Sanctioning Day

One of the enjoyable rituals of the Summer Exhibition is Sanctioning Day, when members of the Summer Exhibition committee meet to approve the hang.   We meet at 11 am and move from gallery to gallery.   Whoever has been responsible for the hang in a room speaks to it, talking through problems and issues, pointing out where members’ work has been hung, sometimes pointing out work by artists who might be members or have been considered.   Occasionally, minor suggestions are made by the President or members of the committee:  how a work might be centred or a juxtaposition improved or where the work of James Turrell would look best.   Then, the artist who has hung the room is congratulated, the room is sanctioned by the President, and there is a small round of applause.

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