Yorkshire can be a busy place for a visiting artist
We opened our art exhibition on a Saturday and I have to say it was as well attended as any we have in Canada. The patrons however are far more outgoing with their feedback. There were some feisty moments. I am not usually challenged outright about my politics at an art exhibition but if you are going to make work about coal mining and put it up during the 30th anniversary of the most violent strike in modern British history then you should expect a few sticky moments. The staff were aghast but I secretly loved it. If reaction is one aspect of how an artist measures impact then I would say we have done our job!
With the first bit of our exhibiting work over with we then embarked on a series of visiting places, peoples and things with some meetings in between.
It has been crazy sunny all the time here – everyone is remarking on it. Wish I could say we brought it with us but checking our weather at home makes that a moot point.
So far we have had an exhausting but very productive trip, readying things for June when we move our work to other venues and start this all over again. Tomorrow we do a workshop about Canadian landscape painting and Gary will be interviewed by the BBC. You could call this a whirlwind but when you are an artist so much planning goes into this kind of thing, doing it at home is stressful enough, add to it how things are done in Yorkshire, miles away from home and it becomes less whirlwind more slog with moments of ecstasy. Speaking of which, my favourite discovery so far:
Photo of Albert Wainright’s painting, Wakefield Museums & Libraries. His work continues in a lovely exhibition at the Hepworth Gallery until May 18th.