Well, it was not the most traditional in the way of Easter Sundays, but it was, nonetheless, a fantastic day. After loading my friend Rachel's van on Saturday, Toby (my son, also known as the munchkin), Rachel and I set off just after eight in the morning. Deciding to brave the Woodhead Pass, we were surprised by how little snow there actually was (bearing in mind that we still have some 7ft drifts in places!) By the time we got to Lancaster, the only snow visible was on the peaks of the Lake District, in the distance.

First to make it up the stairs to the gallery was the Sea of Memories (with us arguing to get it out of the way while we were still fresh), followed by tables, grid wall, table covers, and the remaining sculptures. The UV lamp had made the journey up, just in case anything got broken, but it wasn't needed.

Once I had worked out how I wanted to room set up, we made short work of it - it is only a small exhibition after all.

The general public were in and out all the time - and thank you to the two men who gamely helped shift some heavier bits and pieces!!

And so, this is it! The exhibition will be up until the 5th of May (that is take-down day, so if you're planning on coming on that day, make it early). Following the exhibition, the Sea of Memories will hopefully travel to a few galleries, so ships are still available to sponsor, and will be added in May, in time for its next outing.

Thank you to everybody who has supported this particular Follies for Follies journey - I am truly grateful for your support, humbled by the stories you have chosen to share with me, and thankful that I was allowed to add your loved ones to the Sea of Memories!





I can't believe it! After months of planning, foiled by snow! This week-end, I am due to set up at the Ashton Memories, but look at the picture. This is what my village looks like, and so, sadly, I have had to postpone setting up by a week.  I am terribly sorry, and my sincere apologies to all who were planning a visit this coming week!!

It's finished! Inspired by the words of Y6 at Christ Church School, Lancaster, the House of Hopes is complete. What does a House of Hopes have to do in an exhibition about Memory/Loss, you ask? To me, it is the other side of the coin. Memories, loss, memory loss...it is all focused backwards. My exhibition, however, is not only about looking backwards. Our memories have shaped who we are: the losses we have felt, the people we have known, they have influenced us, and we live on. We live on to hope and dream, and our hopes and dreams, too, have been influenced by our memories. To do our parents proud. To make the best of chances given. To build on who we are, what we have, including what we have lost. Fragile, maybe, like a house of cards made of glass, but building, nonetheless. And the future hopes and dreams of Christ Church Lancaster's Y6 are a wonderful reminder that, in the unwritten future, anything is possible. Thank you, again, to the lovely Y6, for inspiring and helping to create this piece of work.