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On Friday 30th April I ran a poetry workshop for a group of Gallery Assistants at the John Hansard Gallery as part of my residency there.
We discussed their responsibility within the gallery space, their ever-shifting relationship with the artworks, and how people behave in front of art.
There were lots of funny stories (e.g. the time someone said ‘um… there’s a shit in the sink…’ over the radios), lots of beautiful details and observations, and they wrote brilliant things. More on that soon.
As well as being intrigued by their intimate knowledge of the gallery and its workings, I was interested in chatting with them because I have a soft-spot for that particular role - my dad is a Gallery Assistant at Tate St Ives and loves it.
The John Hansard Gallery Assistants will develop their poems with me over the next few months. In the meantime, and in honour of the forthcoming exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery by Lisa Watts (June 2021) for which she has worked closely with her father, I interviewed my dad.
Halfway through he took a call from his dad… about mushrooms and double cream.
Link to the film (6 mins) here: https://vimeo.com/546088110