First of all, thank you to everyone who came to the opening! Surprisingly, I really didn't expect some of the people who came: my high school friend who I haven't seen in more than 10 years (Facebook really connects!), my ex colleague and her partner and some uni friends.
Funny enough, towards the opening time, I felt a bit over the whole thing. I just wanted it to start and be done with. This exhibition is something I've worked hard on for the past few weeks so on that day, I just felt really exhausted. Have you ever felt like that?
The gallery was almost packed to the brim on the opening night. We had a table full of yummy food in one of the bigger rooms and people flocked around it. Someone told me that it was the only time she's had so much food at a gallery opening.
The Dean of College of Fine Arts , Ian Howard, opened the event by giving a speech. I thought his speech kind of rambled a bit in the beginning but then he gave out some really good points about the exhibition and suggested that for our next exhibition, we should have a common theme. Something we'll definitely take into account for the future.
The opening night was definitely something new for me as it is my very first exhibition. I got a bit annoyed at one point with a group of people who stood too close to my wall pieces and then used my plates plinth as a table to put their drinks on and armrest. I don't know if it was just because they were jeopardising MY art work, but I felt they kind of crossed the etiquette of gallery viewing. Nearly gave me a heart attack too...
SBS covered the event and interviewed some of us. They showcased it on the news the next night and it's available online here: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1568653/Art-expo-showcases-diverse-Australia#
Some pictures from the exhibition below... for more pictures, check out (and Like) the AFY Group Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/AFYGroup
The exhibition is now on it's fourth day, it runs until Sunday 17th July 2011 so there's still time if you're interested to go. The address is: Global Gallery, 5 Comber St, Paddington.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.
"Meet the Artists" session: Saturday 16th July 2011 from 2-4pm.
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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