As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at: www.nataliedowseart.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Caravan Gallery hits Wirksworth, Derbyshire
On Sunday I took a trip to the Wirksworth Festival. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew I was going to see some familiar faces, Jan and Chris of The Caravan Gallery from good old Pompey! This first opening weekend began with the Art Trail which included 150 artists exhibiting in 70 venues. It astonished me how many visitors were here and it puts all of the arts trails I've ever visited to shame. The Caravan Gallery had more visitors here than outside the Tate Britain! The artwork was mixed, but the whole town was buzzing and the atmosphere had a certain excitement. Many people had opened their houses for artists to exhibit their work. These people must be very trusting to let so many people traipse through their homes and across their cream carpets and suchlike. Wirksworth is a small historical town surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is situated about two miles to the south of the Peak District National Park boundary, 13 miles north of Derby and four miles from Matlock.
Two previous winners of the Vickers Prize were invited to exhibit here. Lewis Noble and Helena Ben-Zenou. I was able to meet Lewis and discuss his experience on the residency. Although it wasn't possible to meet Helena it was great to see her work in the flesh. Now I just can't wait to get my studio here - which should be tomorrow!
Thank you to Jan and Chris for escorting me to the pub at the end of the day - cheers! This is a very hard thing for me to do on my own!