So on the opening morning of the show I phoned the poster people to make sure all was well, they said it was all fine and I could expect the posters to be put up any time in the next three days, ouch, ok breathe easy.
I called them back and stressed the importance of the day, 'it's the opening' I said, 'a Korean TV station is coming to film' (and they did; they gave me a pen set - bonus) 'and the mayor is coming' I lied (but it made them sit up) 'why didn't you say?', they said, anyway, an hour later, the posters were up, more or less, well less.
They couldn't access one of the sites, so I went down, spoke to the foreman and the next day, the last poster was up.
The opening night went well, Toby (Huddlestone…no he isn't a hobbit) and myself made soup, lots of soup. I made leek and potato, he made carrot coriander, orange and something soup, they ate it all, nice, then Sophie and Karen took everybody on a tour whilst I manned the Soup Kitchen.
The following weekend was the big official tour with the curator (moi), one person turned up, and she had some difficulty walking, no really, so I tailored a tour around her, and we had a nice chat.
The next week the local paper (Metro), ran a story about the show, advertising a tour the following week, eek, luckily nobody turned up. Despite this, the audience numbers for the show are great, nearly every commuter in Bristol has/is seeing at least a couple of the pieces.
Architecture weekly (or something) are running a story about the show, as is the Evening Post (who are running a competition soon around the billboards). It all went well, and still is, now I just need to get the lights fixed on Sophie's site and then get the work back to the artists, amen. Gonna leave the curating to the curators….till the next time.
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Craig Fisher, You Are Being Filmed, 2008