Well it’s finally happened. I’ve signed a contract with a Northern Tasmanian Art Gallery, the Brave Art Gallery to be exact. This is something that I have wanted for a number of years, in fact since I retired from full-time teaching 6 1/2 years ago.
This move is really important for me because it gives me a sense of belonging, something that I really haven’t had before. It also gives me a sense of purpose to go with the self-discipline that I have. I needed an outlet for my work and now I have one.
Along with such a move comes the realisation that it’s a two-way street. I need to support the gallery and it in turn it must support me. I am impressed with the gallery and its staff and this is something that I haven’t rushed in to. Throughout the negotiations I have felt comfortable and valued.
Now that I’ve signed I need to spend some time and plan ahead as I aim to have a solo show early in 2014 at the gallery. I have been invited to contribute two paintings for the gallery’s December exhibition and a single piece for a special exhibition next March.
I will be releasing a series of limited edition prints from my recent ‘Midlands’ pastel series through the gallery. These will be limited to editions of only 10.
Busy times ahead, but that’s how it should be!