After choosing our final artworks, whittling 119 down to just 33, we took another look after the judges have gone and decided that more works can fit into the exhibition than initially thought. Myself, the P&P assistant and the Artistic Director had another meeting to discuss what works left over from the maybe selection should move forward intot he exhibition. We took into account keeping the decision making judge happy in order to secure prize funding, but not to the extent of changing our shortlisted ten artworks. There was also a piece by our youngest artist. Its standard wasn’t of great quality, but I thought that the demonstration that someone so young could take part in a professional exhibition may inspire other children who encounter the gallery over the holiday period into making their own art for the exhibition next year as they could see that success is achievable. It would also have been a more accessible piece for children who visit in comparison to some of the other chosen artworks. However, staff were divided and in the end we decided not to include it in the exhibition. The process helped me create reasoning and understand curatorial choices which were challengesI had never faced before.
In the afternoon I met with the marketing intern and the artistic director to discuss her career path and position within artsdepot. Although I had already worked quite closely with her it was really interesting to hear the challenges that face a programmer, and how unique and challenging artsdepot was as a venue to programme. Challenges faced at artsdepot include; location (just in london, just out of hertfordshire, two very different audiences to cater for), stage structure (the Pentland is very large space and can become flat floor but small audience size, and the Studio has a large thrust which can affect seat allocations during shows such as puppetry). I asked what age was most difficult to bring in,and it was the 18 -24, i suggested that ticket pricing can be off putting but people seem to be more willing to part with money for live music than theatre which may be something they could consider int he future. I don’t think I would like to programme but it was really interesting to see what she has to work with and how demanding a position it can be, and how unique artsdepot is to have their programming department run so closely alongside the participation department. It demonstrates their core values as an institution, that participation is paramount to the work that they do. I think it is a very successful model and example of how a multidisciplinary centre can run and that perhaps larger institutions over complicate their education and learning facilities by totally separating it from curators and the art form it could have available.
I left late into the evening as was determined to complete the task of informing all successful applicants of their outcome as it would make easier work for everybody else of the course of the week that I would not be in the office. Sometimes I think how great it would be to be full time their, and how much I would love it. I am still considering applying for the full time position.