So, what did I do next?
It may come as quite a surprise that I am leaving Niagara. Most people, myself included, thought they would carry me out in a casket, but after 14 years it is simply time for a change, to face some new challenges and see what the Universe has in store for me.
It has been an absolute privilege to work at Niagara, with some of the most amazing artists, directors, curators, writers and designers from around the world, and I am indebted to Bill for giving me the opportunity to do so. And then there are the collectors – people with a passion for art who loyally support artists and galleries and I think they might be the true heroes of the art world. A heartfelt thank you to everyone for enriching my life.
There have been so many highlights and I have learnt so much that I would barely know where to begin to make a list of the things that have touched me most during my time at Niagara. It will be very hard not being part of the crazy, busy days at the gallery – making lists, checking catalogues, returning calls, tracking consignments, writing blurbs, researching valuations, stacking artwork, and sometimes just having a cup of tea with an artist – but some time to consider other options will be refreshing. And terrifying and exciting. I hope to find a role within the arts, but I am also interested in community and equity projects, so I am looking for ways I might be able to combine these into the next phase of my life.
And so to the future.
I do plan to work on that cookbook I never quite finished last year and I’m part way through designing a clothing range under the label Fallen Angel. And then there is my caffeine addiction to take care of, so if anyone feels like a coffee and an art chat, feel free to give me a call. I am rather excited at the prospect of being able to get out and see some shows!
The thing is I really don’t know what I will be doing next, but when I do, I promise I will let you know right here. And until then, there may be updates, musings, cries for help and general observations as I discover if there really is life after Niagara.