some months ago i pulled out all stops
and wrote a grant application
hoping for financial support for an exhibition project
that would allow me to take time out from my busy teaching schedule
so as to immerse myself in country
and undertake a substantial project.
as part of the process i was required to gather letters of support
and be able to give evidence of where the work would be shown.
it also involved rather a lot of photocopying [for which i am planting another tree as soon as it warms up a bit]
on Friday a letter arrived telling me i wasn't successful.
fair enough, this grant involves a single amount of money
that is handed out across all art forms [so applicants may be writers, musicians, artists, actors etc]
initially i was a little despondent
but then i realised that the Dogs Above had once again conspired for the best possible outcome.
let me explain.
to apply for the grant i had to write in clear and concise English exactly what i wanted to achieve.
i also had to approach galleries and museums with my proposal
and as a result the exhibition back country
is confirmed for
The Barossa Regional Gallery [SA] 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery [QLD] 2014
Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota [USA] 2014
The Manning Regional Gallery [NSW] 2015
The Tamworth Regional Gallery [NSW] 2015
which means it will be shown in three states of this wide brown land and in America [and there are five other museums still sitting on the fence]
so it was a truly splendid exercise in getting organised
and making plans
- exactly what i most needed to do [besides do my income tax]
best of all, i have a pile of lovely supporting letters
which have not only affirmed that what i am trying to do makes sense
but will also be very comforting reading if i ever make it to the Shady Glades Home for Retired Bears