Thursday, 2 August 2012

busy old and new

Me dogs is barkin! I have been on my feet all day and I am glad of a sit down. I had to meet Shikha and Gareth from work this morning as City Lit has been invited to propose a series of art classes for the Chelsea Pensioners - the ones in the fab scarlet coats. We went to have a look round to see if this is practical and we were bowled over by the place! A stunning setting, a 300 year old hospital built for ex army personnel with glorious gardens running down to the Thames and hosting the Chelsea Flower Show each year. Will I be eligible for freebies?  It was a step out of London hurly burly, incredible facilities for the pensioners and not an Ikea set of drawers of a B and Q lampshade anywhere! I ate dinner in a refectory that would give Hogwarts a run for its money and sat at a table next to the one which the Duke of Wellington was laid out on after he died. This did not affect my appetite.  I think carving classes will work really well there. 
From one extreme to another, we adjourned to see the contemporary Korean artists showing at the Saatchi gallery which actually was quite interesting and whilst I admit to feeling that it was going to be a duty visit, I enjoyed myself. Richard Wilson's tank of oil, a room full of oil, was particularly striking, playing with the notion of space and perceptions of reality. He is not Korean though! 
I followed that with Yoko Ono at the Serpentine and then a splendid dinner in the Africa centre for the Olympics in Hyde park. Fully fuelled, I went to the opening of early career RBS sculptors at Christies, very posh indeed! A magnificent space showing excellent work. 
I now need to get some work made and some applications done, nothing new!

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