E17 Art Trail – the second weekend
Fabien’s fantastic exhibition ‘Woof’ at his home attracted a steady stream of visitors over each weekend as well as the during the week. His empathetic portraits of dogs and owners included numerous ingenious compositions and was a big hit with everyone that went to see them.
A number of my friends made trips across town too see the Art Trail. This is my friend Tulia looking at one of Wendy MacMillan’s pieces after travelling over from Kilburn.
Sonia and Abigail came to visit the Image17 exhibition while I was invigilating. Over 800 people came to see just this one exhibition during the art trail and I really enjoyed being able to give people guided tours.
On Friday night St Barnabas hosted late night viewing of their artist’s work. There was a great turn-out and the wine kept flowing (I’m reliably informed) until about mid-night!
Over the last few months, as Bronwyn developed the E17 Art Trail App, we became very familiar with the many different exhibitions on the trail. Despite this, we kept being surprised by pieces of work or venues that we hadn’t noticed before. One of these was the Original Army’s work in Waterstones Bookshop – an intriguing and unexpected piece of work.
I went back to St Barnabas to see the exhibition in daylight. It was an engaging cross-section of work including photography, painting, illustration, printed textiles and decorative silver.
This is Paul Tucker, looking towards part of his exhibition of photography – which was installed on the Stations of the Cross.
Nearly everyone I met on the trail talked about danny’s Blue Plaques that detailed the previous residents of many of the houses about 100 years ago. I found them – and pretty much everything else that day by navigating with the Art Trail App.
Another exhibition at home was a combination of Steve’s ceramics and Emma’s paintings – where we were given cups of tea, cup-cakes and then bumped into Sonia and Abigail again!
On Saturday night Inky Cuttlefish held a party – there were drinks and lots of food inside, while outside there were musicians who played late into the night.
Co-founder of the Art Trail, Cris, was determined not to be in any of my photos – but just managed to sneak into this one! It was a rare treat to have a five minute walk home after it all ended – instead of the normal tube or taxi ride that ends most nights out in London.
Penny Fielding has supported the Art Trail from its beginnings 7 years ago and had hundreds & hundreds of people visit her shop. Penny is a great supporter of local artists showing & selling their work and also holding events and performances.
A highlight of the trail for me was meeting Toby Poolman and seeing his Urban Dunes. He had constructed a catapult which flung sand out across the floor of a garage – the temporary home of his installation.
The work was an intriguing exploration of materials and construction – he had no idea how the piece would look when he began. Within an hour of our visit the piece was swept away and the catapult packed up – so I was really glad I arrived when I did.
Last year when we stopped by at Paekakariki Press Martin was still waiting for his printer to be delivered. Now its all up and running.
Each year the E17 Art Trail just gets better and better – I’m already looking forward to next year’s!