This is what Sir George said when he opened the Summer Exhibition at Richard Atkinson-Willes' Project Workshops
"Two years ago, I didn’t realise that what we really needed at home was a larger than life, blue and gold papier mache Dodo. That was before we came to the Summer Exhibition at Project Workshops. We saw one, made by Sarah Drake and realised life was incomplete without it. And indeed at home we have other souvenirs of the Exhibitions here in Quarley – paintings, mugs and jugs which need replacing each year.
It is marvellous to be back at this, the high point of the artistic season in North Hampshire -The Gala Evening at Quarley.
There are four reasons why I am delighted to have been asked to open the Exhibition - half a minute each.
Ist, Project Workshops are a great example of what one can do with surplus farm buildings and the land around them– we see here a tastefully converted, well-designed and laid out building in beautifully landscaped grounds. A challenge to farmers in the county and a real pleasure to visit again.
2nd, it provides studios for talented local artists who have grown out of their own homes and need a suitable environment to develop and display their talents, in a building shared with others with mutual interests
3rd, Each year there is an exhibition - a shop window for local talent.
This year, they are Hosting Artists in Test Valley – my neighbour Geoff Townson and his fellow artists have their works on display. A wealth of tempting works of art are here and available at competitive prices.
Final reason for enjoying coming here is there is always a good Party, and I can meet up with again Richard and Mandy - the inspiration behind this event and the workshops – and great hosts.
I declare the Summer Exhibition open."
At the exhibition, local sculptress Vivi Mallock was displaying her Brian Clough, before it moved to Middlesborough for the formal opening.