art Marketing Team:
BA (Hon) Fine Art, Critical & Curatorial Practices