Our exhibition was located in the City of Palencia’s Culture Centre, a lovely building downtown just a few blocks from the Teatro Principal where the keynote speeches and many presentations were to take place.
We rolled our suitcase of art from the hotel and unpacked our work so it could flatten out while we found the ladder, assembled our hanging kit, and surveyed the space. A few months back, Julio (the Congress organizer) had sent us a photo of a previous exhibition here, and it looked much as we imagined, with high ceilings and wooden trusses. The entire wall at the end of the gallery was set aside for us.
In the same space, a SEF Congress team was setting up a labyrinth of wooden support panels for the many “posters” – large plotter-printed displays with photos, diagrams and text summarizing recent plant pathology investigations. They were very helpful in finding tools and answering questions, as were the Cultural Centre’s staff, security and custodial personnel.
Hanging took all Monday, plus the next morning. No accidents and no mishaps, although one of my hand-made silkscreened papers (Broom paper) fell off the wall twice! The dry atmospheric conditions meant that our low-tack tape was just strong enough.
By running picture framing wire between trusses we were able to hang some of Claire’s trees farther out into the gallery to create a more dimensional effect.
A PDF of the book of abstracts presented at SEF 2016 and the posters can be downloaded here.