In the mood

Sometimes it’s the title, sometimes it’s the theme and sometimes it’s a colour; the inspiration for every exhibition I’ve staged has always been different. But what is the same for every show is that it all starts with a moodboard.

Once I’ve got the idea for an exhibition I can usually visualise it pretty clearly in my mind’s eye but to capture that – and finesse the feel I want to achieve – I create a moodboard.

Moodboard for Pastures New, spring 2016

Moodboard for Pastures New, spring 2016

My moodboard is a collection of images – photos, postcards of paintings, images from magazines – which as individual pieces come together to become a representation of the look I hope to achieve for the exhibition. For Pastures New I was inspired by the crisp green of the fields, the new growth on trees and hedgerows, and the vivid primary colours of spring flowers; I had the image of an explosion of crocuses and bluebells (though I doubt they would ever bloom together!) in my head.

It’s always interesting to look back at the moodboard once the show is set up to see how well I’ve succeeded.

Pastures New, including work by Gillian McFarland, Jane Crisp and Annabel Hill

Pastures New, including work by Gillian McFarland, Jane Crisp and Annabel Hill

For Telling Tales (summer 2014) I wanted a setting which evoked my image of the setting for (1001, Tales of ) The Arabian Nights. These pots of dyes I photographed in a souk in Marrakech gave me the hint of my colour scheme:

Coloured dyes, Marrakech

Coloured dyes, Marrakech

The moodboard followed:

Moodboard, Telling Tales

Moodboard, Telling Tales

And then the exhibition:

Telling Tales, summer 2014

Telling Tales, summer 2014

Jewellery by Tracey Butterfield and Stephanie Tudor

Jewellery by Tracey Butterfield and Stephanie Tudor

One of my favourite moodboards was for The Ripple Effect, summer 2015, and I think the eventual exhibition pretty well captured the colours and the feeling of it.

Moodboard, The Ripple Effect

Moodboard, The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect including work by Laura Smith, Charlotte Sale and Annabel Hill

The Ripple Effect including work by Laura Smith, Charlotte Sale and Annabel Hill

And what next? Out of the Picture, summer 2016:

Out of the Picture, moodboard

Out of the Picture, moodboard

Drop into The Byre from 16th July to see how well I’ve done!

 

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