This a collection of images from the preview night. I arrived with Andrew an hour before the start and had chance to have a final look at the show quietly. A really lovely late surprise was the gallery deciding to add a Turner water colour to the paintings included from the galleries collection. This reinforces the main theme of the show being inspiration with Turner being such a strong influence of both mine and Moran’s paintings. In the centre of this panel I am stood with the Turner and a wonderful collection of Moran’s prints and Water colours.
The calm suddenly became a whirl of activity with interviews and photographs initially and then I had the honour to speak with the Town Mayor about the exhibition. It was great to show him some of the works before he spoke to the many people who had arrived to see the show. The staff at the gallery did a wonderful job helping with refreshments, some mini bagels and some well known American drinks brands, together with a country singer welcoming guests while they waited. The Mayor officially opened the show and then a speech was given by Lee Corner, representing the Arts Council of England, who funded key elements of the project. I added a few words of thanks and then everyone had a chance to see the exhibition.
It was lovely to see so many familiar faces all enjoying the exhibition, particularly many children engaging with the paintings and some of the interactive elements.
We ventured to a local bar after the event to carry on the celebrations.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and those who worked so hard to make this a great night for Bolton, full of memorable moments and a wonderful sense of community.