During the third week of our stay here, Janki and I offered to help out the local gallery to hang a big show of Algarvian artists in Lagoa.
This was a brilliant experience as we met loads of great people, had the best bifanas so far and were given the chance to curate lots of different types of artwork in an unusual space.
The building is used to store (and make) wine and the project is an inventive collaboration between Rolf (the gallery owner) and the wine factory. He saw the potential for the audience who go and buy wine to be those who buy art so he proposed that it becomes a big gallery too. They agreed. The Algarve seems to lack movers and shakers so it was great to see this kind of thing happening. The exhibition changes quarterly and costs around 30 Euros for artists to take part. They are growing the database of contributing artists so the quality is still quite diverse.
The people we met:
Rolf is a German ex travel writer, superb networker and charisma. Once Janki and I had proved ourselves with nails, hammers and a creative flair, he trusted us to hang the ‘eclectic’ range of work however we wanted.