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Creative Competition 2014 – 3rd Place in Full

January 23rd, 2015

Having brought you the winner and runner up in full with lots of lovely images, we’re pleased to now share the 3rd place winner for the 2014 Creative Competition. Read on to see how Viki McDonnell created her gallery.


Viki takes us through the plan and build in her own words.

This project was created from the Retreat Kit which required little structural alteration as my intention was to create a streamlined art gallery downstairs and, by contrast, a somewhat chaotic studio upstairs.  Inspiration came from “Shanty Man” from Shetland who has kindly given me permission to photograph (and bonsai) some of his works to hang in the ‘Exhibition’.  A Preview of the Exhibition is the subject of my entry.

The Gallery, which has lighting throughout, features ‘close-circuit television’ in the left-hand corner and a security alarm on the right side.  Table is set up with drinks for guests attending Preview, together with Visitors’ Book.  The bench is home-made;  overhead light strip was made from single spots glued on to a strip of wood.

Meanwhile in the studio the lady artist is completing a still life.  The still life picture was found first and then was recreated.  The most difficult part of the reconstruction was to get the wedge of cheese shaped as shown in the original picture!  [I used real cheese to begin with but it shrivelled over time so I settled on using white chocolate.  However, having spent 45 minutes getting it to the right shape I inadvertently ate it (duh!) and had to start all over again.]  The painting storage unit is a bookcase turned on its side and the painting table is just a block of wood.  Some of the clobber in the studio has been purchased commercially and some of it (paint pots, brushes, easel, palette) are homemade.

The Gallery has been placed in a forest setting and features a plant sale, a two-sided ‘Welcome’ board, direction signs, and litter bin (lid of curry jar came in handy and was the exact diameter of the wooden container I glued it to.)

All in all it was a good-fun project to attempt and, as usual, the most difficult part was deciding how to photograph it, taking the actual photographs and then selecting the best ones.  At one point I left the Gallery outside and when I returned to it the sun had melted the glue and the roof was hanging off.  Didn’t occur to me it could get that hot.  Another fine mess but fortunately repairable!


Here are Viki’s pictures – enjoy!


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