The Minories held a competition for both the Colchester School of Art and Colchester Art Society, pairing works from both parties to exhibited. After being chosen for the exhibition, I was elegantly paired with Stephen Lewis Watts. The theme of this exhibition was to experiment with how artwork has conversations. This was my first exhibition with professional artists in the field.
As students, we're lucky to be given opportunities from galleries in Colchester to exhibit our works. Especially as easy and relaxing as simply submitting work with a few minor details such as, title, year and material. This exhibition run by the Minories was simply trying to connect Colchester School of Art and Colchester Art Society together through an exhibition exploring conversations. Many of us applied for this exhibition at the art school and only a handful of us got chosen, there was the overall winner's, who would receive more wall space to hang work in the main room and the rest were offered a section of wall space to exhibit on. You were to be paired with a member of the Colchester Art Society and curated to the galleries taste. Obviously, I was quite excited to see reveal and who I would be paired with. This marks the first time I'll be exhibiting alongside established artists.
Once I had attended the launch party, I was very impressed with the artist whom I had been paired with and how seemingly well our artworks went together. Although at first sight, I feel the context of the artworks are very different, they still relate on a traditional sense. There is classic tone in both pieces, however mine is tainted with a modern rework which makes them different. I feel the best connection between the two was the colours, they seem to sit very comfortably next to each other and they are quite aesthetically pleasing to view side by side. This has taught me the importance in curation and how it can affect a conversation between artworks, it can in theory highlight and amplify said artworks and make them shine out even more. It can be a difficult skill to master, but I plan to take this information away and curate my artworks the best I can when it comes down to it.