The final show on this years circuit was 14m2. Exhibition out of Bonzo creative studio on Albert Road, the pressure was on to have the highest of profile openings and to build on the mistakes made by the other groups in their own shows to make sure theirs stands out.
In a change of tact from the previous reviews I am going to start with my gripe first! The green wall! Despite being part of Bonzos’ corporate identity it is one of the least friendly surfaces to exhibit photography on and this comes from the person who only a year ago was exhibiting work on a red wall in a pub as part of Art Crawl and now curates a gallery on wooden cladding within a pub! I am, however, reliably informed that they were not able to paint over the surface and so had to work with it.
The quality of the work was of a very high standard throughout both in terms of the photography and the presentation methods used. The opening night was a huge success with excess of 300 visitors over the course of the evening! In the face of such a huge turn out the team did a great job to keep the free refreshments, including alcohol, flowing leading to one very happy critic!
This brings to a close this years level two exhibition circuit and it is at this point I realise that non of the groups had any guest speakers of any kind, maybe this is a flaw? Maybe this is bucking a trend? Either way I feel it has not had any real effect on the shows!