With judging coming up on Sunday, I don’t think it’s appropriate to show my Sydney Quilt Show entry yet (lest one of the judges read my blog) but I can tell you that I’ve been keeping company with these items lately:
How much of the creation process to share, and when, is one of the challenges for the 21st century artist in an environment where exhibition venues desire or require you to keep your work fresh for their event.
I was interested to see the Media Release about the appointment of Jennifer Sanders as the curator for the Regeneration: Contemporary Quilt Textiles 2012 exhibition (a collaboration between The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc. and Manly Art Gallery and Museum).
The Regeneration entry forms are a little different from other exhibition paperwork in that they seek a concept design, supported by sketches and other inspiration materials, rather than a completed art work as such. According to the media release, one of the curator’s proposals is the use of :
â€œindividual display boxes for each work showing the artistâ€™s sources of inspiration, photos, sketches, samples of their fabrics and techniques â€“ any material which the artist believes will help convey to the audience the story behind the finished work.â€ She believes that engaging the audience in the creative process and, the stories behind the quilts, will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the quiltersâ€™ art…the ideas we are exploring to keep in dialogue with the selected artists as the works are made should help make the â€˜Regenerationâ€™ exhibition project one in which the development process yields rewards for all involved as much as does the final exhibition in 2012.â€
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the Regeneration exhibition, entries close on 25 July 2011.