Thursday, August 26th, 2010
It has come and gone but what a great show. The HIP/CSIRO collaboration for National Science Week has proved to be much more successful than we could have anticipated both in terms of response and sales.
From a concept in August 2009 to the exhibition this month it has been a very exciting journey. Twenty one artists randomly teamed with scientists from the Marine and Atmospheric Research facility in Hobart and asked to interpret the work of that scientist in a single piece of art. Many struggled with the complexities of the science and some had to delve deep into their printmaking toolbag to find ways to represent their findings. Others had to learn new techniques to achieve the desired result. In the end we were proud to present a cohesive body of work which covered almost every print medium and was applauded by the scientific community.
John, Marinelle, Carolyn and Marcia worked together to get the show hung
Teamwork meant that the whole process was very quick
Even with the strange onlooker
And then it was opening night
and while there were some issues about the lighting
Lindsay had us chuckling with his oratory in his opening speech
Toni Moate was presented with a complete set of boxed prints for the CSIRO’s collection in thanks for their support in getting the magnificent catalogue printed
Carolyn Canty showing off the box she made for the CSIRO’s prints to Wayne Goninon (Tasmanian Committee of National Science Week) who aslo provided support for this project
Despite the lighting (or maybe because of it) sales were brisk on the opening night and this continued throughout the show
Perhaps the ambience of the Henry Jones Art Hotel atrium setting helped.
Artists were proud to pose with their work
Too soon it was time to take it down – congratulations to all those who participated (artists and scientists) and a big thank you to those who made it all happen; Carolyn Canty, Marinelle Basson, Bryony Bennett, Lea Crosswell, Toni Moate, Jeannie-Marie LeRoi and Christine Scott and the staff at the Henry Jones Art Hotel – until next time