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.
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.
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:
The moodboard followed:
And then the exhibition:
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.
And what next? Out of the Picture, summer 2016:
Drop into The Byre from 16th July to see how well I’ve done!