Internal finishing work and visit by Gilbert and George during installation of their exhibition
Film showing finishing work back stage at Milton Keynes Theatre and the installation of the first exhibition at Milton Keynes Art Gallery.
The film begins with scenes from back stage. A large wooden framework covered with fabric is shown, it is raised and lowered. The pulley system for the props is filmed and a man on scaffolding working on it. The film cuts to two women cleaning the glass for the marble art work depicting Margaret Powell.
00:04:50 the view changes to back stage at the theatre. We see lighting rigs and a wall/curtain being raised and lowered. Men working on a large flat wooden framework covered with white fabric
00:10:05 the film cuts back to the foyer where two women are placing the marbles on the artwork of Margaret Powell. Building work is taking place around them. The fire alarms and emergency speaker system is tested. A meeting is filmed between two men in suits, three with high vis vests and a security man.
00:15:17 the film cuts to show a visit by Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore during the installation of their artwork at MK Gallery. The supports are being attached to the walls. The crates of artwork are in the centre of the room. A model of the exhibition is referred to frequently. A conversation between Gilbert, George, Stephen Snoddy (the gallery director) and an unknown man and woman is filmed.
00:26:27 the scene changes to outside the Gallery where bubble wrap is being folded and there is a close up of the decorative floor – unclear what it says. It then cuts back inside showing a close up of the artwork on the exhibition model.
00:29:07 the film cuts to show Sally Russell in the gallery. She repeats her piece several times: “This is Sally Russell in the new Milton Keynes Art Gallery and in front of me I have a model of the intended Gilbert and George exhibition. The exhibition which spans over three white rooms is a combination of scenes of maps of London and self-portraits of the two artists.”