Being situated on the east coast of Scotland – and not the far east coast at that – we probably don’t give much thought to the weather as a force to reckon with when installing exhibitions in Fife! But it most certainly did nearly put a spanner in the works last week as snow covered a large part of the country, paralysing road and rail networks, even cutting some of us off for a few days! Our ‘Alan Vest – My Drawing Day’ exhibition, planned for this year’s StAnza Poetry Festival, suddenly looked in jeopardy!
Plan A had been to collect the work by car from the artist’s home in the NE of England the week before – but we had snow.
Plan B was to try over the w/end. Ah. Still snow.
Plan C – how about the Monday? No, still not all clear – and heavy rain plus snow melt was now causing flooding.
Plan D – finally, an excellent Man with a Van (Stuart) was found who was willing to head south in the middle of Monday night to bring back Alan’s work to St Andrews by early afternoon on the Tuesday (he made it by lunchtime in fact – what a feat of heroics!).
The frames were installed at St Andrews Town Hall by excellent artist-technicians Marion and Anton, and Fife Contemporary’s exhibition was ready to be seen by visitors to StAnza.
The exhibition ‘My Drawing Day‘ is on view now till Sunday 11 March and shows 9 examples of Alan’s illustrative drawings, completed for The Guardian’s Saturday Review as ‘My Writing Day’. You can also meet the artist in person on Saturday 10 March at his exhibition in St Andrews Town Hall from 12.30-1pm. For full details of StAnza 2018’s programme, please go to their website.