Simple Pleasures - an exhibition March 2020.
We tend to plan our exhibitions at Masham Gallery around 18 months in advance, so the title and concept for this show came about around late 2018. It was later in 2019 I think that I had listened to this BBC programme that a friend had kindly sent me. At that point I felt all our exhibitions in 2020 needed to be around the ideas of what makes us happy - content - or how we can find moments of joy in life.
That’s not easy when life is as tough as it has been for many of us this year, or as it was for Brecht in 1954. But somehow we all need to find those simple pleasures, if only for the safety of our mental health. So four of us got together who work in the gallery occasionally - all of us artists - and listened to the programme again and discussed our own (ever growing) lists. Then we looked at artists work which represented those pleasures, and I took great delight in bringing together a cohesive exhibition of these lists (SO much harder than I expected).
I hope you’ve had a chance to see the exhibition in real life, or perhaps online after we had to close on March 20th. It’s staying online and on our walls for the foreseeable future right now. Please do listen to the programme as well, maybe make your own list, and I sincerely hope that it helps you get through these dark uncertain days too.