Thursday, April 01, 2010
The plan yesterday was to take the A1 to High Barnet on the outskirts of London and catch the tube to Green Park.
As we came off the A1 I decided to check I had the address of the RA (even though I knew it) and to my horror I read the small print of something I'd not noticed before...all application forms must be received by 16th March. All of a sudden they weren't all that small...in fact they were gigantic! Here I was on the 31st with an armful of paintings and no-one answering the phone at the Academy.
I'd measured and recorded them, priced them, put stickers on the back with titles along with hanging tags to match. I'd filled all of the form out along with various ticks and waivers. I'd signed and dated it. I'd protected the corners and wrapped them well...but hadn't sent the form back!
I eventually got through and told the girl I was a naughty blind artist. She took pity, laughed and told me not to worry.
Feeling a lot happier we hopped on the tube...with new glasses, paintings and not so new jeans...I was forced to wear the hat.
BB...I cut me out of the photo. Can't compete!
We queued two hours to get to see this exhibition. There's a fine art to getting people through quicker...which they do not have.
The man with the yellow top told me I could go straight through to use the toilets. As I left the queue I turned with thumbs up and shouted "So, it's okay for me to jump this queue and go straight in, yeah?" It raised a welcome laugh on a blustery cold day while standing still for long periods was no laughing matter.
No photographs allowed...but I didn't see the sign.
Dropping the paintings off at the back via Burlington Arcade was quite an experience. It was manic. We were in the middle of an 8,000+ drop-off period for all unglazed works of art.
A really good day. Thanks for your help and company Ash...and for driving!