‘Wild at Heart’ by Vanessa Foley
Nearly a year ago, I was at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle, invigilating my own exhibition, The Connecting Thread – a personal psychogeography. The show was open for public viewing a couple of weekends in March and it was all lovely and wonderful and the first time I had ever been surrounded by my own work.
On one particular day I was standing in the space chatting to my good friend Ian from the Centre for Life. People had been popping in to see the show, some having read about it from one of many online entities, some having stumbled upon it and others confusing the space with the framers next door. It was the last of these that brought Vanessa Foley into the scene.
From what I can remember, she was a completely delightful girl, beaming with all sorts of excitement about an upcoming exhibition of her work in the beautiful new building of the Newcastle Library. Ian mentioned that the work on display in the gallery would be installed in the Centre for Life Bioscience Centre. Perhaps Vanessa would be interested in showing her work in there as well.
And so that day passed and many more days have been and gone since then. Yesterday I found out that Vanessa’s exhibition at the Bioscience Centre is on display. I’ve seen some photos and my oh my, it is looking absolutely wonderful in that space.
Life is full of countless situations where paths cross, meet up, there’s a connection and although things don’t immediately play out, something eventually happens. Chance encounters. Ideas fizzing. Things happening. I love stories like this.