Platform 17 has now finished. It was open for 1 week at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries; 28th March – 1st April. The exhibition consisted of 21 artists from Sheffield Hallam University, presenting work along the theme of Movement and Motion.
Below are photos of the exhibition:
The Opening Night was on March 27th, where invited guests, friends and family attended a private view of the exhibition at night. This was really great and I really enjoyed seeing people interact with my work.
I also invigilated the exhibition on March 30th, 10am – 1:30pm, and this gave me a chance to see the public interact with my work, and see people interact with other works. As the millennium galleries is a popular space, we had over 270 visitors in this short time alone.
Overall, Platform 17 has been a fantastic experience, displaying my work in the Millennium Galleries is a huge achievement for me, and I’m really proud that I pushed myself to do it and that I was a part of such a brilliant exhibition.
I received some great feedback from my work, and doing this has given myself and my work a lot of confidence. I have learnt a lot from doing this exhibition, which has given me more drive for degree show in a few months. I’m so grateful to have been a part of this brilliant opportunity.
Installation of Platform 17 began yesterday (26th March) and finished today (27th March). The first day of installing was mainly focusing on curation, with help from Bank Street Arts in Sheffield.
For curation, the large free standing works were put in place first, then plinths and site specific works were set and finally wall based work was placed. My piece was very simple to hang, and I asked to be placed so the viewer needs to walk up to it and luckily I got the exact position. After being informed of where everyone was placed, installation began.
My piece required very little effort and I was able to hang it myself; measuring the central point of the wall and the correct gallery eye height (160cm from the floor – the centre of the piece hangs at this height). I then used self adhesive magnets on the wall, placed my print on top and finally placing my hand painted black magnets over the print.
After hanging my own piece, it was then a case of helping other artists hang their works. Being on an art course, you are taught how to install and hang your own work, so after leaving the degree you are self – sufficient. The skills I’ve learnt from hanging my own work and installing exhibitions came into practice again with Platform 17 when installing other works.
Photos taken whilst installing the exhibition:
Overall, the installation of Platform 17 went smoothly and was very quick. All works are hung professionally, the placement of each piece brings out the best in the works and the exhibition looks great. Having curatorial input from Bank Street Arts was great; learning how they curate shows in their space and applying it to the Millennium Galleries was interesting, it was a good opportunity to work alongside another gallery in Sheffield and share curatorial input.
The annual Platform exhibition held by Sheffield Hallam’s Arts and Culture Students Union was open for proposals again in January this year, with the theme of Movement and Motion. All applicants submitted a proposal of a 400 word statement and an image of their selected artwork, which if successful would be exhibited in the Platform 17 exhibition in March 2017 at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries.
Since seeing the exhibition last year, I was excited to see that the theme of this years show,Movement and Motion, related to my work. I submitted a proposal of one of my cone prints, that I had previously exhibited in Fringe Aesthetics, titled ‘Where is my mind?‘. I was delighted to find out that my artwork was successful, and my cone print titled ‘My Mind’ (above image) will be exhibited in the Millennium Gallery for 1 week.
This is such a fantastic opportunity for me; to exhibit my work in such a popular gallery and widen my audience with it. I’m so pleased that my piece was selected by a committee, amongst many, many applicants. I am really proud to have accomplished this, especially as it is so soon after my previous exhibition last month.
Below is the poster for PLATFORM 17, it is open from 28th March – 1st April, opening night on 27th March:
We were given a copy of the leaflet, prior the exhibition and below is my statement, giving context to my work: