Heart & Soul
Sunday saw the launch of “Heart & Soul” – an exhibition of photographs by members of THE CLUB (one of the two photographic clubs based here at Fotofilia) – and I think it’s fair to say it was a great success.
It was only a few months ago that I “suggested” the exhibition. That is to say I booked the venue, Birmingham’s Custard Factory gallery, and announced to THE CLUB that they needed to get some work together for display. Participation wasn’t compulsory, of course. There is always some expense attached to staging an exhibition, not to mention the deceptively huge time commitment involved, and so it wouldn’t be fair to force members to take part. However, an intrepid team of 10 members took up the challenge, and boy, did they rise to it.
It’s easy to under-estimate just how much work goes into staging an exhibition, not just regarding the production of suitable work (which can be a trial in itself) but all of the planning, organisation and publicity that goes with it.
Once a theme had been selected from a shortlist of five or so, and group members had filled the necessary roles – treasurer, web presence, social media, wall allocation, communication, invigilation rotas, programme design, poster design, logo design etc – I was able to sit back and let the group get on with it.
The result is an impressive and inspirational exhibition, with each member bringing their own unique interpretation to the theme. Here are some iphone snaps of the exhibitors on the launch night. Take a bow, guys…
And it’s still not too late to see the show. It runs until Saturday 17th November at the Lake Gallery, Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. Opening hours: MON-WED: 10am-4pm, THURS-FRI: 10am-9pm, SAT: 10am-4pm.