This year’s Get Together and Armed Forces day was partly located on The Arsenal in the former Firepower Museum. Greenwich Council were particularly keen to include local artists to begin promoting what will ultimately be an extensive art quarter. Art Plumstead were out in force with a stall selling jewellery and cards.
Despite the somewhat industrial surroundings, we soon had the stall set up, even adding a jaunty backdrop with an additional cloth. There were several other art stalls and one from London Drawing offering the chance to be photographed in the style of a Renaissance portrait. The results of the session can be seen here. Working with a few well-chosen props the team transformed modern day visitors into a series of intimate Renaissance Selfies . Seeing the end result – taken on a mobile phone – is quite unexpected to the sitter.
Business was mixed, quiet patches were interspersed with busier periods, and some stalls did better than others while familiar faces dropped by throughout the day. We were grateful to be inside enjoying the shade. Meanwhile, in the baking sun the entertainment continued on the Arsenal and in the streets around General Gordon Square. It went on until 8 pm, but by that time Art Plumstead had quit the building and were individually relaxing at home.