It cannot be put off any longer; the day of cleaning is upon us. Fillingdon Fine Art gallery resides in a beautiful 300 year old timber, brick and flint barn. But such a space has other demands on its’ uses; not least as a party zone. So if it is not rocking with countless teenagers dancing on the beams, it is the scene for dinner parties, sleep-overs and food-fests.
So prior to the major launch of a new exhibition, it is prudent to remove every conceivable piece of furniture, reducing it to a hull, and literally scrub it from top to toe to remove melted birthday candles logged against the heating pipes; coloured acetates sticky-taped to the spotlights and the odd mouldy cocktail sausage wedged behind the radiator. It also serves as a wake-up call to the numerous spiders who call it home amongst the ancient eves.
Ceiling swept, beams dusted, walls washed, floor vacuumed, skirting boards wiped,windows cleaned and surfaces polished, we are ready to bring back what furniture we require to provide the adequate and appropriate display space for the show in question.
The cleaning process is one of the least glamorous in the life of ‘gallery owner’ but when it is all said and done, this is one of my favourite times, as everything is sparkling clean and the barn, like virgin snow, is waiting for the imprint of the exhibition to begin.