Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Moving the paintings- day two

The photograph shows part of the storage space at Albion Mill, where we've just finished the first two days of moving everything from Dave Pearson's studio in Haslingden. It also gives an insight into just how much work Dave has left, and the scale of it.

Margaret Mytton is organising the Albion Mill end of the operation; trying hard and against all odds to divvy up the work into similar shaped and sized canvases in order to store them safely. Chris Pearson is supervising the studio end of the operation. I'm driving - so far there has been 9 luton van loads. We're all being helped and supported by a team of great helpers who have made the job thus far possible - Paul, Sue, Ro, Col, Rich, Nathan, Julian, Kay, Barbara, Shaun and Roseanne.

Tomorrow is the last day that we've put aside for the job. The hire van goes back Friday morning, so we've got to clear the space. Although 80% of the bulk has already been moved, what's left are the smaller, fiddly things, plus hundreds - thousands probably - of large drawings. These will be hard to carry and load, so tomorrow will be a tough day.

I heard from the solicitor yesterday that the transfer of the building had been completed, so the next step - after tomorrow - is to get all the restoration work started; meaning the builders can move in.

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