Time flies and making stops when project planning an exhibition!

Where has the time gone?

I realise any attempts to make art work recently has pretty much ground to a halt. Peaks and troughs are inevitable but this one links primarily to the fact I’m project managing an exhibition in June for Making Art Work and my rather obsessional nature compels me to complete preparation and planning as early as possible.

I usually handle website stuff so perhaps volunteering to project manage wasn’t the most sensible move. It’s been a baptism of fire – attempting to answer questions raised by others on marketing matters and producing a project plan myself when I’ve only limited experience of either — but I have learnt a lot, quickly, and it’ll be invaluable for my own practice in the longer term.

I also volunteered to produce the graphics for the show, somewhat silly in terms of its impact on my schedule but a useful new skill. Luckily I’d already taken shots of the venue on a site visit so I used this as the foundation for the design. The overall concept was easy to come up with but I discovered it needed loads of tweaking – obsessional changes and shifting around – to deliver an end result that I hope you agree looks polished rather than amateurish. I also realise it’s best to source a print supplier early on as each works to slightly different requirements and it saves time working within these when mocking up the final design. My finished poster can be seen here.

Hopefully, with planning pretty much in place, the next month will be a bit less demanding and I can return to some making before the final all-encompassing push of getting the final show ready!

Claire Manning, flyer for 'On Tap' exhibition
Claire Manning, flyer for ‘On Tap’ exhibition

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