LESSONS i LEARNt: exhibiting

So the other week I got a message from Hannah asking if I would be interested in exhibiting some work at an exhibition that she was curating. My first thought was 'Oh my god I'm scared and I don't even know what to do or how because I'm not an artist'. Anyway, I said yes reluctantly and then began to stress about what the hell I was going to exhibit.

I had two ideas, one which stemmed from a blog post I had written about anti-social media (you may recognise the print on the left) and the other idea was a 'Early life crisis' which would be about being scared of graduating and future things, here's the work and a few photos from the private view of Terra Marique from Wednesday where I had to network and mingle (it never gets easier):

Lauren Goodland (me!) - Anti-social Media - 'The trials and tribulations of a digital age' 

Lauren Goodland (me!) - Anti-social Media - 'The trials and tribulations of a digital age' 

Lucy Victoria Rogers - Reminiscence - Flower Pressings (2014)

Lucy Victoria Rogers - Reminiscence - Flower Pressings (2014)

Hannah Elizabeth Rogers - Rings of Saturn - Photography (2015) 

Hannah Elizabeth Rogers - Rings of Saturn - Photography (2015) 

Brandon-Lee Mansueto - Conflict, Chaos and Darkness - Mixed media on canvas (2015)

Brandon-Lee Mansueto - Conflict, Chaos and Darkness - Mixed media on canvas (2015)

Miriam Collett - Self-portrait Film Stills - the monstrous feminine - Photography (2015)

Miriam Collett - Self-portrait Film Stills - the monstrous feminine - Photography (2015)

We hung the show on Sunday the day before the opening and I seriously didn't realise how difficult and time consuming it would be! I am really bad at maths and luckily had Hannah and her sister Lucy there too who took care of most of the precision measuring, but I learnt lots and I'm hoping this will come in handy for my final major project exhibition! Post cheesy beans and chips at about 11pm the glass in my frame cracked and we had to smash the remainder of it out as it was glued, so for the first day I had one frame with no glass in.

I'm invigilating the exhibition today and the loveliest old lady just came in, she loved all the work and understood the meanings (except for mine but when I explained to her about social-media she did and said her grandson is always on his iPad and she just wants to read books with him - SO SAD). Overall, I'm about £30 down because of frames and printing but 30 points up in confidence. The biggest compliment I got was someone with a twirly moustache, who wasn't an art buyer saying my prints looked like they would be in Urban Outfitters or Ikea (I LOVE IKEA). I'm really glad i plucked up the courage to say yes and I now feel like it's something I can do again, I'm even thinking about trying to curate an exhibition myself one day, but I must be craaaazy. 

Lessons I learnt: 
1. Maths is important, but even if you get an E in GCSE maths like I did, you can still survive, just about
2. Precision and white walls are important, but don't let this hinder you
3. Networking is tiring and I'm the most awkward person in the world
4. A dress helps to make you classier with a can of Old Speckled Hen in your hand
5. Invigilating exhibitions is lonely and cold but you can sing to Joni Mitchell
6. Posing for photographs next to your work will never not be embarrassing
7. Old people are nice
8. To say yes, no matter how scared/lacking confidence you may be
9. Make work that means something so you can talk about it
10. Don't smash glass with a hammer out of frames (it's very dangerous)