From the 5th to the 15th of August 2014, the Luv Leicester exhibition opened in the Highcross; and the general public came to look at our young people’s work. A few days before the launch, we had time to set up; clean up the place; and make it look like a presentable, worthwhile exhibit.
Within the exhibit, my main role was along-side Lewis; taking photos of the public for our portrait wall, telling us why they love Leicester. We also ended up taking count of who came into the exhibit and other small chores, such as buying lunch.
On most days we received 150 visitors and over; whether it was to have a look at the art, express interest in volunteering or exhibiting their own art, or to take part in the interactive bits of the exhibit. During the first week we also held a private view for invited guests to come and take a look at the art; there was champagne, snacks, and a long queue of people wanting to have a photo taken for the wall.
After all tens days; we sold one The Unusual stencilled portrait, four Luv Leicester photos, as well as three photos of mine from a previous exhibit and a separate stencilled self portrait that were on show upstairs. There is potential for more photos and paintings to be sold in post; but nonetheless, the current sales outcome is a positive. The whole experience, although slightly tiring and repetitive towards the end, has been made more pleasant by the people who I worked with. We had a great laugh and gained valuable experience from those ten days. So, a tinsy-winsy thank you to Soft Touch and other backers for creating this opportunity.