My Design… No Opportunity Exhibition

The second of the two exhibitions where my work was featured, in June 2017, was the No Opportunity exhibition at the Veneer Gallery in Glasgow!

No Opportunity was an exhibition by the Glasgow design studio Jamhot, to promote new talent by creatives of all kinds, not just designers. They described the idea behind the exhibition by saying;

“The season of graduations, degree shows and new beginnings is upon us – but where are the opportunities? Jamhot receive a lot of job applications and internship requests each week but as a small studio with limited space and resources we are constantly emailing folk back with the same reply ‘sorry, but we have no opportunities at present.’ Tired of this unhelpful response we decided to launch an exhibition to give new talent the chance to exhibit their work within a gallery setting in Glasgow.”

For No Opportunity, applicants had to submit both a digital and a physical version of their work, as an A3 poster. You can see my submission above (photo taken by someone at Jamhot). I ended up going a little bit overboard and drawing a very rough version of the No Opportunity logo on the envelope.

The exhibition itself took place at the Veneer Gallery. The Veneer Galley is an fairly small gallery located in the West End (Finnieston area) of Glasgow, close to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Here’s how they describe their space on their website:

“The Veneer Gallery is a totally unique space for exhibiting contemporary art and has some striking features. Most notably, an industrial finish to the plastered walls, this is complemented by a section of glass flooring which functions as a skylight for artist’s studios in the basement. The lighting of the gallery highlights the beauty of the materials that have gone into making it the ideal venue for any artist. Veneer is open to all aspects of contemporary art and welcomes proposals from all kinds of disciplines. The gallery is perfectly situated in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, which is home to a vibrant and ever-growing community of artists.”

I was really happy to learn that my poster was going to be exhibited, along with creatives from several different countries. My college, Glasgow Clyde College, had quite a big showing at the exhibition, with lots of students, and some ex-students, having their work displayed. The quality of the work was great and there was many different types of creative mediums on display. There were examples of photography, packaging, painting, 3D modeling, collage and (of course) graphic design.

Jamhot organised a little opening night before the exhibition opened to the public, just for the people exhibiting as well as friends and family. I had a great time at the opening night, meeting some of the other creatives and the guys from Jamhot. Everybody that I talked to, including the visitors who saw the exhibition when it was open to the public, were very positive about my poster, which you can see below.

The poster is one of a set of two, you can see the full project on my website here. I’m so glad I took the time to enter my work into this exhibition and I’m very thankful to the guys at Jamhot for organising it and for giving newer creatives a chance to get their work out into the world and seen.

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