Friday, 8 November 2013
On 16th October, after a good few months of preparation, the van had been hired, the hotel was booked, new editions had been completed and framed, the prints were safely wrapped, our bags were packed and CFPR Edition's were off to Multiplied 2013.
After arriving safely in London and dropping the work off at Christie's we were able to enjoy a few hours in Kensington soaking up the atmosphere and taking in our new surroundings.
The next morning we set off to hang the show and with only a few amendments to our post-it note plan, and some very kind help from CFPR Editions artists Andy Super and Cecilia Mandrile, the exhibition went up without a hitch.
The private view that evening had an amazing buzz. It was great to see so many of the CFPR artists there although we didn't get much time to chat as the work had created so much interest. Brownister Hen's new series of medium skulls went down a storm and we nearly sold out in the first hour.
During the course of the weekend the work continued to generate a lot of attention resulting in sales from visitors and collectors from around the world.
The addition of Cecilia to the team was fantastic and gave us all a chance to wonder round the other forty or so exhibits and look at the diverse mix of prints on display. This year there was a really interesting variety of stands from galleries such as Eyestorm, Riflemaker, Whitechaple Gallery, Flowers Gallery and Sims Reed Gallery to name but a few. It was also great to have fellow Bristol based Spike Print Studio opposite us.
I think my favourite work came from The Multiple Store who specialise in 3D editions and have worked with artists such as Langlands & Bell and Cornelia Parker. Paul seemed pretty keen on one of their Dan Hays screen-prints too. Cecilia had her eye on Grey Area Multiples from Paris; I think she would have liked to have taken home a few of Guy Allott’s robots.
It really was brilliant to be part of such an exciting event and it seemed a shame to pack up on the Monday evening. Hopefully CFPR Editions will be back for a third year in 2014.