Thursday 1st May marked the official opening of the Appearance Reality exhibition at EVOKE, which marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
Amongst the many guests invited, were the artists who created the artwork for the exhibition: Steve Evans, Anna Grabowska and Laura Hickman. The Curation Team also invited their families, along with a friend each, to attend the event.
The event, which began at 7.00pm, opened with a group of Highfields' Drama students performing the prologue to ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Afterwards, all of the guests made their way to the gallery, where speeches were given: first by Mr Capel, then by Christos (Head Boy) and lastly, by Beth (Deputy Head Girl). Guests were then given the opportunity to look around the gallery, where they could view the artwork and talk with the Artists, Curators and some staff members.
To ensure that the evening was a success, the Team has spent the last few months organising and planning every last detail. Lewis, Sofie, Christos and Lily were our PR and marketing team, and worked on developing the main event ideas. Lewis also worked with the school catering team to plan a canapé menu, and designed the invitations to send out to guests. Lily and Sofie found a harpist, to perform throughout the event.
We arrived early on in the evening to complete our final preparations. We organised everything: from putting the canapés out, to checking that the gallery was presentable. During the evening we all spent time talking to guests about the exhibition, and made sure they were enjoying the event.
Now that the gallery is up and running, part of our role, as Young Curators, is to care for the gallery. We are already looking forward to planning the next exhibition!