Well, it’s a four-foot long painting of Basingstoke from the other side (south) of the M3. It’s called “Farleigh Wallop!” (although sometimes I forget to put the exclamation mark in), because that’s the name of the village close to my viewpoint.
This painting is my largest single work in the exhibition The Basingstoke Project, the first collaborative project and group show by…
which is five local artists, working together, for this and – we hope – subsequent projects.
We decided to focus on the town because it is a natural focus point, and because we didn’t think that Basingstoke had come under artistic scrutiny very often in the past.
We set out to create:
an active, reactive, artistic response to the people, places, buildings and character of Basingstoke.
A project to inspire and surprise.
In the course of the project, we learned to look again at the town. We were inspired. We were surprised.
We found hidden gems; we found delight in the familiar; we found our own visions of Basingstoke.
So runs the exhibition statement that I wrote last night, and which we put up for today’s private view.
The exhibition itself starts on Monday, and runs for just under two weeks. Not much time, but I hope long enough. If you do find yourself anywhere near Basingstoke, you might like to brave the one way system (help is at hand) to find Proteus Creation Space.
The exhibition is open Mon to Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, but closed Mon 1 – 3pm and Tue 1 – 2:15pm.
And if you do visit,
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition, and that you leave with your eyes and your mind open, and with joy in your heart.