Musical artworks and other fun curating our Raglan Art exhibition

Curating an art exhibition is an art form in itself. Especially an eclectic group like our latest Raglan Art exhibition!

Let me show you behind the scenes of setting it up. (If you want to come and check it out, we’re open until the end of February at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre.)

We all gathered at the gallery on setup day. After catching up, and admiring each other’s artworks, we popped on our gloves and started the fun.

Step 1. Musical artworks

The aim is to have the art along the walls make a sort of visual pattern. You want the different sizes, mediums, colour palettes, frames, and even subjects to be harmonious and lead the viewer along to the next piece.

First, we lined up all the artworks against the walls. Then, we started swapping them around until they made sense. Some works clicked together. A splash of colour in one that continued beautifully into another. Or, negative spaces that complemented each other – behind delicate rose petals in one and fluffy clouds in another.

Finally, we were happy with where they all sat and onto the next step…

Step 2. Getting the art on the wall

Ross Thornton-Jones and I hanging artworks for our Raglan Art exhibition at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre.
Ross Thornton-Jones and I hanging artworks.

This is a 2 person job – one up the step ladder to adjust the position and height of the hanger lines, one to hold up the artwork and help hook it on.

When you’re hanging, you have to make sure it’s the correct height. This is 1.5 metres it seems – so you’re eye level with the middle of the piece. But of course, who remembered to bring the tape measure? #facepalm And I’m tall, so don’t use me as a guide!

Step 3. Spacing and straightening

Now it turns into a 3 person job because we need another set of eyes to stand back and give orders. Is the spacing along the wall right? And, of course, is it straight? And who remembered to bring a picture level? Add on the fact that the Old School Arts Centre is a gorgeous, heritage, 1920s building (read, not exactly square), then you’re in for a lot of fun!

© 2018, Ailene Cuthbertson, Sparkling. Digital painting, 10" x 12".
I’m always stoked to see my art on the wall at an exhibition. This is “Sparkling”, a limited edition glicée print of digital painting.

Step 4. Final touches

The final touches are putting labels up beside artworks, collating artist bios for the folder, and a bit of a tidy up. And now we’re ready for visitors!

Visitors to "This is Us", a Raglan Art exhibition.

What: Raglan Art exhibition, “This is Us”
Where: Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart Street, Raglan
When: Open daily from 10 am to 2 pm until the end of February

Keep on shining bright,

Ailene