It’s over. Except in all the ways that it isn’t; on Friday I hung the results of the Draw Duke Street residency and now, it is on show until the 16th of December.

In the current reckoning then, we reached a fifth of the businesses on Duke Street (29 out of a potential 140), carried out 15 interviews with visitors to the gallery, welcomed over 150 visitors (so far), from within and outwith Dennistoun recorded 10 hours of interviews, collated an archive of over 1000 photographs, dozens of sketches and met with the community Council, the library, the Conservation Society and the ‘bounce and rhyme’ parent and toddler’s group. I believe the correct term is ‘goodness gracious’…

And still the drawing is not finished. If you want a tweetable, soundbitten conclusion to my research then it would be ‘6 weeks is not enough time to draw the length of a suburban high street’. It never would be of course, but as I sit and stare at my handiwork and fret over the gaps, omissions and work I never got to complete before Friday, I conclude that drawing Duke Street is not over. I will have to fit it in between other project commitments over the next year or so (it is possibly the work of 6 years, but I am always in a hurry…) but I am going to continue adding in the layers and depths of detail and insight that make dialectograms what they are whenever I can, and, where opportunities arise, extend opportunities to take part to others on Duke Street. That’s the second soundbite of the day I suppose – ‘a room-sized dialectogram is for life, not just for Christmas’.

I will be posting a full – probably rather long – retrospective on Draw Duke Street on the Duke Street Diaries today or tomorrow (and will put some edited highlights up here for those with a low tolerance for whinging some time later). For now, here are images of the exhibition space. We are open until Sunday, 10-5pm (except for tomorrow, when we close at 1pm) until the 16th. Hope to see you there.

The Dialectogram on the East Wall

The beginning of the Dialectogram on the East Wall.

 

 

 

 

The other end of the Dialectogram as it extends onto the south wall.

The other end of the Dialectogram as it extends onto the south wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The revamped archive display and now obligatory tea and biscuits.

The revamped archive display and now obligatory tea and biscuits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My drawing table and a display of research sketches, interviews and artefacts.

My drawing table and a display of research sketches, interviews and artefacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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