Small Faces and Big Thanks

It’s so easy to get swept up in life and completely forget that a previous version of yourself made plans. A while back I entered the Small Faces exhibition in Southampton. It looks amazing and I’m really sorry that the logistics of getting across the country has meant that I haven’t managed to get across for the opening last night.

Being an artist isn’t as glamorous as some people think it is. Sure, I’ve exhibited alongside Quentin Blake in Richmond on Thames, sold one of my collages to a guy who painted Bill Clinton’s portrait, but it has all been from the comfort of my sofa. It’s not often I get to see a show on the other side of the country let alone shows on the other side of the world. It’s cheaper to fly to Spain than it is to get the train from Swansea to London, and the cost of petrol means that driving to Southampton would be a major chunk out of my weekly salary. The previous version of myself which made plans to travel just didn’t really think through the logistics of travel.

I would love to be at all the places I exhibit, meet the wonderful people who have curated these amazing shows and talk to visitors to the exhibition and find out what they like and dislike. I want to stand behind people as they view my work and quietly listen to what they have to say. Above all though I want to thank, in person, those people who have taken the time and effort to continue to make art and exhibitions available to the public. Often small galleries and organisations get overlooked by the press and survive on a shoestring budget. The owners, staff, and volunteers make these things happen because they know the impact that art has on our psyche and our souls. Thank you to all of you.

Special thanks to the awesome crew at Solent Showcase Gallery at Southampton for all your hard work in making the Small Faces exhibition possible. The exhibition runs until 21st April and is open Monday – Friday 11-6pm and Saturdays from 10-5pm. Read more at the Solent Showcase facebook page HERE or visit their website HERE.


Photograph courtesy of Philip Layley



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